April showers, Easter holidays and a whole load of adventures, that’s what we’ve got in store for you this month! Back with 15 exciting events and things to do in April, taking place all over the UK, there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy.
Featuring magical beasts and flying falcons, the best of spring nature and loads more too, there are plenty of family day out ideas for April just waiting to be explored.
Day Out With Thomas, at a railway near you
Peep Peep! Everyone’s favourite blue engine has started his 2019 tour, with Day Out with Thomas events coming to a heritage railway near you! Giving you the chance to meet Thomas and The Fat Controller, take a train ride and enjoy loads more activities, it’s the ultimate day out for any Thomas the Tank Engine fan.
There are four events taking place in April, including Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line (13-22 April), Buckinghamshire Railway Centre (19-22 April), East Anglian Railway Museum (19-22 April) and Llangollen Railway (26-28 April). Visit our Day Out With Thomas hub For a full list of events and to get a taste of what an event day is really like! Don’t forget, booking in advance is recommended, so now is the perfect time to book for events later in the year too.
Paultons Park, Hampshire
Now fully open for the main 2109 season, it’s time to roll-up your sleeves and get stuck in to loads of family fun at Paultons Park! Best known as the home of Peppa Pig World, there are nine rides themed around every pre-schoolers favourite pig, including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, which opened last year. That’s not all, there are loads of chances to meet and greet Peppa, George and all of her friends - promising a magical day out for any Peppa fans.
There’s loads more than just Peppa at Paultons Park though, like Little Africa, an animal adventure through the continent with fennec fox, meerkats and a walk-through aviary, and Critter Creek - a fully themed world of strange mixed-up creatures and rides - you’ll have to experience it to believe it! Plus, dinosaur fans will love Lost Kingdom, a dinosaur theme park complete with rollercoasters, animatronic dinosaurs, a themed play park and loads more. With live shows, and seasonal events too, Paultons Park is a must-visit family day out!
- Beasts of London at Museum of London, Greater London
Opening on 5th April, this fantastic new exhibition at Museum of London takes you on a tour through London’s history, narrated by the animals who once lived here. Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in shaping the capital, some of the characters might sound a little familiar… see if you can hear Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Nish Kumar and Joe Pasquale, amongst other celebrity voices, running until 5th January 2020.
- Falconer’s Quest opens at Warwick Castle, West Midlands
Soaring into Warwick Castle from 6th April is the brand new Falconer’s Quest, the UK’s biggest birds of prey show! Search the skies as up to 70 impressive birds showcase their daring and dynamic aerial acrobatics overhead, in an action-packed live show you won’t want to miss. The show is included in your normal ticket price, just be sure to check show times when you arrive.
- Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Lancashire
Hang out with the stars of stage and screen at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, giving you the ultimate selfie opportunity with all your favourite celebrities! This month, marvel at the latest superhero to join the line-up, as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel joins the likes of Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk. Star of Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, see if your superhero stance is as impressive as hers!
- D-Day at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, head to Bletchley Park, the home of Codebreakers in World War Two, for a series of events this April. Opening on 11th April, the brand new 12-minute film screening D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion will reveal the role of intelligence in the war, alongside family tours on selected dates will explore the machines and people that helped break the Enigma code. Don’t miss D-Day: People too, packed full of codes, crafts and character activities designed especially for kids.
- St George’s Festival at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
St George’s Day takes place on Tuesday 23rd April, and this year you can immerse yourself in the story of England at the biggest, most action-packed St George's Day celebration in the country on 27th & 28th April! Taking place at Wrest Park, you can watch live jousting before your eyes and marvel at the might of a Roman infantry display, plus loads more too! With history coming to life in this all-action spectacular, it’s a fantastic April day out.
- Leeds Young Film Festival, various venues across Leeds
Leeds Young Film Festival is the UK’s largest family film event, taking place across the city from 8th - 22nd April 2019. Exploring the world of film, animation and virtual reality, there’s the chance to watch a range of family favourites like Paddington and Christopher Robin alongside international films too. There’s also the chance to join in with several hands-on activities, including the chance to speak to animators behind some of your kids favourite films, like The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
- Hidden Valley Discovery Park reopens, Cornwall
Head on over the Hidden Valley Discovery Park listing on our site for photos that will make you want to visit in an *instant*, as the park opens for its 25th year on 6th April. Discovery and exploration is the name of the game, with intriguing outdoor trails, Moriarty’s Missions and uniquely landscaped grounds. Don’t miss the Forbidden Mansion’s weird and wonderful rooms too, and keep your eyes peeled for Tibbohton, the brand new experience opening later in 2019...
- Landscape Painting at Archerfield Walled Garden, North Berwick
Head to Archerfield Walled Garden on 14th April for the ultimate arts and crafts activity, as kids are encouraged to use the impressive landscape around them to create a masterpiece. All materials are included, and their piece will be framed ready to take home and display pride of place - perfect for creative kids!
- Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Greater London
April is a busy month at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, with activities celebrating some of its finest creatures, to Easter egg-stravaganzas! From 6th - 22nd April, join the search for Easter eggs hidden amongst the animals - how many can you spot in the different enclosures? On 9th April, the zoo is celebrating their spikey hedgehog friends, whilst on 11th April, they’re joined by the London Bee Keepers Association for loads of bee-themed fun. Then, on 16th April the Easter Egg-stravaganza takes place, with loads of egg themed activities to celebrate Easter.
- Sweetie Jar Trail at Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood, East Midlands
Tuck in to this fun trail at Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood, as the Sweetie Jar trail runs from 13th - 28th April. Explore the beautiful grounds in search of giant sweets hidden high and low - it’s free with normal admission too!
- Clue HQ Birmingham, West Midlands
Tried and tested by the DOWTK team, we have no hesitation in recommending Clue HQ Birmingham for a family day out this month! You might be thinking that escape rooms aren’t pitched at kids, but we’re pleased to report that’s not the case here - those over 7 years old are welcome, but the games are ideal for kids aged 10+. Different themed rooms vary by difficulty and fear factor, but Agent Academy is perfect for kids that fancy the challenge. With a helpful team on hand to give hints, does your team have what it takes to get out in time (we did, no pressure!).
- Easter events at The Great North Museum, Tyne and Wear
It wouldn’t be a things to do in April guide without an Easter event, so The Great North Museum is here to help. Throughout the Easter holidays you’ll find a range of themed activities and special events, from space and the ancient Greeks, to animal encounters, dinosaurs and birds of prey, there’s a brand new reason to visit every single day! And with free entry, there’s no excuse not to keep going back...
- Huggable Tree Trail at Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Spring is all about nature, and at Chirk Castle they’ve gone all out to help encourage us to explore their wonderful woodland. The rangers have made a Huggable Tree Trail, letting you discover the texture of the trees and the creatures living in and around, from birds to bees, bark to beetles. Running until 28th April, how many trees can you cuddle?
Enjoyed our list of things to do in March? Here's a little something to help you plan even further ahead: