John Muir Country Park (1 miles)
John Muir Country Park
A great country park on a lovely stretch of coastline, with children’s adventure play area, BBQ spots and events all year round! Plenty of wildlife to enjoy and free to visit!
Pease Burn (4 miles)
For a traditional local woodland ramble you literally can't beat this as it's one of the few areas where native woodland can still be found in this area. Great for spotting butterflies.
Yellowcraig (11 miles)
Isolated mix of woodland, dune grassland and coast plus a great play park to boot!
St Abbs Head Nature Reserve (16 miles)
St Abbs Head Nature Reserve
Formed by an extinct volcano and home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds as well as seals, whales and dolphins off shore, this is an amazing natural adventure! Plus Nature Art Gallery and coffee shop in visitor centre.
Vogrie Country Park (21 miles)
Vogrie Country Park
is a beautiful Victorian parkland estate which is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of Midlothian's countryside. Facilities include an adventure play area, barbecue sites, 9-hole golf course, over 4 miles of woodland walks, water features, a miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe.
Dalkeith Country Park (22 miles)
Dalkeith Country Park
is an open space with rivers and woodlands to explore. Cyclists, dog walkers and adventurers are all welcome. Please note the Adventure Playground is closed for redevelopment until 2015.
Ravenscraig Park (25 miles)
Park with woodland walks connecting to coastal paths and with Ravenscraig Castle and the Harbour Masters house to explore plus loads of age specific outdoor play equipment too.
Craigtoun Country Park (25 miles)
Craigtoun Country Park
offers a wide range of attractions including acres of beautiful landscaped parkland, adventure playground, Boats and Pedaloes, trampolines, bouncy castle, putting, crazy Golf, pedal cars, cafe and one of Scotland's oldest miniature railways, situated 5 minutes from St Andrews.
The Hirsel Estate (26 miles)
The Hirsel Estate
With wonderful walks around the lake and through the mysterious Dundock Wood; Homestead Museum; crafts market; seasonal wildflower explosions and a small children's play area with tearoom. Lovely!
Meadows and Bruntfield Links (26 miles)
Meadows and Bruntfield Links
Park in the centre of Edinburgh with loads to do for children of all ages - everything from a flying fox, sand play, swings, slides, climbing frames and suitable for toddlers to teens.
Muddy Boots (29 miles)
is a family run kids' adventure play centre situated next to a fabulously foody Farm Shop and Cafe. With both indoors and outdoors activities including zorbing, giant jumping pillows, grass sledging, a giant sandpit and giro cars, you have the recipe for endless hours of family fun.
Riverside Park (29 miles)
Has several excellent adventure play areas plus a cool skate park, pleasant woodland walks, pond, sculptures, and also cricket pitch and football facilities.
Pennine Way National Trail (33 miles)
Pennine Way National Trail
A 268 mile (429km) walking route between Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and Edale in Derbyshire. See the highest waterfall in England, explore deep potholes and see cheese being made. Loads of wildlife to spot and enjoy.
Lochore Meadows Country Park (33 miles)
Lochore Meadows Country Park
With the loch as its heart, this park provides a strong and varied mix of informal and formal leisure activities and experiences including a beach and adventure playground for the kids and a cafe.
picnicking and barbecuing,
beach and adventure playground for children....
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre (34 miles)
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre
Great place for a family day out with several nature walks, an indoor play area, and (allegedly), the biggest play park in the Borders! Lots of events and exhibitions to enjoy.
Barnhill Rock Garden (35 miles)
Barnhill Rock Garden
A beautiful garden, peaceful and off the beaten track with a number of mixed planted islands, an integrated fountain and a great variety of plants to enjoy. Picnic tables and seats to use as you enjoy the views.
Kailzie Gardens (35 miles)
15 acres of garden for woodland and burnside walks. Large walled garden containing herbaceous borders, formal rose garden, greenhouses and much more including a nicely done children's corner. It’s a rich habitat for loads of birds too!
Monifieth Blue Seaway (35 miles)
Monifieth Blue Seaway
Large play areas for juniors and toddlers at this seaside location plus putting, tennis, bowling green, and wheeled sports.
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park (37 miles)
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
Woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas and seating and barbecue facilities (pre booking required to BBQ). The Park's Visitor Centre also has an aquarium, audio/visual and classroom facilities.
University of Dundee Botanic Garden (37 miles)
University of Dundee Botanic Garden
A Botanic garden with a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs. There are also temperate and tropical greenhouses, a water garden and a herb garden. Family events held throughout the year.
Dundee Law (37 miles)
Climb this extinct volcano for views of Dundee and beyond with an observation point, art and fact panels to guide your way.
Monikie Country Park (38 miles)
Monikie Country Park
Country Park with reservoirs and water sports, woodland adventure playground, high ropes course and parkland with a Ranger Service offering events and activities.
Camperdown Country Park (39 miles)
Camperdown Country Park
Combined with the wildlife centre, seasonal family fun fair, adventure playground and golf courses, Camperdown can offer a fantastic, fun filled day out for all the family. Dundee Ice Arena and Cineworld nearby.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park (41 miles)
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park
Come and visit the only herd of purebred Wild Cattle left in England! Truly wild they're a little dangerous and have to be approached with a professional guide: exciting! There are also Roe and Fallow Deer to spot, plus over 50 types of bird so bring your binoculars!
Almond Valley Heritage Trust (41 miles)
Almond Valley Heritage Trust
Kids can let off steam and engage their imagination in a range of unique play facilities including a simulated archaeological dig, a play mine, toy tractors, pedal carts and trampolines. Nestled in a pleasant riverside site with woods and green spaces that extend for almost a mile, there's so to do and...
