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, running for 1 mile through the area’s farm land, with 2 crossings, a tunnel, and a couple of cute 5 8ths scale locomotives the kids will love, pulling open carriages behind them.
Newark Air Museum (11 miles)
Newark Air Museum
The UKâs largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 75 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. 2 large Display Hangars housing more than 50 airframes; engine / artefacts displays; caf;© and large shop. Regular special events and education programmes available for...
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
Running pleasing journeys between their 2 stations alongside Ashby Canal, with the HQ at Shackerston boasting loco shed and main rolling stock plus their Victorian Tea Room and Souvenir Shop. There's also a museum within a short walk. Lovely!
Churnet Valley Railway (39 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".
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.
Foxton Boat Services (42 miles)
Foxton Boat Services
Site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift, a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, plus the longest staircase locks in the country. Passenger trips and private day hire available. Set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, brimming with heritage.
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. Free admission for accompanied children.
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (44 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 with the heritage railway's unique brand of nostalgia, gently winding through a 5.5 mile steam journey through beautiful picturesque North Staffordshire countryside on numerous gradients. Charming!
Amerton Railway (44 miles)
is a mile long 2 foot gauge line with spectacular seasonal specials, regular open days great for family trips, a railway museum and tours available of the Locomotive Shed. Get your trainspotters into their anoraks!
Scalextric Racing (45 miles)
Race around recognisably world famous race tracks without risking your neck. 6000 Square feet of floor space for teeny tiny race frenzy! Plus excellent stockists and they can repair your own little cars too!
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
The train ride consists of a circular tour with optional change at Far Leys for adventure playground, summer paddle boats and car park, You can travel on a variety of 7 1/4 inch gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives. The complete journey time is approx 20 minutes.
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! 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, tickets normally valid all day.
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
is a popular miniature steam railway situated in Cleethorpes that is two miles long. Trains run every weekend and school holiday throughout the course of the year. With a gift shop, cafe, pub and a museum will keep the kids occupied!
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. Hear all about life at sea and the dangers deepsea trawlermen faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds.
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!
Allostock Miniature Railway (56 miles)
Allostock Miniature Railway
Miniature Railway within the grounds of a garden centre which also offers a play area for 5 to 11 year olds, Toby the self drive tram and a cafe. Helps take the pain out of shopping for the smalls!
Northampton and Lamport Railway (57 miles)
Northampton and Lamport Railway
A great steam and heritage diesel operated tourist railway, located in the Northamptonshire countryside at Pitsford and Brampton Station, just 5 miles of Northampton. Day Rover tickets for unlimited travel. Lots of events going on throughout the year.
Sywell Aviation Museum (57 miles)
Sywell Aviation Museum
Discover the history of aviation in Northamptonshire, both civilian and military, with plenty to see, including aircraft cockpits, uniforms, photos, dioramas and more! Free parking, free entry and aircraft viewing area...perfect for the kids!
York Boat (59 miles)
Options include sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises, private hire, self drive motor boats, disco cruises and Christmas cruises.
Springfield Park Model Railway (59 miles)
Springfield Park Model Railway
Model railway in a good sized park with a childrens play area, space for games and picnics, pond with geese and ducks to feed, football and cricket pitches plus tennis courts and outdoor gym.
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.
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.
Sundown Adventureland (16 miles)
The Theme Park especially designed for the under 10’s. We have Adventure play areas, Cafes, Shops, plus lots lots more including the NEW Angry Birds zone!
White Post Farm Centre (< 1 mile)
White Post Farm Centre
As well as meeting the animals and enjoying the walk in aviary, you can zoom around on go-karts, catch a seasonal show, do a little shopping or even pick up a new pet!
Floralands Farm Park (7 miles)
Floralands Farm Park
There is play equipment, a picnic area and a wide variety of animals to see and feed. As well as the Animal Farm Park, there is a Maize Maze, open from the end of July to October.
Ferry Farm Country Park (8 miles)
Ferry Farm Country Park
A farm with plenty of animals to meet and handle, such as piglets, lambs, pygmy goats and more. Adventure playground, go karts and tractors, indoor soft play, and pony rides. Under 2s visit free.
Stonebridge City Farm (11 miles)
Stonebridge City Farm
is an urban farm in the middle of Nottingham! Free to visit and open every day, with a number of animals both big and small; which you can feed, pet and handle; play park and picnic area; plus amenities such as cafe, shop and toilets.
Wollaton Hall and Park (13 miles)
Wollaton Hall and Park
Set in over 500 acres of historic deer park, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Tudor building home to the city's Natural History Museum. Also see the Industrial Museum, Steam Engine House, Wollaton Visitor Centre and the Yard Gallery, plus exhibitions exploring art and the environment.
Nottingham Industrial Museum (13 miles)
Nottingham Industrial Museum
A museum covering the industrial history of Nottingham from lacemaking to motorcycle manufacture. Steam day on the last Sunday of every month, plus a calendar of changing events during the year.
Water Meadows (7 miles)
Leisure Lagoon features include Wave Machine; 50m Twister Flume; Geysers and Water Cannons; Falling Rapids Ride and Fast Drop Flume! Plus Pirate Galleon for kiddlywinks.
Beechdale Swimming Centre (12 miles)
Beechdale Swimming Centre
Offering teaching, flume and middle pools plus diving and standard lane swim facilities. Also home to a great indoor play zone and a sensory room.
Rainydays (7 miles)
Their recently refurbished equipment is suitable for children from birth right through to the teens.
Playmania Indoor Playcentre (8 miles)
Playmania Indoor Playcentre
A great location for an indoor adventure with 3 massive floors of play equipment and fun features, plus a spacious toddler zone and parent toddler sessions offered with bonus activities. Grown ups welcome to play too, so don't forget your socks!
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre (8 miles)
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre
3000 sq ft of indoor play area including climbing frames, a helter-skelter, slides, bouncing castle, soft play ball pools and supervised play. For under 7s.
King and Miller Playzone (8 miles)
Sutton In Ashfield
King and Miller Playzone
Soft play in the King and Miller, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Jimmy Beans (8 miles)
Sutton in Ashfield
Offering a vast array of bespoke, modern and professionally designed adventure play equipment, there is something for every child aged from newborn to ten years old!
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre (9 miles)
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre
Children's indoor soft play centre with a separate area for babies and under 4s. The main play frame accommodates up to 11 year olds. We have a modern cafe serving delicious lunches and snacks. The play frame has a large wavy slide. It is open and can be seen from all the seats in the cafe area.
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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