Chaddesden Park (3 miles)
Adventure playground plus BMX, football and cricket facilities. And a great new interactive water play area with loads of fun features now runs May through September.
Staunton Harold Reservoir (5 miles)
Staunton Harold Reservoir
A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling.
Markeaton Park (6 miles)
Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
Attenborough Nature Reserve (6 miles)
Attenborough Nature Reserve
An award winning eco-friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Conkers (12 miles)
Adventures in the forest. Explore over 120 acres including the 13 piece assault course, adventure play area, barefoot walk and train linking the Discovery and Waterside Centres. Indoors discover the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play Zone, over 100 interactive exhibits, cafes and gift shop.
Shobnall Leisure Complex (13 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Shobnall Leisure Complex
Large children’s play area, skatepark and the Turtle Beach Paddling Pool both for under 12s. Set in a large area of attractive parkland the area is ideal for picnics and walks.
Branston Water Park (14 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Branston Water Park
There is a small visitor centre, children's play area and toilets on site. Look out for the great range of birds, animal and insects which inhabit their varied habitats.
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes (14 miles)
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes
In this most southerly part of rural Derbyshire, Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes offers visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a very special corner of the New National Forest . They have over 66 acres of emerging young woodland to explore with thriving wildlife, fishing lakes and a family-friendly animal farm.
Rosliston Forestry Centre (15 miles)
Rosliston Forestry Centre
Discover a woodland wonderland full of natural wildlife. From quiet walks to action-packed family fun with laser tag and adventure play, uncover nature at its best.
Bosworth Water Trust (18 miles)
Bosworth Water Trust
Experience the seaside inland on the golden sands of our man-made beach. It’s the ideal place to relax, go paddling or build sandcastles. Looking for adventure? Let the kids go wild in our pirate adventure playground or hire some boating equipment and take them out on the water.
Abbey Park (20 miles)
Beautiful river-split park with miniature railway, pets' corner and a large play area suitable for children of all ages.
Pooley Country Park (21 miles)
Pooley Country Park
Large park with canal-side patio cafe, adventure playgrounds, picnicking and fishing opportunities.
Goldhill Adventure Playground (22 miles)
Goldhill Adventure Playground
A real adventure playground for 5 to 14 year olds, children can play freely, and have fun while being supervised. Leicester's largest inclusion programme.
Beacon Park (24 miles)
From beautiful walks and fascinating wildlife, to a play area and an 18-hole par-3 golf course, Beacon Park offers something for everyone.
Queens Park (24 miles)
Boasting boating lake, miniature railway, huge adventure playground, cricket facilities and plenty of open space for traditional family games.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park (25 miles)
Bakewell Recreation Ground (25 miles)
Bakewell Recreation Ground
Located in just over 5 hectares of space, this park has a modern and recently upgraded play area including splash pads for water based fun in the summer plus football pitches, croquet lawns, a cricket square, a multi-use games area, and a pavilion.
Sherwood Forest Country Park (26 miles)
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Take a walk to the mighty Major Oak, pick up a fun family nature trail, try the playground or just stand and admire the weird and wonderful shapes of the ancient oak trees, twisted by age and weathered into living sculptures.
Hoar Park (26 miles)
Including such gems as Arty Party, play areas and the Children's Farm this is easily an afternoon's worth if you have the weather.
Kingsbury Water Park (26 miles)
Kingsbury Water Park
Over 600 acres of countryside to explore with woodland, lakes and meadows. A safe place to explore on foot or bicycle with surfaced, level paths. Two adventure play areas, bird hides and miniature railway. Have a go at our Orienteering course or try fishing.
Riverside Park (27 miles)
This park's vast open spaces are perfect for family fun, picnics and games as well as their regular events. Gorgeous sensory park nearby if you have younger children.
Cannock Chase Visitor Centre (27 miles)
Cannock Chase Visitor Centre
Features include an adventure playground, picnic sites, BBQ stands and bird watching area. Also the starting point for numerous self-guided walking and family cycling trails, including routes for people with disabilities.
Cliffe Park (29 miles)
Popular with families this park has plenty of space and a large play area with traditional equipment plus an enclosed sand pit area, table tennis table, crazy golf and an internet cafe.
Clumber Park (30 miles)
With 3,800 acres of parkland, gardens, woodlands and a lake, 20 miles of cycle routes and bike hire, plus a Discovery Centre, and a Woodland Play Park. Visit the Discovery Centre to see what childrens activities they are offering during the holidays. This National Trust managed Estate offers lots to do.
Sutton Park (30 miles)
Visitors can enjoy rambling, jogging, angling, nature watching, orienteering, picnicking and several play areas. The visitor centre offers displays, exhibitions and information to help plan your day.
Rother Valley Country Park (32 miles)
Rother Valley Country Park
Country Park with land and water activities for all ages and abilities. Events all year. Activity centre offering; family rowing and pedal boats, water zorbing, sailing, windsurfing, canoes, single scull rowing boats, cycle hire and archery for groups. For refreshments bring your own picnic, eat in the cafe...
