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24 Beautiful Thatched Cottages in England + 5 You Can Stay in!

So British aren’t they? Thatched cottages. Just the words bring up a cosy scene, complete with wintry jumpers and an open fire.

You’ve got to love the thatched cottages in England in Bridget Jones, in The Holiday and every other American film depicting the English countryside. The thing is though, they are just so pretty. You can see why people want to travel to see them.

Thatched cottages might be a bit of a nightmare for their owners to look after, and to insure, but for us, they’re just lovely to look at. I’d take any of these English thatched cottages for a weekend!

I thought I’d take a look at some of the most famous and best thatched cottages in England to take me out of my little terraced house for a while.

Some of these thatched cottages you can even stay in!

Thatched Cottages in England

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1. Georgeham, North Devon 

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Visit Devon for a day out and you’re sure to see some thatched cottages. There are lots of cute villages and towns here, which means quaint and cute houses galore!

2. Seaside town of St Mawes, Falmouth, Cornwall

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And if Devon doesn’t quite fit the bill, then a day out in Cornwall definitely will. Cornwall is one of the most popular places for English people to go on holiday – mainly thanks to the stunning coastline, but also due to the unique houses and things to do there.

Go to Cornwall and I guarantee you’ll see a thatched cottage while you’re there.

3. Micheldever, Hampshire

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Hampshire is my current home county and a totally underrated county in my opinions. Days out in Hampshire usually centre around the coastline, the beautiful New Forest, or Jane Austen.

And as you’d expect from somewhere that Jane Austen lived, there are thatched cottages galore.

4. Treasure, somewhere

Unfortunately I couldn’t actually find where this thatched cottage is, but isn’t it magical? I needed to include it in this round up, sorry I have no further info but this can be a lucky treasure hunt for you.

Let me know if you find it!


5. Stay here in Andover, Hampshire!

Three double bedrooms, one with en suite. We will put extra beds if required. Large fully equipped kitchen and large dining table. French windows onto large enclosed garden. Large cozy lounge with fireplace and plenty of games for the family, Flat screen TV and high speed Broadband.

Close to River Test and a stones throw from the River Anton.

The Crook and Shears thatched village pub serves home made food. A great place for corporates, contractors, family’s and fishing parties.

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6. Broadhembury, East Devon

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See, told you Devon had some of the best thatched cottages in England. Imagine living in one of these!

7. Inner Hope Cove, Devon

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Oh, there goes Devon again.

Honestly, the people who own these houses must get annoyed with people queueing up to take photos, but they’re just so pretty!

9. Lucky dip

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If you manage to find this thatched cottage in England, you win a prize. Not actually quite sure what yet though…


10. Stay here in Ringmore, Devon!

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A 16th century thatched cottage for 2 to 4 guests in Ringmore – a coastal village next to Bigbury-on-sea in the South Hams.

The cottage is a 10 minute walk to 2 beaches and next door to the excellent village pub which does amazing food!

The cottage is therefore ideal for those who want to enjoy the beach, walks along the South West Coastal path and all the other amenities in the South Hams.

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11. Selworthy, Somerset, Exmoor National Park

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Here we go, new places, with a bit more information. You should be able to find this thatched cottage in England, nestled in the Somerset countryside.

I’m not sure this is quite a ‘cottage’ – maybe more a fully fledged house. Either way the yellowy hues, unique windows and cool porch way make it an absolute gem in the thatched cottage world.

Also, it’s in the stunning Exmoor National Park, making it all the more appealing.

12. Kingham, Oxfordshire

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Visting Oxfordshire is a great shout if you’re looking for thatched cottages in England. The county is full of them. Visit Kingham to see this gem, or, I was in Oxford the other day, in a place called Godstow – and it was street to street thatched cottages.

Try there!

13. Dorset

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Enjoy a day out in Dorset and you’ll come across even more thatched cottages. This one is a particular beauty in that soft, golden light.

As you can see from the suggestions so far, a lot of the thatched cottages in England are based in the coastal counties of England. I’m sure there’s some historical reason for that, but errr, I’ll have to look it up.

14. Shottery, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire

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Here we go! A Midlands-based thatched cottage – this time, in Warwickshire. In Shottery, Stratford Upon Avon to be precise.

Stratford Upon Avon is Shakespeare County (not to be confused with Stratford in London – very different). This is where you’ll find the biggest concentration of thatched cottages in the Midlands. I can totally recommend a day out here – it’s fab and only a few miles from where I grew up!


15. Stay here in the Cotswolds, Broadway

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Beautiful Cotswolds thatched cottage with private garden and parking. Stylishly furnished. Rural views, sheep in fields, horses trot by yet walk to pubs & shops. Lovely character features offers a real getaway in a special place called Broadway, The Cotswolds.

Private parking, fenced garden with outdoor seating and BBQ.

Walk to pubs, shops and cafe’s. Broadway also has a golf club, bowling green, cricket club, day spa. Cycle hire, horse riding, steam train & castles are near by.

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16. Hope Cove, Devon, England

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Back to Devon again!

Seriously, you need to visit. Get a cream tea and some fudge while you’re there. Yum.

17. Stone built thatched cottage, Warwickshire

Stone built thatched cottage, Warwickshire

Gawd, imagine walking down that walkway into your OWN thatched cottage every day. Be nice wouldn’t it?

So quaint!

18. Beer, East Devon

Beer in East Devon

#Devon – again.


19. Stay here in Bosham, West Sussex

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The Old Thatch is a grade II listed thatched cottage in the beautiful seaside village of Bosham. The property, built in 1653, has been sympathetically renovated to provide a beautiful holiday home.

Benefitting from pleasant grounds, a heated swimming pool and off road parking it provides the perfect spot from which to explore all that West Sussex has to offer.

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20. Hill in Kent

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Be a nice photo you just stood outside that run of thatched cottages in Kent, wouldn’t it?

Kent is a great day out – you can go to the beach, visit the Port Lympne Reserve and hang out with the giraffes and check out Canterbury Cathedral too. Also, keep your eyes peeled for thatched cottages.

21. Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Another one for the Cotswolds here – I mean, that is picture perfect, isn’t it?

Took me a second to realise that was a stone dog and not a real Fido looking out at me.

SO MANY THATCHED COTTAGES in the Cotswolds. Had to shout that to truly enforce how many there are. Go for a day out in the Cotswolds and if you love your thatched roofs, you are gong to have a wonderful day.

22. Devon

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Pink walls and a thatched roof, what’s not to love?

23. Isle of Wight

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You NEED to have a day out on the Isle of Wight if you’re looking for thatched cottages in England. These aren’t even the best ones, trust me.

You need to head for Shanklin for that. Don’t forget to take your camera!


24. Stay here in Wilmington, Kent

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Quintessentially English, this beautiful cottage sits in the heart of the little village of Wilmington. A tumble of beams and cosy corners, it boasts two Inglenook fire places with wood burning stoves, and an Aga in the kitchen.

Just 3 minutes stroll to the village pub – or a 15 minute stroll across the fields the other way, you can visit the beautiful village of Milton
St or Alfriston – with its fine array of tea rooms, village shops – and lovely local hotels.

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25. Buckinghamshire

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This looks like I’d imagine the Weasleys house to look out of Harry Potter – having not seen the films.

I actually just looked up the image and it doesn’t really, but it would make a great retirement home for Mr and Mrs Weasley when they don’t need that big house anymore.

Isn’t it just the perfect thatched cottage with those flowers and gate?

26. Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is in the Cotswolds. Told you it had amazing thatched cottages didn’t I?

27. Dunno

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Here’s another wild card thatched cottage in England for you – see if you can find it!

28. Devon

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Gotta have another one in Devon while we’re here, don’t we?

I love how great this one looks with those ‘normal’ houses in the background.

29. Alfriston, East Sussex

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I should be going past this in a few weeks when I tackle the South Downs Way Cycle Route. Excited.

Loving those orange bricks!

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Enough thatched cottages for you?

I think what we’ve learned from this is that the Cotswolds and Devon should be highest up your wannasee list if you’re into your thatched roofs, with Cornwall, Stratford Upon Avon and Kent not too far behind.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post – I’m off to the New Forest to hunt out even more thatched cottages for a part 2!


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16 Exciting Days Out in Lancashire

Only have time for one day out in Lancashire? Maximise your Lancashire day out with this complete one day Lancashire itinerary for day trippers.

The most popular things to do in Lancashire on a day trip include beaches, wildlife interactions, serene parks, splendid historical monuments, modern swimming pools and water parks. 

We can guarantee you won’t be bored in Lancashire’s county borders!

Best Days Out in Lancashire

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1. Cycling in Lancashire

Lancashire’s amazing attractions and stunning landscapes are just asking to be explored by bike.

There are miles of roads with very little or no traffic – perfect for cycling. You can join a cycling tour company for the guided route that is marked by the National Cycling Network, rent out a bicycle to select your own route or just take your own. 

Cycling events are organised at Colne Grand Prix and Chorley Grand Prix, which make for a great day out in Norfolk for cycling enthusiasts.  

2. Get lost in the forest

The Forest of Bowland in Lancashire is the epitome of natural beauty. It’s one of the unique and most iconic things to do in the Lancashire countryside.

Bowland Forest in Lancashire

The green woods, moorland, villages and farms make the entire place a wonder to explore – and one of the greenest options for days out in Lancashire. You can skip the crowds and noise of the towns and cities to enjoy a relaxing, pleasant break in this picturesque area.

