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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, Steam Rides 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 inspiration for those family days out! Published by ProDigital Media AEM Media House 23 Northcote Avenue Manchester M22 9AJ

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Visit Barnsley…

With famous places of interest and some fantastic hidden gems, visitors to Barnsley won’t be short of things to do. Barnsley's local culture remains rooted in its industrial heritage of coal, mining and glassmaking. Why not visit Experience Barnsley to discover more about the history of this interesting place. Surrounded by ancient villages, historic parkland and bordering onto the Peak District, Barnsley has some excellent places to visit for those wanting to relax and get back to nature. Stately homes, museums, theatres, ruins and art galleries are just a few of the cultural attractions that visitors to the area will enjoy. Why not spend a quiet afternoon at Monk Bretton Priory, explore the extraordinary Yorkshire Sculpture Park or stroll through the landscaped gardens at Wentworth Castle. Originally mentioned in the Domesday Book, Barnsley’s historic roots are easily seen. Elsecar Heritage Centre, Cannon Hall Museum and Worsbrough Mill are fantastic days out for visitors wanting to discover a little of the towns history. 04


Barnsley town centre is packed full of independent shops, high street stores and is home to one of the best markets in South Yorkshire. Venturing further into the outskirts of the town and its neighbouring villages visitors will discover hidden hamlets with excellent shopping opportunities and farm shops stocked with exceptional local produce. Famous for its markets Barnsley has much to offer a foodie. With a good selection of farm shops and regular markets visitors will be able to sample and purchase some of the areas excellent local produce. Atmospheric country pubs with amazing views, tea rooms in historic locations and award winning restaurants are only some of the reasons that visitors to Barnsley keep coming back. From family friendly fun days, craft fairs, vintage car rallies and outdoor theatre Barnsley has a comprehensive range of exciting events running throughout the year. Visitors to Barnsley will enjoy a warm welcome, have fantastic experiences and create magical memories.


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Barnsley Museums for days of discovery and wonder… Barnsley Museums offer a delightful range of experiences to enjoy. Nestled in a picturesque Yorkshire town they offer everything from stately homes, historic parks and gardens, heritage sites, nature reserves, museums and galleries to great art, cultural events and unique shopping opportunities. Visitors are never short of things to do.

Barnsley has long and passionate connections with the art world. These are reflected in the town’s wonderful collections. If you have an interest in art or are simply looking for an enjoyable day out make the Cooper Gallery a place to visit. Located in the heart of the town and in the centre of its cultural quarter, it is a vibrant and exciting art space. Stylish and atmospheric, the building is the perfect setting for masterpieces by Ruskin and Turner, as well as 20th century British artists such as Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Edward Wadsworth. With interactives, film, audio, trails and stunning outdoor space, visitors will be amazed at the historic Gallery. Just minutes away in Barnsley’s stunning Town Hall is Experience Barnsley and Discovery Centre, an award winning museum, telling a proud Yorkshire past through thought provoking and powerful stories. With fun interactives and a varied touring programme, there is something new to see on every visit. History and horticulture combine to dramatic effect in Barnsley. Culture seekers will not be disappointed by Cannon Hall an impressive Georgian country house and museum, set in stunning historic parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens. Discover a surprising collection of fine and decorative art and explore some of the grand rooms.. The Hall is now home to a handpicked selection of artworks from the De Morgan Collection. It is an unparalleled collection of work by the late 19th and early 20th century ceramicist William De Morgan and Pre-Raphaelite artist Evelyn Pickering De Morgan. Just minutes from junction 36 of the M1 is Worsbrough Mill, country park and nature reserve. The 17th Century working water mill set in 240 acres of tranquil country park is an amazing place to visit, watch wildlife and see history come alive. Don’t forget to visit the lovely café, and buy some of our organic flour to take home. For fans of the industrial age a visit the historic village of Elsecar is unmissable. Transformed by the Earls Fitzwilliam into a thriving centre of iron and coal, few places in Britain have so many reminders of the period. There is plenty to explore including collieries, ironworks, cottages, a canal, steam railway, schools, pubs and more all dating back to Georgian and Victorian times. The Earl’s workshops are now packed with shops, traditional cafes and delicatessens, studios and antiques. At the Elsecar New Colliery, see the restored 1795 Newcomen Beam engine - the oldest steam engine anywhere still in its original location, described by some as the most important piece of industrial heritage in the world. You will always be guaranteed a warm welcome at Barnsley Museums’ cosy cafes. From homemade baked breads to tasty pies and pastries, they serve a variety of tempting treats. This includes the quintessential English afternoon tea and even ones with a Yorkshire twist. For those who enjoy a more relaxed retail experience then Barnsley Museum shops are the perfect places to visit. Selling everything from prints, homeware, jewellery and ceramics to cards, books, stationary and Barnsley branded goods; there is something to suit all ages. For more information about the wide range of events taking place in Barnsley Museums this summer and their latest What’s On guide

