Family fun: If you love water


A trip to the seaside is always popular with the kids – take a picnic to save money. It’s not quite warm enough to swim in the sea yet – but you can still have a paddle and splash about.
Website: has a list of safe and clean beaches in the UK.

Swimming pools

Find out if your local pool is doing special events for kids – some have huge inflatable floats that children love to play on, others might get out all their water toys.
Website: Find your local pool

Row your boat

Hiring a rowing boat or pedalo on a canal is surprisingly cheap in lots of places. It’ll be a real novelty for your kids, who’ll love taking turns with the oars.
Website: Try to find somewhere near you.

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Where to next?

Try our region-by-region family day out planner
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