Brandon Hill Park (< 1 mile)
Brandon Hill Park
Does not boast a great many facilities, but is an excellent place to spot and even feed the huge number of squirrels the area supports.
Felix Road Adventure Playground (< 1 mile)
Felix Road Adventure Playground
Mainly outdoor play, offering a wide range of good quality equipment, skatepark, sand pit, cyclist training area, plenty of free play space and nicely shaded areas for high summer. You must register on arrival but access is free!
Dame Emily Park (2 miles)
Dame Emily Park
Facilities include a dog-free playground for the under 10s together with a zip wire for older children; five a side football and basketball courts and a Permitted Graffiti Wall, plus it's right next to the Deane Lane Swimming Pool.
University of Bristol Botanic Gardens (2 miles)
University of Bristol Botanic Gardens
A beautiful garden filled with a huge diversity of plants, including many exotic species set in inspirational displays. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh
Ashton Court Estate (2 miles)
Ashton Court Estate
Country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland and many opportunities to get back to nature and activities for families to enjoy.
Hengrove Park (3 miles)
Large park with huge Play Park with features for all ages. Areas for ball games, Wheels park for BMX and skating, plus 12m Jungle Dome to explore! Open all year and free to visit.
Oldbury Court Estate (3 miles)
Oldbury Court Estate
Grade II registered parkland with woods, riverside paths, is excellent for walking and playing including a separate toddler play park, accessible play equipment and things older children will love too.
Portishead Lake Grounds (8 miles)
Portishead Lake Grounds
As well as the lake, there is a children's playground and tennis courts and bowls and, during the summer, rowing boats are available for hire. Portishead Open Air Pool is open during the summer months.
Old Down Country Park (9 miles)
Old Down Country Park
An ideal attraction to bring the whole family. From woodland walks, animal encounters. birthday parties, the adventure playground, the giant bouncy pillow, a cafe selling delicious treats and the farm shop selling gifts for everyone: it really is a day out to remember and we are open all year round!
Royal Victoria Park (11 miles)
Royal Victoria Park
This park boasts a surprising number of child friendly features from the extensive play equipment to the skateboard park, and it's all lovely and free! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Bath with kids.
Offas Dyke Path National Trail (12 miles)
Offas Dyke Path National Trail
A 177 mile (285km) long walking trail from Sedbury to Prestatyn, mainly through Wales. A borderland that is full of changing landscapes and historic towns, with great opportunities to see local wildlife like badgers and birds of prey.
Prior Park Landscape Gardens (13 miles)
Prior Park Landscape Gardens
One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century. A beautiful afternoon can be spent here especially if you've got your walking shoes on! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in...
Tintern Old Station (17 miles)
Tintern Old Station
The site features a riverside walk and meadows, children's play area, picnic site with barbeques, tearoom, souvenir shop, tourist information and a secluded basic camp site. The signal box houses changing exhibitions from local artists and crafts people.
Hope Nature Centre (19 miles)
Hope Nature Centre
A lovely animal centre with lots of animals to see and wonderful walks. Visit the squirrel's tea room too.
Westonbirt The National Arboretum (19 miles)
Westonbirt The National Arboretum
The arboretum provides a natural playground. Discover stepping stones, balancing beams and den building areas. Pick up a trail from the Great Oak Hall or download one at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-families
Brokerswood Country Park (20 miles)
Brokerswood Country Park
A great place for a day out or a family camping trip within 80 acres of ancient woodland. Education centre, adventure playgrounds, woodland walk trail and a narrow gauge railway. Picnic and barbeque areas, plus a 5 acre lake.
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (21 miles)
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
is a wildlife attraction offering families close encounters with exotic birds, mammals and amphibians. The attraction is in the beautiful setting of the Cotswolds and has views out to the Seven Estuary.
Puzzlewood (22 miles)
A unique and magical destination in the Forest of Dean. You can explore meandering pathways that take you through a spectacular wonderland of deep ravines of mossy rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations. There is an outside playground and an indoor maze. Plus animals and...
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail (24 miles)
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
Is a 4 mile trail with sculptures inspired by the forest, trees and wildlife. There are various play structures along the way for the kids to play on.
Hidcote Manor Garden (24 miles)
Hidcote Manor Garden
An Arts and Crafts garden with plenty for kids to do and see including secret gardens, plant house, orchard, Kitchen Garden and The Wilderness. You can play croquet or tennis on the new all weather court or pick up a free Hunter Pack for kids.
Pontypool Park (25 miles)
64 Hectares of park and gardens playing host to a leisure centre, outdoor dry ski slope, pitch and putt, childrens play area suitable for younger and older kids plus lots more!
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park (26 miles)
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a haven for local wildlife. Its flat, even paths are easily accessible to everyone, making the park very popular, especially with young families who also visit the Medieval Village.
Cwmcarn Forest (26 miles)
Unique fun day out by car, bike or on foot along the stunning seven miles of Cwmcarn Forest Drive with scenic stop off points with car parks. Visitor Centre with a gift shop, and cafe to enjoy.
Drews Pond Wood Local Nature Reserve (27 miles)
Drews Pond Wood Local Nature Reserve
A beautiful area of woodland, full of loads of flowers, plus plenty of ducks and geese to feed. Circuit of paths to follow, picnic area, plus a number of interesting habitats to explore with the kids.
Stourhead (27 miles)
World famous 18th-century landscape garden, magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees. Families can collect tracker packs to make it more fun for the kids, too.
Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve (29 miles)
Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve
A very nice spot for a nature ramble with binoculars, or doing bird and wildlife photography, by nature quite wild and isolated so no amenities.
Pen-y-fan Pond (29 miles)
Parkland about a resevoir with flat open space for sports and kite flying, nature rambling and picnicking. There's a wonderful Alien Invasion Trail around the park that's sure to keep them moving and get imaginations going!