FREE Family Days Out at The Civic, Barnsley

The Civic Garden Party Sat 23 September 11am - 3pm

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Grand Days Out in Doncaster

You think you know Doncaster? Well it’s probably a good time to have a new look at what’s on offer! Whether you’re from Doncaster or looking for somewhere new to visit the town really does have a huge amount of things to make sure your Grand Day Out is special and memorable. Here’s a taste of some of the things going on, but make sure you visit for all the up to date information and full listings.

Alternatively Boston Park Farm is a great day out for younger children, especially from mid-July until the end of October when a new Maize Maze is laid out each year. Then there’s the fabulous 69 acres that make up Sandall Park, here there’s fitness trails; sensory trails and herb gardens; not to mention the outdoor gym and the tree trail. Why not pack a picnic for your Grand Day or visit the café in the park, which has ample free parking and is fully accessible.

Let’s begin with family days out, you really will be spoilt for choice with so many attractions in the town centre and within just a few miles that you may need to schedule your return trips immediately to fit it all in! There are sites of historic interest including Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Ashworth Barracks and the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum. The fabulous displays at Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall also combine history with nature as both have beautiful, walk through gardens to enjoy all year round.

For those seeking a more wild adventure then a trip to the UK’s largest walk through Wildlife Park is a must. Just a few miles out of the town centre you’ll find the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. With nearly 400 animals of 70 different species it’s a fantastic place to experience a truly breath-taking walkthrough wildlife adventure. The park is a must for any family day out and you’ll see everything from bugs to wallaby and polar bears to meerkats.

If it’s activities you’re looking for then check out Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust. Operating from Nature lovers will enjoy Potteric Carr Nature Reserve 14 venues across the town, there’s sure to be something or the spectacular sights of Sprotborough Flash. Or happening at one of their centres for you. From how about Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre with an bowling to ice skating, fun pools and flumes to mini extensive range of land and water based activities for all golf and loads of live family entertainment and events ages and abilities - you can even camp there too! at the famous Doncaster Dome. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Why not try a bounce around at Air Kings or Go Bounce or for the super sleuth families with older children why not try your hand at an escape from Doncaster’s own escape rooms Enigma. Then there’s Pirate Cove, a fun filled 12 hole course where you putt your way around crocodile infested waters and rock pools to retrieve the treasure.

meetings as well as family days and after race musical events, definitely one to check out.

If a spot of retail therapy is part of your Grand Day Out plans for then Doncaster is hard to beat. Whether you’re looking for high street shopping and department stores, independent shops or outlet shopping we have it all. We’re also home to one of the finest markets in the For those who like to go nowhere as fast as possible country and winner of the BBC Best Food Market in why not try Nixim Motorsim where the children often Britain Award 2015. outdrive their parents on this state of the art driving simulator experience. Or for a real driving experience Conveniently situated right in the middle of town the we have the UK’s largest Motoparc - Fat Cat. Three Frenchgate Centre has around 90 shops as well as tracks, one especially for children where they can numerous cafes and food outlets. Outside of the develop their skills with other children in a safe and shopping centre you’ll find a number of pedestrianised fun environment. For something more sedate how streets which make up the town centre. Here you’ll find about Doncaster’s own Lego emporium Brickin-It yet more well-known brands such as M&S and where you can not only buy new and used sets but even specialist independent retails to rival any high street individual bricks! Oh and they’re more than happy for shopping experience. you to go and play with the Lego too!   Baxtergate, one of the busiest streets in town connects Doncaster is home to Bawtry Paintball Fields, Europe’s the Frenchgate Centre to Doncaster’s historic Market. biggest and best paintball venue.  Here you can The outside fruit and vegetable stalls sit next to the experience not only the thrills of the traditional Fish Market, where fish and seafood lovers will find paintball attraction but also children from 6 upwards an amazing selection of the traditional and unusual as can try their hand at archery, tomahawk throwing and well as fresh game, including rabbit, venison and boar. even laser combat. You may even see The Predator or Beyond the Fish Market you’ll find the Market Hall, the odd zombie or two as you make your way around the oldest building in the Market complex dating from the UK’s safest multi-activity centre where thrills are 1847. Here you will find award-winning butchers, local guaranteed. pie makers, cheese specialists, delicatessen stalls and International foods from the four corners of the World. No family trip to Doncaster is complete without an   evening at either Doncaster’s Vue cinema or the Just outside the town centre and close to the motorway theatre. Cast and Doncaster Little Theatre both network is Lakeside Village. Lakeside is open 7 days a regularly feature family shows that would round off week and offers “outlet” stores and brand names with your hectic family day out. great discounts. Lakeside Village is perfect for families with young children as there are both indoor Horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the regular racing at and outdoor play areas. There’s free parking and a Doncaster Racecourse on Town Moor, day and evening variety of places to eat and drink to suit all tastes. 



