Days out in the South of England

Fleet Air Arm Museum

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We all love a good day out at the weekend. But when southerners think of getting the family together, the first option that springs to mind is often a trek up to London – after all, that’s where all the major attractions are, right?

Well, you’d be wrong. Because, the South of England plays host to thousands of fantastic family options.

If this is your neck of the woods and you’re looking for new things to do, then we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 things to do in the South – all you need to do is get the family together, jump in the car and enjoy a memorable day out…

Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Hampshire

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

The world famous National Motor Museum, situated in the New Forest, Hampshire, is the a must-see attraction for every car fanatic, as it displays the history of Britain’s motoring from the very start to the present day in all its glory.

With a collection of over 250 cars and motorcycles on display, there’s plenty to see, and something for all ages  to enjoy. Aside from featuring many classic motoring models, the museum also features some of the most famous cars on screen, such as a selection from James Bond and Harry Potter.

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset

Fleet Air Arm Museum

If aviation is more your thing than cars, then Fleet Air Arm Museum, in Ilchester, will be the perfect day out.

With the museum housing four exhibition halls displaying over 90 aircraft, 2 million records and 30,000 artefacts  the whole family is bound to enjoy exploring this magnificent aviation experience. And, what’s more, as most of the attractions are housed indoors, it makes for the perfect all-weather venue.

King Tut Treasure Hunt, Dorset

King Tut Treasure Hunt

For something a little bit more adventurous, try King Tut’s Treasure Hunt.

In this spectacular recreation of Tutankhamen’s tomb, the exhibition in Dorset is the perfect exploration and educational day out. Aside from discovering the tomb, it’s your job to solve the puzzle of the missing tomb and its treasure by following the clues and using them to crack the secret code.

Not only will kids love the interactive exhibition and learn about one of the most fascinating pieces of history, but the adults are bound to find it fascinating too.

Go Ape!, Dorset

Go Ape!

If you’re impatient for the summer to come back around, and are already thinking of fun things to do when it does, then Go Ape! in the Moors Valley Country Park is a good one to keep in mind.

Get up into the trees and experience everything a suspended adventure playground has to offer. Carefully make it across the high-wire crossing, swing from one tree to the next with the Tarzan-style agility, and whizz to the ground on the zip wires. Go Ape! is a great day out for everyone aged four years and above.

Splashdown, Poole and Devon

Splashdown

If you love to get your family together for a great day out, but feel like you’ve exhausted many of the option, there’s one suggestion we bet you’ve never thought of: indoor waterparks.

Well they do exist, and they’re a great day out for both kids and parents. With flume rides, a lazy river and plenty of fun SplashZones, the waterpark caters for everyone, no matter how adventurous they may be.

And, with Splashdown waterparks being situated in Dorset and Devon, you needn’t have to travel far to experience this fantastic day out.


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