Thames Path National Trail (29 miles)
Thames Path National Trail
A 184 mile (294km) walking trail that follows England’s best known river from its source to the sea. Visit Oxford and London, pass through watermeadows, cities and villages. Relax in a rowboat, enjoy a mix of nature and culture.
The Walled Gardens of Cannington (30 miles)
The Walled Gardens of Cannington
are ideal for children, with plenty of outdoor toys and games on the large lawn during Cheeky Monkey days, and many winding paths and walkways, ideal for burning off some energy!
Cotswold Country Park and Beach (30 miles)
Cotswold Country Park and Beach
is the perfect Family Day Out in The Cotswolds with a wide range of activities, including: swimming, boating, wakeboarding, water zorbing, and more, there is something for everyone. Dogs are welcome and have their own designated swimming area.
Porthkerry Country Park (31 miles)
Porthkerry Country Park
A real all-rounder: woods and meadows, beaches and cliffs, historic landmarks and surreal staircase, plus pitch and putt golf, playground, nature trails plus picnic and BBQ spots.
Prinknash Bird and Deer Park (31 miles)
Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
Fowl, follies and family fun aplenty as you wander the exquisite grounds; plus mixed era monastic buildings either side of a wooded valley and a modern visitor centre. The follies include a charming traditional Wendy House to play in!
The Ridgeway National Trail (32 miles)
The Ridgeway National Trail
85 miles (136km) recreation route that crosses or passes many important wildlife and archaeological sites, set in some of the most scenic landscape in the country. Explore ancient landscapes through woodland, downland and secluded valleys. Free to visit.
Lydiard Park (33 miles)
Enjoy the natural beauty of the tranquil lake, rolling lawns and woodlands before heading for some fun in the playground! With colourful, state-of-the-art play and climbing equipment suitable for children of all ages, there's lots of fun to be had climbing, swinging and sliding.
Cotswold Water Park (33 miles)
Cotswold Water Park
Water sports include windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, inflatable banana boat, angling and cable skiing! Dryside you've got on and off path cycling, riverside and countryside walking trails, plus the Gateway Information Centre. And loads of natural wildlife!
Great Wood (34 miles)
Enjoy the freedom of space as you explore the forest on foot or by bike. Well surfaced forest tracks means there’s plenty to discover with buggies or wheelchairs. Make a day of it: bring a picnic or use one of our BBQs.
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park (34 miles)
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park
is a stunning outdoor venue packed with events, sports and activities. Reptiles, magicians and pop bands are among the attractions offered during the programme of events. Make your own fun with the park’s children’s adventure playground, tennis courts, cricket field, pitch and putt golf, football...
Fyne Court Nature Reserve (34 miles)
Fyne Court Nature Reserve
Featuring nature and way marked trails, dragonfly pond, stream for paddling and grassy areas for traditional play plus a folly that looks like a small castle which is a great base for games.
Barry Sidings Countryside Park (35 miles)
Barry Sidings Countryside Park
is a stunning countryside park. Dotted with wildlife walks and fascinating trails, the park is home to a BMX track, duck pond, picnic and barbecue area, seasonal cafe and one of the best children’s playgrounds around!
Hestercombe Gardens (35 miles)
With over fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breathe away. They also have a small, safe Children’s Play Area for the under 7s.
Pittville Park (39 miles)
is Cheltenham’s largest park with plenty to do for all ages, three play areas, one includes a pet’s corner and lots of open space to run around in and trees to explore. Other facilities include, boating lake, golf, tennis, skate park, on site toilets and award winning cafe.
Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway (40 miles)
Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway
Remember to take your swimwear and towels to this 150 acre park of woodland and gardens where a Family Play Zone and Splash Pad is sure to tempt the kids as well as the 1000 ft Miniature Railway.
Haugh Woods Butterfly Trails (40 miles)
Haugh Woods Butterfly Trails
Nearly 350 heactares of ancient woodland that is full of butterflies and moths. 2 trails have been set up so that everyone can enjoy them. Information boards along the way provide details of the species that you may see.
Dare Valley Country Park (41 miles)
Dare Valley Country Park
offers 500 acres of stunning countryside packed with wildlife, flora and fauna. It boasts a children’s adventure and toddler playground, nature trails, family events from magicians to willow-weaving, cosy cafe, picnic spots, camping and caravanning, outdoor sports including a climbing wall, fantasy...
Dunster Forest and Estate (41 miles)
Dunster Forest and Estate
Go down to the woods today and explore our beautiful forest, see wildlife, try the adventure play area, walk or cycle waymarked trails or learn about our tall trees: including the tallest tree in England!
The Herefordshire Trail (42 miles)
The Herefordshire Trail
is a long distance path giving a circular tour around the county. Along the way are pretty rural churches, castle ruins and other historic features to discover and explore.
Larmer Tree Gardens (42 miles)
Larmer Tree Gardens
Beautifully landscaped grounds well described as an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance. Extensive gardens with Fairy Door Trail to get kids; imaginations going.
England Coast Path National Trail (42 miles)
England Coast Path National Trail
A 630 mile (1,014km) National Trail full of superb coastline, with plenty of wildlife, heritage and geology to discover along the way. A land of legends and myths, with secret smuggler coves and natural wonders to explore.
Bishops Meadow (43 miles)
is on the quiet banks of the River Wye and offers tennis courts and a putting green, a rounders pitch and a charming foot bridge over to the historic Castle Green and Castle Pool.
Bryngarw Country Park (43 miles)
Bryngarw Country Park
113 acre country park with woodland, grassland, formal gardens, adventure playground and loads of water features including ponds, lakes and a river.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Bristol with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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