With nearly 2,000 years of Doncaster history it’s not surprising that we have a lot to be proud of and many fine buildings and places of interest. So why not delve into Doncaster’s past to soak up some culture during your visit! A fragment of Roman Doncaster can still be seen in the grounds of Doncaster Minster and Doncaster Museum houses many Roman artefacts, including the extremely rare Danum Shield, one of only a handful of Roman Army shields ever found anywhere in the world. A Roman altar and a well-preserved dagger are also on display as well as many Roman coins found here.   During the Norman period castles appeared across the country and we are fortunate to have two well preserved examples in Doncaster. The privately owned Tickhill Castle and Conisbrough Castle. The latter ironically escaped destruction during the Civil War as it was deemed to be indefensible and therefore of no value. The Keep Tower remains virtually intact and one of the best preserved in Europe. During the Georgian period many fine country houses and stately homes were built in Doncaster. Cusworth Hall is one dating from the 1740s and occupying a commanding view over the town below. The Grade I listed Hall and grounds are open to the public and

balloon flights from the grounds allow you to see the estate from above. Brodsworth Hall was built during the Victorian era and was maintained exactly as it was when the last owners left in the 1980’s but is now undergoing a huge conservation project to maintain and preserve its splendour. Brodsworth Hall’s fine gardens are also a must for any visitor to Doncaster. In the heart of the town centre you will find The Mansion House one of only 3 in the country. Rich ornamentation and gilding adorn this building and, since the design was openly copied from an earlier design for a palace in Whitehall, we effectively have what was designed to be a Royal Palace right in the middle of Doncaster. For those interested in military history we have two terrific museums that are great fun for the entire family. The Regimental Museum of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) traces the origins of this regiment and also explains why Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August. Meanwhile Ashworth Barracks is home to the Victoria Cross Trust and tells the story of many of the recipients of the VC, with uniforms, weapons and realistic scenes depicting battlefields. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Cusworth Hall & Park

Cusworth Hall can surely be described as the jewel in Doncaster’s crown. The beautiful Grade I listed building is set in acres of historic parkland, with lakes, plantations and pleasure grounds offering  spectacular views across the town. Free entry – Parking charges apply.

Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

A friendly and welcoming visitor attraction, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is proud to tell the story of the town from the end of the last ice age to the present day. The museum is also home to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) Regimental Museum. Free entry

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Experience Wakefield We’re proud to be home to award winning art galleries and the birthplace of renowned sculptors Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Step back in time and explore our heritage - a visit down’t coal pit is a must! Take in the splendour of an 18th century National Trust mansion and discover the stories of our people at Castleford, Pontefract and Wakefield museums.

Pontefract Liquorice Festival and grab your bucket and spade for Seaside in the City. Don't just try something new, try something unique! Create your own neon sculptures, journey into the dungeons of a medieval castle, have a sleepover at a nature reserve and lots more.

Those are just a few ideas of how to experience Wakefield and you’ll find all the information you need Fancy a festival? We’ve got lots to choose from. Celebrate to know right here. Now it’s over to you, time to start our favourite pink vegetable at the Festival of Food, planning... Drink & Rhubarb, delight your sweet tooth at the For further information visit

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Keeping the stories of coal mining alive Seaside @ Pit 22nd July to Sun 3rd Sept We commemorate seaside holidays of yesteryear with a huge outdoor sandpit and fair rides. Plus lots of fun activities every weekend throughout the Summer

• Take a unique trip 140m underground

• Dig deeper into the history of coal mining

• Explore historic colliery buildings

• Get to grips with the science of mining

• Living history and special exhibitions • Year-round events programme • NEW Adventure Playground

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Yorkshire attractions...