You can expect to see many rare birds and animal species here – bring your camera!

3. See historical sites of Chorley

Chorley was one of the most famous cotton towns of Lancashire with crowds of chimneys as a part of its skyline. During the industrial revolution, this town faced a quick growth and became a popular market. The market still happens on Tuesdays and you can buy some delicious home baked items from stalls. 

Don’t miss Astley Hall – it dates back to the 17th century and you can sit in its beautiful walled garden to catch some fresh air.

Rivington Pike is another important attraction in Chorley, the sandstone peak is 363 metres high. Climb to the top and you can enjoy a fascinating view of the Moorland and Rivington Reservoir.

4. Relax in Lune Valley 

The Lune Valley begins just a few minutes’ drive from Lancaster and borders the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales.

Artists and writers love it here and it features in the works of Wordsworth and Turner et al. 

Walk, cycle or just admire the Lune Valley on your day out in Lancashire, it’s one of the county’s top attractions. 

The beer garden at The Station Hotel is a good one, or if it’s winter then the log fire inside is probably a better shout. Here you can enjoy a good menu, indicative of the quality pub grub we used to have before the hipsters took over. 

5. Veggies in Poulton

Poulton-le-Fylde provides the perfect rural setting with a market and conservation area. This area is untouched by the industrial revolution and coal fields; hence it has its natural agricultural setting.

Poulton, as the town is more commonly known, has a weekly market on every Monday selling fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. They are grown in the countryside by the locals so they are organic. Treat yourself with some freshness straight from the farms!

Definitely one of the more ‘wholesome’ days out in Lancashire!

6. Explore historic Lancaster

Lancaster is a cluster of historical monuments associated with the British throne, dating back to the 17th century.

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Lancaster Castle is a medieval castle located in Lancaster in the English county of Lancashire. Its early history is unclear, but may have been founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort overlooking a crossing of the River Lune. It is now used as a prison.

Lancaster is a cool city, with the stunning Lancaster Castle and all the Georgian houses near the bank of Lune River to enjoy. Visiting Lancaster is one of the most popular days out in Lancashire, and you  need to make sure to save time to visit the Lancashire City Museum if you really want to make the most of your day out.

The Ashton Memorial and Lancaster Canal are also popular days out in Lancaster. 

7. Go to Blackpool!

The legend of Blackpool is alive in England – you either love it or hate it! 

Blackpool is an awesome coastal town and one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country. 

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Blackpool has been one of the most popular things to do in Lancashire since the eighteenth century, and it remains a very popular local holiday destination for Brits.

The 140-metre-high victorious ballroom observation deck was inspired by the Eiffel Tower – well worth a little trip up there. Blackpool also has an amusement park on the beach and a lights festival during autumn to add extra spark of entertainment for visitors.

In the winter the Blackpool Illuminations make for a legendary day out in Lancashire!

If you have the time on your day out in Blackpool, then take a little trip out to Lytham St Annes. Golf lovers will be happy here, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with theatre shows, marshes, sand dunes, the natural habitat of migratory birds, and a beach. 

Blackpool is undoubtedly one of the most popular days out in Lancashire.

8. Get to know Burnley

Burnley is a popular textile town from the 19th and 20th Century. It’s now an important landmark of the industrial times of Lancashire.

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Visiting the town is among the important things to do in Lancashire for the traditional life explorers and history lovers. There are a few little shops, Towneley Art Gallery and Museum and the National Trust – Gawthorpe Hall to explore.

The museum has a variety of traditional furniture and painting collections on display, while Gawthorpe Hall is a stunning National Trust Elizabethan Mansion.

9. Ribble Valley and the Whalley Arches

The splendid Whalley Viaduct is located near the banks of River Calder. This is a huge railway bridge that was built in eighteenth century – local people call them the Whalley Arches.

Spend a day out in Lancashire here and you can enjoy the 13th century ruins of Whalley Abbey, the Cistercian Monastery that was divided in the 16th century.

You can explore the scenic Ribble Valley by hiking in the pasture and woodland to look over the village. Visiting Ribble Valley is definitely one of the best things to do in Lancashire.

10. Discover the rich history of Preston

Preston was the initial home to the cotton mills and industry during the 18th century. The north bank of the Ribble River had a gothic church of St. Walburge, which was the most popular landmark and identity of Preston. There is a classical Harris Museum and Art Gallery with a huge collection of famous paintings, antiques and archeological gems.

The covered market hall in the town of Preston, Lancashire.

Different exhibitions, theatre and performing art shows are organised here for us to enjoy.

11. Fly kites at Morecambe

The sea side town has a huge variety of entertaining things to do like exploring sandy beaches, flying kites, eating at restaurants, ice cream parlors and many more.

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The famous Midland Hotel is a prominent landmark of Morecambe that was constructed in 1933. Being a part of the history, it has strong cultural connections. This building is a master piece of art deco with a statue of Eric Morecambe, a British performer.

The most interesting activity on the beach side is kite flying in the beach winds. There are many stalls and shops where you can buy kites.

12. Visit the tall hills near Darwen

Darwen is the perfect attraction for day out in Lancashire. There are amazing bike trails, footpaths and moors. You can plan a cycling trip to explore the nearby areas and climb the hills. The landscape is barren and windswept but amazingly appealing.

Spend time in the Victoria market hall to buy local things at the stalls.

13. Visit Multicultural Blackburn

The multicultural large town of Blackburn has a lot to offer to the visitors. It was known for the cotton industry of the industrial revolution in eighteenth century. It was initially settled in 13th century by the Flemish migrants. You can find the cultural roots and history in the Blackburn Art gallery and museum.

There’s a huge variety of traditional and heritage displays, Japanese print collections Egyptology collections, medieval manuscripts, paintings, crafts and many more.

Blackburn is also famous for their Blackburn Rovers footie team – they won the 1995 Premier League.

Add to your day out in Blackburn with the impressive Blackburn Cathedral, Hoghton Tower and the Park too.

14. Observe the Bee Hives in Samlesbury Hall

The Medieval Manor is a romantic and beautiful place to visit during the week. Tour guides tell multiple stories of witches and ghosts, apparently the reason why so many residents have left the building.

The 14th Century Great Hall has a long gallery and dining hall from with wood panelling and painted ceilings. Check out the Mayflower Playground, built during 16th Century by the Mayflower pilgrims.

The menagerie has a place for goats, rabbits, sheep, pigs and hens.

Another distinct feature of Samlesbury Hall is the bee centre open for the public on Wednesdays and Sundays. Enjoy the hives, and learn about the many ways honeybees shape our country side. You can see how the way bees collect nectar and work on it whereas the beekeepers are available to answer questions related to them.

This is a great attraction for a day out in Blackburn, and Lancashire.

15. Visit Maggie’s secret garden and fishing pond

The village of Bispham has a beautiful Crook Hall Farm surrounded by the country side. There are three fishing ponds with traditional methods to manage the ponds. Maggie’s Pond is in the secret garden located just a short walk from the cottages. It’s an extremely peaceful, well sheltered and comfortable fishing spot. If you’re looking for relaxing days out in Lancashire, this is a great shout.

The pond has a variety of fish like Chub, Tench, Barbel, Roach, Rudd, Perch and common Carp, Grass carp and mirror carp. The other two ponds – Joe’s and Nora’s Pond – are a little further along among the trees and hedges with a variety of fish.

Stay in one of the cottages here to enjoy the impressive sunrise and sunset.

16. Enjoy the tranquility of animal farm

The Windmill Animal Farm is your chance to touch and feed the animals. Here they’re raised in a natural way so you can observe the everyday routine of a typical animal farm, and even get involved with the bottle feeding!

This amazing place has three play areas for children, an indoor play barn, outdoor play area and a play area near the lake too. A great one for the kids!

The farm also has its own miniature train.

With a coffee shop and picnic area, the Windmill Farm is a great day out in Lancashire for all the family. Book your tickets in advance to save the hassle!


Where’s your next day out in England?

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Is it Safe to Enjoy a Day Out in England Right Now?

The decision whether to enjoy a day out in England right now is a very personal one. As you’ll have seen in the media, thousands of people are, so is it safe to join them?

As of today (July 4th) many shops, restaurants, beauticians, pubs, stately homes and hotels have opened up for business. In fact, it’s our biggest step forward in the tourism industry since lockdown began on March 23rd.

But just because you can go for a day out, does it mean you should?

Health considerations

Of course, if you’ve been self isolating for any reason, then you need to adhere to what’s right for you. And it seems obvious to say, if you have any symptoms of Corona Virus then stay at home.

Do NOT go out, do NOT feel bad about losing any prebookings or letting anyone down – STAY at home.

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If you feel fine though, everyone you know is fine, and you’re in good health, right now it’s perfectly acceptable to go for a day out. In fact, you’re even allowed to stay over now.

Unless you live in Leicester, or have had contact with people in Leicester.

And please check the latest news updates if you’re not reading this today.

Is it safe to go out in England?

Attractions and businesses have been working hard to ensure they can open today, or this week. For many it’s essential they open as soon as possible, to be able to stay afloat.

The easiest way to know whether an attraction in England is as safe as it can be, is to check if it has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation.  

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This means the attraction, restaurant or tourist hangout has passed stringent tests to prove they’re doing everything they can to be safe for visitors. Over 20,000 businesses have now signed up.

The ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation has been launched by Visit Britain and Visit England and is done in partnership with the national tourism organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

‘We’re Good to Go’

The whole point is to give us the confidence to enjoy days out in England again. If you’re missing your days out in Hampshire, and English UNESCO sites, then now’s the time to visit, with confidence.

If you can see that the attraction has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation it means they’ve followed a checklist of self-assessments set out by the aforementioned boards, in collaboration with the government.

Certain social distancing and cleanliness protocols must be in place for them to pass. 

Businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place.

– Visit Britain

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses appealing to domestic tourists. Such as hotels and accommodation providers (including campsites, caravan parks and short term lets), indoor and outdoor visitor attractions and conference and events centres.

Nobody wants their business to be the one that ruins it for England, after all this sacrifice and hard work. They will be looking after their staff, doing what they can and regularly cleaning public and business areas. 


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Your day out checklist

So, how to know where’s safe to go in England… 

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  1. Check the attraction has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ certification displayed online or at the premises. 
  2. Check out the ‘Know Before You Go’ section on VisitEngland so you can practice safe tourism as much as possible.
  3. Take your own hand gel and hand wipes.
  4. Wash your hands regularly. 
  5. Refrain from touching things unnecessarily. 
  6. Stay at least a metre from others not in your household. 
  7. Be understanding to others, but also, kindly tell them if they’re infringing on your space. 

Confidence to go out again

With the country being in various stages of lockdown for 100+ days it’s bound to feel strange being allowed to venture out again.

You are allowed though. And wherever you go will have carefully planned their reopening.

Enjoy your freedom, be kind to others, stay clean and stay SAFE!


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10 MAGICAL Airbnbs in England to Book for Autumn

Airbnb have released their most wish-listed properties in England for us to pine after this summer. With no travel for months it’s time to splash out and hire a really magical Airbnb for family and friends to treat ourselves in these ‘unprecedented’ times.

Unfortunately some are fully booked for July and August, but we can look and book for September onwards, can’t we? Nice to have something to look forward to!

You deserve one of these incredible Airbnbs for your staycation this year. Have a look, they’re genuinely jaw-dropping.

The ranking includes a forest lodge in Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands, an oak cabin in Hemel Hempstead and a windmill in wonderful Kent.

We can see from the official most wished for Airbnbs that we’re keen for magical properties – over 70 per cent of the list is made up of lodges, cabins and glamping.

All of these incredible Airbnbs in England are open for bookings from July 3rd onwards. Book now to be able to go on even more days out in England!

Magical Airbnbs in England

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1. Off-grid geodesic dome

Northumberland

In at No10 is this amazing 'geodesic dome', which is located in rural Northumberland. The site, says the listing, is 'completely off-grid' with water in containers, solar power and a composting toilet. There are luxury touches, though. The double bed has a memory-foam mattress and there's a wood-fired hot tub. The views? Beautiful. It costs £130 a night and sleeps two

This amazing ‘geodesic dome‘ is located in rural Northumberland. It’s ‘completely off-grid’ with water in containers, solar power and a composting toilet.

It’s still pretty luxurious though, with a memory-foam mattress double bed and a wood-fired hot tub. And as you can see from the top pic, the views are stunning.

Expect to pay from £130 a night, sleeps two.

“Satori dome is located on a working farm alongside a large pond. Spend your time watching wild ducks and swans through the panoramic bay window, or explore North Northumberland before heading back to your site for a soak in the outdoor Japanese soaking tub, whilst star gazing from the deck.”

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2. Beachfront house

Cleveleys, Lancashire

This epic beachfront house sleeps 15, costs £242 per night and features include a rooftop terrace, hot tub and cinema room. It's located a five-minute walk from Blackpool town centre

WOW!

How about this for an epic beachfront house?

This magical airbnb sleeps 15 and features a rooftop terrace, hot tub AND a cinema room. It’s located a five-minute walk from Blackpool town centre. This is a great place to stay to experience the Blackpool illuminations!

Costs from £242 per night.

Perfectly located in the seaside town of Cleveleys in a tourist area but away from any crowds so you can be sure to have a peaceful stay at our home but still a stones throw from all attractions and amenities. We have the beautiful beach and sea on your Doorstop, Nearby to all Blackpool nightlife, theatres and attractions!

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3. Old smock windmill

Beneden, rural Kent

Well, frankly, you had us at windmill. This amazing four-storey property sleeps two and costs £210 per night

Ever wondered what it’s like to sleep in a Mill?

Well, know you don’t have to go all the way to the Netherlands to get that windmill feeling, it’s right here in sunny, sunny Kent!

There’s a lush king size bed here, a beautiful old copper basin sink and taps and a unique pulley system for hanging clothes. With beams and a spiral staircase, it really is a unique place to stay in England. And the bathroom is a wet room with underfloor heating, so I’m in!

This amazing four-storey property sleeps up to 4 and costs from £210 per night.

Old Smock Mill is a romantic place for couples. The atmosphere inside is peaceful and relaxing. Everything is designed to unwind you from the moment you walk in.

It is surrounded by the lovely Kent countryside where you can ramble and refresh yourselves by perhaps ending the day in one of the great pubs cosy by a log fire in Winter or in Summer in an English garden. Guests have said how hard it is to tear themselves away, it truly is a treasure to find.

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4. Private seaside retreat

Weston-super-Mare

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, especially if it's in this relaxing retreat that has a hot tub and chic decor. It costs £95 a night and sleeps two

A ‘private seaside retreat with a hot tub’ – I mean, does that sound like absolute dreams right now or what?

Located in a quiet area of Weston Super Mare this lush seaside retreat has everything you need, including morning beach walks nearby.

Stay here and you’ll get a locally sourced breakfast, a sunny garden and a new hydrotherapy jacuzzi. They’ve got board games and speakers for the evening wind down, and everything you need in the kitchen and bathroom too. Seaside chic at its absolute best!

It costs £95 a night and sleeps two.

The accommodation has been specially created with relaxation and privacy in mind. The Coach House is a newly converted former 18th century stable building, believed to be once used by a developer building houses on Weston’s hillside.

The amazing interior space includes a large bedroom with a king size bed that overlooks a hot tub and garden.

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5. Converted shipping container in a private meadow

Poltimore, Devon

A shipping container may not sound like a great staycation option on paper, but this one has pine-topped stools, a handmade reading chair and a log burner, plus a double bed and sofa bed. It sleeps four and costs £90 per night

If you’ve been watching ‘How to Live Mortgage Free’ on Netflix, like me – you’ll know that shipping containers are a great idea if you have the space.

Staying in a shipping container may not sound like the greatest prospect, but you just need to take a look at the photos to see this is much better than that.

With pine-topped stools, a handmade reading chair and a log burner, plus a double bed and sofa bed this is a magical Airbnb for you and your friends to get together.

Sleeps four and costs £90 per night.

The perfect destination for complete relaxation and privacy. Our lovingly converted bespoke shipping container is set in a beautiful private meadow with far-reaching views over the rolling Devon countryside.

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6. Unique luxury cabin

Hereford

This wonderful A-frame cabin for two - called Little Hourstones - sits on a farm in rural Herefordshire and costs £90 a night

Fancy living on a farm in rural Herefordshire for a night or two? Little Hourstones is a bespoke, modern A Frame cabin set in a quiet corner of their idyllic organic farm.

The ‘house’ is light and airy with everything you’d need from a short stay, with a fantastic veranda and private hot tub too.

Sleeps two and costs from £90 a night. 

Little Hourstones is set in its own private paddock where you can just relax without be bothered by the outside world. There is a fire pit with wood supplied so that you can barbecue in to the evening on the veranda and also a private hot tub should you fancy a dip.

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7. Glamping experience

Sutton (near Ely and Cambridge)

What you're gazing at here is a 'beautifully converted 1945 boat within a private forest' that contains a king-size bed, and an adjoining 'boat shack' with an 'eclectic industrial style kitchen and bathroom with walk-in shower'. It sleeps two and costs £150 a night

Looks really amazing doesn’t it? This here is a beautifully converted 1945 boat glamping experience, complete within a private forest. Inside you’ll find a king-size bed, with an adjoining ‘boat shack’ and an ‘eclectic industrial style kitchen and bathroom with walk-in shower.

AND, OMG, there’s a secluded roll-top bath outside on the deck.

You’ll also find pet goats, horses, dogs and chickens on site!

It sleeps two and costs £150 a night .

The boat is positioned on a large deck made of reclaimed sleepers within a tranquil private forest overlooking the beautiful fenland countryside. The perfect retreat for couples to relax, explore and enjoy the amazing sunsets.

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8. Secluded countryside lodge

Maidstone

If your budget lies at the £110 mark, then this gem might tickle your fancy. The listing says: 'Embrace the quirky, cosy interiors in this romantic getaway. Open the doors to the terrace, and let the sounds of nature waft through the lodge. Fire up the BBQ, enjoy a good meal and then spend the evening in the hot tub gazing up at the stars.' We're sold

This secluded countryside lodge looks incredible. Just look at that amazing design – fancy living in amongst it? Yeah, me too. If you’re planning a day out in Kent anytime soon, then a night here could be the perfect antidote for a busy day. Great way to extend your trip!

There’s even an al-fresco hot tub too!

Embrace the quirky, cosy interiors in this romantic getaway. Open the doors to the terrace, and let the sounds of nature waft through the lodge. Fire up the BBQ, enjoy a good meal and then spend the evening in the hot tub gazing up at the stars.

