The Story Museum in Oxford will give you treasures. Perhaps the two most priceless things you can give a child are the ability for him/her to tap their imaginations and discover the endless wealth in literature by reading.
Beale Park's the place to be with fun, adventure, animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks of the picturesque River Thames. A great day out for all ages near Pangbourne in Berkshire. Our season runs from February 11th to November 4th 2012, during the season we are open 7 days a week. The Park caters for all ages with fun and adventure, animals and gardens. Discounted prices apply in low season as restricted services may operate.
The discovery zone is an activity area for kids to experience science first-hand with equipment that allows you to fire a vortex of air, send secret whisper messages across the room, colour your shadow and much more. All the activities are hands-on and they encourage you to explore science by playing. The discovery zone is suitable for children aged between 5-12 years old, but the whole family is always welcome.
Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.
The West Midlands Safari Park contains a 4-mile safari. The safari section contains around 600 animals from around 30 different species from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North America.
Along with the 4 mile safari, is a large theme park, a 'Discovery Zone' containing reptile and insect houses among other attractions.
Chessington Zoo is one of the oldest areas in the park and is split in two parts. The west side of the park is home to Trails of the Kings; a walkthrough attraction home to enclosures for gorillas, tigers, lions and Binturong. In the spring of 2009, a gorilla baby was born which the park celebrated and named Mbula. The east side contains various smaller enclosures home to capybaras, rhea, mara, wallabies, meerkats and agouti in the Creature Features area. There is also a 'Monkey & Bird Garden' with a squirrel monkey walk-through as well as a host of other exotic birds and monkeys.
Bekonscot is the oldest original model village in the world. It portrays aspects of England mostly dating from the 1930s.
The creators developed the model landscape portraying rural England at the time. The swimming pool became the first "sea" and the undulating rockeries were built up as hills. Bassett-Lowke, the well-known large-scale model railway manufacturers, were commissioned to build an extensive Gauge 1 railway network, which exists to this day. Callingham named the village 'Bekonscot' after Beaconsfield and Ascot where he previously lived.
Bourton Model Village can be found behind the Old New Inn, is a one ninth scale model of Bourton-on-the-Water and has a model of the village in the model.
The Dragonfly Maze was inspired by a long line dating back to the year 2500 BC and was begun in 1995. The creator's ambition was realised by combining a traditional Yew Hedge Maze with a Rebus Puzzle. The central pavilion, constructed of local materials, houses the fabulous automated sculptures hand crafted by artist, sculptor and writer Kit Williams.
Warwick Castle is always in the top three most impressive British castles. Within easy driving distance from West Oxfordshire, Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in Warwick. It sits on a bend on the River Avon.
Millets is pretty much just a garden centre with a large shop and restaurant bolted on. However, it does have a well appointed adventure playground and farm animal walk with pygmy goats, alpacas, pigs, sheep and a couple of charming ponies.
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Housed in a period farmhouse, established over 25 years a spectacular Model Railway Exhibition and traditional Toyshop situated right in the centre of the picturesque Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water. This well stocked model and toyshop boasts a comprehensive Model Railway Section specialising in British and Continental OO/HO and N Gauge, with a full selection of scenic accessories available.
The Abbey Gardens are located near to the town centre in Abingdon. They are designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument as the Abingdon Abbey, which dates back to the seventh century, once stood on the site.
The Abbey grounds are tucked away behind the church and market place right in the town centre. The grounds contain the site of St Mary’s Abbey which was consecrated in 1176 in the presence of Henry II. It remained until the Dissolution in 1539 when the Abbey was completely demolished.
This is the site of an old beacon at 1024 feet above sea level on the Cotswolds escarpment.
The tower was built in 1799 for the sixth Earl of Coventry, George William who has large residences nearby.
Famous people connected with the tower throughout its history are the Pre-Raphaelite artists and also William Morris.
Note that at the time of writing, admission is charged only for access to the tower, and therefore great walks and views are available gratis.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is much more than a fun-filled and stimulating day out for all the family. It's a place to learn more out about animals in the wild – especially endangered ones. The zoo is a registered charity and needs your support. Your visit will help us, along with our sister organisation the Bristol Conservation & Science foundation (for more information click the link on the right) protect wild animals and their natural habitats for future generations to enjoy.
A visit to Marwell Wildlife is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to red-eyed tree frogs, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, giraffe-nosed catfishes to bat-eared foxes – our 140-acre park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
Set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there are over 150 birds of prey on view, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Steller's Sea Eagles! Many of these birds are involved in our spectacular daily flying demonstrations, whilst others are part of important breeding or environmental enrichment projects. Quite frankly, a marvellous and educational day out for all ages. The flying displays are very impressive and the species of birds on display is vast.
Avon Valley Country Park where the combination of nature, attractions and stunning scenery ensures that the hours of fun are endless at one of the West's most popular family destinations.
And families can adventure together too: climb aboard the punctual 'Strawberry Line' - the longest five-inch miniature gauge railway in the West Country - stroll along an interesting walk around the winding river (with challenging obstacles for the children), have fun in a boat and many exciting activities in the extensive grounds.
Bath City Farm is a registered charity. They rely on grants, membership and donations to support the site and animals. They run regular volunteer days, school visits, education courses, after schools and holiday activities for young people and families as well as events and celebrations for the whole community.
Roves Farm is a 166 hectare, working, mixed, open farm, situated 3 miles north east of Swindon. And because it is mostly undercover, it's a great place to visit come rain or shine! Roves Farm is a 166 hectare, working, mixed, open farm, situated 3 miles north east of Swindon. There are lots of things going on for everyone, from the very young to the older generation.
Cattle Country in Berkeley, Gloucestershire is a great day out come rain or shine for children, and adults too. Best known for its indoor and outdoor play equipment, Cattle Country has a whole range of things to do and many animals to see. Whenever the park is closed to the public, private parties can be booked for exclusive use of the park.
bison handling pens
wild flower garden
You could be forgiven for thinking that you were dreaming when you’re in the middle of Gloucester and you see cows or sheep running about. But for 13 years St James City farm has provided a taste of the countryside in the heart of the city of Gloucester.