Wilton Lodge Park (41 miles)
Wilton Lodge Park
is a picturesque town park with tree lined walks, river and waterfall, glass house with aviary and walled gardens. Bowling, putting, crazy golf, tennis courts and croquet also available, ideal for keeping the kids busy!
Beecraigs Country Park (42 miles)
Beecraigs Country Park
Country Park with colour coded trails lead you through to attractions such as the adventure playground and deer farm. You can cycle along forest paths or ride on horses. Free to visit and open all year.
Farne Islands (44 miles)
Explore above and below the water with guided cruises around the islands and diving tours of shipwrecks! Plus see loads of seals, sea birds and other natural wonders.
Muiravonside Country Park (45 miles)
Muiravonside Country Park
170 acres of woodland and parkland with an open farm, play parks, river walks and ruins to explore.
Zetland Park (46 miles)
Great place to take the fkis for a family day out with things to do include crazy golf, putting, tennis courts, bouncy castle, children's bicycle area, bowling green, boating pond and mini traffic area!
Polkemmet Country Park (48 miles)
Polkemmet Country Park
A quick stop at the informative Visitor Centre with helpful Ranger service will help you map your day: features include the cool adventure playground, family BBQ and picnic spot, nature displays, led outdoor activities and summer events plus woodland and riverside walks. Will you see the elusive white...
Dollar Park (49 miles)
A beautiful park with a fantastic hand crafted play area, 4 tennis courts, an 18 hole putting green, and a bouncy castle for children to enjoy! Open all year and free to visit. Small charge for some activities.
Seafront Splash (50 miles)
Modern, purpose built play area with a whole host of modern adventure play equipment suitable for the older kids as well as the juniors, plus a paddling pool with a difference and a 'construction' site.
Montrose Basin Nature Reserve (50 miles)
Montrose Basin Nature Reserve
Local nature reserve with zoned areas supporting local wildlife and plantlife, and a Visitor Centre with telescopic views of the thousands of migratory birds, and if you are lucky, even seals!
Brechin Castle Centre (51 miles)
Brechin Castle Centre
Country Park with Cafe, Garden Centre, Aviary plus loads of kids activities in the Park and in the Yard Play Area too.
Charleton Fruit Farm (51 miles)
Charleton Fruit Farm
There are 2 play zones to choose from, a gated one for kids aged 12 and under, plus another for older kids and adults! Plus pick your own fruit: sweet!
The Alnwick Garden (52 miles)
The Alnwick Garden
One of the most exciting contemporary gardens to be developed in the last century, it is a magical landscape of unique gardens, features and structures, with walkways in the sky, rope bridges and a Woodland Walk.
Causewayhead Park (53 miles)
Fun for the whole family with woodland trails, an adventure playground, and homemade ice-creams.
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre (53 miles)
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Exhibition to see. Centre for cycling, Salmon centre, plus squirrel room and viewing hide. Great for mountain biking and forest activities.
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve (54 miles)
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve
Breathtaking views and amazing wildlife to discover, such as peregrine falcons and badgers! Regular badger and bat walks and children’s activities throughout the year, plus a great Visitor Centre.
Palacerigg Country Park (55 miles)
Palacerigg Country Park
More than 300 hectares of great outdoors to explore, with an array of wildlife and plenty to explore including field archery course, play area, bridle paths, picnic sites, orienteering and more! Fun in the sun!
Leaplish Waterside Park (57 miles)
Leaplish Waterside Park
One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. A number of activities including archery, fishing and snorkelling. Great place for a family day out or an active holiday.
Kielder Art and Architecture (57 miles)
Kielder Art and Architecture
A number of self guided trails including interactive art and architecture, through Kielder Forest and Water Park. Includes Minotaur Maze, Mirage Deck and Kielder column. Three main trails with free online guides to download.
Tower Knowe Visitor Centre (57 miles)
Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Great for walks, biking, sailing and fishing. Explore Centre, ferry and sailing club. Great place for a family day out.
Station Park (59 miles)
Boating lake with a variety of options from plain rowing boat to dragon pedalo! Other activities provided are a full 18 hole putting green, play park, and their one of a kind interactive water feature.new childrens play park for 2014.
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve (59 miles)
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve
Don’t miss the chance to take the short walk up to the viewpoint, or for a real treat climb up the path at the side of the waterfall and behind it to its source, Loch Skeen. Keep an eye out for peregrines, ring ouzels and feral goats! The property extends to White Coomb, the highest hill in...
East Links Family Park (2 miles)
East Links Family Park
Features a train safari where you can feed the farm animals, pony rides and small animal handling zone. For play there are go karts, toboggan run and giant maze plus soft play and trampolining indoors.
Scottish Seabird Centre (9 miles)
Scottish Seabird Centre
This award winning Centre has something for all ages. including soft play zone and wildlife cinema! The world leader in remote wildlife viewing, featuring interactive cameras beaming incredible live close ups of nearby marine wildlife onto giant screens.
Edinburgh Zoo (29 miles)
- is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland offering the opportunity to see over 1000 wonderful animals, including their new, first ever banteng calf! Great idea for fun things to do with kids in Edinburgh
National Museum of Flight (8 miles)
National Museum of Flight
Something for the whole family! Have you tried to fly our airship, seen a Spitfire, got on board Concorde or completed our assault course?
The museum also includes hands-on games, cafe and shop. East LothianâÂÂs five star attraction with indoor and outdoor fun. Children under 5 free!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Dunbar 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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