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9. Romantic oak cabin

Hemel Hempstead

Superhost Lilli, who hosts this No2-ranked oak cabin, said: 'We are looking forward to welcoming guests wanting to relax in a cosy environment. Our cabin offers a perfect location for a staycation, allowing our guests to explore the beautiful British countryside.' A stay costs £110 a night and the cabin sleeps two

This romantic oak cabin in Berkhamstead is special. It’s the perfect peaceful setting for a relaxing getaway – you can even hear owls at night, sometimes.

The cabin offers comfortable, spacious living with a king size bed and plenty of space to move around.

A stay costs £110 a night and the cabin sleeps two.

Backing onto the National Trust Ashridge Forest, this is perfect for outdoor lovers but equally suitable for a romantic night in. 1.5 miles down the road, the popular market town of Berkhamsted is offering atmospheric pubs and bars for a special treat out.

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10. Alton Forest Lodge

Stoke-on-Trent

Behold the UK's most wish-listed Airbnb - a 'spacious woodland lodge' that sleeps up to 12. There's a wood-fired hot tub, a huge decking area, a range cooker, a spacious lounge and a log-burning stove. It costs £175 a night

This Forest Lodge in Alton is actually England’s most wish-listed Airbnb. And to look at it you can see why.

This spacious woodland lodge sleeps up to 12 people. It has a wood-fired hot tub, a huge decking area, a range cooker, a spacious lounge and a log-burning stove.

Located on the edge of the Peak District (great place for a day out) you can enjoy outdoor living here and experience the local mountain biking and bouldering, and the almighty Alton Towers is only two miles away too!

Sleeps 12 and costs from £175 a night.

Located in the stunning dimmingsdale heritage woodland. This bueatiful one time youth hostel is clad in waney edge larch and nestles superbly into the sourounding forest.

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So, what do you reckon?

Fancy booking one of these magical Airbnbs for a treat this year?

You deserve it!

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7 Prettiest Villages in the New Forest to Visit this Summer

Looking for the prettiest New Forest villages for your summer days out? 

There are some wonderful villages in the New Forest, but a handful of them are just that little bit more photogenic than the others. After living 45 minutes from the forest for over 3 years now, I wanted to let you in on the best New Forest towns and villages to visit.

Have you ever been to the New Forest?

It’s one of England’s National Parks and home to the infamous New Forest ponies, who reserve right of way at all times. The Forest is one of the best places to visit in Hampshire and is known for its dramatic autumnal and winter scenes, and perfect spots for spring and summer picnics. Founded by William the Conquerer in 1079ish, nowadays over 15 million people visit the park every year.

The New Forest is made up of these pretty villages and towns, lots of trees, the beautiful seascapes of the south coast and a whole load of wonderful attractions to keep you busy. 

7 Prettiest New Forest Villages to Visit 

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If you’re planning some England road trips this summer, let me show you some of the best villages in the New Forest to include in your New Forest itinerary. 

1. Day out in Brockenhurst

For me, it feels like Brockenhurst is the centre of the New Forest. This is where you’ll find the almighty Pig Restaurant, Balmer Lawn Hotel, and some great Brockenhurst walks. It’s also where you’ll find scenes like these, pictured. Ponies, cows and donkeys roam freely in Brockenhurst, and I’d be surprised if you didn’t see at least two of the three on a day out. 

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Brockenhurst is where the North and South Weirs streams join to flow through the village, making it a haven for wildlife and one of the prettiest villages in the New Forest, in my opinion. 

Brockenhurst also has the main train station of the New Forest, providing the halfway point between Southampton and Bournemouth. 

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Top things to see in Brockenhurst include the site of the old New Zealand hospital by the church, a 1000 year-old yew tree and many signposted walks.

Do NOT leave Brockenhurst without checking out Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, it’s the prettiest road in the New Forest and has some great stop off points for picnics and walks.

Love, love, love it here! 


Check out my video on what to do in the New Forest here


2. Village of Beaulieu

Beaulieu literally means ‘Bellus Locus’ in latin, meaning beautiful place – you know it’s going to be one of the prettiest villages in the New Forest for sure. 

This medieval abbey village is most famous for its Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has financed the curation of an impressive 250+ cars here. Beaulieu is also famous for the Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House on the Estate. 

Beaulieu House

There’s also the Beaulieu River winding through, that I once kayaked down. The banks make for a lovely spot for a picnic. 

Beaulieu dates back to the 13th Century, and the pretty streets are perfect for photo shots and fun memories. Expect cute locally run stores, a pottery, tea rooms and antique shops. Look out for the red doors on the cottages, it shows they all belong to the Beaulieu Estate.  

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The 8,000 acre estate has been in the ownership of the Montagu Family for nearly 500 years.

Visit Beaulieu for the day and you can also go to Bucklers Hard, and Exbury Gardens is here too. You could spend the whole day in Beaulieu and still not do it all. 

3. Day in Lymington

Lymington was once a Georgian trading port but is now better known for the awesome watersports and walks you can do here. The Historic Roman Sea Water Baths are popular here, but whether they’re actually Roman is kinda under review. 

Villages in Lymington

People head to Lymington for the main street, especially the market on a Saturday morning. After a puruse of the markets, and a brunch at one of the many restaurants, take a walk along the cobbles down to the Quay area. You can take boat trips from here to various spots along the coast, and to the Isle of Wight

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One of the most popular things to do in pretty Lymington, is to walk the Solent Way along to the waterside hamlet of Keyhaven. It’s a pretty much six-mile round trip, but there’s a lovely pub in Keyhaven to break up the journey. 

While you’re in Lymington, look out for the gold postbox, painted gold to celebrate Ben Ainslie’s sailing medal to much controversy.

4. Village of Lyndhurst

Gawd Lyndhurst traffic kinda ruins the vibe here, but it’s still a really pretty village in the New Forest. The thriving High Street has butchers, bike rental, a Maserati garage and some lovely looking New Forest pubs too. 

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You’ll notice Alice in Wonderland references dotted about, with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Rooms et al. Visit the graveyard and you’ll soon see why – Mrs Reginald Hargreaves, the inspiration for the character, is buried there. 

You can go to the New Forest Centre here, to learn more about the pretty villages in the New Forest, and make some time to see the churches here too.

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Kids will love the Reptile Centre, the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary is a great spot to watch the deer, and Furzey Gardens has some great events (not this year, sadly). 

5. Visit the village of Burley

Expect more ponies and cows wandering the streets of Burley, as they look after their livestock by ‘commoning’ too. This is the tradition of just trusting the animals to look after themselves around the villages, and trusting they’ll be ok with whatever they happen to meet. 

Burley is a great place for cycling and is close to the National Park trails network so you can start here and just follow the signs for safe cycling. 

There are more lovely, unique shops in the pretty village of Burley, but if you’re looking for something a little different to do on your day out in the New Forest, then book on to a Burley Wagon. See the rest of the New Forest in style with an hour ride around some of the loveliest sights in the locale. 

6. Go to Ashurst

As the gateway to the New Forest, Ashurst is a great place to visit if you’re in Southampton, or, want to combine your day out in the New Forest with some city action. 

Visit Ashurst and you can expect great walking trails, cute pubs, heathland, wetland, woodland and the beautiful river too. 

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If you want a bit more activity from your day out in the New Forest, then the Longdown Activity Park is a good shout, especially if you have children who like to bottle feed animals. And the New Forest Wildlife Park is great too. 

Ashurst is one of the prettiest villages in the New Forest, and the easiest to access too.

7. Milford on Sea village

I love Milford on Sea. I was genuinely amazed by the beach, the spit and Hurst Castle at the end when I happened to visit one day. Explore Hurst Castle and you’ll be as close to the Isle of Wight as you can get on the mainland, without actually being there. 

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Stand on the breezy beach in Milford on Sea and you can enjoy stunning views east towards the Shingles, and west towards Hengistbury Head & Christchurch Harbour. Honestly, go on a bright, sunny day and you’ll love it here.

As well as the beach, there’s a lovely village green here. Visit in summer for the Milford on Sea Festival of Music and Arts. 

LIghthouse Milford on Sea

The main street is lovely here for a little look round, but if you want something a tad more adventurous, you could book onto a fishing trip and go and catch some mackerel instead. 

Pretty New Forest villages 

Milford on Sea in the New Forest

This isn’t an extensive list of the pretty villages in the New Forest, there are many, many more to explore. Use this list as a starter, and trust me when I say that the New Forest is just one beautiful spot after another. Only last week I finally made it to Puttles Bridge Car Park, one of the prettiest water spots in England, I’m sure. 

Have fun exploring and investigating!


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27 Fun Ideas for a Day Out in Nottinghamshire

Looking for the best days out in Nottinghamshire?

Our guest writer Penny, who lives there, has narrowed down the best things to do in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, so you can have the best day out in the city when you visit.


Days Out in Nottinghamshire

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By Penny Reeve

Midlands Connoisseur

Ever since she was a kid Penny has lived to travel, whether it’s far off countries or spending time closer to home visiting sweet spots around the UK. She calls Nottingham home, where she works in Digital Communications and lives with her best friend and a couple of weird but generally pretty awesome cats. 


Travel down any touristy street, in any part of the world, and tell people you’re from Nottingham and they’ll say just one thing; ‘Robin Hood!’

Yes, there is debate that the robber of the rich was from around Nottingham (we’ll not get started on Sheffield’s frankly tedious claim to fame) but Nottingham is so much more than the man in tights.

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So let me show you just a few of the interesting things you can do in Nottingham and to enjoy a day out in Nottinghamshire, without mention of the big man.

