Perfect Picnic Spots in the UK for families.
If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a great... feast.
The UK has no end of picturesque beauty spots dotted throughout the land. All you need is a picnic blanket, some strawberries and fizz, and of course a must-have Munchy Play Tea Party kids plate!
Find your Spot
But outdoor feasts aren’t just resigned to the woods, there’s some glorious outdoor beauty spots awaiting your discovery, that provide the perfect backdrop for a teddy bear's picnic. From sweeping beaches, to hidden alcoves - get your basket fill it with reusable plastic party plates and get ready for a fun day out…
Best spots for a picnic in the UK
There’s nothing like having a toddler to reignite your long forgotten ‘passion’ for steam trains! There’s something about moving vehicles – be it cars, trucks, toy trains or trams, that seems to captivate the minds of girls and boys. It’s the same the world over, with Thomas the Tank Engine toys as popular in the UK as they are in Asia, China and well… the entire world!
If you want to earn top parent points, then a day out with a train theme is just the ‘ticket’! Lost for inspiration, don’t worry, we’ve been swotting up on our trainspotting, to help you out with some of the best events and places to visit:
The National Railway Museum, York
Also known as York Railway Museum, discover 300 years of history on the railways. For under-five’s there’s a little play station for kids to explore ‘choo-choo trains’ with soft play and railway toys to enjoy, while those a bit older will find it fascinating to learn about our locomotive heritage through the years. The Railway Museum puts on seasonal events, such as Christmas and Easter family fun too. For more, visit: http://www.nrm.org.uk/
Thomas Land, Drayton Manor
Lets be honest, who doesn’t love Thomas train toys!? Possibly the greatest homage to Thomas & Friends, this side of Sodor awaits you. With over 25 attractions and rides, it’s the only of its kind in Europe, and is always a hit with kids. From kids train games to imaginative play - this place has it all. Notably, the manor includes a zoo, as well as other rides and attractions to send train-loving fans into orbit… not literally of course! For more visit: https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/thomas-land
Seven Valley Railway, Midlands
Surely the ultimate gift for train lovers of all ages! is a ride on a mini train. Hop on board this 16-mile long heritage railway which runs ACTUAL steam trains as well as heritage diesel trains that go ‘toot toot’ and everything! Discover your inner child with rides through the countryside and all the nostalgia of a bygone era with punching holes in tickets and the great smell from the engine room. For more, visit: http://www.svr.co.uk/days-out-in-the-midlands.aspx
Drusillas Park, East Sussex
It’s full steam ahead with more Thomas the Tank Engine action than you can swing a Fat Controller at! Take a journey on the exciting Thomas train toy ride and time your visit right, and you might just get to meet some very exciting characters from the programme too. But there’s more! A zoo, a playground, a maze… what’s not to love! For more visit: https://www.drusillas.co.uk
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden
Mind the doors, it’s time to explore London’s incredible transport system over the years, it shows the link between the development of the capital and its culture and society. With nearly half a million items to view, it’s a fascinating and educating ‘journey’ through time. Best of all – kids go free!
For more, visit: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/
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Family Friendly Farms.
For a great family day out with an ‘oink oink here’ and a ‘moo moo there’, you’ll want to visit one of the UK’s many petting zoos.
Found all across the country, there’s no better way for little ones to learn about caring for animals, than by first-hand experience.
Toddlers and pre-schoolers will have heaps of fun getting into farm life. There’s hundreds of family friendly petting zoos across the country, here’s just a few:
Battersea Park Children's Zoo, London
The perfect place for little explorers, who’d have thought that Battersea would be home to monkeys, otters, emus and lemurs. These are just a few of the animals welcoming you through this famous zoo’s gates. They are also big on conservation with a giant otter captive breeding programme among many others. The Lemon Tree café on site has lots of yummy treats to fill childrens plates and bellies! Check them out >>>
Farmer Gows Activity Farm, Oxford
Escape to the country in this real working farm. There’s lots of activities for kids to do, getting up close and personal to favourite farmyard animals, from sheep to ducks, goats to geese. A real highlight is feeding the baby lambs - altogether now, ahhh...
Bocketts Farm Park, Surrey
Come at Easter and you’ll be positively bombarded with baby lambs hopping all over the plate. There’s lots for kids to learn here too with real Shepherds on hand to offer farm life insight, as well as animal-handling encounters (bring the hand sanitzer!) and everyone’s favourite… pig racing!
Stockley Farm Park, Cheshire
With its Young Farmer Academy (for 7-12 year olds), this is a great place to try your hand at farm life. Learning about the livestock, as well as what it takes to be a farmer, from crops to animals, makes it a great family day out.
Hounslow Urban Farm, London
Cosy up to peacocks, feed baby goats, coo at guinea pigs, get up close and personal with pythons and marvel at the majesty of the bearded dragon – and all within the M25! There’s a great selection of animals to meet, as well as feed. The pig racing it a highlight, along with the meet and greet sessions with unusual animals. Visit now >>>
Piglets Adventure Farm Park, York
Great for imaginative play, ride a tractor or a pink barrel train, before meeting the cows, donkeys, pigs and goats among other animals at this family-friendly adventure park. Ideal for squeakers of all age! ! Check it out now >>>
When you're back home (and little hands are washed with soap and water) make sure you bring all the fun of the farm and zoo to family meal time. Bring your child's favourite plastic animal toys to the table and get them to replicate the sounds. It's a cute way to ease the struggles of mealtimes with a toddler.
Please check opening times and social distancing restrictions in place before visiting.
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