Trimontium Heritage Centre (3 miles)
Trimontium Heritage Centre
Ride the Newstead charger; explore the Blacksmith's workshop, Roman kitchen and pottery; plus a series of illustrated panels and modern artefact display cases. Guided walks available around the grounds.
Nenthorn Equestrian Centre (6 miles)
Nenthorn Equestrian Centre
All weather riding facility offering lessons for all ages, Pony Club for over 6s, and hacking for over 16s. Plenty of activity programming too.
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre (8 miles)
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre
Great place for a family day out with several nature walks, an indoor play area, and (allegedly), the biggest play park in the Borders! Lots of events and exhibitions to enjoy.
Floors Castle (8 miles)
A truly family castle loved and lived in by many generations of Roxburghes, wonderful for exploring and great for inspiring little daydreamers. Play on the adventure playground, binge on perennials in the Walled Garden, plus spot woodpeckers and red squirrels on the forest and river walks. Blissful!
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre (8 miles)
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre
Take a tour of a hugely successful working textile mill, museum and visitor centre and you can find out how many goats you need for a jumper, watch proper catwalk samples being made and see the world's largest range of Pure New Wool Tartans!
Border Ice Rink (9 miles)
Border Ice Rink
Ice rink with one public Sunday session as well as hosting curling and skating clubs.
Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre (10 miles)
Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre
Highly educational and quite fascinating besides! The period feel inside the house has been preserved, while thoughtful design lets the story of Mary's life unfold in a lively way.
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum (10 miles)
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum
Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail: a model prison in its day but now pretty spooky! Children's guides available.
Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre (10 miles)
Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre
Visit the Salmon Centre and watch live footage from the Cauld: you might just spot a wild Salmon battling it's way through the water! There is also a brass rubbing nature trail, fully restored working waterwheel, and wildlife such as otters, red squirrel, roe deer, badgers, bats, owls, heron and foxes.
Bowhill Stables (11 miles)
offer lessons, off road scenic hacks and pony trekking with forest and moorland terrain, plus outdoor adventure playground.
Bowhill House and County Estate (11 miles)
Bowhill House and County Estate
Offering not just a splendid domicile to explore but an awesome adventure playground, ranger led wildlife walks, family rambles and double bank fishing. Loads to do, loads to see, allow loads of time!
Teviotdale Leisure Centre (13 miles)
Textile Towerhouse (14 miles)
A beautifully restored building which uses period rooms combined with modern audiovisuals to tell the the turbulent story of the town and the tower. Plus changing special exhibitions and vintage children's schoolroom with smart dress up and craft activities!
Wilton Lodge Park (14 miles)
Wilton Lodge Park
is a picturesque town park with tree lined walks, river and waterfall, glass house with aviary and walled gardens. Bowling, putting, crazy golf, tennis courts and croquet also available!
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park (15 miles)
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park
Lots of animals from tiny hamsters to enormous cows plus rare breeds section, outdoor adventure playground and covered play area, plus nature trails and pond dipping. 100% disabled access by quad safari!
The Hirsel Estate (15 miles)
The Hirsel Estate
With wonderful walks around the lake and through the mysterious Dundock Wood; Homestead Museum; crafts market; seasonal wildflower explosions and a small children's play area with tearoom. Lovely!
Pennine Way National Trail (16 miles)
Pennine Way National Trail
A 268 mile (429km) walking route between Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and Edale in Derbyshire. See the highest waterfall in England, explore deep potholes and see cheese being made. Loads of wildlife to spot and enjoy.
Traquair House (16 miles)
House and grounds with plenty for families including a Maze, woodland and willow tunnels to explore, mini adventure playground for all ages plus separate toddler area, workshops and activity sheets. Open from April to November.
Coldstream Museum (16 miles)
In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish. Other features include an indoor children's play area, shop and a courtyard with picnic table.
Hurly Burly (16 miles)
Large 4 storey frame for big kids with slides, cargo nets, rollers, swings, mouse holes, climbing zone and target area. Under 5s have their own area with climbing ramp and slide, plus soft play equipment.
Manderston (19 miles)
This supreme country house of the Edwardian Scottish era stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy. Includes Britain's first privately-owned Biscuit Tin Museum.
Go Ape Peebles (19 miles)
Go Ape Peebles
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.
7stanes Glentress (19 miles)
Family friendly mountain biking trails with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre, Cafe and Bike Hire.
Kailzie Gardens (19 miles)
15 acres of garden for woodland and burnside walks. Large walled garden containing herbaceous borders, formal rose garden, greenhouses and much more including a nicely done children's corner.
Peebles Spy Mission Treasure Trail (20 miles)
Peebles Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Your mission if you choose to accept it is to solve this self guided spy mission Trail around the streets of Peebles! Let the kids become a spy for the day and help them to solve the clues along this unique Trail.
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch (21 miles)
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch
Two osprey watch centres showing live images from an osprey nest in the Tweed Valley Forest Park and other wildlife features.