Well, maybe just the one.  

Your day out in Nottingham

There’s LOADS to see on a day out in Nottingham city centre. How about Nottingham Castle looking out over the entire city, with the art gallery to look round too? The The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard next door is interesting too.

Go to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub to see the oldest inn in England, and the Robin Hood Experience to hear the history of the biggest Nottingham legend.  

Caves in Nottingham

The City of Caves at the the National Justice Museum shows you what life’s like under Nottingham, while the The Haunted Museum, reveals the lives and legends that haven’t actually managed to leave yet.

Go to Green’s Windmill and Science Centre to learn more about the Mill’s important role in Nottingham’s history. The Nottingham Industrial Museum will fill in any gaps. And William Booth’s birthplace is one for the history lovers too. 

Shopping in Nottingham

Nottingham Trent

As for shopping you can visit the streets surrounding the Old Market Square for some hidden alleyway gems and boutique shops. Then there’s also the Exchange and Flying Horse Walk, the bohemian Hockley and lace market area, and of course, the Victoria Centre

Lots of fun places to spend your money, or just to do a spot of window shopping.

Food in Nottingham

If you want somewhere a bit special for lunch or dinner, head to the Castle Wharf with its various bars and restaurants. It’s a lovely place for food and drink on a summer’s day, or even a wintry one too.  

Nottingham is host to not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants. Sat Bains holds two Michelin stars, and is curiously found under a flyover next to various huge statues of dinosaurs from next door’s dino-themed crazy golf.

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The eponymous former chef has been a doyen of the UK’s culinary scene since winning a Roux scholarship and then continuing to win the Great British Menu in 2007. Bains’ menu is always an absolute delight with creations that are out of this world. Book a seat at the chef’s table to chat along with the man himself as he describes the inspirations for his dishes. 

Then there’s the slightly less eccentrically placed underground venue, Alchemilla.

Alchemilla is the brainchild of Alex Bond, who was previously Bains’ chef de partie. Bond now focuses on immaculately presented and delicious veg and, although meat and fish is served and as perfect as you’d expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s the veg that really stands out. Big things will be coming from Bond so book a place quick and brag to your friends about visiting for years to come.  

You’re obviously going to have to choose between the two for your ultimate day out in Nottingham, but at least you have options! And a reason to come back. Make sure you book well in advance for these, and bear in mind you’re going to have to fork out some cash!

There are another five restaurants favoured by the Michelin Guides, including Bar Iberico’s wonderful tapas and Indian fine dining restaurant Memsaab where Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant once threw a knife at a fellow diner.

City parks and gardens in Nottingham

If it’s city parks and gardens you like, then try Victoria Embankment or the Arboretum Gardens on the other side of the city.

Aboretum in Nottingham

There’s also Highfield Park with its boating lake and adjacent arts centre and play area, Colwick Country Park with Colwick Hall and Nottingham racecourse, or Holme Pierrepont Country Park and watersports centre.

More fun things to do in Nottingham

As for fun and games in Nottingham centre, there’s The Lost City, Planet Bounce, Clip n Climb, eight different escape room venues, and Nottingham Ice Arena.

For a relatively small city, Nottingham punches way above its weight on the show front, with the Theatre Royal, Royal Concert Hall, Rock City and Motorpoint Arena all pumping out a plethora of theatre and dance productions, comedy and music to suit every taste. Even better, all are well placed in the centre of the city and make for easy access for those arriving on foot, by car or public transport. 

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Fun fact: The Mousetrap, which is the longest running theatre show in the world had its debut at the Theatre Royal in 1952. 

For those who love a good festival, Download is a a short bus journey from the city centre and takes place each June, with past headliners including Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Rammstein.

You absolutely cannot struggle for fun things to do on a day out in Nottingham!  

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Let’s look at what you can do around Nottinghamshire for a day out shall we? Beyond those city limits…

25. Visit Lord Byron’s house 

Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature, recognised for its rich history of scribes. Perhaps one of the most well-known Nottinghamshire writers is lothario Lord Byron. If you’re going for a day out in Nottingham, you need to factor in an hour or two to learn about his effect on the city.

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Byron spent his youth at Newstead Abbey which is around half an hour from the city centre, depending on traffic.

The abbey is a dissolved monastery and is host to quite a few ghosts, if the rumours are to be believed – and the abbey does hold ghost hunting nights. Aside from the otherworldly there are general tours of the abbey every weekend and bank holidays from 12 noon – 4PM. The grounds, which are full of peacocks, waterfalls and beautiful themed gardens are open daily from 9AM til dusk. 

To get to the abbey just hop on the Pronto from Victoria Bus Station or catch a train from Nottingham to Worksop and get off at the Newstead Village stop, then wander the mile through the picturesque village to the site.

26. Say Hi to Batman 

You may have fallen in love with the gorgeous Wayne Manor in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Well, the beautiful house shown off in the film was Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall.

Wollaton Hall Nottingham

Built in the 1580s by Sir Francis Willoughby, the ‘architectural sensation of its age’ is now home to the city’s Natural History Museum. Woolaton Hall is about three miles from the centre of Nottingham.

After spending a couple of hours wandering the grounds, taking in the resident deer (please don’t get too close!) and treating yourself to a cream tea make sure to pop into the museum and delight in the displays of taxidermied animals including a gorilla with its own Twitter feed, lots of big game, and a huge collection of birds and bugs. 

There are many buses that take you from the city centre to Wollaton Hall, but the Nottingham City Transport No. 30 or 35 from Victoria Centre are quickest. Alternatively, hop on one of the city’s incredibly cheap bikes-for-hire and take a leisurely ride to the grounds.  

27. See prehistoric cave paintings

Cresswell Crags on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire is a hidden gem. It’s about an hour from Nottingham, but if you’re coming from Sheffield way, could make for a great day out en route.

The draw of the Crags, beside the wonderfully informative visitor centre and museum, is the magnesian limestone gorge, which have been a dream for both geologists and archaeologists since it were discovered in the early 19th century.

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Their digging around has not been in vain either, as cave art and the largest amount of ‘witch marks’ in the UK have been uncovered dotted around the gorge. Keep an eye out for the Neanderthal themed days, where you can get a taster of how our ancestors lived… and throw some axes.

Walks around the Crags are plentiful and there are various routes for wanderers and keen hikers. 


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We hope this has inspired you to try a day out in Nottingham, and to see some of the great things the city has to offer.

If you have any more recommendations for things to do in Nottingham, or you try the day out itinerary above – let us know!


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18 Top Hacks to Save Money on Days Out in England

There are many ways to save money on days out in England, but it’s going to take you some time and research. It’s so annoying when you pay up for an attraction, and then see a deal flash up on the ads after you’ve booked.

Let’s work together to not let that happen.

I wanted to put together a guide to help you save money on days out in England, so you can have even more of them. I’ll keep this post updated with days out money off vouchers, offers for days out and discounts on days out too. Genuinely just want to help you save money on days out!

So, here are my top tips for a cheaper day out in England. And if you have any to add – let me know in the comments at the end.

How to save money on a day out

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1. Go 241

National Rail have a scheme where if you travel by train you can get 241 one over 300 days out in England. They’ve got adventures all over England to enjoy – including Sea Life Centres, Cadbury World, football grounds, zoos, cathedrals, museums, gardens and cinemas.

All you need to do is save your ticket stub to show on entry, and you’ll get the two for one tickets. Check out the National Rail Days Out page for more info.

2. Compare websites for prices

Check out LastMinute.com, HolidayPirates.com and MoneySavingExpert and compare the prices to get the best deal. Sometimes you can find the same attraction at wildly different prices. It always pays to research if you want to save money on days out in England.

Just search in Google if you’re not confident in using search to compare deals. You could find a much better deal!

3. Set up a price alert

They sell these packages on Amazon, which are popular for gifts. I had one marked in my shopping basket to buy my parents for Christmas since early November, and then Amazon had some sort of sale and I saw it was half price!

This meant I got a £50 hotel experience voucher for £25, which was an absolute bargain. It’s also valid for a year, so it’s perfect for you, or for a present. And there’s a whole range of things to do.

Add the experiences to your Amazon basket or wishlist and keep an eye on them to be able to get future amazing deals. Simple way to save money on days out in England!

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4. Take your own food

Phone ahead to see if you can bring juice and a sandwich in. This is one of the best ways to save money on days out as its the food that adds up – especially with a whole family to feed.

Some places might be a bit funny about it, but if you know you have permission beforehand then you can go all out with a picnic featuring some yummy things.


READ MORE: How to Have a Successful Day Out With the Kids


5. Always take a water bottle

I really like this one from xxx which squashes down small when you don’t need it, or it’s empty. I hate carrying those massive bottles around, clanking as you go.

Although, Chilly’s do keep the water cool so it depends on what you’re doing, as to what you can be bothered to carry.

I drink so much water the price of these bottles pays itself back pretty quickly when I’m out and about. There’s also a lot less stigma about getting restaurants and cafes to fill the bottles up on the go too.

Being able to drink free water is a great way to save money on days out.

6. Join the National Trust

If your idea of a good day out in England is open spaces and beautiful views, you might be able to save money, or at least encourage yourself to go out more, by joining the National Trust.

A family membership is currently £120 for two adults and up to 10 children. So jeez, if you have that many sprogs it’s definitely worth the investment. National Trust properties make for a great day out for all ages. My friend with a six-month year old just loves it for the ease of free parking and having somewhere new to wander.

