Sherwood Forest Country Park (7 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.
Riverside Park (9 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.
Clumber Park (11 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.
Idle Valley (16 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!
Attenborough Nature Reserve (17 miles)
Attenborough Nature Reserve
An award winning eco friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the Attenborough Nature Reserve, with touch table and puzzles, interactive screen activities and sensory nature trails as well as kids' clubs and special events.
Whisby Nature Park (17 miles)
Thorpe on the Hill
Whisby Nature Park
Super adventure playground with unusual natural play elements to enjoy and 6 way marked nature trails scattered with bird hides, plus fun family events and activities at the Natural World Centre.
Queens Park (18 miles)
Boasting boating lake, miniature railway, huge adventure playground, cricket facilities and plenty of open space for traditional family games.
Rother Valley Country Park (19 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...
Hartsholme Country Park (20 miles)
Hartsholme Country Park
even off season the range of slides, climbing walls, swings and roundabouts are more than sufficient to keep most kids happy but you can also check out annual events and seasonal specials in this Green Flag Awarded park.
Chaddesden Park (21 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.
Hall Leys Park (22 miles)
Hall Leys Park
A great park in the heart of Matlock with bowling greens, children’s boating lake, interactive play area, miniature railway and a skateboard park. There are also tennis courts and a putting green. Free to visit.
Cliffe Park (22 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.
Markeaton Park (23 miles)
Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
Graves Park (24 miles)
Something for everyone here with ancient woodland, adventure playgrounds, numerous sports facilities, lakes and golf course. Plus a delightful Animal Farm with loads of regional breeds to come and visit. Loads!
Ecclesall Woods (24 miles)
An oasis of woodland calm in the city with pelnty of paths and bridleways to explore. Local Nature Reserve that also contains historic monuments and other heritage features.
Norfolk Heritage Park (25 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 (25 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.
Clifton Park (26 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 with interactive jets and paddling pool!
The Winter Garden (26 miles)
The Winter Garden
A stunning green world in one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK in the last 100 years. More than 2,500 plants to see. Free to visit.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens (26 miles)
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
19 acres of restored Victorian garden with a stunning glass pavilion, a number of themed gardens to explore and plenty of space to play. Free to visit and open all year.
Endcliffe Park (26 miles)
15 hectares of open space just 2 miles southwest of Sheffiled city centre, with woodland, ponds, a and river, plus a large play park to boot, making this a popular place for a family day out. Free to visit.
Wincobank Hill (27 miles)
Ancient woodland covering a hill, with an Iron Age hill fort and other archaeological features. Great place to go for a historic nature ramble with the kids. Free to visit.
Staunton Harold Reservoir (27 miles)
Staunton Harold Reservoir
A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling. There is also a Visitor Centre, Ranger’s Office, toilets, and seasonal kiosk. Open all year and free to visit.
Woolley Woods (27 miles)
Ancient bluebell wood with a number of footpaths and bridleways to explore and archaeological sites to investigate. Plenty of birds, bats and butterflies to spot, plus loads of different flowers and trees. Free to visit.
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve (27 miles)
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
A stunning wetland habitat with pockets of meadows and woodlands. Nature paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and hides for birdwatching. Wildlife includes kingfishers, deer and hedgehogs. Open all year round.
Bakewell Recreation Ground (27 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.
Sandall Beat Wood (29 miles)
Sandall Beat Wood
Woodland park with a network of rides and footpaths, adventure playground, and visitors centre. Also a Local Nature Reserve with plenty of wildlife to discover. Free to visit and open all year.
Bradgate Park (30 miles)
830 acres of enclosed Deer Park that is over 800 years old! Full of dramatic rocky outcrops and and woodland to explore. Visitor centre, 18th century folly, plus the ruins of Bradgate house to discover.
Wheata Woods (30 miles)
Ancient semi natural woodland with a variety of habitats and birds to spot along numerous paths and bridleways. Archaeological features to explore including bomb craters, Romano British earthworks and medieval quarry pits.
Abbey Park (32 miles)
Beautiful river-split park with miniature railway, pets' corner and a large play area suitable for children of all ages, plus formal gardens, historic ruins and loads of room for traditional games. Where's that frisbee?
Goltho Gardens (32 miles)
A family run garden full of interest and colour throughout the year. Nut walk, prairie garden and gravel garden to explore. Great place to learn about plants. Children under 12 can visit for free.
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre (33 miles)
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre
16km (almost 10 miles) of exciting off road cycle trails, plus Forest Trails and a Gruffalo Trail for the kids between October and February. Play Area with scramble nets, climbing frames, balance courses and more.
Conkers (33 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 (33 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Shobnall Leisure Complex
WIth indoor and outdoor sports facilities to pre book, crazy golf and pitch n putt to drop in on, and a playground, paddling pool and skatepark to access for free, this place has loads to do for kids of all ages! Adapted Cycling Centre also on site!
Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park (34 miles)
Rutland Water Nature Reserve (35 miles)
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
An internationally famous nature reserve covering 1,000 acres and over 20,000 waterfowl! A variety of habitats to explore and loads of wildlife to look out for, including kingfishers, ospreys, badgers and butterflies. Great calendar of events throughout the year.
Goldhill Adventure Playground (35 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.
Branston Water Park (35 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.
Wentworth Castle Gardens (35 miles)
Wentworth Castle Gardens
is a large country estate with beautiful gardens, deer park and visitor centre. With family friendly tea rooms, large play area and year round programme of events, we are the day out on your doorstep.
Locke Park (35 miles)
Popular park with a play area for children up to 10 years old, a sand pit, paddling pool, cafe, bowling green, tennis courts, lots of green areas for picnicking or ball games as well as gardens and greenhouses.
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes (35 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 (36 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 (37 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.
Cotton Dell (38 miles)
A pretty reserve set within a secluded river valley, with flower rich grassland and ancient woodland. Plenty of nature for the kids to enjoy, from butterflies and bees, to bare ground and boggy bits!
The Pavilion Gardens (38 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!
The National Memorial Arboretum (39 miles)
The National Memorial Arboretum
A living tribute to people who have fallen in duty to the country. Over 50,000 stunning trees, a variety of habitats, which are full of wildlife including skylarks, otters, brown hares and more. Daily programme of activities. Free to visit.
Normanby Hall Country Park (40 miles)
Normanby Hall Country Park
Go nuts on the adventure play area and enjoy the mini train, explore the meadows and woodland and see the many wild deer, take a quiz trail round the museum, tour the Hall and get hungry in the kitchen garden. Loads!
Anglers Country Park (40 miles)
Anglers Country Park
A large country park and nature reserve, great for walking and picnics, with a play area to help burn off any excess energy! A number of trails to follow. Free to visit and free parking.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (41 miles)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
60 outdoor art installations waiting to be discovered and discussed, plus indoor art galleries and historic estate, offering great family events and a really welcoming attitude to kids throughout.
Elsham Hall Country Park (42 miles)
Elsham Hall Country Park
An animal farm, art gallery, a working Blacksmith and a small farming museum plus acres of open space to play and picnic in. Regular events held.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Farnsfield 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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