A Grand Day Out for Families in the UK - Summer 2022

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A GRAND DAY OUT FOR FAMILIES IN THE UK

2022

Summer

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Welcome to A Grand Day Out for Families

Summer 2022 Issue

With a huge range of ideas, destinations and attractions to discover, no matter what your taste or age, you will be spoilt for choice. From beautiful landscapes and stunning views to Stately Homes and Gardens, Cathedrals to Museums the UK boasts a rich variety and selection for you. There is something for everyone no matter how old or young you are. So be inspired, plan your next adventure and discover what the UK has to offer. We hope you enjoy reading through the magazine and that it gives you some inspirational ideas for your next family day out! Published by ProDigital Media Media House 21 Northcote Avenue Manchester M22 9AJ GET IN TOUCH: 0161 900 8872 www.agranddayout.net Sales and Marketing: marketing@ agranddayout.net Accounts and Admin: info@ agranddayout.net Creative Design : JAM You can follow us on Twitter @agranddayoutnet Find us on Facebook A Grand Day Out No part of this publication may be reproduced, sold or transmitted in any form without the prior written permission of the publisher. Permission is only dee med valid if approval is in writing.


Photo credit: Nick Bull Stonehenge Drone Scapes

England’s Magnificient

Cathedrals

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Marvellous Museums,

Galleries

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Tours &


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Events &

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Festivals

All Aboard &

Historic Houses, Castles &

Gardens P: 31

Other Attractions P: 35



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Over 800 years of history Gaze up at Britain’s tallest spire, and uncover the secrets of the best preserved copy of Magna Carta in existence.

BOOK TICKETS


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Family Days Out in Derbyshire & The Peak District

Discover a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at the heart of it all, there are loads of things to do in the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire. The area is known and loved by many for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns and pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events, such as the unique Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing. From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District & Derbyshire has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to go walking. Couple the fantastic scenery with amazing local Food & Drink, the Peak District will sure enough become one of your favourite destinations!

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As for events, well, we know how to throw a party! Fabulously vintage, award-winning Eroica Britannia is very quickly gaining a reputation as one of the ‘must visit’ events of the year with its shabby chic look, party atmosphere and of course excellent cycle ride through the stunning Peak District. What more could you ask for? During the summer you’ll catch a country fair on nearly any weekend, from Hope Show, Bakewell Show and Chatsworth Country Fair. And in the Autumn, enjoy glistening displays and family fun at the Matlock Bath Illuminations. Our attractions are pretty top-notch too! Dangle over a ravine in a cable car as you ascend to The Heights of Abraham, hop on-board an old-style tram at Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, get up close and personal with nature at Peak Wildlife Park or scare yourself silly on white-knuckle ride at Alton Towers Resort!

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BOLSOVER... A HIDDEN GEM ON THE EDGE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT

Nestled at the gateway to the Peak District National Park lies the medieval District of Bolsover. Steeped in history, this region offers spectacular scenery, historical features, ice age artefacts and quaint market towns that bustle with unique independent sellers.

VISIT… Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall,

Creswell Crags and Stainsby Mill and step back in time with some of the Midland's top tourist attractions.

EXPLORE… miles of roads, trails, paths

and bridleways by foot, bike, car or campervan. Our beautiful rolling countryside opens up opportunities to explore the fantastic industrial heritage and stunning wildlife.

SHOP… till you drop in traditional and

independent shops selling local produce and creative gems. Rummage around and discover unique

bargains in our town markets or visit our ever-popular East Midlands Designer Outlet with over 65 stores, cafes and restaurants selling high street brands at knockdown prices.

ENJOY…

the hidden gems of Poulter Country Park and the Peter Fidler Nature Reserve. Here you'll find meadows carpeted with flowers that are alive with wildlife. Watch Buzzards soar high overhead and glimpse Emperor dragonflies darting over beautiful ponds. Why not bring along a picnic, or better still, visit one of the many traditional countryside pubs & inns serving real ales and home-cooked foods.


LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN... A CASTLE STEEPED IN PARTIES & HORSEMANSHIP

HARRY POTTER'S MALFOY MANOR

Perched high on a hilltop dominating a medieval town stands Bolsover Castle. Steeped in tales of horsemanship, parties and ghosts, this 11th-century masterpiece is arguably one of England's most unfound treasures. This is no ordinary castle; here, you can see the riding stables where King Charles's riding master - William Cavendish, first commissioned his 17th century Riding House. William would bring in horses from all over the world to train them in his passion for dressage, making the castle a landmark in British equestrianism. Outside of his love for horses, William liked the finer things in life and loved art decor. This was reflected in the Little Castle's remarkable wall paintings and interiors, which can still be seen today. As a renowned playboy, William loved nothing more

Take the magical mystery tour that is Hardwick Hall and gardens. Once described as a building with more glass than wall, Hardwick is one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country. For historians, it was the home of the wealthiest woman of the 16th century - Elizabeth Cavendish, Bess of Hardwick. Here you will find a grand collection of portraits and enormous tapestries, including a life-size picture of Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard. However, younger family members will recognise Hardwick as Malfoy Manor from the famous Harry Potter films, so it’s sure to stimulate their imagination. Outside you can explore the grounds, which boast breathtaking views, perfectly manicured gardens and wonderful walks and when you're feeling a little hungry, you can stop off for lunch at the 15th century Hardwick Inn. This little gem serves excellent beer and tasty traditional food in a setting that belongs in another time.

WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ICE AGE HUNTERS

than a good party and Bolsover Castle certainly hosted many! Today you can explore the Terrace Range, where once the grand dining room, long gallery and basement kitchen bore witness to these lavish parties. Outside you can venture onto the scenic wall walk, which firmly places you in the footsteps of Bolsover's Cavalier courtiers; from here, you can admire the picturesque Fountain Garden in all of its glory, with the famous Venus Fountain at its centrepiece. However, make sure you leave before midnight, or you may encounter the Grey Lady of Bolsover, a ghostly apparition that supposedly walks these fine walls!

The dramatic gorge that is Creswell Crags will transport you back to an age of mammoths and neanderthals. Here you can explore caves revealing a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age through Britain's only known Ice Age rock art. Stone tools and the remains of animals found on-site can also be seen, together with the most significant concentration of 'witches' marks' found in British caves. The cafe at the well equipped Visitor Centre is the perfect place to grab a bit of lunch, or if you're a picnic fan, why not take a stroll into Whitwell Wood, one of Europe's largest. Here you will find beautiful walks and cycle trails teeming with wildlife, flora and fauna.

Facebook – Visit Bolsover Instagram - @visitbolsover

WWW.VISITBOLSOVER.CO.UK

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Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton is famous throughout the world for its unique and large deposits of Blue John stone, and houses some of the most beautiful cave formations found in the UK. Take a self-guided audio tour using your own smart phone through our mine and caverns and see some of the finest stalactites and stalagmites in the Peak District with wonderful water worn chambers and large deposits of Blue John stone. At the entrance is our visitor area and small museum, with our retail shop full of rocks and minerals from all over the world, as well as Blue John jewellery and items manufactured here on site. Takeaway refreshments are available from our café, serving Blue John cake and tea. You can take in the breath-taking views from the front step and continue a walk to visit world famous Mam Tor nearby. Please see our website for more details about the cavern, our Christmas Rocks Trail, and other experiences crafting the Blue John.

www.bluejohnstone.com treakcliff@bluejohnstone.com • 01433 620 571 Treak Cliff Cavern • Buxton Road • Castleton • Hope Valley • S33 8WP


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, Galleries & Tours

With such a wide variety of museums, galleries & tours available around the UK you truly are spoilt for choice. Whatever the weather or time of year there’s always something new & exciting to discover. Exhibitions & displays are continually being updated - for more information have a look at our featured museums, galleries & tours.


DISCOVER RYEDALE, NORTH YORKSHIRE Great FamilyDays DaysOut: Out: Great Group

-Malton, Beck Isle Museum Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley, Pickering -Independent Castle Howard shops, galleries, antique centres -and Dalby Forest delicious food and drink. - Eden Camp Modern History Museum

Charming market towns, beautiful scenery, historic sites, culinery delights and award-winning attractions

A different adventure every day, for everyone

Castle Howard -• Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo •- National Eden Camp Centre for Birds of Prey Flamingo LandSites -• National Trust -• North Yorkshire Moors Railway Helmsley Walled Garden -• Ryedale Museum NationalFolk Centre for Birds of Prey -• Scampston Hall Sites & Gardens National Trust - The Great Ryedale Maze • North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Woldies Lavender & Yorkshire Lavender • Scampston Hall

For family days For afurther free group travel pack visit: out ideas visit: www.visitryedale.co.uk www.visitryedale.co.uk tourism@ryedale.gov.uk travel130x185.indd 1

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The Museum of East Anglian Life is a 75 acre museum located in Stowmarket, in the heart of Suffolk, focusing on the production of food and the social history relating to it. Discounted entry prices for groups of 12+ people.

