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Jump into Jan: 15 things to do in January

Lisa O'Keeffe

22 December 2017

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Here at Day Out With The Kids, we don’t believe in the January blues. As the tinsel gets put away for another year, you finally get through the Christmas leftovers and the kids heading back to school is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to renew your sense of adventure!

So why not swap the various resolutions you’ve had for the past six years for something you can achieve right now - a promise to enjoy a great family day out at least once a month. Thanks to our handy monthly roundups, top picks and inspiration starting from your doorstep, you’ve got, well zero excuses not to.

So get ready to start 2018 as you mean to go on, with our guide to 15 fantastic places to visit in January:

  1. Magical Unicorn Weekends, Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Essex

    13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th January 2018

    Magic and make-believe are the secret ingredients behind this fun-filled event at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park! Meet the park’s special unicorn and take part in unicorn-themed activities, including making your own unicorn teddy to take home. With acres of magical fun to explore throughout the rest of the park too, it’s a must-visit for any little fans of the magical creatures!

    A young girl with a unicorn stuffed toy

  2. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

    Voted Scotland’s best visitor attraction, The Royal Yacht Britannia is a great family day out all year round. Follow in the footsteps of royalty across the ships five main decks, from the State Apartments to the Engine Room. A free audio tour, plus a special children’s version, helps to bring the history to life, making this a great family day out for January.

    The bell aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

  3. Hogwarts in the Snow, Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Greater London

    Until 28th January 2018

    Still waiting on your Hogwarts letter? Take magic matters into your own hands, by booking a visit to Warner Bros Studio Tour London. With an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films, you can practice your broomstick flying, explore the sets and find out some of the best-kept secrets in the business. Until 28th January, there’s also the chance to see the studio all set for Christmas as part of Hogwarts in the Snow, including getting to touch different types of snow used for filming.

    Part of the set within the Warner Bros Studio Tour London

  4. The World of Beatrix Potter, Cumbria

    Imagine a place where all 23 charming Beatrix Potter tales come to life, and you’ve imagined a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District. Featuring some of the most-loved characters, including Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs Tiggy-winkle, and of course, Peter Rabbit, kids and grown-ups alike will love exploring each of the eight themed areas. Make sure you leave plenty of time to visit the shop too and leave some room for some food in the tea room - hop, skip and jump on over to this fantastic family day out.

    The exterior of the World of Beatrix Potter

  5. Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

    One of our favourite things to do in the winter is to pop on our wellies, wrap up warm and head out for a walk, and one of our favourites is Ashridge Estate. Home to an enchanted forest, kids and their imaginations can run wild, and be sure to keep an eye out for rare breeds of deer and bats. Plus, the estate has its own sprinkling of Disney magic, as the forest famously starred in Disney’s Maleficent - if that doesn’t get the kids out and about, then nothing will!

    A family walking through the forest at Ashridge Estate

  6. Bounce Below, Zip World Blaenau, Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Zip World is the ultimate place to visit for adrenaline-loving families, and bouncing into our list of things to do in January is Bounce Below. Found at Zip World Blaenau, which is also home to the Titan zip wire and Caverns, you can play, slide, jump and bounce from net to net in this spectacular underground cavern. Suitable for kids aged 7+ it is one for the older kids, and make sure you don’t miss the new industrial slides. Promising great fun (and some sleepy kids at the end of the day), you can also check out the other Zip World sites around Wales for more activities.

    Bounce Below at Zip World Blaenau

  7. The Postal Museum, London

    It’s hard to believe that the Postal Museum hasn’t even been open a year yet because it’s one of our favourite days out in the capital. Delivering a first class day out for all ages, you’ll love riding on the underground Mail Rail, or following the childhood-favourite Jolly Postman trail to find the oldest letter in the collection. To help burn off some steam, the indoor play area, Sorted, is designed especially for kids aged 8 and under and is where they can see if they have what it takes to work as a postman or woman!

    Sorted play space for kids at the Postal Museum

  8. York’s Chocolate Story, York

    Just in case you haven’t had quite enough chocolate this Christmas, York’s Chocolate Story is a great day out for anyone with a sweet tooth. Explore history from the UK’s city of chocolate, with lots of interactive displays and demonstrations throughout the attraction too. Plus, York residents can get 1/3 off on the door admission rates every Sunday - perfect for locals! Want to see what’s in store? Don’t miss Harriet’s video review of York’s Chocolate Story.