Xscape Yorkshire is the ultimate family day out destination with a variety of leisure activities, places to eat and specialist outdoor brands. From skiing, sledging and rock climbing to trampolining, laser tag and adventure golf, Xscape is bursting with all your favourite pastimes as well as something a little more adventurous. Guaranteed non-stop fun for everyone. PLAY Choose from 14 fun-fuelled activities including: Snozone indoor, real snow snow slope, Climbing Wall & Skyride, LaserZone, Adventure Golf, Gravity Trampoline Parks, Skate Park, Tenpin, Cineworld EAT Choose from a tasty line up of restaurant favourites including Pizza Express, Nando’s, Ask and TGI


SHOP Shop the latest outdoor, sporting and snow season gear from the likes of Evans Cycles, Sweatshop, Trespass and Ellis Brigham. GETTING THERE Xscape is easy to get to and offers free parking for customers: 1400 free parking spaces, plus additional 472 overspill spaces Located just off J32 on M62 and accessible via train and bus services Next door to Junction 32 retail park, B&Q and Premier Inn Visit the website for full details and opening times Find us on Facebook and Instagram or join us on Twitter



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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. With experiences throughout the year why not treat someone special? Visit Rail Story at Ingrow. Two museums on one site, free entry with a Rover ticket.

Haworth Station, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD22 8NJ




Sat 29 July – Sun 3 Sept

Sat 26, Sun 27 & Mon 28 Aug

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A fast-riding, sharp-shooting, sabre-rattling horse show

Have-a-go workshops | Meet the Makers | Crafts | Combat Demos

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Fri 27 Oct / 6pm – 8.30pm

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Guided City Tou r: 250 Year's of Terry 's D I S C OV E R 2 5 0 Y E ARS OF CHOCOLATE HI STORY ON O U R N EW GUI DED CI TY WALK


Guided city walks will run every Thursday & Sunday (30th July – 3rd Sept) 1PM & 4PM £4.95 per person

York’s Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate. Visitors can learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it.

go on our Terry’s City Walk. The event will take visitors around the city, looking at key buildings and areas connected to the brand. Our engaging guides will be telling tales that have come straight from the workers themselves, while offering a series of exclusive samples connected to the company. The walks will run every Thursday and Sunday from 30th July - 3rd September. They will be at 1pm and 4pm, costing just £4.95 per person.

As the attraction, guests will also be able to create their very own chocolate lollies inspired by the classic Chocolate Orange. The team of expert chocolatiers will also be recreating classic Terry’s flavours from the The confectioner Terry’s is a company that can trace its past. origins in York all the way back to 1767. To celebrate the iconic brand’s 250th anniversary, York’s Chocolate General Manager Andy Turner said “For 250 years, Story will be hosting a series of special themed tours Terry’s have been a key part of York’s history. At York’s and activities over the summer holidays, including the Chocolate Story, we are keen to keep this history alive launch of a new guided city walk. and celebrate the city’s connection with chocolate.” Thousands of people have worked at Terry’s over the centuries and the company has created some of the most iconic confectionary products in the UK. Visitors will be able to discover the unique stories of chocolate workers, as well as fascinating facts; which chocolate fruit came before the Chocolate Orange and how the railways allowed a confectionary empire to grow. In addition to the tour, guests will have the chance to



This summer’s celebration runs in conjunction with the attraction’s new exhibition: 250 Years of Terry’s, which opened on 17th March 2017 and will run throughout the year. The exhibition showcases a selection of the most interesting of the Terry’s products from opium based throat sweets to some of the most beautiful and decadent chocolate boxes in history.

We advise booking your tour online in advance at Opening Times: open daily from 10am – 6pm (last tour is at 5pm). Closed on 25th Dec, 26th Dec, & 1st January.

Admission prices: Adult £11.50 Concession £10.50 Child £9.50 Family of four £39.95 Family of five £47.95 Under 4’s FREE WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Discover Derbyshire



Amber Valley Visit the attractive market town of Belper at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site to discover the rich heritage and a warm welcome. Stroll through the beautiful riverside gardens and around the historic street of mill workers cottages at Long Row and The Clusters. Whether you enjoy browsing around market stalls or want to be the first to enjoy new designs, the town offers a range of independent and speciality shops waiting to be discovered. Make it a day out to remember by visiting the great little shops and seek out the hidden gems; the town offers a true high street experience, voted one of the greatest high streets in the country. Local foods, straight from the producer can be found at the lively Farmers Market and several award winning cafes, restaurants and deli’s provide a wide range of eateries and speciality foods to tempt your taste buds. For evening entertainment the town offers a relaxed atmosphere with restaurants, real ale and art deco cinema.

Three Special Places: Belper River Gardens – beautiful riverside gardens offering peace and tranquillity Belper North Mill – Discover the secrets of one of the oldest iron-framed water powered spinning mills in the world Fabulous and unique artisan shops and a true high street experience

Don’t Miss: Well Dressing - Unique Derbyshire custom accompanied by band concerts in the park. Belper Farmers Market – Second Saturday of each month.

