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Only the Best: Best Places to Visit in England in 2018

Dela Lozanova

21 November 2018

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This year’s Family Favourites Awards were a huge hit, enticing over 20,000 parents in the UK to vote for the best places to visit in England, as well as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Over the past week, we’ve been looking at some of the finalists and winners in our “Only the Best” series. Now, to end the series, we decided to talk to you about 6 more awesome attractions which won awards but didn’t make it into the previous articles.

After all, getting to know even more of the best places to visit in England can only help with planning an awesome family day out!

Best FREE Family Day Out in the South East

WINNER: Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Aren’t donkeys just adorable! At the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary you can meet the friendly rescued animals, say Hi, pet them, groom them and generally make friends with the donkeys. It’s a great day out for the whole family, including the (well-behaved) dogs!

Want to make the day extra special for the kids AND help the charity? Adopt a donkey online and meet him/her in person next time you visit the sanctuary. Their own donkey - we don’t have to tell you your little animal lovers will go nuts!

Best Event at an Attraction in the East

WINNER: Dinos at Night - Roarrr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade

Roarrr! Dinosaur Adventure

Roarrr! Dinosaur Adventure won its place on our list of the best places to visit in England by having received lots and LOTS of love from you in the Family Favorite Awards. Nominated in pretty much every category in the region, finalist in 2 and winner in one - there must be something truly special in this place!

There are many seasonal events happening at the attraction but what won the hearts of the public over was Dinos at Night - an after-dark adventure, complete with an trail in search for fallen stars, funfair, high ropes, BBQ and more.

Best Day Out for Under 5s in the South West

WINNER: Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham

Little girl at Cotswold Farm Park

A day at the farm is so much fun for the tots! In addition to meeting over 50 breeds of farm animals, at Cotswold Farm Park the kids will have plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the day, including tractor rides, educational talks and bottle feeding the animals.

There’s an Adventure Barn with 3 play areas where your cheeky monkeys can blow off some steam, plus an Experience Barn where tiny sprogs can meet the tiniest animals on the farm, including chicks and rabbits. Animal fun all around! 

Best Animal Day Out in the East

WINNER: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Elephant at Whipsande Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo just had to make it on the list of best places to visit in England - it’s the biggest zoo in the whole UK with over 3,600 animals to see and 600 acres of land to explore.

From meeting speedy cheetahs and friendly elephants, to befriending farm animals, and exploring the mesmerising Butterfly House, you’ll have more than enough to fill in a full day of animal-themed fun and activities. Want something extra special? Check out the add-on experiences and become a zoo keeper for a day!

Best Educational Day Out in the North East

WINNER: Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Open Air Museum is one of the best places to visit in England, if you’re looking for a historical experience. Step right into the North West of the early 1800s and 1900s - walk down the streets of the old town, see one of the oldest steam trains, explore a real drift mine and take the chance to get some traditional 1900s sweets from the shop. The kids will definitely get excited about the last one! 

Even if you’re not a history buff, you’ll still be drawn in by the whole experience. It’s like stepping into a time machine, or walking into an old move. It's an educational experience that will stay with the little ones for a long time. 

Best Active Day Out in the South East

WINNER: Diggerland Kent

Kids having fun at Diggerland Kent

Diggerland Kent is the best place to go if you want to get hands-on and dirty! With lots of rides and drives, the little ones will be kept busy the whole day.

Your tiny explorers will have the chance to get behind the wheel of the mini diggers, check out the view from the 50 ft. Skyshuttle and get some thrills on legendary rides, such as Spindizzy and Groundshuttle. Needless to say, the kids love it... just don’t make them wear their best clothes!


Loved out list of the best places to visit in England in 2018? Take a look at the Family Favourites Awards finalists and winners to discover even more award-winning attractions.

Missed any of our other articles from the “Only the Best” series? Check them out here:

Best things to do in London | Best things to do in Wales | Best things to do in the Midlands |Best things to do in Scotland | Best things to do in the North West | Best things to do in Yorkshire |
Best things to do in Northern Ireland

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Dela Lozanova

21 November 2018

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Dela is a Digital Content Executive at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from sunny Varna on the Bulgarian seacoast, she now lives in Coventry and travels regularly throughout Europe to escape the rain.

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