With the fantastic weather we were blessed with last bank holiday Monday, I’m sure you’re all eager to make the most of the next one.
The problem is, with babies or toddlers, it’s hard to find somewhere new and exciting that has all the facilities you need and that you haven’t been to a hundred times already.
Well, fear not! We have compiled a list of fantastic UK baby-friendly attractions to help you find somewhere to go and make the most of your day off.
And just in case the weather isn’t so great (fingers crossed!), there are a few indoor attractions for you to check out as well.
So, where can you go this bank holiday?
This thrilling adventure park has plenty to do. Whether you want to play in the Pterodactyl’s Treehouse or stroll through the Dinosaur Trail, you’ll struggle to be bored. Plus there are two cafes with food warming facilities and a picnic area for food when everyone starts to get hungry. The toilets are also fully equipped with baby changing facilities so you don’t have to worry about that!
If extinct animals aren’t your thing, you could visit Longleat for a trip round the safari park. Also equipped with a house, cafes, a shop and a play area, there’s something for every age! Longleat also has baby changing facilities.
This one requires you to book in advance but is still a great day out. There is plenty of space to explore as well as quirky statues and buildings to discover. This is one of the most fascinating days out you’ll ever have.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a huge open space which is home to some of the UK’s (and the world’s) most interesting sculptures. It’s also probably the cheapest attraction on this list!
There are plenty of green fields with beautiful views that are ideal for picnicking. But if the weather’s not so great, they also have two indoor galleries and a flat coated with copper sulphate crystals for you to roam round. For those of you not up to picnicking there’s also a café where you can buy a range of tasty goods.
Now this one requires travelling about but is completely different to everything else listed. This is a special attraction that is only in London throughout April and May where each of the 50 sheep dotted in and around London are designed by a different artist, designer or celebrity so you’ll never get bored. Some of the sheep are placed in museums and other public buildings like The British Film Institute where there are toilets and cafes for you to make use of.
The National Trust have thousands of acres of land for you to enjoy up and down the country and the majority of them are also equipped with cafes, shops and toilets with baby changing facilities. The entry price is quite expensive but a membership allows you unlimited access to any of their properties for a year. The link provided allows you to search for your local National Trust properties and find the one that is just right for you. Many of them also have indoor facilities for if the weather is not so great.
Now we’re on to the indoor attractions just in case it’s not the same beautiful bank holiday weather that we had at Easter.
It may be called The National Children’s Museum but a day at Eureka! is fantastic, regardless of your age. Learn about living and working together with the pretend town which includes a Halifax bank and an M&S Simply Food that sells all the most exciting varieties of toy foods. Or climb inside an igloo in the Ice Garden. There is so much to learn and do, how an earth will you fit it all in to one day?
Yet another opportunity to learn exciting things and challenge your mind. At MOSI you can learn about the Manchester Cotton Mills or explore a Victorian sewer. Or you can look at all the planes and other flying objects in the Air and Space museum.
Or you can try to solve puzzles in the Experiment section of the museum. This is an exciting day out for kids and adults alike.
But don’t worry if Manchester is too far for you to travel, we have found another science museum further south for you to check out.
There are plenty of exhibitions to check out; whether you want to learn about the human brain or protecting our planet, @ Bristol has it covered. There is also a family-friendly café to cater for hungry children.
Nothing excites little children more than a shark and three turtles swimming over their heads in the ocean tunnel on the way to see the penguins being fed before visiting the otters in their enclosure. Your little darlings can be equally as ecstatic if you go to your nearby Sea Life Centre. With 12 centres in the UK, you should be able to find one not too far away. Sea Life Centres are designed for young kids so have all the right facilities plus open spaces to crawl and toddle about when the pushchair gets a bit boring. This is the perfect attraction whatever the weather.
We know you’re spoilt for choice, how can you visit all of these when the bank holiday lasts only 24 hours?! Well, we haven’t figured that one out either …