    Making lollipops at York's Chocolate Story

  9. Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf, Milton Keynes

    Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf has got family days out down to a tee, with fun themed adventure golf courses to put your putt to the test. Set sail around this pirate-themed course, with obstacles including a huge pirate ship, cannons and even a crocodile! See who can get the lowest score or the most hole-in-ones, for a competitive but fun activity for the whole family. With three other themed courses to try, why not plan a visit to Mr Mulligan’s in Chislehurst, Cheltenham and Stevenage too.

    Kids playing adventure golf at Mr Mulligan's

  10. Blists Hill at Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire

    Ironbridge Gorge Museums are a collection of 10 interactive museums, but it’s Blists Hill that gets our vote this January. This recreated Victorian town will transport you back in time to the age of steam, to experience what life was really like. Check out weird Victorian remedies in the pharmacy, enjoy a horse and cart ride around the town or treat yourself to some 9th century Pick ‘n’ Mix sweets! This immersive day out is packed full of fun, and we bet your kids won’t really believe this is what life used to be like.

    A family at Blists Hill Victorian Town

  11. Trafalgar Square Treasure Hunt Trail, London

    Trafalgar Square is one of London’s most iconic spots, but the Trafalgar Square Treasure Hunt Trail will have you looking at it in a whole new way! Budding buccaneers will set sail in search of fictional treasure, with clues leading them high and low to uncover the secret spot. An easy-to-follow downloadable PDF means this is great for spontaneous fun, plus it’s great value too!

    Two kids with a Treasure Trail map

  12. Dino Jaws at Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

    If your kid is dippy for dinosaurs, then the fantastic Dino Jaws at Life Science Centre is a must-visit! The exhibition, from the Natural History Museum in London, features life-size animatronic dinosaur heads from some of the most iconic species, as well as plenty of dino-themed facts and figures. Running until 15th April 2018, and included within your normal admission ticket, there’s plenty of time to journey back to the Jurassic era for this amazing exhibit.

    A poster for Dino Jaws at Life Science Centre

  13. Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe

    You’ll be like a pig in mud after a visit to Pink Pig Farm, with loads of indoor and outdoor fun to explore. Meet farmyard animals throughout the farm park, or hop aboard the trailer to go and see the star of the show, the pigs. With the chance to hold smaller animals, plus huge outdoor and indoor play areas, it’s a day out that doesn’t have to rely on the weather. Plus, with reduced entry for the whole of January (indoor and outdoor, for the price of indoor only!), you don’t have to save your farm trip for spring!

    Two kids on the slide at Pink Pig Farm

  14. RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon

    Our Trusted Explorer Kate recommends the 65-acre garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor for a great family walk, but with a couple of exciting events taking place in January, it’s a great time of year to visit. At the start of the month, see how the gardens glow by catching the end of the garden illuminations, which run until 6th January. For visits later in the month, the Winter Sculpture Exhibition runs until 18th February and features some impressive themed sculptures to discover. Pick up a trail and see how many you can spot - who said Devon is just for summer?

    Winter illuminations at RHS Garden Rosemoor

  15. Book a family festival, or a short break

    Like we said at the start, we don’t believe in the January blues. Whilst there’s so much fun to be had this month, it’s also the ideal month to get planning the year ahead, including holidays and breaks!

    If you’re looking for inspiration for your next getaway, then why not consider a short family break? Combining some of the best UK attractions, with fun-filled sleepovers in everything from themed hotels to your own private cottage, staycations have everything you need to rival a trip abroad. So if a short break is on your agenda in 2018, see what offers we’ve got for you.

    A dad holding his daughter at a family festival in the UK

    If your idea of a short break involves a field, camping and reminiscing about your days at Glastonbury, then why not plan a family festival for 2018? Specially designed with little’uns in mind, you can enjoy all the fun of a festival, whilst knowing that there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. Inspired? Check out our guide to the best family festivals in the UK for 2018.

If you're looking ahead to holidays and family time and need a little help planning, we've rounded up all the UK school holiday dates in 2018 to get you started. The next break will be February half term.

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Lisa O'Keeffe

22 December 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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