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Family Days Out near to Castle Douglas
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Castle Douglas Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Castle Douglas
Castle Douglas Treasure Trail Is the fun way to explore this Market and Food Town. Become a Treasure Hunter for the day! Can you work out where the Clan Luce treasure was buried? Follow the Trail of clues and learn about Castle Douglas too!
Threave Castle (1 miles)
River Dee
Threave Castle Cross the fields from the car park to the River Dee, and ring for the boatman. . . A small boat will take you to the island to explore the 14th century ruins.
7stanes Dalbeattie (5 miles)
Dalbeattie
7stanes Dalbeattie Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area plus local bike hire.
Lochhill Equestrian Centre (7 miles)
Douglas
Lochhill Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons, scenic hacks, trekking and cross country, plus Pony Club.
The Cocoa Bean Company (8 miles)
Twynholm
The Cocoa Bean Company A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (8 miles)
Kickcudbright
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Galloway Activity Centre (10 miles)
Parton
Galloway Activity Centre is an Outdoor Activity Centre based on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. We offer a range of outdoor activities that include, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wobbly water park, laser quest, climbing, archery and mountain biking. We offer anything from a family fun day to a week’s residential.
Cardoness Castle (11 miles)
Gatehouse of Fleet
Cardoness Castle A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
Brighouse Bay Trekking (12 miles)
Kirkcudbright
Brighouse Bay Trekking Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
Cream o Galloway (12 miles)
Castle Douglas
Cream o Galloway Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s. Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal Karts, Flying Fox, 3D Maze and Viewing Tower. Choose from 30 ice cream flavours made here...
Mabie Farm Park (13 miles)
Dumfries
Mabie Farm Park Farm Park with animals and pet handling, rides including Donkey Rides, Train and Paddle Boats. Also we have two indoor play barns!
Laggan Outdoor (15 miles)
Castle Douglas
Laggan Outdoor Offering zorbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, dirt scooters, Segways, mountain boarding, grass sledding and the UK's longest Zip Wire! Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to 'zip' at the same time next to each other up to 45mph.
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura (15 miles)
Dumfries
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura Look out for, amongst other things: fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm.
Farmers Den (15 miles)
Dumfries
Farmers Den A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Dumfries Treasure Trails (15 miles)
Dumfries
Dumfries Treasure Trails is one of many Treasure Trails locations in Dumfries and Galloway. They are a fantastic way to explore towns and villages, solving a mystery whilst enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
Castledykes Park (15 miles)
Dumfries
Castledykes Park A great children’s play area within its picturesque grounds and a range of other activities are available whatever your age, including tennis, bowling, putting and trampolining.
Odeon Dumfries (16 miles)
Dumfries
Odeon Dumfries All the latest kids' flicks and more at this friendly little one screen cinema. Great for a treat in wet weather!
DG One (16 miles)
Dumfries
DG One Pool hall includes a national short course Competition Pool, a 20m Training Pool with movable floor and a Leisure Water with beach, river rapid, water features and two exciting flumes.
Caerlaverock Castle (16 miles)
Dumfries
Caerlaverock Castle Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Red Deer Range Trail (16 miles)
Newton Stewart
Red Deer Range Trail Follow this short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. If it's raining you can now take shelter in their new hide which is located at the viewpoint!
Dalscone Farm (17 miles)
Dumfries
Dalscone Farm A family fun farm with a variety of animals, a huge indoor play area filled with ball pools, slides and other equipment. It also has lots of outdoor play equipment, trampolines, pedal karts, crazy golf and more!
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (18 miles)
Dumfries
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum An ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present.
Creetown Gem Rock Museum (18 miles)
Newton Stuart
Creetown Gem Rock Museum Regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain, this is also a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see.
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (20 miles)
Dumfries
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
7stanes Kirroughtree (20 miles)
Wigtownshire
7stanes Kirroughtree Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay (21 miles)
Newton Stewart
Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay Glorious seaside gardens, several connecting beaches (as listed plus Rigg Bay AKA Cruggleton Bay) and woodland walks, sandy shores and safe paddling. House not open to public.
7stanes Ae (22 miles)
Ae
7stanes Ae Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area, uplift service plus cafe and bike hire on site.