Once you have the National Trust membership it’s unlimited so it can actually add up to a very good value day out in England throughout the year.

With the National Trust membership you can visit luxury houses, beaches, nature reserves and beauty spots, and enjoy lots of days out around the UK.

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7. Join English Heritage

Or, you could join English Heritage. I’ve been a member of English Heritage since last September, but what with 2020 events haven’t actually got very far.

It’s the same idea as National Trust, except it’s the English Heritage sites that are free. There are hundreds throughout England, including Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall.

Take a look at the English Heritage and National Trust websites to see which is the best option for you.

8. Free parking apps

Save money on days out by downloading some free parking apps. These will tell you where to park around England for free – try AppyParking and Parkopedia.

Plan you trip in advance and you can look up the free spots to park. Over a year the cost of parking every time you go out definitely adds up!

9. Find the free museums

All of England’s free museums are listed here on Money Saving Expert. These make for the perfect rainy day activity in England. Also, you and the family / your friends might learn something interesting too!

10. Use supermarket points

Both Tesco Clubcard and Nectar let you use points for days out in England – including theme parks and top attractions. Tot up your points and see how far you are from saving for a big day out.

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11. Find restaurant deals before you go

Research the locale of your destination. Often chain restaurants like Pizza Express and Cafe Rouge have discount vouchers online.

Just Google ‘Restaurant vouchers’.

You’ll need to read the terms and conditions to make sure you go at the right time, but you can end up saving quite a bit with money off and two for ones.

Or you could try using apps like Groupon or LivingSocial as they often have regional deals too.

If chain restaurants aren’t your cup of tea then look out for happy hours in the destination you’re going to. Late lunches and early dinners can save you some serious cash.

12. Get Meerkat deals

I actually used Compare the Market for my car insurance so I got the Meerkat deals deal through that. However, I have a hack, that I know works because I used to do it before I got my car insurance.

Basically, what you need to do is buy a day’s travel insurance using Compare the Market. I had a day’s insurance in France at a cost of £1.50, and then had access to Meerkat deals for a year. This includes the cinema, and restaurants.

An absolute bargain.

It works. Promise. Well, it did last time I did it. Then you have the Meerkat app and can get discounts on all sorts.

13. Research transport

One of the best transport deals I’ve ever purchased was a Network Railcard. I pay £30 a year and get discounted travel all over the south of England. This means my journey to London, which is my most travelled one, comes in at £28 instead of £43. I can also get a friend in on the deal too.

The Network Railcard may not be the best for you – you need to shop around and maybe go and ask at the station. Ask about Gold Cards, Young Persons Railcards or Family Cards – find out what you’re entitled to because you could end up saving a lot.

Also, look into transport options as early as possible for the best deal and sign up to newsletters to learn about deals as they become available.

Check out the Trainline, National Rail and TfL websites for more details. It can also help to compare all the sites, and remember some charge a booking fee while others don’t. Factor that into your research.

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14. Research annual passes

If there’s a particular attraction in your area that you know you’re going to visit a lot, it can save you money to look at an annual membership. Especially now that you might not be travelling quite so far for the summer.

Save money on days out, by going on the same one repeatedly! I mean, if you’ve found somewhere you like – go, go, go!

15. Go with friends

Check out the group entry prices to save money on days out in England. Even saving a few quid here and there is better than nothing.

Just as an example, at Whipsnade and London Zoo you can save 20% on tickets for 10-plus groups. And at Alton Towers you’ll save 30% if you book together online.

16. Ask if your ticket lasts

I recently visited Windsor Castle and after you’d visited the attraction it was possible to upgrade your ticket, for free, to a years pass. This meant for the price of one visit you could go as much as you liked over the year.

Amazing value!

Other attractions in England that do this include The Deep Aquarium in Hull and the Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.

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17. Just walk

There are so many fabulous walks in England, that are totally free to do. Download an app like Pathfinders, or get a good walking guide to England book, and just go.

Walking in England is a great way to get out and about and see what’s around, without spending a penny. A wander round a city, town or field is always interesting, but how about one of these 14 National Trails to get you all warmed up too?

Just make sure you have that parking app downloaded, and you take your own lunch, snacks and drinks. And there you have a totally free day out.

18. Go for a picnic, with extras

There’s a lot to be said for the great outdoors. Just a simple park with you and some good friends, and a nerf set, tennis set or frisbee. Spend the day eating the bread and cheese you like, and working up a hunger by jumping about and chasing after balls and plastic.

Over the last few weeks I’ve met my parents at Port Meadow in Oxford, met a friend at Puttles Bridge in the New Forest and another one at Runnymede in Surrey. All absolutely lovely days out, and all totally free. Didn’t even have to pay parking!

Picnics are my favourite cheap day out, and I think we’re going to be having a lot more of them this summer!


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7 Kayak Safety Tips You NEED this Summer

With all this sunny weather more and more people are buying kayaks and taking to the water. All good fun, but, how can you be sure you’re kayaking safely?

One of the top questions asked right now is, is kayaking dangerous?

Well, no, if you follow these simple kayak safety tips.

Robert from OutsidePursuits.com is here to take us through some basic kayak safety tips you might not have thought of in your eagerness to get out and paddle.

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Kayak safety is super important if you’re renting a kayak, and you’re not familiar with the equipment or the surroundings. And if you’re contemplating buying a kayak, then knowing a few kayak safety tips before you commit will be totally worth your time.

7 Kayak Safety Tips

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By Robert Baker

Expert kayaker at OutsidePursuits.com

Robert Baker is a blogger and a travel writer. He’s been providing destination guides and recommendations to places he has been for many years!


Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports in England. Whether you want to paddle across Windermere or kayak through caves and under arches along the north Cornish coastline, your safety should be a major concern. Failure to adhere to basic safety precautions not only endangers yourself, but it also puts other members of your group at risk as well as rescue personnel from the RNLI and HM coastguard.

Here are some basic guidelines to help you stay safe while kayaking.

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1. Wear a buoyancy aid

Even when kayaking in shallow water, you should always wear a well-fitted, well-maintained, and suitable lifejacket. This is important even if you are a strong swimmer. It is cold shock that kills most accident victims rather than an inability to swim. Cold shock peaks in water between 10-150C. The average water temperature in the UK and Ireland is 120C.

Research conducted by Professor Mike Tipton MBE at the University of Portsmouth proved that a person unexpectedly ejected from their kayak into the water is four times more likely to survive when wearing some form of buoyancy aid. It’s a no brainer why this is top of our kayak safety tips this summer.

When shopping for a personal floatation device, take your time to find one that is comfortable and a good fit. A level 100 lifejacket is designed for use in calm waters, such as a lake in the Lake District. A level 150 lifejacket is designed for coastal waters where a higher standard of performance is necessary. 

Higher-level jackets offer more life-saving features, such as turning an unconscious person onto their back, so they are less likely to drown while floating.

All lifejackets sold in Europe and the UK must meet International Standards Organisation standard ISO12402.

2. Be ready to call for help

If you find yourself in trouble, do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. When planning your kayaking adventure, ensure you carry a means to call for help. 

The simplest device you can carry is a loud whistle. Some life jackets have whistles attached for this purpose. When you’re floating in the water and it’s foggy, a lifeboat could sail right past without seeing you. A whistle enables you to draw attention.

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A mobile can be used to contact the emergency services by dialling 112 or 999. Ask for the coastguard. Because mobiles are not designed to be submerged in water, it’s a good idea to keep them inside waterproof containers in your kayak. Ensure that the container you choose can be easily opened in an emergency.

If you’re planning a long sea kayaking adventure around the English coastline, you should consider investing in a DSC-equipped radio (digital selective calling). These are much more reliable at sea than a mobile. A DSC distress signal also transmits your location.

Alternatively, a PLB (personal locator beacon) can be used to alert the emergency services to your perilous situation. Always know how you can get help is another one of our top kayak safety tips.

3. Check the weather report

With so many meteorological resources in England, there are no excuses for not knowing what the weather will be like. Always check the sea conditions and weather forecast before heading off on your kayaking adventure.

Be prepared to change your plans or even cancel your trip if the weather looks frightful.

The Met Office produces a useful online inshore waters and strong winds forecast. If you like mobile apps, the RYA Safe Trx not only provides you with an inshore waters forecast but also tracks your journey and informs the coastguard if it looks like you’re in trouble. If you are sea kayaking, check the tides on the Admiralty website. 

4. Make a paddling plan

Before setting off on your paddling adventure, make a plan. Decide exactly where you’re going and when you’re going to get there. Ensure that someone reliable knows of your plans and arrange to check in with them when you get back to shore.

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In this way, if you don’t make it back in time, your designated overwatch can contact the emergency services and let them know that you’re in trouble.

Your designated overwatch should know your planned route with estimated times, how many people are in your group, some basic details about the colour and number of kayaks you’re using, and what safety equipment you’re carrying. If your plans change during the day, you must inform your designated overwatch immediately. It’s a basic kayak safety tip to let at least one other person who’s not with you, know where you are at all times.

Know your own limitations.

Don’t make a paddling plan that is overambitious. Attempting to reach the Isle of Man in a Force 8 gale is not a reasonable goal. And providing your overwatch with overoptimistic arrival times may result in an unnecessary lifeboat launch. 

5. Learn how to paddle

Your local outdoor centre or canoe club may offer kayaking lessons organized by British Canoeing. Even a basic introductory course will vastly improve your kayaking safety and reduce the likelihood of a serious accident. 

