Sherwood Forest Railway (6 miles)
Sherwood Forest Railway
Take a ride on this fun narrow gauge railway that trundles through the heart of Sherwood Forest which runs for one mile through the areas farm land with two crossings a tunnel and a couple of stations cute 5 8ths scale locomotives the kids will love pulling open carriages behind them.
Newark Air Museum (11 miles)
Newark Air Museum
The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 71 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. 2 large Display Hangars housing more than 50 airframes; engine / artefacts displays; café and large shop. Regular special events and education programmes available for visiting schools.
North Scarle Miniature Railway (14 miles)
North Scarle Miniature Railway
A cute ground level, five and seven and a quarter inch gauge track going some 2000ft. Scattered running days so always check before leaving, but they do also offer events and the classic Santa Special seasonally.
Midland Railway Centre (16 miles)
Midland Railway Centre
It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
Great Central Railway Nottingham (16 miles)
Great Central Railway Nottingham
offers 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. We are also home to static displays, a large Miniature Railway, Model Railways, Road Transport Collection and Play Area, with a Cafe and Gift Shop as well.
Crich Tramway Village (19 miles)
Crich Tramway Village
Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children's playground, tea rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Steeple Grange Light Railway (20 miles)
Steeple Grange Light Railway
When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique train ride through dramatic limestone scenery, discover fossils and wild flowers, learn about the railway and stare at the vintage rolling stock!
Peak Rail (22 miles)
Welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on their preserved railway.
Battlefield Line Railway (36 miles)
Battlefield Line Railway
Jump aboard a steam train which runs along Ashby canal for a lot of the journey - is nearby Bosworth Battlefield Country Park wich is worth a visit
Kirklees Light Railway (41 miles)
Kirklees Light Railway
Come along and take a 50 minute steam hauled return trip along 4 miles of 15" narrow gauge railway. The large visitor centre offers facilities for the whole family, including a new adventure playground, indoor play area and a miniature railway.
Churnet Valley Railway (41 miles)
Churnet Valley Railway
A ride on a steam train is always a great idea for a family day out in Staffordshire, and there are special children's events during some of the school holidays.
This year we shall be featuring "Wallace and Gromit" and also "Peppa Pig and George"
Foxton Boat Services (42 miles)
Foxton Boat Services
Site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift, a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, soon to be undergoing restoration. Many hundreds of canal boats pass through the locks every year, providing a colourful attraction. Wildlife, flora and fauna thrive in the ideal habitat.
Foxton Canal Museum (42 miles)
Foxton Canal Museum
Models, interactive displays, and a wide range of waterway artefacts tell the story of the lift, the Locks, the waterways and the people who lived on the canals.
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (42 miles)
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
The lake railway uses miniature narrow gauge steam engines on its trains to give a scenic 3 mile return trip along the side of Rudyard Lake.
Special family events at Bank holidays, children's parties and Santa trains in December. See website for details
Foxfield Railway (44 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Relax & experience the nostalgia of this unique heritage railway, winding you gently on a 5 1/2 mile round steam journey over ever changing gradients and through beautiful picturesque North Staffordshire countryside.
Amerton Railway (44 miles)
The Amerton Railway is a 2ft gauge line, set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, and situated at the very popular Amerton Working Farm
Scalextric Racing (45 miles)
Race around recognisably world famous race tracks without having the risk of personal injury. 6000 Square feet of floor space for teeny tiny race frenzy!
Nene Valley Railway (46 miles)
Nene Valley Railway
Enjoy a vintage train ride, explore the travelling post office, and learn the difference between diesel and traction engines. And for good reasons, their Thomas is considered the 'official' Thomas The Tank Engine!
Echills Wood Railway (47 miles)
Echills Wood Railway
Circular tour with optional change at picnic station for trains to Far Leys car park, using a variety of 7 and quarter inch gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway (47 miles)
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
We are the only standard gauge steam railway in Lincolnshire open to the public. The location is part of the original Great Northern Railway which opened in 1848.
Brookside Miniature Railway (48 miles)
Brookside Miniature Railway
Superb train ride for families and enthusiasts. Authentic detail in near half-mile circuit through the beautiful gardens of a large garden centre. Authentic GWR station, full-size signal box and museum of railway relics.
The Chasewater Railway (49 miles)
The Chasewater Railway
Standard Gauge Heritage Railway set in Chasewater country park, 4 mile round trip with steam and diesel engines and vintage carriages. Accredited Museum, Model Railway, also a narrow gauge miners style line, tea room and Sunday Carvery, gift shops. We are a Volunteer run charity.