Get in contact: 01449 612229 | enquiries@eastanglianlife.org.uk www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

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Discover the Wonders of the Peak

Exhibitions | Family Friendly | Shop | Events

Tue – Sat: 10am – 5pm Sundays & Bank Holidays (Easter – Sep): 12noon – 4pm

wondersofthepeak.org.uk Terrace Road, Buxton SK17 6DA 01629 533540

FREE ENTRY



Summer Events and Festivals

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13TH & 14TH AUGUST ART IN THE PARK      

20TH AUGUST WARWICKSHIRE PRIDE      

10TH & 11TH SEPTEMBER LEAMINGTON FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL      

www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk Royal Leamington Spa Town Centre @loveleamington @loveleamington

Coach parking available in the heart of the Town Centre at Newbold Terrace

25TH SEPTEMBER CARS AT THE SPA



PUT ILKLEY ON YOUR BOOK IT LIST… FROM QUIRKY CAFE BARS AND BEAUTIFUL BRITISH RESTAURANTS TO CONTINENTAL CUISINE.

AMAZING INDEPENDENT AND PRESTIGE FASHION AND LIFESTYLE STORES.

EXPLORE THE NEW SEASONAL AUGMENTED REALITY TRAILS AROUND ILKLEY TOWN CENTRE. DISCOVER EXCITING INTERACTIVE CHARACTERS IN THE EXPLORERS AND SPRING TRAILS AND INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE HISTORICAL CHARACTERS IN

SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO AND ADVENTURES TO BE HAD.

THE ORIGINS OF ILKLEY TRAIL.

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VISIT HUNSTANTON The classic west Norfolk seaside resort town

Famous for its striped cliffs, acres of sandy beach with clear shallow water, Hunstanton is an unforgettable destination for all the family. Go on a seal tour, explore rock pools, visit the SEA LIFE Sanctuary and so much more.

www.visitwestnorfolk.com

publicity@west-norfolk.gov.uk

Visit Hunstanton: West Norfolk’s treasure in the sand

#visithunstanton

The elegant resort town of Hunstanton is the ideal base to enjoy Norfolk’s superb coastline. Hunstanton is renowned for its unique striped cliffs & magnificent sunsets, made special by its position as the only west-facing resort on the east coast. The excellent beach offers ideal conditions for playing on the sand, exploring rock pools & enjoying the sea. The seaside town also offers lots of fun attractions for all ages (& weather conditions!). You will see various colourful & traditional seaside attractions for all the family at Hunstanton, including beach front amusements, fun fair, bowling alley, bandstand concerts on the green, & much more. Look out for the colourful Tractor Train which carries visitors the length of the seafront during the summer months, a favourite with young & old alike. Take a trip with Searles Sea Tours to see the seals on the unique Wash Monster, a World War II amphibian craft, leaving from the South Promenade. Along the promenade is the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary where diver’s eye viewing tanks, a ‘touch’ pool & an underwater tunnel bring visitors face to face with an amazing collection of sea creatures, & there are regular talks & feeding displays at the seal hospital too. For more information about Hunstanton’s many great attractions, visit our official website, download or request a copy of our Hunstanton Mini Guide & browse our events listings. www.visitwestnorfolk.com


Lincolnshire Coast


Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens Peacocks strut across manicured lawns, children shriek with delight as they try to find their way out of fiendishly difficult mazes, and well-kept gardens dazzle year-round at many historic houses and well-preserved castles. Once inside, enthusiastic curators bring history to life with their expert knowledge and often funny insights into the lives, loves, and artefacts of generations of inhabitants..

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NOW OPEN The

Elizabethan Kitchen

Athelhampton TWO YEAR RESTORATION PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE

HOU SE & G A RD EN S

Visit one of England’s finest Tudor Manor Houses set in inspiring historic gardens. Enjoy unrestricted access to more rooms and view the newly restored Elizabethan Kitchen Step back in time to 1485 and visit the Tudor Great Hall and explore more of the historic rooms. Learn about Athelhampton’s rich history. Saxon, Tudor, Thomas Hardy and modern day. Wander through the architectural gardens with ponds, fountains and the ancient dovecote.

