With another (hopefully as sunny) May bank holiday and a Half Term just around the corner, Brook Green Mums wanted to give you some (well known and other less) suggestions of family themed parks, zoos and other fun places to take your kids for a little trip in the U.K.
Drusillas Zoo Park and its cute Hello Kitty rides: An absolute favourite in our house. Located in East Sussex (2h drive from London), it has a small adorable zoo, an adventure play area, an indoor soft play area, some safari themed rides, water fun and the very first Hello Kitty park attraction in Europe;
Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park: With its 70 rides and attractions, it’s impossible not to cater for all ages and tastes. The younger ones will love their Peppa Pig themed rides. We did two days there to get the most out of our visit. It’s 1h30 drive from London and conveniently located close to Southampton;
What a fabulous day we spent at Odds Farm Park and it’s less than an hour away from London! A child-friendly farm with animal petting and feeding – which was a big hit with the girls – indoor play area & outdoor adventures, plus tones of fun activities from karting to golf. The farm also has numerous picnic benches and further seating areas for those who wish to make the most of their day there;
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo: if like us you have visited the ZSL London Zoo, in Regent’s Park, and wondered where all the big animals had gone, here’s your answer 🙂 An hour away from the capital, you will find U.K.’s largest zoo and safari park near Dunstable. Due to its immense size, visitors may walk, use the bus service and Jumbo Express provided or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures;
Woburn Safari Park is another wildlife location I would recommend in Bedfordshire (1h20 drive from London). The park lets various animals, like rhinos, zebras, elephants and lions, roam freely while visitors drive through their enclosures and it also features a foot safari. You can find a nice leisure area presenting animal talks, petting zones, a soft play area, a gift shop, a restaurant as well as a Go Ape! treetop rope course;
Legoland in Windsor (40min from London) is always a hit with the family! The children-oriented – kids between the age of 3 and 12 – park’s attractions consists of a mixture of Lego-themed rides (6 water ones) and roller coasters, various models and building workshops. Always worth revisiting…
And finally, if you venture yourself to a longer car journey, you will find the huge LongLeat Estate in Wiltshire (2h15 from London), which includes a Center Parcs holiday village, as well as the drive-through Longleat Safari Park, home to over 500 animals. There you can also find the Longleat House, a stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture with beautiful landscaped grounds, along with the world’s longest hedge maze.