Berkhamsted Castle (2 miles)
A good spot for a picnic and opportunity to learn something of its history. The Visitor Room has panels telling of Castle’s history. Nearby canal shows working of locks and opportunity for brass rubbing of information panels. Excellent outside playground equipment at Canal Fields. Enjoyment for all ages.
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead (2 miles)
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead
is a sports centre with swimming pools, badminton courts, squash, and lots more. We have an extensive school holiday activities programme with sessions to suit all ages and abilities.
The Pottery Project (3 miles)
The Pottery Project
is a child-friendly pottery painting cafe. We can help with birthday parties and baby prints or simply some creative fun. Choose from our selection of pottery; from plates to penguins or cups to cupcakes, there’s something for everyone! We also serve a range of food including delicious coffee and cake.
The Kidzone (3 miles)
Purpose built multi level play frame with highlights including giant Hamster Wheel and terrifying Drop Slide, plus giant dinosaur inflatable and recently refurbished toddler area.
The Snow Centre (3 miles)
The Snow Centre
The perfect slope, the perfect snow, the perfect location; this is Britain's premier indoor Snowsports destination. Designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dreams of, you'll find a huge 160m main slope as well as the largest indoor lesson slope in the UK.
Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead (3 miles)
Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead
Family friendly ice skating facility with penguin skating aids for very little ones, and a special Ice Toddlers session with toys and games. Reopening 20th February.
The XC (3 miles)
features include a high end skate park, a 14m climbing wall, organic indoor caving systems, bouldering walls and a challenging high ropes course.
Ashridge Estate (4 miles)
Wonderful landscape for walking (and running!), with splendid views and fun interactive games in their Visitor Centre for the kids.
Rose Hall Farm (5 miles)
Rose Hall Farm
BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons from 5 years, plus off road hacking. Jumping and cross country lessons by arrangement.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (6 miles)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Home to more than 2500 species, a visit can get you close to some of the world’s hairiest, scariest, tallest and smallest animals. Set on 600 acres, in the rolling Chiltern Hills, there’s epic adventure awaiting you at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, plus a brand new visitor centre!
College Lake Nature Reserve (6 miles)
College Lake Nature Reserve
Get back to nature at this reserve, with over 1000 species recorded, there is always something to see. Wildlife Centre with exhibition, trails to follow and a Bee Centre to investigate.
Natural History Museum at Tring (6 miles)
Natural History Museum at Tring
Visit the galleries and come face to face with a full-sized gorilla, a huge anaconda or an extinct giant moa, just a few of the 4,000 animals on display! 2015 welcomes Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea!
Tring Local History Museum (6 miles)
Tring Local History Museum
A lovely little museum that covers the local history of the small market town of Tring from its earliest days to the recent past. Dress up in Victorian costume and learn how to plait straw.
Chesham Heated Open Air Pool (6 miles)
Chilterns Gateway Centre (7 miles)
Chilterns Gateway Centre
The rare chalk downland is home to a huge variety of wildlife. It's a fantastic place for kite flying, walking and views over the vale of Aylesbury.
Chenies Manor (7 miles)
Child friendly, though we only recommend it for less boisterous children, with fascinating architecture, beautifully crafted gardens and yew and turf mazes to enjoy. It may intrigue older kids that there is supposedly a haunted staircase!
Warner Bros Studio Tour London (7 miles)
Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Explore the magic of the Harry Potter films, the most successful film series of all time! The tour takes you behind the scenes and showcases loads of beautiful sets, costumes and props, as well as special effects and animatronics.
Verulamium Museum (7 miles)
Explore recreated Roman rooms and discover the hypocaust, get hands on with artefacts and use the touch screens, study fine mosaics and every second weekend hear a real Roman tactics talk! Plus natural wildlife garden with kids' trail.
Old St Albans Treasure Trail (7 miles)
Old St Albans Treasure Trail
The kids will love solving the clues on this self guided Treasure Trail around Old St Albans. It’s great fun for the whole family with everyone working together to solve the mystery behind the missing treasure.
Butterfly World (7 miles)
is a fun and educational place to see hundreds of Tropical Butterflies, watch colonies of leafcutter ants walk across ropes, hold creepy crawlies, and let off steam in the natural play area. Educational, environmental and great fun!
The Climb (7 miles)
Is a state of the art climbing centre: it's active, dynamic, friendly and fun. They run a full range of activities for juniors aged 5yrs up and adults. There's something to suit everyone, whether your a beginner or an advanced climber
Chiltern Pools (7 miles)
Diving pool with one, three and five metre boards. Leisure pool has flumes, fountains and a water creek! Also has sporting opportunities such as the climbing wall.
Bojangles Creative Cafe (8 miles)
Bojangles Creative Cafe
Bring the kids and get creating, in a super pottery studio and cafe with many activity options and a milkshake menu!
Dunstable Downs (8 miles)
Stunning elevated views and perfectly suited for kite flying make this site popular with families. Rambling, mini beast spotting and picnics are welcome, plus guided walks available. Visitor centre has facilities.
Gambado Watford (8 miles)
A dodgems track, carousel, climbing wall (only open from 4pm Monday to Friday during term time), huge playframe, toddler sensory area, licensed Yum Yum cafe, serving healthy options or treats for all, adult lounge with free WiFi and internet access and the icing on the cake: fantastic party areas!
AMF Hollywood Bowl Watford (8 miles)
AMF Hollywood Bowl Watford
Alongside the 26 lanes of modern bowling (but no glow nonsense) you can find redemption and video arcade zones, Harry's Kitchen diner and exciting Pink Pin Friday sessions!
Stockwood Discovery Centre (8 miles)
Stockwood Discovery Centre
With interactive display, variety of gardens, children play area, special events and activities, bee gallery and much more, it is a wonderful visitor attraction and museum.
Collection highlights include the Wenlok Jug, the Shillington gold coin hoard and the Mossman collection...
Pots of Art Ceramic Studio (8 miles)
Pots of Art Ceramic Studio
Pottery painting, hand and foot prints, decoupage, toddlers' messy sessions and build-a-bear facilities, plus Pots 2 Go home kits and super parties. Who can we make a present for today?
Paintball Bricket Wood (8 miles)
Paintball Bricket Wood
Paintball fun at the largest field in the South East, with some wicked game zones such as Tyre Town and one with a space base station! There is also a good choice of weapons.
Big Space Indoor Play Centre (8 miles)
Big Space Indoor Play Centre
Boasting 300sqm of adventure play space plus a dedicated toddler zone and art wall, this is a great location to let the kids get energetic and imaginative, while enjoying fun exercise.
Whippendell Woods (8 miles)
Get back to basics with a nature ramble through some ancient woodland, it's free, it's healthy, and if you've got picnic weather that's a whole day, there! It's famous for its stunning bluebells between the last week of April and the first week of May.
Pioneer Skatepark (8 miles)
is the UK’s oldest indoor skate park, based in St Albans Hertfordshire, close to the M25 and 15 minute walk from the train station. Open every day for skateboards, scooters and in-liners. See opening times for sessions.
Museum of St Albans (8 miles)
Museum of St Albans
Tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day, with many fun special exhibits and a wildlife garden with children's trail.
Wendover Woods (8 miles)
Children are happy exploring in the undergrowth, hiding in trees and riding bikes, there is an adventurous children's play area set in the middle of the forest suitable for children up to 12 years old, with swings, slides, climbing frames and a challenging ropes trail.
Amersham Museum (8 miles)
Come to our original Tudor building to find out about the history of Amersham through interactive displays, trails and special events. Enjoy our relaxing Herb Garden or join one of our Guided Walks around the town.
Soft Play Centre (8 miles)
Soft Play Centre
Multi level soft play centre, based in Dunstable Leisure Centre. Open daily, with plenty of features to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours. They do birthday parties too.
Go Bowling Dunstable (8 miles)
Go Bowling Dunstable
Has 32 bowling lanes, a superb bar, an excellent cafe menu, amusement machines, pool tables, a pro shop and 2 children's party rooms. We also offer learn to bowl lessons free of charge for children between 6 and 12 please contact the sales team to book your child in!
Go Ape Wendover (8 miles)
Go Ape Wendover
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
DJ's Jungle Adventure Soft Play Centre (9 miles)
DJ's Jungle Adventure Soft Play Centre
is a huge indoor play centre with separate play areas for toddlers and bigger kids, so you can have a sit down and a cup of tea while the kids run themselves ragged.
TopGolf Watford (9 miles)
Featuring for families a striking 18 hole adventure golf course that features ponds, streams, rocks, plants, waterfall and daring water hazard! Formal golf available.
Cassiobury Park (9 miles)
There is lots to do with children in Cassiobury Park and most of it will cost you absolutely nothing! Swings, numerous climbing frames and slides, a granite stone maze and even a trampoline and zip wire are all on offer, and there is a younger style play ground for the smalls too!
Dunstable Riding School (9 miles)
Dunstable Riding School
BHS approved lessons, livery and scenic hacks of varying length. Their friendly experts pride themselves on welcoming absolute beginners.
Snakes and Ladders (9 miles)
Snakes and Ladders
is a huge indoor playground filled to the brim with climbing frames, ball ponds, cargo nets and slides. Plus there's electric motor bikes, and for younger visitors a Home Corner, Water Play and Construction Zone. Kids can really let off steam while parents relax on comfy leather sofas in our...
Laser Planet Watford (9 miles)
Laser Planet Watford
Tag your opponents in the murky arena with a bright bolt from your cool laser gun and romp home to victory over the bodies of your enemies! Well, beat their score, anyway. High tech hijinks for over 7s!
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre (9 miles)
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Intrepid storymakers enter through the chocolate doors into this great little award winning, and family friendly Museum. We have 2 fun and fact packed biographical galleries, a fantabulous interactive Story Centre, and George’s Crafty Kitchen!
Chiltern Open Air Museum (10 miles)
Chalfont St Giles
Chiltern Open Air Museum
Rescued and restored buildings from a bygone era, with traditional farmstead and plenty of farm animals. An imaginative trip for kids as they place themselves in the past.
The Wendover Mystery Treasure Trail (10 miles)
The Wendover Mystery Treasure Trail
A great family activity where you’ll have to put your detective hats on to solve this self guided Mystery themed Trail around Wendover as you and the kids hunt for clues along the route.
Mead Open Farm (10 miles)
Mead Open Farm
With 30 acres of action-packed play indoors and out, as well as "hands-on" farmyard fun, there's so much to discover.
Parents Paradise (10 miles)
Play centre that offers multi level play frames, a separate baby play area, go karting race track, a shooting gallery (on the main playframe) and private kids' party rooms.
Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve (10 miles)
Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve
41 hectares of land, water, woodland and open space. A perfect spot to come for a picnic, fun in the play area, a drink at the cafe or just a run around in the sunshine.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Potten End 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 Hertfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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