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Family Favourites Awards

2018 Finalists

The day has finally come - the Family Favourites Awards Finalists for 2018 are here!

We received hundreds of fantastic submissions for our first ever Family Favourites Awards which made the task of shortlisting a difficult one. We'd have loved to put everyone through but the spots are limited. So, after long hours of deliberation and heart-wrenching decision-making, the 2018 Family Favourites Awards Finalists have emerged.

It’s now up to the public to vote and decide the regional winners in each category. Regional winners will then be in with a chance to be awarded the national category title by our panel of .

Each region has a separate voting page linked to beneath each shortlist below, or you can go straight to the vote and find your region here:

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London

Best FREE family day out
Brooks Farm
The Natural History Museum
The Regents Park
Kentish Town City Farm
Corams Fields
Science Museum

Best event at an attraction
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter (The Goblet of Fire)
Capel Manor Gardens (Capel Manor’s Frightfest)
The London Eye (Time Out family events)
London Bridge Experience (Halloween events; incl special family-friendly events)
Shrek's Adventure! (Trolls Festival & Magical Grotto)
Kew Gardens - Christmas at Kew

Best day out for under 5s
Bramleys Big Adventure
Snakes and Ladders London
The Postal Museum
Discover Children's Story Centre
Kidspace Romford
Partyman World of Play Wembley

Best animal day out
Brooks Farm
Hounslow Urban Farm
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo
Vauxhall City Farm
ZSL London Zoo
SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Best educational day out
London Transport Museum
KidZania London
Discover Children's Story Centre
The St Katherine Docks Treasure Trail
The Postal Museum, Mail Rail and Sorted play space
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo

Best active day out
Cloud 9 Leisure
GO Laser Tag London
Thames Rockets
Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf
Flip Out Brent Cross
Jump In Trampoline Park Elstree

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South East

Best FREE family day out
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
Frensham Great Pond
West Wittering Beach
Andover Museum
Westgate Museum, Winchester
Alice Holt Park

Best event at an attraction
Glow Wild, Winter Lantern Trail (Wakehurst)
Birthday Bash at Blackgang Chine
Electric Woods at Robin Hill Country Park
LEGO at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
Day Out With Thomas at Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
LEGOLAND® at Christmas, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

Best day out for under 5s
The Hop Farm Family Park
LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Marwell Zoo
Drusillas Park
Paultons Park

Best animal day out
Godstone Farm
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Wildwood
Monkey Haven
Fishers Adventure Farm Park
Odds Farm Park

Best educational day out
Blenheim Palace
Hedingham Castle
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Winchester Science Centre
Beaulieu
Bodiam Castle

Best active day out
Coral Reef Bracknells Water World
Hobbledown
Rush Trampoline Park High Wycombe
Snozone Milton Keynes
Diggerland Kent
Buckmore Park Karting

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South West

Best FREE family day out
Dunster Museum and Doll Collection
Haldon Forest Park
Beechenhurst Lodge
Roadford Lake
The Matthew of Bristol
St Nectans Glen

Best event at an attraction
The Milky Way Adventure Park - Halloween Hocus Pocus School for Wizards and Witches
Adventure Wonderland - Meet the Meerkats and More!
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park - Fairytale February
Hestercombe Garden - Model Boats on the Mill Pond
Around the World in 37 days at Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
The Helicopter Museum - World at War Weekend

Best day out for under 5s
Cattle Country Adventure Park
Cotswold Farm Park
Roves Farm Visitor Centre
World of Country Life
Farmer Palmers
Tickety Boo

Best animal day out
Cotswold Farm Park
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
Paradise Park
The BIG Sheep
Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park

Best educational day out
Exmoor Zoo
Kents Cavern
The Bath Spy Mission Treasure Trail
The Matthew of Bristol
We The Curious
West Somerset Railway

Best active day out
Puzzlewood
The Blue Pool
Mr Mulligan's Lost World Cheltenham
Sandford Parks Lido
Minehead Eye
Clip N Climb Plymouth

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Midlands

Best FREE family day out
Lapworth Museum of Geology
Wellingborough Museum
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Kelham Hall and Country Park
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birches Valley Forest Centre

Best event at an attraction
Dippy the Dinosaur at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Sundown Adventureland (annual Christmas event)
Cadbury World (Character Weekends)
Drayton Manor Theme Park (Magical Christmas event)
Wonderland Midlands (Christmas & Halloween events)
Evenley Wood Garden (Easter Eggstravaganza)