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It’s a particularly good idea to learn and practice methods to climb back into your kayak after you capsize. Do this in a place where you’re with friends or expert kayakers and where the water is calm. The best place to do this is on an expert-run kayaking safety course

Note that on navigable British waterways, such as canals and rivers, similar rules apply to those used when driving on British roads. That means you should paddle on the left to avoid collisions and attach a white light to the front of your kayak and a red light to the back if you are likely to find yourself paddling after dark. 

6. Wear appropriate clothing and take suitable equipment

Once you know the weather conditions, dress appropriately, such as using a suitable wetsuit and layers of clothes with a hat and gloves. In summer, a sunhat and sunglasses with sun cream may be a good idea. 

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, England, UK. February 2019. Couple learning to kayak in a slight swell on Freshwater Bay in the west of the Isle of Wight a popular holiday resort.

Attach your paddle to your kayak with a leash to prevent loss. Carry a compact First Aid Kit for emergencies. And consider taking a waterproof torch. If you are carrying a radio or any other pieces of safety equipment, test them before each kayaking adventure. 

7. Stay safe out there 

Although kayaking is a relatively safe sport, there are fatalities and near misses every year. Check out the safety information provided by British Canoeing and the RNLI. If in doubt, always ask an expert. 


Benefits of kayaking

Is kayaking good exercise?

Yes! Yes it is. You can burn around 400 calories an hour when you’re kayaking, depending on your weight and ferocity of paddling.

Fun, and good exercise. Kayaking is great!


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50 Hampshire Quiz Questions & Answers

My 50-question Hampshire quiz – perfect for locals, or fans of the county!

Test your knowledge and see how well you really know Hampshire, England…

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Test your Hampshire knowledge with this quiz about one of the best counties in England (I live here). Whether you’re from Hampshire, or you just love the area, it’s time to show off what you know about it. If you need some revision, check out the best things to do in Hampshire on a day out.

You can either do this Hampshire quiz yourself, or you could use this quiz about Hampshire to play against or with your friends. Find out how much you know about Hampshire – let me know how you do in the comments section below!

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This Hampshire quiz has five rounds of 10 questions. Featuring some brain-wracking questions about Hampshire, see how much you know. 

The answers are at the end of the post, in a PDF so you can’t accidentally see them if you don’t want to. 

Don’t forget to share your scores in the comments at the end of the post. And follow Day Out in England on Facebook for more fun Hampshire posts. Enjoy…

BIG Hampshire Quiz

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1. Hampshire general knowledge 

1. What is the name of Hampshire’s County Town?

Is Winchester Cathedral the biggest cathedral in the UK? 

3. Where does Hampshire rank in population?  

4. How many universities are in Hampshire?

5. Which of these is not a boat in Portsmouth Dockyard? 

– Victory 

– Nelson 

– Mayflower

6. Which Hampshire City are the longest holding FA cup champions?

7. What’s the name of the outlet shopping centre in Portsmouth?

8. What kind of wine is Hambledon Vineyard famous for?

9. Is Hayling Island famous for 

– Kitesurfing 

– Surfing or

– Jet skiing?

10. Which Hampshire city is home to the only passenger hovercraft in Britain?

Hampshire Quiz Questions

2. Hampshire’s famous folk

11. Which ‘king’ was born in Grayshott?

12. Which city was Craig David born in?

13. Which Hampshire city was Charles Dickens born in?

14. What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle write in Southsea?

15. Which village was Jane Austen born in?

16. Who’s the famous singer of Song for Our Daughter?

17. Which famous pig has a world here?

18. Which TV show was filmed at Highclere House?

19. Which famous gardener lives in Alton?

20. Who wore safety pins on her dress and was born in Basingstoke?

3. Hampshire picture round

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4. Hampshire’s geography

30. What’s the estimated population of Hampshire in 2019?

– 1,844,245

– 1,626,625

– 1,543,321

31. What’s the highest hill in Hampshire? 

32. How tall is the Spinnaker Tower? 

33. What does Portsmouth have more of than London?

34. What’s the name of the river in the New Forest?

35. Name the six counties bordering Hampshire?

36. Which city does the South Downs Way start in?

37. Over 45% of the county is covered in what?

38. How long is the Hampshire coastline?

– 230 miles

– 200 miles

– 175 miles

39. Which village in Hampshire is usually on best places to live lists?

40. How many cities are in Hampshire?

5. Attractions in Hampshire

Hampshire Quiz Questions

41. Which famous gin is distilled in Hampshire?

42. Name of Southsea’s biggest beach festival?

43. What’s the big museum in Beaulieu famous for?

44. What year did Titanic sail from Southampton?

45. What’s the name of the fantastic animal named restaurant in Brockenhurst?

46. Which queen is commemorated in a park in Petersfield?

47. What do tourists go to see in Titchfield?

48. Which is the biggest zoo in Hampshire?

49 What’s the name of the Theatre in Southampton?

50. What will you find at Exbury?


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15 Tips for a Successful Children’s Day Out

If you want an easy children’s day out – without tantrums, dramas, crying, wanting and toilet issues, then you’re probably living in a bit of a dream world. BUT, you can greatly increase your chances by reading this article.

I’ve asked 15 parent bloggers for their top tips for a successful children’s day out based on their years of knowledge and practice. These parent bloggers all enjoy taking their kids out (mostly) and have refined the art of having a good kids day out, thanks mainly in part to their planning and expertise.

If you’d like some tips on how to have the best children’s day out possible, then read on…

Top tips for a children’s day out

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1. Make time to nap

Dani Ward, Diapers in Paradise

“If you are traveling with babies or toddlers, plan ahead for where and how they will nap. Naps are an essential part of a young child’s day, and as parents we know that it is important not to skip a nap. However, on a day out, we often assume that they will ‘nap on the go’ and it’ll be fine.

While napping on the go is a fabulous option and often the best plan for a day out with kids, it is still important that you build this part of the day into the itinerary. Plan something low-key for the time of day that you expect your child to nap. Know where you want to be for that time of the day, and plan it around meals as you would at home.

If your child is used to napping in the travel stroller or baby carrier, make sure you have it available at naptime. If your child does not nap well in the stroller, don’t risk ruining the trip by trying to force it. It is better to head back to the hotel or house for a midday break and get a solid nap, so that you are all ready to tackle to rest of the day out.

Building naps into the itinerary for every day is an important way to ensure that everyone has a great day out!”

2. Plan your food times

Tips for Kids Days Out,  Manpreet, HelloManpreet.com

“As a carer of 4 foster kids, a day out can go in many different directions! They be very exhausting, yet incredibly fun. But a day out with kids is not something I would recommend doing without some sort of planning, and in this case, planning about food.

Planning a bunch of snacks to take along with you, will save you lots of time as you will not have to stop at different places to please every child. Why they all don’t like the same snack?

I don’t know!

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It is also usually much healthier for the kids if you have snacks and water from home. When you’re out and about, it is usually not the best food for their health so with some preparation you can be sure to feed them well.

If you are out on a road trip, then there are many different cereal bars and snack bars that you can pick up at all supermarkets. These are usually based on good ingredients and will keep the kids feeling fed for a while. If there are no allergies, then we recommend choosing bars that have nuts and dried fruit as these digest slower.

You could also go for the homemade option of sandwiches, let them choose their favourite filling and on route they’ll happily munch them up without a fuss! These are just a few little tips from experience that will make your day more enjoyable and less stressful.”

3. Have an entertainment bag

Rachel, Children of Wanderlust

“Having travelled extensively with 3 young children over the last year (full time travelling), my big tip would be an entertainment bag. 

We always have a bag already packed with various sources of entertainment: sticker books, colouring and pens, portable games like dobble and sometimes iPads too. Lots of the things in our entertainment bag are activities that inspire wanderlust. We also have the iPad loaded with some great educational apps.

 We find the entertainment bag is so useful when waiting for food at a restaurant, or if you fancy a drink somewhere. It’s good to know you’ve always got something ready for if you just want to sit and enjoy a beautiful view or be able to grab some valuable moments in peace.” 

4. Plan the day carefully

Jacquie Hale, UKFamilyTravel.com

“What we have learned through trial and (a lot of) error is that travelling with kids isn’t much fun when they’re tired. At best, a tired child can mean aborting plans for a nice family day out or at worst, missing out on a bucket list sight.

We’ve found that the best way to avoid this is to plan our day so that we can squeeze in a quick nap. We do a lot of road trips with the kids and what works well for us is to have an energetic morning either in a national park on an amazing family-friendly beach, have lunch and then head off to the next destination.  The kids are bound to fall asleep after their busy morning and will have a decent nap, especially if you have a good amount of travel time between destinations.

They will then wake up feeling re-energised and ready for the next part of the day. If you arrive and they’re still asleep, why not enjoy a few more moments of peace or have a nap yourself?!

Our kids dropped their naps at home when they were very young, but at aged 5 and 7, this technique still works for them when we’re out and about and means a much more pleasant day for the whole family.”

5. Don’t cram the day

Jenny from Peak District Kids

“We have travelled extensively with our kids ever since they were born; hiking in the Himalayas, exploring temples of India, traversing Southern Africa in a Land Rover, to our days out exploring closer to home in the Peak District.

Our boys are now 5 and 6 years old and the number one rule we adhere to is, don’t cram too much in to one day.

