Family Favourites Awards
2018 National Winners
After 20,000 real families voted to select regional winners in the first ever Family Favourites Awards, our panel of expert judges reviewed the contestants to decide who should take the national title for each category across the whole of the UK. So, here we go! Drumroll please... Each winner is linked to underneath their region and category below.
Again, we'd like to send huge thanks to all the attractions who entered this year and all the members of the public who voted for their favourite day out. You rock!
We hope that with the Family Favourites Awards we’ve successfully celebrated both the attractions who have been going the extra mile for families for years, as well as the new attractions and hidden gems people may not have heard of before.
Either way, we salute our winners and wish them continued success in building quality family time for people across the UK!
UK National Winners
Best free family day out in the UK: National Railway Museum
Looking for an amazing day out that won’t cost a thing? Don’t wait around - it’s full steam ahead to York!
Choo-choo your way through 300 years of train history with the amazing shows and exhibits at the National Railway Museum. But there’s more! Between the steam train rides, the train-themed play area, and the amazing rides and games available, it’s a wonder this attraction is still completely free to enter.
Best event at an attraction in the UK: Electric Woods at Robin Hill Country Park
There are so many great events taking place all around the UK that to take the crown in this category you’ve got to offer something truly special. So what do we have here? Ancient woods lit up in spectacular colours; unique themes brought to life through sounds, entertainment and authentic cuisine...The Electric Woods events at Robin Hill Country Park definitely are something special!
Best day out for under 5s in the UK: Paultons Park
Home ot the world’s first and largest Peppa Pig World, Paultons Theme Park in Hampshire is like a small universe created for kids alone. With over 70 rides, both big and small, a dinosaur land, real-life African animals and, of course, Peppa - if this isn’t your tots’ favourite UK theme park, it’s probably because you haven’t been there yet!
Best animal day out in the UK: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
When it comes to attractions for animal lovers in the UK, it doesn’t get any bigger and better than ZSL Whipsnade Zoo! With 600 acres to stunning scenery and over 3,800 animals to see, you and the kids are guaranteed hours of fun and exploration. If you visit now, you can see the adorable Amur tiger cubs born at the zoo only this summer.
Best educational day out in the UK: St Fagans National Museum of History
The motto of St Fagans National Museum of History says it all: “Don’t just visit history, be part of it…”.
From seeing the remains of a young Neanderthal boy who lived in Wales 230,000 years ago, to watching real craftsmen go to work, to learning about nature in vast beech woodland surroundings - this awesome Cardiff attraction will take your family on an educational adventure like no other!
Best active day out: Treetop Trek Manchester
When it comes to going outdoors and staying active, the 15-metre high ropes course at Treetop Trek Manchester, with its 24 hair-raising zip wires, proved to be unbeatable. Kitted with all the safety gear necessary, your cheeky monkeys will be swinging in the treetops and getting all the swooping fun you can think of. Plus, the pride on their little faces when the trek is complete - PRICELESS!
View All Attractions in Awards Regions
Click below to see all the attractions we list in each area of the awards.
- London: London
- South East: South East
- South West: South West
- Midlands: West Midlands | East Midlands
- East: East
- North West: North West
- North East: North East
- Yorkshire: Yorkshire
- Scotland: North Scotland | South Scotland
- Wales: North Wales | Mid Wales | South Wales
- Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland
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