I was tempted to call this feature ” Daycation ” as i heard it’s the new word for a day out. Apparently more of us are taking off and returning the same day, with much to explore and money tighter it seems to be an alternative to a short break. But either way the time has come to dust off the picnic hampers and maps. Unless of course you are a sat nav and on site cafe family. Personally if there was not a route squabble on the way it would not feel like a day out, and i have a lovely picnic hamper.
I will be adding to these throughout the season and welcome suggestions.
Southend Pier Museum.
Re open after a refurbishment and looking forward to seeing new and old friends.
See the fascinating history of the worlds longest pier come to life.
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham , Essex.
Take a ride on an award winning period country railway.
Lots of events throughout the season including Thomas days.
For more information call 01787 461174 or visit http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
BeWILDerwood. Nr Wroxham. Norfolk.
An imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters.
Kids can run wild here and swing and slide in this wonderful wood.
You can picnic , but the food is good too.
A fabulous day out.
Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest. Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
An unusual mix of a traditional heritage garden and an intriguing ancient woodland.
Tropical Wings. South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.
This has one of the best butterfly houses in the country,and although it is a small zoo it has plenty to offer.
It also has a play and picnic area.
Open last Sunday each month and bank holidays March – November
The Coalhouse Fort Project was formed in 1983 to maintain and promote the fort.
It was built between 1861 – 1874 and remained in military service until 1962.
It has two museums, military vehicles, artillery and much more.
Princess Margaret Road East Tilbury, Essex RM18 8PB - 01375 844 203
Leeds Castle. Maidstone , Kent.
This famous castle offers a blend of history, glorious gardens and attractions.
Many events throughout the year for adults and children.
Tower of London. London.
There are dozens of amazing sights and activities at the Tower.
Discover how people lived as well as getting an insight into the prison and executions.
See the dazzling crown jewels in all their glory.
Castle Howard.York, Yorkshire.
If you are visiting the north this year, Castle Howard looks stunning.
Visit and enjoy world-renowned collections, stunning architecture and inspiring family stories. Relax amid idyllic gardens, enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, and let off steam on the adventure playground.
It also has a farm shop and garden centre.