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New places, people and cultures can be a sensory overload for little minds. Plus there’s always something new that grabs their attention, be it a pile of rocks to climb, a snack stand on a street corner, or just taking longer to walk. Everything always takes longer with kids, little ones especially, and any stresses from parenting often comes from rushing our kids along.

No one wants grouchy, stroppy, overtired kids… and parents. You know your own kids, don’t push them too far. Give yourself lots of time in your day, and trust me, everyone will be in a better mood. And if you find that you have time in your day for more, well that’s fantastic!

Treat it as a bonus.” 

6. Regular toilet breaks

Cat, Passports and Adventures

“To ensure a successful kid’s day out, you need to remember one thing: toilet breaks. And regular toilet breaks at that.

Even if the kids say they don’t need to go, especially young kids, make sure you factor in regular toilet breaks to ensure you don’t hear those dreaded words ‘I need to the toilet’ right at the back of a museum when the toilets are located at the entrance.

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With young children, especially those that are newly trained, make a game out of these breaks. Whenever you enter somewhere, visit toilets at the entrance before your visit. Bring small treats or rewards to encourage newly trained kids to at least try. Even though our son always said no, 9 times out of 10 he went to the toilet when we took him. And it prevented many accidents and change of clothes.

During your visit or outing, make sure you are aware of where the toilets are, or if you are in a city, check the map and find food outlets or shopping centres near to where you are visiting so you can use their toilets if necessary. And always carry a change of clothes for younger kids, just in case!”

7. Buy tickets in advance

Nassie, Snippets of Paris

“If you have ever played the video game The Sims, you know that kids are a lot like the Sims. You can only keep them happy a certain amount of time before they freak out, start complaining, and need to go to the toilet. 

So when planning a successful day out with kids, you need to eliminate all the boring bits. And that means the part where you have to wait in line for 30 minutes or more just to buy tickets.

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One of the simplest ways to keep the children (and the adults) in a good mood, is purchasing the tickets in advance on the internet, and just flashing them at the guard as you walk into the activity of the day. 

You get to maximise time spent at the activity, and minimise the crankiness factor.

In addition, there are often discounts and options available online that you may not be able to fully analyse with a teary 3-year-old who is tugging at your shirt and begging for a snack. So you may actually even save money by buying the tickets in advance.” 

8. Don’t force them

Nikki, Best Things to do in York.

“There is nothing worse than planning a lovely day out and spending all that money if you have grumpy kids who really don’t want to be there. Now, I’m not saying you should cater to their every whim, but there is no point forcing them to do something they really don’t want to do as that way you will all be miserable!

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Ask the kids what they would like to do. It might be that they are not keen on parts of the day out you have planned – maybe you have kids of different ages or tastes and one wants to go bowling while the other wants to ride rollercoasters. By asking them first you not only get their buy-in but them you can plan something for everyone so that everyone is happy.  

You can also make it clear that you will only do the great thing they want to do if they don’t moan about the great thing their sister wants to do and vice versa!”

9. Less is more!

Ariana, World of Travels with Kids

“As a parent, you only want the best for your kids, and planning the perfect day out is no exception. You want it to be fun, fantastic and memorable for the kiddos. And, if you’re like me, I usually try to cram something educational in there too!

However, a few years ago I realised that I was going about it all wrong. With kids, the adage ‘less is more’ is very apt. Imagine being a kid, seeing your parents rush around to get out of the house for a ‘big day.’ Then they drive on busy streets to a museum or show, getting lost – and stressed out, then struggling for parking…  It doesn’t look fun for the kids and it’s not. 

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Then… if the said carpark was far from the show… there is a long walk, the queues for the food are long and it is expensive, maybe their parents are arguing a little. None of that is fun. 

In short, my tip for a successful day out is to not plan too much. I don’t set high expectations for myself, for them, or the day in general.  I go with the flow … and listen to them. If they are tired, we stop and have a break. I focus on being with them (rather than doing an activity) and enjoy their wonder of the world, rather than trying to do too many things.”

10. Prepare the night before

Ana, from Parenthood4ever.com

“One of the most important tricks to having a successful day out with kids starts way before the actual day out, the night before to be exact. There are a few people who think about it when they start traveling with kids, but eventually, all comes down to practice. 

There is nothing better than getting everything ready for the next day without your kids. And it will save you a thousand of unrecoverable nerve cells the next morning. Just look at it this way: what would you do before taking an exam or a job interview? Correct, preparation it is. 

Here are some simple steps to consider: 

1.       Pack a bag with extra clothes, toiletries essentials and baby items depending on itinerary plans.

2.       Get extra wet wipes, tissues, and toilet paper.

3.       Prepare, pack, and place food and beverages in the fridge, so that in the morning you only move the bag to your backpack. 

4.       Make sure your gear is ready, e.g. child seat is installed for the car or bicycle, the picnic blanket is well-packed, cameras and other devices are fully charged.

5.     Place your bags in a prominent place.

Preparation for your family holiday works like magic. Just imagine starting the day with a cup of coffee while your kids are having a quick breakfast before going out. Also, it is an absolute must to prepare everything in advance if you depart at dawn or are about to have a long-haul flight with your baby. There’s no chance you can think of what to pack at 4 am!”

11. Get a good sleep

Nicole, thepassportkids.com

“After taking countless day trips with kids all around the world, one of the best pieces of advice that I would give to other parents is to ensure your kids have a good night’s sleep the day before.

If you have a big day trip planned a good night’s rest the day before will sometimes make or break your day trip.

Kids need a good amount of sleep and rest for them to feel energised and less temperamental.

If you have a big day out planned, if possible, don’t have too much planned for the day before so kids can have an early bedtime with a routine. We usually have a slow day before which would include outdoor time with activities like swimming or bike riding to get the fresh air which tends to helps them sleep better.”

12. Changes of clothes for all weathers

Mandi, from EastAngliaFamilyFun

“Having seven children I always like to be prepared, so my biggest tip for any family day out is to ensure you have a change of clothes, especially with the rather unpredictable British weather.

During the winter months, we always have an extra set of hat scarf and gloves stored in the boot of the car, as you can never tell when the temperature will drop, especially if you are out on a dog walk in the middle of nowhere or you have been having too much fun building a snowman, but have got your gloves wet!

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Likewise during the warmer weather, we have extra sun hats in there, so even if someone leaves the house without theirs, we have spares in the car and don’t have to turn round and go home to retrieve one. We also tend to take a full change of clothes for all of the children, so we don’t get caught out if they have an accident (when they were younger,) or get wet trousers when paddling in the sea!

We also ensure there is a fleece or jumper for everyone, even in the summer in the UK!

Everyone always takes a full change bag when they have a baby, so why not continue even when they’re older, it’s certainly saved some tears over the years, of being wet or cold, and no more trying to dry trousers on the car heater!”

13. Stick to your schedule

Vrushali, from Mumbaikar Mom

“Whenever you are considering planning a day out as a family, you must ensure that you do not make any changes to the sleep cycle of your younger kids and toddlers. 

Waking up your kids before their usual wake up time is a sure way of starting the day on a wrong note. Your kids will be cranky even before you head out on your day out with them. 

In fact, even while you’re out, your kids may feel sleepy, tired or just plain irritated resulting in mood swings and random hunger pangs. 

Similarly, if you want to make sure you enjoy your day out with kids, do not plan to stay out beyond the bedtime of your kids. Plan to come back home at least half an hour before your kids’ bedtime so that they stay active and energetic during your time out. 

Of course, planning as per your kids’ sleep cycles will leave you with less time for your outing. You may even have to cut down on some activities. However, it will ensure that both you and your kids stay in a greqt mood throughout the day and you all end up making the most of your family outing. 

14. Bring hand sanitiser

By Clara, Petite Capsule

“Hand sanitiser is one of the key items you need to have a successful day out with kids, regardless if you are travelling with a baby and toddler, or older children.

As soon as babies start crawling, hand sanitiser is a must. Kids are active, love exploring, and are keen to touch everything. They will touch dirt, climb trees, play in the park, touch bins, touch bubblers, sit on the ground, crawl under tables and chairs, press buttons, slide their hands along rails, roll on grass, hide in odd spots, touch their shoes. The list is endless.

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They get dirty from touching anything they can get their hands on.

Your kids will then want to lick their fingers, suck on their thumb, put their hands in their mouth, pick up food. If possible, you will wash their hands with water and soap before they do any of this. But if you are out and about, water and soap are not always readily available.

Hand sanitiser will come to the rescue to kill viruses and germs, so your family and kids stay well.” 

15. Let kids bring their own backpacks

Diana, from TravelsinPoland.com

“Taking kids out for the day can be great fun, but it can also result in a lot of issues if you aren’t well prepared. 

Being prepared is one of the keys in making a day out successful. There are so many things you can do to make it so, and one great way is to let the kids pack their own little backpacks. 

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Once children become more used to carrying their own items, even if it is something small when they are young, they are more willing to do so as they get older and you begin to do more long term activities such as hiking. 

At that point, kids have become accustomed to carrying their own weight such as water bottles, flashlights, or small toys or drawing pads and markers that can keep them occupied. The kids backpacks should never be heavy but only carry enough of what they need such as snacks, drinks, a hat and some toys or other necessary items.”

Your children’s day out

I hope these children’s day out tips have inspired you to take your own kids out, and actually enjoy the day as well.

To sum all these kids day out tips up in a nutshell, you just need to be prepared for all eventualities. And I guess that’s where people who have a car are lucky. Keep that boot stacked with clothes, food, hand sanitiser, towels and blankets and you’ll be fine!


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