Family Favourites Awards
2019 National Winners
After more than 25,000 real families voted to select regional winners in the 2019 Family Favourites Awards, here's who takes 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 2019 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 Educational Day Out: Beamish Open Air Museum
Journey into the late 1800s and 1900s at Beamish Open Air Museum, where you’ll get the chance to travel into a real drift mine and go back in time on the oldest surviving steam train. It’s perfect for your little history buffs, and you can even watch sweets being made for those with a sugary craving!
Best Activity Day Out: Zip World Fforest
There’s plenty for adventurers of all ages at Zip World Fforest - from flying high in the sky on the 23-metre swing, to bouncing your way through the Treetop Nets. There’s nothing quite like the feelings of pride and joy your little ones will get when they touch ground having conquered all their fears!
Best Animal Day Out: West Midland Safari Park
West Midland Safari Park has all your favourite animals that your kids will be amazed to see up close. You’ll get to meet roaring lions and the graceful giraffes, and little animal lovers (who aren’t squeamish) will love Reptile World. With a drive through safari too, you can see these majestic creatures openly roaming about. You can even travel back in time to the Land of the Living Dinosaurs!
Best for Big Kids: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Wands at the ready! Warner Bros. Studio Tour London takes you on a magical tour through the world of Britain's beloved Harry Potter films. Charge through platform 9 ¾, before exploring the famous props from the sets. And if you get peckish, try out some tasty chocolate frogs and wash them down with a delicious Butterbeer drink.
Best for Little Kids: Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo. With everything from ferocious lions and magnificent rhinos, to fluffy rabbits and miniature ponies, there’s everything your little animal lovers could want. Plus your kids can then become captain of a pirate ship in the adventure park - this place really has everything!
Best for Thrills: Alton Towers Resort
Daredevil families will certainly be in thrill heaven at Alton Towers Resort. With iconic rides like Oblivion, and the twisty turns of Nemesis and Rita, you’ll be on an epic adventure. For little ones, CBeebies Land offers some more gentle thrills, so there’s something for adventurers of all ages. No wonder it won Best for Thrills!
Best Attraction Event: Christmas at Kew - Kew Gardens
We've all heard the saying that Christmas is the most special time of the year and it couldn't be more true for Kew Gardens! Filled with sparkling magic, Christmas at Kew took home the Best Attraction Event this year. There’s glittering spiral trees, a twinkling Tunnel of Light, and of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a yummy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows!
Best Value Family Day Out: Drayton Manor Theme Park
Drayton Manor Theme Park is perfect for all the family - little ones will love seeing their favourite trains at Thomas Land, and older kids will get plenty of thrills with rides like Shockwave and Apocalypse. For animal lovers, explore the 15-acre conservation zoo and even go back in time on the Dino Trail. Reckon you’ll have time to fit it all in?
Best Family Attraction Brand - SEA LIFE
Dive into the wondrous world of underwater life at SEA LIFE! With 10 locations across the UK, it’s a must-see place for all-things-aquatic lovers of all ages. See the cheeky penguins and some adorable seals, and you may even get lucky and be able to spot some clownfish.
Best Family Dining Chain- Harvester
Dining out with little ones can be a tricky task, but don’t panic, because Harvester are on hand to make the experience as easy as possible. Their kids menu is packed full of quality and fresh ingredients, and has plenty of choices for even the fussiest of eaters. Just think of all of those tasty mains and delicious desserts - our mouths are watering at the thought!
Best for Exploration- Treasure Trails
What can possibly be better than ambling through the outdoors on a guided mission with the kids? Treasure Trails has heaps of locations, so all you have to do is pick if you want an adventurous spy mission, a puzzling murder mystery or an exciting treasure hunt. Grab your wellies or sunglasses, and head off and see where it takes you!
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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