Best day out for under 5s
Children’s Play Village
Broomy Croft Children’s Farm
The Pink Pig Farm
West Midland Safari Park
Alton Towers - CBeebies Land
Drayton Manor - Thomas Land

Best animal day out
West Midland Safari Park
Tropical Birdland
Twycross Zoo
National Forest Adventure Farm
Dudley Zoo
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Best educational day out
Warwick Castle
Tudor World
Black Country Living Museum
Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
Mary Arden's Farm
Thinktank Birmingham

Best active day out
Alton Towers Waterpark
CONKERS - In The Heart Of The National Forest
Rush Trampoline Park Birmingham
Sandwell Valley Country Park
Danes Camp Leisure Centre
Poole's Cavern

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East

Best FREE family day out
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Ferry Meadows Country Park
Ipswich Museum
Clare Castle Country Park
Wym Trails
High Lodge Thetford Forest Centre

Best event at an attraction
Knebworth House, Park & Gardens (Pumpkin trail)
Hertford Theatre (Bring Your Own Baby)
Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard - Waterwars weekend
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure (Dinos at Night)
Sea Life Great Yarmouth (Claws vs Jaws)
Kentwell Hall (Tudor Days)

Best day out for under 5s
Leisure Island Fun Park
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Dotty Pottery
Sacrewell Farm
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Pettits Animal Adventure Park

Best animal day out
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Africa Alive
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Herrings Green Activity Farm
Pettits Animal Adventure Park
Banham Zoo

Best educational day out
Centre for Computing History
Ipswich Transport Museum
Rutherford's Punting Company
The Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail
Sea Life Great Yarmouth
Herrings Green Activity Farm

Best active day out
Rollercity
Tree Top Junior
Aquapark
Partyman World of Play Stevenage
Splash Sheringham
Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard

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North West

Best FREE family day out
Otterspool Adventure
The Centre @ Halton
Museum of Science and Industry
Moss Bank Park
Donkey Sanctuary
Brockholes Nature Reserve

Best event at an attraction
Tim Peake’s Spacecraft at Museum of Science and Industry
St George and the Dragon at Beeston Castle
Launch of ICON at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Smithills Open Farm - Easter
Wild Worlds at Chester Zoo
Magical Mermaid Day at Blue Planet Aquarium

Best day out for under 5s
Legoland Discovery Centre
The Play Area (intu)
Southport Model Railway Village
Cheeky Cherubs Soft play and learning centre CIC
Mattel Play
Dalton Leisure Centre

Best animal day out
Smithills Open Farm
Blue Planet Aquarium
Turbary woods owl & bird of prey sanctuary
Lakes Aquarium
Wheelock Hall Petting Farm
Knowsley Safari Park

Best educational day out
Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Mirehouse and Gardens
Otterspool Adventure
World Museum Liverpool
Cheshire Military Museum

Best active day out
Chill Factore
Freedome Cheshire Oaks
Tree Top Lake District
Ascent Trampoline Park
Monkeyhouse Softplay
Treetop Trek Manchester

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North East

Best FREE family day out
Locomotion
Riverside Park Chester-le-Street
Hardwick Park
Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Discovery Museum

Best event at an attraction
Roarsome  - Superhero and Princess Fun Day
Alnwick Castle - Broomstick Training
LIFE Science Centre - Dino Jaws
Beamish Open Air Museum - Easter Fun
Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth - Undersea Safari
Wild Animal Adventures - Animal & Family Enrichment Evening

Best day out for under 5s
Down at the Farm
Holmside Park
Banana Beach
Little Land Play
Chucklebutties Play and Party Centre
Seven Stories

Best animal day out
Northumberland Country Zoo
Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth
North East Falconry
Wetheriggs Animal Rescue
Wild Animal Adventures
Stepney Bank Stables

Best educational day out
Discovery Museum
Centre for Life
The Newcastle Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Create and Paint
Beamish Open Air Museum
Wild Animal Adventures

Best active day out
Holmside Park
Roarsome (Previously Adventure Point)
Beamish Wild Adventure Park
Stepney Bank Stables
The Newcastle Spy Mission Treasure Trail
GoClimb Billingham Forum

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Yorkshire

Best FREE family day out
Grimm & Co
The Tetley
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
National Railway Museum
Royal Armouries Leeds
National Science and Media Museum