Middleton Railway (50 miles)
The oldest working railway in the world. A working Accredited Museum of standard gauge industrial steam and diesel locomotives. In the modern Engine House learn how Leeds made more locomotives than any other city or town in England. Complete your visit with a ride on the train to where the Middleton Coal Mines once were.
Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre (51 miles)
Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre
Occupies a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside. More importantly, it is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out in Yorkshire.
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway (52 miles)
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
The East Coast's last remaining narrow gauge steam railway, a unique attraction not to be missed! Frequent Special Events. Brief Encounters Tea Room. Station Masters Gift Shop.
Coventry Transport Museum (52 miles)
Coventry Transport Museum
The largest collection of British Road Transport in the world with over 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles and 100 motorcycles. Fun for all the family!
Arctic Corsair (53 miles)
Come aboard Hull's last sidewinder trawler the Arctic Corsair and let the crew take you on a guided tour and capture their imagination. You'll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea trawlermen faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds.
Manchester Airport Tour Centre (54 miles)
Manchester Airport Tour Centre
Trained guides show the airport's facilities to over 20,000 visitors each year with superb audio visual and lecture facilities contained in the Tour Centre. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Manchester
Midland Air Museum (54 miles)
Midland Air Museum
Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber through more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia. A good family day out for if your smalls like vehicles of any description!
Northampton and Lamport Railway (57 miles)
Northampton and Lamport Railway
is a steam and heritage diesel operated tourist railway located in the Northamptonshire countryside. Lots of events going on throughout the year.
Sywell Aviation Museum (57 miles)
Sywell Aviation Museum
Based in the lovely Art Deco surroundings of Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell Aviation Museum charts the history of aviation in Northamptonshire both civilian and military with aircraft cockpits, uniforms, photos, dioramas and more! Expanded in 2011 and 2012 to nearly double its original size. Free parking, free entry and aircraft viewing area...perfect for the kids!
Cycle the Solar System (57 miles)
Cycle the Solar System
Great added interest on this cycle track from York to Selby where a scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast main-line railway.
York Boat (59 miles)
Options include sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises, private hire, self drive motor boats, disco cruises and Christmas cruises.
Abbotsfield Park Miniature Railway (60 miles)
Abbotsfield Park Miniature Railway
Also know locally as 'Chassen Park', this is especially worth visiting on a Sunday when the Urmston and District Railway Society operate a miniature train around the park.
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway (60 miles)
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Looksa like a good idea if you're after fun family days out in Yorkshire.
Baggeridge Minature Railway (61 miles)
East Lancashire Railway (62 miles)
East Lancashire Railway
The service operates historic steam trains from Rawtenstall to Heywood passing over viaducts and through tunnels.There are special events throughout the year, such as Santa Specials and Friends of Thomas the Tank Engine.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (62 miles)
Anderton Boat Lift (63 miles)
Anderton Boat Lift
Literally a huge machine to lift boats from one river into another, it's so much more exciting to see than the written word conveys! The exhibition has a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece.
Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel (63 miles)
Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel
Over 50 TV and film productions have featured restored railway carriages from this multi-award winning museum. Sit in the carriages and imagine what rail travel used to be like with sound and video to bring the past to life and numerous signs, posters and small exhibits too.
Lynnsport Miniature Railway (65 miles)
Lynnsport Miniature Railway
is a 5” and 7.25” gauge miniature railway in King's Lynn, offering rides to the general public on Sunday afternoons from Easter to October.
Hornsea Mere (66 miles)
2.5m depth ideal for sailing beginners. Day sailing without membership is available with safety cover, and the options are vast from classes to Regattas.
Telford Steam Railway (68 miles)
Telford Steam Railway
A classic and quite delightful working Steam Railway: at 1 in 39 one of the steepest railways in preservation.
Avon Boating (69 miles)
Stratford Upon Avon
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (70 miles)
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Yorkshire
Coalyard Miniature Railway (71 miles)
Pennine Boat Trips (71 miles)
Pennine Boat Trips
Public trips are run most days to Niffany or Snaygill through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales from the old market town of Skipton on the 200 year old Leeds and Liverpool canal.
Halton Miniature Railway (72 miles)
Halton Miniature Railway
Known throughout the world to all enthusiasts, this railway system is staffed by volunteers. It has a track gauge of 7 and a quarter inches, and operates a passenger service in the Town Park.
Severn Valley Railway (74 miles)
Severn Valley Railway
Historic rural railway line run with plenty for train enthusiasts to see and do. PLEASE NOTE that you may join the line from several stations, not just the one marked here as the address.
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway (74 miles)
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway
Perfect for those interested in locomotives and kids who just want to see something fun and different. Running on coal fired steam and diesel engines, you'll enjoy your ride, taking in all the sights as you head down the tracks.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions 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
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Nottinghamshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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