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Come and be transported back in time with our authentic village street. Experience the gentle rumble of trams passing by while you soak up the atmosphere. Whatever the weather, enjoy a fabulous day out packed with excitement, adventure, unlimited electric tram rides and a little learning along the way.

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Nostalgic Village Setting

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Visit Amber Valley, the Heart of Derbyshire.

Strutt’s North Mill at Belper, part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.


Abounds at Crich Tramway Village and the Midland Railway – Butterley.


The tower of a working windmill at Heage Windmill and watch the sails go around on a windy day.



The beauty of the National Heritage Corridor ® by walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.


In the splendid setting of Belper River Gardens or hire a boat to take up stream throughout the summer.


Denby Pottery Visitor Centre and look for bargains on our Individual Factory Shops Trail.

Magnificent Kedleston Hall and romantic Wingfield Manor.

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Family fun down the Derwent Valley

specifically for families with child-friendly fun activities.

THERE’S lots of choice for families in the 15-mile long Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site over the summer, with a whole range of activities celebrating this beautiful valley’s impact on world history.

These are free events suitable for all ages so why not bring a picnic and a chair and have a relaxing afternoon in a beautiful setting. Larks%20programme%20leaflet2017.pdf.

The site runs from Masson Mills near Matlock Bath down to The Silk Mill at Derby. The Derwent Valley saw the birth of the modern factory system, when the power of the river was tamed to allow mass production for the very first time.

Throughout the summer, there are Sunday afternoon family-friendly walks, organised by Strutt’s North Mill. Visit for details.

Must-visit attractions along the valley include: the beautiful River Gardens and Strutt’s North Mill Museum at Belper; the Cromford Canal with its gentle nature-rich tow-path walks and Birdswood boat trips; Masson Mills with its cheery mix of museum, shopping village and play centre; and Cromford Mills, with its packed programme of family activities and brand-new visitor centre. There’s also lots to do and see in Belper, winner of the 2014 Great British High Street Competition and a finalist in this year’s Britain in Bloom contest. Look for the World Heritage Site logo in shop windows and ambassadors with badges who can tell you where to go and what to do. Walk the streets of the community built by the Strutt family for mill workers from the 1780s, and discover some of the impressive parks and gardens with their stunning 2017 displays. In Belper’s River Gardens, by the Belper mills, every summer Sunday afternoon there is a Larks in the Parks concert or event – some Sundays it’s a brass brand, some weeks are



Birdswood, the narrowboat run by the Friends of Cromford Canal, runs on Wednesdays, Thurdays, Saturdays and Sundays. One weekend each month, the massive Leawood Pump is in steam at the end of the trip, and the boat is horse-drawn to make the visit extra special. More details available at Also by the canal are some of the oldest railway workshops in the world at High Peak Junction, which are free to enter and explore, and stand next to the start of the popular High Peak Trail walking route. There’s a wide variety of events every weekend all year round at Cromford Mills, from family fun weekends to guided tours, off-site visits, exhibitions and Cromford Mills’ brand new three day Georgian Festival, there is something for everyone. Download the Cromford Mills 2017 Events Guide at More details on all these activities can be found on

STOKE-ON-TRENT Recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent is home to a host of award-winning ceramic attractions, museums, and factory shops as well as outstanding family attractions and gardens. For information about great places to visit, things to see and do, fantastic events and accommodation in the area visit Contact the Tourist Information Centre T: 01782 236000, E:,, Visit us at: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW



Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries Stoke-on-Trent is a city built on a history of industrial greatness and creative artistic flair. We’ve seen a resurgence of all things that made the city great. From pottery to performing arts and everything in between, we’re home to world-class attractions, incredible talents and creative businesses. A city full of proud people, Stoke-on-Trent is a city moving forward. Come and experience a new chapter in our city’s remarkable story. The city has been shaped by its production of pottery for centuries, building a city with a globally renowned reputation and history of innovation, science, art, culture, and entrepreneurialism and today the city remains a must-visit destination for lovers of pottery! Factory tours, outstanding visitor centres

and museums, and hands-on opportunities including the chance to throw your hand at your hand at the potter’s wheel mean you’ll have an entertaining insight into the history and tradition of a time-honoured craft. And of course, a trip to The Potteries wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of our many factory shops and outlets which present exclusive opportunities to browse and buy exquisite pieces at special prices from a huge collection of china on offer. We have a remarkable array of ceramic factory shops, selling everything imaginable: from fine china dinner services, intricate figurines, table and cookware, to mugs, tiles, jugs and jewellery. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


As well as being the world’s best ceramics shopping destination, Stoke-on-Trent has other great opportunities too. The Shopping Village at Trentham is home to 86 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafes and restaurants set in a lovely friendly village atmosphere. Visit intu Potteries, the region’s biggest shopping centre which boasts big high street names and is where all your retail needs will be met. Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage is evident everywhere you turn in the city. Steeped in industrial history, the area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution.

Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, and Middleport Pottery. Follow our brand new heritage trails for a fun and interactive way to learn about Stoke-onTrent’s past. Spend a relaxing time exploring our historic waterways by foot, bicycle, or boat! There’s nothing quite like spending time by water. If you’re feeling active why not paddle along the new Stoke-on-Trent Heritage Canoe Trail – a fantastic route through living history and beautiful countryside suitable for paddlers of all ages and abilities.

World-class museums, outstanding visitor The history and heritage of Stoke-on-Trent is centres, glorious gardens, fantastic factory well-preserved at numerous attractions across tours, creative hands-on opportunities, and the city including the Potteries Museum & the UK’s only Monkey Forest… we have it all! Art Gallery, Gladstone Pottery Museum, With a year-round appeal, we’re the Etruria Industrial Museum, Ford Green Hall, perfect place for a memorable short break or Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre, The day visit. Dudson Museum, World of Wedgwood,





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Bressingham has been the official home to the Dads Army Appreciation Society’s collection since 2000. The exhibition comprises a recreation of Walmington on Sea the fictional home to Captain Mainwaring and his men. The Church Hall, where we show episodes the Bressingham collection is featured in, Captain Mainwaring’s office – here you can try on Home Guard uniforms. Along the street there is Jones’ Butchers shop, Swallow Bank, Frasers Funeral parlour as well as Walmington on Sea Post Office, a printers and Toy Shop. Bressingham was happy to lend to the BBC some of its historic collection to feature in the show, Traction Engines and Rollers feature in episodes but probably the most memorable exhibit in the Bressingham collection is the Fire Engine. You can also see the staff car Pike took his girl to the pictures in, Jones’ Butchers Van and the town dustcart – both as featured in the feature film of the 1970s. The Television Series ‘Dad’s Army’ ran from 1968 to 1977 with a total of 80 episodes - and you can still catch the repeats to this



day, over 30 years after the filming of the very first episode. Who can forget the inimitable characters played by Clive Dunn, Arthur Lowe, John Laurie, John Le Mesurier, Jim Beck, Ian Lavender, Arnold Ridley, Frank Williams, Edward Sinclair and Bill Pertwee! Not only did the show make household names of these main characters, but it also brought a host of other ‘comedy faces’ to our television screens for the very first time. The series was filmed in and around Thetford (including the Stanford training area) and included many local residents from the surrounding countryside. The release of the 2016 Feature Film only goes to show how the show has lived on un the minds of the public, and is always ready to gently amuse the young and the old of every generation. The Dads Army exhibition is housed amongst the steam exhibits of road and rail at Bressingham alongside 18 acres of stunning Bloom family gardens.

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Looking for a beautiful and welcoming destination to enjoy the perfect break? Want somewhere that’s brimming with things to do, with a fantastic playground of beaches and miles of unspoilt countryside to explore?

taste buds will be in for a real treat.

Our landscape may also look very familiar! Dorset has been the star of many famous film and TV productions, including ITV’s multiple BAFTA winning crime drama Broadchurch.  Film-makers, Then welcome to Dorset – a county of contrasts, poets and writers have all been captivated and had offering the very best of countryside, coastline, events their imaginations charged by the outstanding beauty and attractions, perfect for families and couples alike. of Dorset’s landscape and coastline…and its easy to Dorset boasts some of the best and unique family see why!  attractions you’ll ever find! There’s so much to do you’ll be spoilt for choice! So, if you’re after clear air, spectacular beaches and magnificent countryside with a vibrant events Or if you’re looking for a slightly slower, relaxed pace calendar and fantastic attractions then book a holiday then we have a wealth of historic castles, fantastic to Dorset!  houses and gardens to explore and delight. You’ll always find a fantastic selection of things to do, places to visit and exciting events in Dorset! If good food and drink is a must, then Dorset is for you!  With an abundance of fresh, local produce your