Graves Park (32 miles)
Something for everyone including ancient woodland, playgrounds, sports fields, cafe, tennis courts, lakes, golf course and a cricket oval. Perhaps Graves Park’s greatest asset is its Animal Farm, home to Highland Cattle, Sheep, Donkeys, Goats, Pigs, Deer, Ducks, Chickens, Rabbits, Chinchillas and more.
Caludon Castle Park (33 miles)
Caludon Castle Park
It is a pleasant stretch of open grassland for running and frisbee-ing, with a Children's Playground.
The main feature is an imposing ruin of part of the castle, surrounded on three sides by a moat.
Coombe Country Park (33 miles)
Coombe Country Park
We have a children's play area, climbing forest, picnic benches and barbecue areas, a bird hide, woodlands, open space for the children to play and of course plenty of ducks and swans to feed!
Norfolk Heritage Park (33 miles)
Norfolk Heritage Park
30 Hectares of Green Flag Award Winning Victorian Park with playgrounds for under 8s and over 8s, lots of sports pitches, and the Centre in The Park with a Cafe.
Highfield Adventure Playground (33 miles)
Highfield Adventure Playground
is a staffed sandy playground with big play equipment, loose parts to create with and little stuff for the littlies. There are also indoor activities like arts and crafts, pool and table tennis.
Endcliffe Park (33 miles)
15 hectares of open space, woodland, ponds and river with a large play park to boot make this a popular family day out.
Allesley Park (33 miles)
Crazy golf, children's play area, 18 hole golf course, and plenty of open space and garden walks: all recently refurbished and well maintained.
Phoenix Park (34 miles)
Adventure playground, sensory garden and fitness equipment are dotted about this picturesque freebie.
The Pavilion Gardens (34 miles)
The Pavilion Gardens
Here we pride ourselves in providing a fun, family friendly environment. Whether you fancy a ride on the miniature train, spending the day playing on our toddler park or adventure playground, even if it’s just feeding the ducks whilst enjoying an ice cream!
Sheldon Country Park (34 miles)
Sheldon Country Park
Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming. animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in...
War Memorial Park (35 miles)
War Memorial Park
Approximately 48.5 hectares in size, the park consists of two distinct areas, the formal garden with the War Memorial and the sports facilities areas with playing fields, golf course, THE NEW Splash 'n' Play Park and play areas.
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre (35 miles)
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre
Contains displays, hands-on activities and information about the nature reserve, as well as a Tea Room and Shop. Open every day with lots of events and activities for everyone throughout the year.
Sandwell Valley Country Park (35 miles)
Sandwell Valley Country Park
is a great place to spend the day with the family. As well as two working farm visitor centres, we have an adventure playground, an aerial assault course, picnic areas, crazy golf, pitch and putt, tennis courts, miles of footpaths and fantastic nature areas for you to explore.
Brampton Park (36 miles)
Newcastle Under Lyme
An excellent adventure playground surrounded by sensory and rose gardens, an aviary and a pond, plus seasonal miniature railway.
Idle Valley (36 miles)
Adventure playground, nature trails, accessible paths, sculpture trail and nature viewing platform. Plus excellent Discovery Packs for hire from the friendly visitor centre including a pond dipping kit and binoculars!
Westport Lake Play Area (36 miles)
Stoke On Trent
Westport Lake Play Area
Offers an array of exciting play equipment, including the fort climbing frame, swings, a merry-go-round, springy animals, slides and a rotating circular seat. Plus the lakes themselves and signposted walks around them.
Biddulph Grange Garden (36 miles)
Biddulph Grange Garden
Tunnels, winding paths, a Cheshire cottage that turns into an Egyptian tunnel, fish to feed, a Chinese temple, trees to discover and a new woodland walk to play in and explore.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens (37 miles)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Fifteen acres of safe, secure, clean landscaped gardens with lawns and four glasshouses for children to explore. Indoor and outdoor activities for children and all the family. Picnic areas, outdoor theatre and music during the summer months.
Cannon Hill Park (37 miles)
Cannon Hill Park
an ideal venue for families, with children's play areas and boats for hire on the lake in the summer. There are plenty of picnic areas and refreshments are available. 10 year Green Flag Awarded!
Whisby Nature Park (37 miles)
Thorpe on the Hill
Whisby Nature Park
Perfect for a family nature ramble: pack up the binoculars and take a wheelchair accessible and waymarked trail, using the 7 disabled access bird hides to catch sneaky peeks.
Clifton Park (37 miles)
Lovely green space with several adventure play areas, crazy golf and a mini funfair! Also has tennis courts and bowling greens available for you to hire, plus a seasonal water play area.
Ryton Pools Country Park (38 miles)
Ryton Pools Country Park
There's lots of fun to be had at this family friendly country park! With play areas, cycling and walking on surfaced paths and a large picnic meadow you can't go wrong for a family day out!
Abbey Fields Play Park (38 miles)
Abbey Fields Play Park
Grassy slopes for running and rolling, adventure playground and a heated outdoor swimming pool in summer.
Sycamore Green Adventure Centre (39 miles)
Sycamore Green Adventure Centre
Indoor and outdoor adventure play including water games, trampoline, desert island with ship wreck, sand pit and hammocks, a forest area including tepees and fire pit plus a racing track!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Elvaston 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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