12 acres of formal gardens 20 historic rooms to view

See the ongoing kitchen garden restoration project, growing produce for our restaurants. Free Car Parking, excellent visitor facilities including Cafe and Restaurant. Gift shop with plant sales area.

Easily found, just off the A35 / A31 between Dorchester & Poole / Ringwood Athelhampton House, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7LG 01305 848363 www.athelhampton.co.uk





Open Mon - Sun 10am - 4pm Postcode: ST4 7QQ Parking and Toilets available



A beautiful traditional market... there is something for everyone and lots to see and do

AWARD WINNING VICTORIAN MARKET WITH 250 STALLS

VISIT

A day out for everyone to enjoy! From gourmet street food to doggy ice-cream, finely-crafted jewellery to designer clothing, bargain household goods to hand-made gifts and haberdashery you’ll find it all and more at Fleetwood Market.

NEW STREET FOOD COURTYARD!

· Open ·

9am to 4.30pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

· Fully accessible and dementia friendly · Easy to find by tram, bus, coach or car! Victoria Street / Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6AB

Cash machine on site Fully accessible

Follow us at FleetwoodMarket

FleetwoodMkt

www.fleetwoodmarket.co.uk

Free coach parking


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Discover

The Great British Markets

You can`t rival the atmosphere of a traditional market. Whether it`s an outdoor market flogging everything from carrots to kids` toys, or a lively farmers market showcasing the very best local produce, these unique experiences are at the heart of the local community. We have put together a selection of Lancashire’s famous markets for you to explore & discover we hope you enjoy them?

BURY’S AWARD WINNING MARKETS SHOP

EAT

ENJOY

FREE Information Pack for Coach Operators & Group Organisers FREE Coach Driver’s lunch voucher Situated just off Junction 2 of the M66 Coach Drop Off/Pick Up Point adjacent to the market Disabled facilities FREE dedicated Coach Parking

Tel: 0161 253 6520

www.burymarket.com

A Great Day Out

Email: burymarkets@bury.gov.uk

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VISIT ACCRINGTON WWW.HYNDBURNBC.GOV.UK

Accrington is a bustling and proud market town steeped in industrial, cultural and architectural heritage. Come along and sample the best of Lancashire’s homegrown produce, browse our thriving independent shops, visit our cultural venues and relax in our family- friendly green spaces.

INDEPENDENT SHOPS

THE HAWORTH ART GALLERY

EVENTS

GREEN FLAG PARKS

In the Heart of Accrington you will find Warner Street, this Georgian Gem of a High Street is tucked out of the way, full of and eclectic mix of independent shops, eateries and service providers. Every business has a local owner and each is run with a passion.

Set in nine acres of parkland this is the home of the largest collection of Tiffany Glass outside of the United States. Whilst there you can visit the stables workshops and sample the delightful food and drink in the Gallery Kitchen.

Accrington has a full calendar of events throughout the year. Visit the council website to see what's on. Annual events include a food festival, carnival, soap box race, Christmas light switch on as well as other ad-hoc events tailored to families.

With a total of eleven parks across the borough, including nine with Green Flag status, three nature reserves and twenty six play areas, visitors will not be disappointed with the selection of green spaces to relax and play in.





WEST SOMERSET

RAILWAY

Family fun on England’s longest Heritage Railway Under 5s travel free with full paying adult • Family tickets available Brunel Beagle fun days on Wednesdays and Sundays in school holidays Retail

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catering

facilities

available

Choice

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destinations

Picturesque country stations • Heritage steam and diesel locomotives

Bishops Lydeard TA4 3RU • Minehead TA24 5BG www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

01643 704996


Family Attractions

An Ideal Family Day Out


A great day out for everyone!

Tractor & Trailer Rides

Food Hall

Farm Barn

Over 20 attr a & bu ction s sine on s sses ite!

Alpaca & Reindeer Experiences

Ice Cream Parlour

Open every day* 9:30am - 5:00pm (*except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day)

Tel: 01889 270294 - Email: office@amertonfarm.co.uk

www.amertonfarm.co.uk


Redwings

Horse Sanctuary

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Dog friendly!

We have two centres in Norfolk! Meet friendly rescued horses and donkeys at Redwings Aylsham, nr Norwich, NR11 6UE or Redwings Caldecott, nr Gt.Yarmouth, NR31 9EY Open 10am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Please visit our website for more information and to book tickets www.redwings.org.uk/visiting | 01508 505246




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