Vogrie Country Park (22 miles)
Vogrie Country Park
is a beautiful Victorian parkland estate which is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of Midlothian's countryside. Facilities include an adventure play area, barbecue sites, 9-hole golf course, over 4 miles of woodland walks, water features, a miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe.
Heatherslaw Light Railway (22 miles)
Heatherslaw Light Railway
A weatherproof or sun loving 15 inch gauge steam rail ride, with fully enclosed, partly glazed, and fully open carriage options! Travel alongside the River Till and do some otter spotting or jump off at the stations and explore!
National Mining Museum Scotland (24 miles)
National Mining Museum Scotland
Guided tours and interesting historical mining information, plus the new Mini Miners' softplay area for kids up to 8, to help soften all the education!
Chain Bridge Honey Farm (24 miles)
Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Family friendly working bee farm, with a great visitor centre from which you can learn and observe the foundations of the work. A most popular display is the observation hive where a living colony of bees can be viewed behind glass.
Pease Burn (24 miles)
For a traditional local woodland ramble you literally can't beat this as it's one of the few areas where native woodland can still be found in this area. Great for spotting butterflies.
Newbattle Swimming Pool (24 miles)
Newbattle Swimming Pool
- offers a diverse range of water based activities and facilities include 25m swimming pool, 8m training pool, high and spring diving boards. Disability accessible.
Paxton House (24 miles)
is a historic house and country park with loads to see and do. House and garden tours, exploring the grounds, visiting the Stables tea room and gift shop and enjoying the play park are just some of the things on offer.
Whiteloch Farm Riding and Trekking (25 miles)
The Leadburn Inn (25 miles)
The Leadburn Inn
Bar, Restaurant and Soft Play Centre just outside Penicuik with Soft Play Area housing a three level soft play frame plus separate toddler area.
Dalkeith Country Park (26 miles)
Dalkeith Country Park
is an open space with rivers and woodlands to explore. Cyclists, dog walkers and adventurers are all welcome. Please note the Adventure Playground is closed for redevelopment until 2015.
Kielder Observatory (26 miles)
A public astronomical observatory under some of the darkest skies in Europe. Open most evenings for a variety of different events. Interactive and informative. Weekly family Astronomy evenings, plus special events during school holidays.
The Bike Place in Kielder (26 miles)
The Bike Place in Kielder
Bike hire centre located in superb habitat for rare birds and animals. Varied range of trails available to cycle along, suitable for all abilities. Trail maps and helpful free advice available.
Edinburgh Combat Challenge (26 miles)
Edinburgh Combat Challenge
Zero contact combat gaming for over 6s played in an outdoor arena with cammo gear and loads of natural obstacles and hiding places. Crunch through the leaves, slink through the trees, and shoot everyone you see! Zapzapzap!
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre (26 miles)
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre
One of three visitor centres in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Exhibition to see. Centre for cycling, Salmon centre, plus squirrel room and viewing hide. Great for mountain biking and forest activities.
The Happy Castle (26 miles)
The Happy Castle
Soft play centre with a separate area for toddlers and a huge multi-storey area for older children with ariel slides, rope bridges etc.
A good seating area for parents with highchairs, baby change and kid's meals for post play snacks.
National Museum of Flight (27 miles)
National Museum of Flight
Something for the whole family! Have you tried to fly our airship, seen a Spitfire, got on board Concorde or completed our assault course?
The museum also includes hands-on games, cafe and shop. East LothianâÂÂs five star attraction with indoor and outdoor fun. Children under 5 free!
Amazone at the Kabin (27 miles)
Amazone at the Kabin
A 3 tier jungle themed adventure soft play facility with all the classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, plus a comfy cafe for parents.
John Muir Country Park (27 miles)
John Muir Country Park
A great country park on a lovely stretch of coastline, with children’s adventure play area, BBQ spots and events all year round! Plenty of wildlife to enjoy and free to visit!
ReBoot Disc Golf Course (27 miles)
ReBoot Disc Golf Course
is a family friendly 9-hole disc golf course. If you have thrown a Frisbee and played golf, you are ready for some disc golf. Disc golf is easy to learn, enjoyed from the onset, and fun for all ages and abilities.
Belhaven Bay (27 miles)
Sandy beach with good swimming and surfing, and excellent cliff views with nesting birds. Also popular with kite fliers. Limited immediate amenities.
Prestongrange Museum (27 miles)
A museum site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, you can still see the remnants of glass works, potteries, coal mine and brick works, as well as the Hoffman Kiln and the unique Cornish Beam Engine. Games, toys and trails keep children occupied inside and out.
East Links Family Park (27 miles)
East Links Family Park
Features a train safari where you can feed the farm animals, pony rides and small animal handling zone. For play there are go karts, toboggan run and giant maze plus soft play and trampolining indoors.
Gosford Sands (27 miles)
A fairly isolated sand and shingle beach, good for bird watching as it is a haven for waders, kite flying and coastal walking.
Jamboree Adventure Soft Play (27 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do in Redpath 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 Borders can enjoy the great day out as well.
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