Whilton Mill (2 miles)
is ideal for beginners and those wanting to progress, with fully qualified instructors, full safety briefings and equipment, loads of age ranged Kids' Academies and Arrive and Drive options too. Vroom!
Daventry Country Park (3 miles)
Daventry Country Park
Popular park with plenty to see and do like woodland paths and trails to follow, nature reserve, adventure playground and sensory garden, picnic areas, and loads of wildlife to watch. Walk the dog, or go geocaching and orienteering! Free!
Tigers Indoor Play (4 miles)
Tigers Indoor Play
This is a children’s indoor soft play centre suitable for children aged 0 to 12 years with a multi-level soft play frame and an under 4s' toddler area and party rooms.
Althorp House (5 miles)
Visit the 500 year old home to 19 generations of the Spencer family, set withine 550 acres of walled parkland. Explore a wonderful house, remodelled gardens, magnificent parkland and more.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (7 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
Falconry centre offering a number of Experiences, including a half day with Owls and Hawks, and an Introduction to Falconry. Set in beautiful grounds of Holdenby House and Gardens. See a great range of owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons.
Tenpin Northampton (7 miles)
is a bowling centre located located in Sixfields Leisure, Weedon Road. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Coton Manor (8 miles)
Peaceful 10 acre garden with loads of lovely features to enjoy, including orchard, woodland garden, kitchen garden, and bluebell wood. Also has large nursery, a garden shop, and a seasonal cafe.
Hullabaloo (8 miles)
Expansive play frame and stylish play area featuring 3 different slides and masses of activities you won't find anywhere else. Parents welcome in to play too and Laser Tag on site too!
Catanger Llama Trekking (8 miles)
Catanger Llama Trekking
What better way to get away from it all than by leading a gentle llama along bridleways, farm tracks and country lanes. They’ll carry your backpack while you enjoy the scenery. A perfect way to destress.
The Pinnacle (8 miles)
There are lots of ways to get kids involved in climbing at the Pinnacle. They welcome all from absolute beginners just looking for a taste of climbing, to expert climbers working towards national competitions. With sessions for all ages and abilities, please get in touch for more information.
Danes Camp Leisure Centre (8 miles)
Danes Camp Leisure Centre
Facilities include a leisure pool with beach entry, adventure soft play, sports hall, pre school activities, climbing wall and roller skating.
Northampton and Lamport Railway (8 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.
Laserforce (8 miles)
An exciting, participation fantasy game allowing players to be the space hero that they have always wanted to be! An amazing 6 zones on 3 levels to explore: awesome!
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (9 miles)
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Discover the history of Northampton and its importance in the footwear industry. See LOTS of shoes (they have over 12,00!), plus decorative and fine arts, and an archeology display. Free to visit.
Towcester Centre for Leisure (9 miles)
Towcester Centre for Leisure
Their family sessions are fun packed with waves, flume rides, inflatables, floats and music. For the parent and toddler sessions they have baby waves and pool toys for a fun toddler friendly swim.
Towcester Museum (9 miles)
Walk through thousands of years of the history of Towcester in this family friendly museum. Lots of things for kids to do such as interactive games and e learning. Dressing up area. Worksheets, quizzes and puzzles available too!
Northampton Trampoline Centre (10 miles)
Northampton Trampoline Centre
is a purpose built trampoline centre welcoming all ages and abilities. Reach for the sky as you bounce on our Olympic sized trampolines. Our expert instructors will teach you how to perform awesome skills and tricks in a safe environment.
Abington Museum (10 miles)
A free museum with an intriguing Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities, historic fashion gallery, displays on the Northamptonshire Regiment and huge collections of leather works including some really interesting costumes!
Brampton Valley Way (10 miles)
Brampton Valley Way
14 mile linear park linking Northampton and Market Harborough with beautiful scenery, including woodland spinneys, traditional hedgerows and ancient meadows. Great for a family walk or bike ride. Open all year and free to visit!
Sulgrave Manor (10 miles)
Discover the lives of George Washington’s ancestors, and what led them to cross the Atlantic on a brilliant guided tour through a fantastic historic house. Special children’s tours on Saturdays, and Family Holiday Mondays. Lovely house and gardens to explore.
Abington Park (10 miles)
Big park with historical features, plus playground and fitness trail, Abingdon Museum and also features a specific garden for the blind.
Brixworth Country Park (10 miles)
Brixworth Country Park
A charming and very physically accessible park, with a gnome trail, unusual sculptures, wheel chair accessible bird hide and stunning views over Pitsford Reservoir.
Si5 Spymissions (10 miles)
is the exciting spy themed adventure centre in Northampton for anyone over 6 years. Your Mission: infiltrate the ship and stop the terrorists from launching the missile! The mission ends with an adrenalin pumping escape, you and your friends will feel like real spies!
The Canal Museum (10 miles)
The Canal Museum
A treasure trove of collections, stories, films and displays all about the waterways in Stoke Bruerne and the Grand Union Canal. Always plenty to see and do. Free audio guide available.