The Happy Potter Ceramic Cafe (22 miles)
Thornhill
The Happy Potter Ceramic Cafe Choose your colours and tools, make yourself comfortable at one of the comfy tables and take your time creating your very own unique pieces with the kids.
The Gincase Farm Park (22 miles)
Silloth
The Gincase Farm Park Farm Park made up of 16 paddocks where you can see and pet familiar, rare and unusual farm animals and poultry plus a huge Play Barn with Crazy Town soft play area, Blacksmiths Shop playhouse, an outdoor Playground, an Animal Barn, a pedal go-kart track, and motorised Quad Bike track.
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe (22 miles)
Dalton
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe We have everything you need to create a special piece of pottery to take home with you, in less than an hour. Choose from a wide range of glazed pots, and get painting with our special ceramic colours, which when baked, are food and dishwasher safe. Have a go at the fab Spin Art and take home a unique...
Mossburn Animal Centre (23 miles)
Lockerbie
Mossburn Animal Centre Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Lake District Coast Aquarium (23 miles)
Maryport
Lake District Coast Aquarium 45 carefully themed and informative aquatic displays + Adventure playground, radio controlled boats and mini golf.
West Coast Karting (24 miles)
Maryport
West Coast Karting Karting is for anybody so long as you're aged 8 or above! They even have a kart dedicated for the disabled. Ideal for building coordination and confidence. Give your child the edge when older.
Drumlanrig Castle (24 miles)
Thornhill
Drumlanrig Castle This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity (24 miles)
Wigtownshire
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the museum itself is a significant collection of early Christian stones. Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming the cathedral church of Galloway.
Eclipse Leisure Centre (25 miles)
Workington
Eclipse Leisure Centre Family friendly tenpin bowling plus laser tag, American themed Bar, video games and more.
Monkey Madhouse (25 miles)
Workington
Monkey Madhouse A bright, colourful and safe environment for the kids to run themselves ragged on the custom equipment. Suitable for 0 to 10s, Height Restriction 1.40 metres.
Funtastic (26 miles)
Workington
Funtastic 10,000 square feet of play time, with ball cannons, a daring 9m slide, plus all the classic indoor play features.
Lockerbie Ice Rink (26 miles)
Lockerbie
Lockerbie Ice Rink You can skate for family fun and enjoyment at public skating sessions with ice discos or you can learn the skills of figure skating with their qualified coaches.
7stanes Glentrool (27 miles)
Newton Stewart
7stanes Glentrool Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
Monreith Animal World (28 miles)
Newton Stewart
Monreith Animal World Set in twelve acres of scenic countryside, the animals are placed in a circular route around the park, taking in a peaceful pondside walk. Best suited to younger kids.
Wordsworth House and Garden (29 miles)
Cockermouth
Wordsworth House and Garden Step back in time at Wordsworth House and Garden, the C18th century home of poet William Wordsworth. Hands on rooms and fun for all the family.
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum (30 miles)
Sanquhar
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum Museum telling of life in the past in Sanquhar. Open April to September.
Rustys Childrens Playcentre (30 miles)
Cockermouth
Rustys Childrens Playcentre Children's indoor softplay area - awaiting more details
Jordans Jungle Fun House (30 miles)
Cockermouth
Jordans Jungle Fun House Imaginative jungle themed indoor adventure play, with lifesize animal characters and tonnes of cool features to entertain and exhaust under 12s.
Cockermouth Sports Centre (30 miles)
Cockermouth
Cockermouth Sports Centre Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition (30 miles)
Eastriggs
The Devils Porridge Exhibition This amazing exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on earth, when volunteers came from around the world to make explosives together, and win a war!
The Beacon (30 miles)
Whitehaven
The Beacon This is a large museum next to the harbour and has changing exhibitions and activities for children.
St Bees Beach (30 miles)
St Bees
St Bees Beach The beach is a magnificent shingle with dozens of varieties of rock sloping down to good red sand. Safe for swimming but no lifeguard cover.
The Rum Story (30 miles)
Whitehaven
The Rum Story Museum transporting you back to 1785 and the story of Rum, with sights, sounds and smells from its Caribbean origins, on the Slave Ships and to the shops and cottages it would have bought and consumed.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Castle Douglas 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 Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy the great day out as well.



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