Best event at an attraction
Lightwater Valley - Frightwater Valley
Middleton Railway - A Walk in the Woods
Stockeld Park - The Christmas Adventure
The Forbidden Corner - Are You Brave Enough?
Mother Shipton's - Peter Rabbit Easter Adventure
The Keighley And Worth Valley Railway - Santa Specials

Best day out for under 5s
Rainbows Ceramics
BISH Bash Pot
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary
The Rainbow Factory
East Park

Best animal day out
Flamingo Land Resort
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The Tropical Butterfly House
Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary
Swithens Farm Shop Limited
Bridlington Bird of Prey and Animal Park

Best educational day out
Bugtopia Hornsea
Eden Camp
White Scar Cave
York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail
Eureka! National Children's Museum
Jorvik Viking Centre

Best active day out
Jump INCflated
Snozone Castleford
Live For Today Adventures
Calypso Cove Waterpark
Depot Climbing Centre Leeds
Web Adventure Park

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Scotland

Best FREE family day out
The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links
The Bennachie Centre
Museum of Childhood Edinburgh
Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden
Craigtoun Country Park
Formartines Visitor Centre

Best event at an attraction
Aberdeen Science Centre - Halloween Party
Infinity Trampoline Park - Infinity After Dark
Almond Valley Heritage Centre - DEN-BUILDING ADVENTURES
R-CADE Glasgow - Family Fun Weekends
Reidvale Adventure Play - Community Events
Crathes Castle - Children's Walk

Best day out for under 5s
Sunday Funday
TimeTwisters
The Loft
Gemmells Soft Play
Tick Tock Play
KIDZ TOWN role-play , Stirling

Best animal day out
Calum's Seal trips
Almond Valley Heritage Trust
Misty Isle Boat Trips
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Amazonia
Edinburgh Zoo

Best educational day out
Maid of the Forth
Misty Isle Boat Trips
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
KIDZ TOWN role-play , Stirling
The Aberdeen Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Aberdeen Science Centre

Best active day out
Conifox Adventure Park
Jungle Creek
Target sports
Highland Safaris
The Bennachie Centre
Infinity Trampoline Park

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Wales

Best FREE family day out
National Slate Museum
National Museum Cardiff
National Waterfront Museum
Big Pit National Coal Museum
St Fagans National Museum of History

Best event at an attraction
Cardiff Castle - Joust!
Caerphilly Castle - The Big Cheese
St Fagans National Museum of History - Halloween and Fireworks
Tredegar House -Torchlight Tours
Oakwood Theme Park - Annual fireworks spectacular
Cantref Adventure Farm - Unicorn Day

Best day out for under 5s
Gypsy Wood Park
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Parc Glynllifon
Folly Farm
Techniquest
Blue Lagoon Waterpark

Best animal day out
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary
Folly Farm
Plantasia Swansea
Bodafon Farm Park
Cefn Mably Farm Park

Best educational day out
National Waterfront Museum
St Fagans National Museum of History
Techniquest
Beaumaris Treasure Hunt Trail
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Cardiff Castle

Best active day out
Greenwood Forest Park
Llandegla Laser Combat
Bryngwyn riding centre
Parc Glynllifon
Go Below Underground Adventures
Go Ape Margam

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Northern Ireland

Best FREE family day out
Botanic Gardens and Palm House
Stormont Park
Carnfunnock Country Park
The People's Park
Portrush Whiterocks Beach
Victoria Park Belfast

Best event at an attraction
HMS Caroline February Half Term Fun
Alley Cats Indoor Soft Play & Party Centre
Carrick Fergus Castle - World of Owls
WWT Castle Espie - Halloween
Belfast Zoo - Boo at the Zoo
The Argory - Santa's Magical Kingdom

Best day out for under 5s
Streamvale Open Farm
The Rink
Alley Cats Indoor Soft Play & Party Centre
Roar and Explore
Pickie Family Fun Park
Belfast Zoo

Best animal day out
Streamvale Open Farm
Belfast Zoo
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens
World of Owls
Fort Evergreen
C and Js Animal Park

Best educational day out
Ulster Museum at the Botanic Gardens
The Belfast Mystery Treasure Trail
Tayto Castle Factory
Marble Arch Caves
Titanic Belfast
Armagh Planetarium

Best active day
Cable and Wake
The Belfast Mystery Treasure Trail
Snakes N Ladders Bangor
Roar and Explore
Alley Cats Indoor Soft Play & Party Centre
The Rink

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