Stoke Bruerne Treasure Trail (10 miles)
Stoke Bruerne Treasure Trail
The fun way to explore this famous village on the Grand Union Canal. Follow the self guided Trail route as you search for the answers to the clues within Stoke Bruerne to locate the long lost missing treasure!
Rookery Open Farm (10 miles)
Rookery Open Farm
Offers a large pets corner, waterfowl area, pigmy goats, baby calves incubator hatching, two bouncy castles, miniature tractors, outdoor play area, undercover sand pit and go-carts! Largely under cover.
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside (10 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside - There are indoor and outdoor play areas for the younger visitors, the Wacky is a purpose built building with safe play equipment for kids under 4ft 9ins tall.
Berzerk Indoor Play (10 miles)
Berzerk Indoor Play
Family owned and run, this is a home away from home except with loads more stuff to play with! Big slides, deep ball pools and lots to climb on, this is just what the doctor ordered to get them a good night's sleep!
Draycote Water Country Park (11 miles)
Draycote Water Country Park
Whether you come to unwind or have fun, there's plenty for all at Draycote Water. Activities range from birdwatching and game fishing to walking and water sports. Dogs are only allowed in the Country Park.
Riverside Hub (11 miles)
The largest indoor play frame in the country, full of fun activities for kids aged 0 to 13 years. Dedicated soft baby area, Toddler Village, Climbing Tree, Go Karts and more in this exciting and educational world of play.
Silverstone (12 miles)
Visit the home of British Motor Racing, built on the site of World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone. Guided tours available. Events held throught the year. Camping available.
The Adventure Zone Soft Play and Party (12 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Quays Billing (12 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Quays Billing
There are indoor and outdoor play areas for the younger visitors, the Wacky is a purpose built building with safe play equipment for kids under 4ft 9ins tall. Pub now known as Quay's Billing.
Billing Go Karting (12 miles)
Billing Go Karting
Motoring experiences up to 40mph on their cool 300m outdoor circuit! The minimum age for driving is 10 years old plus minimum height of 1.2 meters. Family race sessions and parties too!
Salcey Forest (12 miles)
It is home to the Tree Top Way, an amazing walkway in the canopy of the trees. It also has a play area, cycle trails, some amazing ancient trees, and lots of space to explore!
Mini Meadows Farm (13 miles)
Mini Meadows Farm
Rare breeds poultry farm plus children's farm with cuddly (and not so cuddly!) domestic varieties and a modest playground all great for small kids. Many displays under cover!
Sywell Country Park (14 miles)
Sywell Country Park
Children's play area provided including sand and water play, plus open spaces for ball games and dog walking, small arboretum and heritage trail.
Sywell Aviation Museum (14 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!
Ufton Fields Nature Reserve (15 miles)
Ufton Fields Nature Reserve
This 100 acre site is a wildlife haven with all weather footpaths providing access to varied habitats in every season. The site is noted for its abundance of butterflies, dragonflies, wild flowers and birds.
Harrington Aviation Museum (15 miles)
Harrington Aviation Museum
Comprises the Carpetbagger Aviation Museum and the Northamptonshire Aviation Society Museum. These museums offer a rare look at life on this Top Secret base from where aircraft flew Special Forces and Secret Agents into Occupied Europe during World War 2. There is a picnic area, canteen and woodland walks.
Stowe Landscape Gardens (15 miles)
Stowe Landscape Gardens
A normally sedate trip made grand with their free children's activity packs, full of ideas to discover wildlife and nature in the gardens and seasonal colouring sheets.
Rugrats and Half Pints Indoor Play (15 miles)
Rugrats and Half Pints Indoor Play
A new concept in indoor sensory and soft play activities for children aged between 0 to 10 years (inclusive). Dedicated sensory area for babies. Soft play structure, trampolines, dressing up costumes, playhouse and various classes for the older children.
Banbury Museum (16 miles)
A family friendly museum with a busy programme of events and activities for all ages. A number of Prize trails to follow, an ArtCart to use plus activity backpacks for the little ones. Free to visit.
MFA Bowl Banbury (16 miles)
MFA Bowl Banbury
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This Lakeside SuperBowl has 20 lanes!
Woodgreen Leisure Pool (17 miles)
Woodgreen Leisure Pool
50m outdoor swimming pool with flume and outdoor aquasplash area with fun interactive water play.
Heritage Motor Centre (17 miles)
Heritage Motor Centre
Visit the home of the largest collection of British cars in the world, with nearly 300 cars from various eras. A number of great exhibitions that allow you to delve into motoring history! Family activities during school holidays.
Bugtopia (17 miles)
An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Fuzzy Eds (17 miles)
Indoor play area with loads of slides and fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Outdoor play too in summer.
Ryton Pools Country Park (17 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! Look out for our Events Calendar for Ranger-led activities throughout the year for the whole family.
Buckingham Old Gaol Museum (17 miles)
Buckingham Old Gaol Museum
Tells the story of Buckingham and north Bucks rural life, including the Flora Thompson Collection (Lark Rise to Candleford author) and Buckinghamshire Military Trust exhibits. A number of the original cells form part of the museum visitor's experience.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Dodford 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 Northamptonshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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