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For horticultural visitors, Arundel Castle offers a series Arundel Castle in West Sussex is celebrating the 950th anniversary of its initial construction in 2017. of beautiful gardens to enjoy. HRH The Prince of Wales The glorious Castle was founded in 1067 by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, and is the ancestral seat and family home of the Duke of Norfolk. It is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England. Arundel Castle, its grounds and gardens are open seasonally from 01 April 2017 until 29 October, Tuesday – Sunday, Good Friday, Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays. Steeped in 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle offers a full day out with guided and free-flow tours of the finely preserved castle rooms including the Baron’s Hall, 14th Century Catholic Fitzalan Chapel, Regency Library and Victorian bedrooms. Outside of the Castle itself, the impressive 11th Century Motte and Keep offers breath-taking panoramic views across Arundel, the nearby River Arun and the South Downs. 48


officially opened the Collector Earl’s Garden in 2008,

an installation conceived by the Duchess of Norfolk as a tribute to Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel who was known as The Collector. A 15th century Medieval Tournament will be brought to life on 19-20 August, followed by a multi-period event on 26-28 showcasing 12,000 years of history. As the finale of the Arundel Festival, the Castle is also planning two nights of open air Shakespeare on 25 and 26 August. The Warriors of Arundel Castle will return on 17 September, followed by Normans Knights in the Keep on 25-26 October to close the season.

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Gladiators are go at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven.

A unique collaboration for The Beacon Museum, their autumn exhibition will feature content from the Jorvik museums in York, as well as items from the Roman collection at Tullie House. It will allow visitors to explore the mysterious story of six gladiators, see their skeletal remains and uncover the relics of Britain’s Roman past. Running from 16 September - 3 December, the exhibition will provide the perfect backdrop for the mysterious autumn half term antics in store for October. It will also include a life-like Roman settlement, transporting visitors back 2,000 years, as well as a number of interactive activities and talks.   The museum’s Business Development Manager, Alan Irwin said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Jorvik to deliver this exhibition. This is the first time we’ve had human remains in the museum and that Horrible Histories style appeal always captures the imagination for our audience. The children’s activities that come with it will be interactive and immersive and of a very high quality.”

The museum will welcome special guest, the renowned actor and historian, Sir Tony Robinson, for an exclusive launch event on Saturday 23rd September. The team are delighted that Tony will be giving a free talk to showcase the upcoming exhibition, but also the official opening of the Beacon Portal as a community venue and a part of the museum experience. Launch event tickets are free for the public, with a maximum of two tickets per guest. Check the Beacon Museum website for details on how to book.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Set in the original 1785 shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family, The Rum Story has been authentically designed to provide all-weather family entertainment in Whitehaven. Imagine leaving the streets of our Georgian town centre and feeling like you have been transported to an exotic island in the Caribbean. That is what you will experience when you begin your journey through The Rum Story. With 3 floors of sets and history within the exhibition, The Rum Story also houses 2 gift shops with food & drink available within the Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Courtyard. For more information on Opening Times & Admission Prices - Please Call 01946 592933



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Bramall Hall in Stockport is one of England’s most striking black and white timber-framed manor houses. Set in 70 acres of parkland, this house has witnessed seven centuries of colourful history from early medieval beginnings to the present day. There are over 14 historic rooms to explore from the Solar with its unique suite of nationally significant Tudor wall paintings to the withdrawing room with its stunning Elizabethan plaster ceiling. Bramall Hall re-opened in 2016 following a £2.2 million restoration project which has given the Hall a new lease of life. Rooms have been redecorated and re-interpreted to reflect the life of the people who once lived here. Two previously unseen rooms have been added to the public tour; a Butler’s Pantry and a Small Dining Room. A wonderful new Visitor Centre houses an exhibition space, gift shop and stylish new café.

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A Unique Day Out at Stockport Museums! Whether you’re looking for things to see at Stockport Museum, exploring the Air Raid Shelters or taking a trip of discovery at Staircase House, there’s a host of top museums in Stockport for families. Many offer activities for kids and things to do for children and what’s even better is that kids go free! Take your pick from Stockport Museum’s unique days out!

Bramall Hall – explore our magnificent Tudor Manor House set in 70 acres of stunning parkland. The Hall has over 14 rooms to explore and with activity boxes, trails and discovery packs, there’s something to appeal to kids of all ages.

Chadkirk Chapel – let the rabbits guide you to our beautifully restored 18th century chapel set at the heart of the Chadkirk Country Estate, a local nature Stockport Air Raid Shelters – take your kids on a reserve. Follow the Chadkirk Trail through the picwalk through a purpose-built civilian air raid shel- turesque woodlands, spot beautiful carvings along ter. They’ll discover a labyrinth of underground tun- the way and see how many flowers you can name in nels and experience what life was like on the home the wildflower meadow. front in 1940s wartime Britain.


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Hat Works – Kids love to visit our recreated hat factory at the UK’s only museum dedicated to hatting, hats and headwear! We’ve got machinery dating back to the Victorian era and over 400 exquisite hats on display. Staircase House – Stockport’s oldest town house offers families a barrier-free, hands-on historical journey exploring how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th centuries. There’s plenty to engage and entertain young minds. Stockport Museum – Time-travel from Palaeolithic to present day Stockport to experience the town’s entire history under one roof. Kids love our interactive family gallery where imaginations can run wild! Whichever you choose, all of Stockport’s Museums go Twitter: @SMBC_Museums Facebook: /stockportmuseums the extra mile to welcome families and visitors of all ages.


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what life was like in Ice Age Torquay along the Woodland Trail.

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Trevor Basin Visitor Centre, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Llangollen Canal, World Heritage Site. We dare you cross it and not marvel at the sheer scale and immense stature of it. In fact, the experts at UNESCO say that Pontcysyllte represents a ‘masterpiece of human creative genius’ and that it is an outstanding example of construction that ‘illustrates a significant stage in human history’. And that’s why in 2009 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site making it as important as places like the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, China and Stonehenge. The Canal & River Trust cares for over 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, including hundreds of aqueducts and bridges. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a masterpiece of civil engineering and forms the centrepiece of the 11-mile World Heritage Site, constructed by the famous canal engineers Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1795 and 1805. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or sometimes known as the ‘Stream in the Sky’ measures 1,007 feet long and 126 feet high, making it the longest and highest navigable aqueduct in the UK, it carries the beautiful, rural Llangollen Canal over the River Dee valley. The cast iron trough is supported by 18 slender sandstone piers and 19 elegant arches, each has a 45 foot span. The joints of the trough were sealed with Welsh flannel covered in white lead and heap rolled in tar. The mortar was mixed with lime, water and ox blood for strength. 500 men were employed to construct the canal and aqueduct using simple wooden scaffolding, primitive cranes and sheer muscle power. It holds 1.5 million litres of water – enough for 16,666 baths!

With 11 miles of World Heritage Site to explore, it’s more than just an Aqueduct - in fact there are two, along with two tunnels and an amazing horseshoe shaped waterfall. The Horseshoe Falls is where it all begins, Telford designed the weir to draw water from the River Dee into the canal and, like so many of his creations, it only seems to enhance the beauty of the landscape around it. The canal then meanders through to Llangollen Wharf and over to the famous aqueduct, through two tunnels, one known locally as the ‘darkie’ and beyond to Chirk Aqueduct which crosses the English/Welsh border 70 feet above the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. The aqueduct which has 10 circular masonry arches, was built between 1796 and 1801 by William Jessop and Thomas Telford. Trevor Basin Visitor Centre houses a treasure trove of curious artefacts dating back to the canals construction, you can see, hear and watch ‘Stories from the Aqueduct’ as well as a superb animation of how the Victorian engineers solved the problem of building a canal so high in the sky. After which, you and your kids will be challenged to build it yourselves using our fantastic wooden ‘build the aqueduct’ puzzle. Why not grab a unique gift for that special someone from the beautifully stocked gift shop? The visitor centre is mainly run by the friendly and helpful volunteers that so kindly give their time to ensure visitors enjoy their time exploring the World Heritage Site and the local area. Open daily 10am – 4pm Easter to October and long weekends during the winter months.

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You can experience the excitement of a trip across the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in one of our narrowboats. Our public trips run every day from Easter to October and are ideal for groups of up to 50. Family parties enjoy that special occasion on our

restaurant boat which caters for up to 20 guests. We also offer a Sunday Lunch trip, on which you enjoy a 2 course roast lunch during a 2 hour journey and for which booking is essential. This trip runs until Christmas.

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Welcome to Borth The little seaside resort of Borth is situated on Cardigan Bay, near the northernmost point of the County of Ceredigion in West Wales. Ceredigion is known to many by its former name, Cardiganshire, or Sir Aberteifi in Welsh. Borth’s main attraction to visitors is its wonderful long beach of golden sand and shingle, which stretches for over two miles north to south. At the northern end of this superb beach is the impressive sand dune system of the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, also known as the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, which juts out halfway across the mouth of the Dovey Estuary, enclosing a sheltered, boat-user’s haven, or even heaven, behind it.

Borth’s award-winning beach is the longest in Ceredigion and has a particularly shallow gradient, making it especially popular with families with younger children and sailboard enthusiasts. The tide goes out a long way, so its shallow waters are great for the little ones to paddle in and splash about. At the southern end of this wonderful beach, an ancient submerged forest is exposed by the ebbing tide. Welsh legend has it that the trunks of and tree stumps of old forests long hidden under sand and sea, are the remains of the land of Cantre’r Gwaelod, which disappeared under the waves of Cardigan Bay, long ago.


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A Grand Day Out in the UK - Issue 6  

An inspirational guide to help plan family fun days out in the UK

A Grand Day Out in the UK - Issue 6  

An inspirational guide to help plan family fun days out in the UK