14 best family days out in the South West: Cheap things to do with your kids

Welcome to our family days out South West section! Here we’ve rounded-up our top 14 favourite things to do in South West England with the family….

From a safari adventure to a good old cuddle with some teddies, there’s something here for everybody! And what’s even better? They’re budget friendly, too.

1. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Warminster

The first ever Safari Park outside of Africa, this is an absolute must! See cheetahs, lions, monkeys and giraffes up close, plus many more hundreds of species. Watch out though, the monkeys are notoriously naughty! If that’s not enough, there’s also an adventure park packed with animal-themed attractions. This is one of the pricier of our days out, but it is more than worth it. A little tip for you, book online and save 15%!
Best for: Animal lovers
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2. Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park, Bristol

Come rain or shine, this adventure park is sure to hit the spot. With a range of activities, from paddle-boarding, archery, a maze, trampolines, quad bikes, fishing and so much more you’ll have to keep coming back just to make sure you’ve tried everything! With rare and exotic animals as well as a falconry display, great days out have never been more effortless! If it sounds like too much to fit into one day, it could be worth investing in an annual pass and spreading the activities out over the holidays. It make sense if it’s not too far for you to travel.
Best for: Choice
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3. Head4Heights, Cirencester

For those with a brave streak, check out this amazing adventure centre. Climb the totem-pole and freefall to the ground, or attempt the stairway to heaven and make the leap of faith back down to earth. Not for the small of heart, this day will have your children feeling like a true Indiana Jones. Test your limits on this adrenaline and fun-fuelled day suitable from age 5 and upward. It’s only 20 minutes off the M4 and is located in the Cotswold Water Park. Prices start from £11 per person.
Best for: Thrills!
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4. Eden Project, St Austell


The Eden Project is an absolute must if you’re in the area. With huge iconic greenhouses and thousands of species of plants there is so much to see and do. Find out who WEEE Man is, take a picture with the giant bee, walk in the rainforest and ride England’s longest zip wire. This will be a day out with nature like no other. Make sure you book online for up to 10% discount.
Best for: Making fun and education go together
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5. Rugrats & Halfpints, Cirencester

Formerly Magicland, this soft play centre is the perfect place for your little one to burn off some steam and there’s plenty of space for you to sit and watch if you don’t fancy tackling the course for yourself! There are snacks available too so when their tummies start to rumble you can grab a spot of lunch before hitting the road. Prices vary but start at £2 for children up to five months old during off peak hours. There’s a huge range of sensory based activities including bubble machines, trampolines and an indoor go-karting track!

Best for: Little ones
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6. Snowtrax, Christchurch

Why wait for the snow when you can have it all year round? Take a ski or snowboarding lesson on these (surprisingly warm) slopes. If that doesn’t take your fancy, bring some friends and zoom down the slope in a much cheaper ringo or ski-bob. Either way, you’ll get all the fun of a ski holiday without the expense or travel. After you’re done with the slopes, why not check out the alpine adventure park full of trampolines, cables, a fort, slides and swings. Snowtrax offers online discount vouchers which make the day even more affordable.
Best for: Teens and pre teens
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7. National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Get up close and personal with the seals at this sanctuary who have been rescued and protected. Make sure you attend feeding times – it’s not just the seals, you’ll make friends with the penguins and otters, too! There are even rock pools where you can hold a crab or a starfish. Unlike aquariums, and zoos, this is a really interactive day out all in aid of the seals who have been rescued. Learn the heart-warming stories of each individual seal as they journey down their road to recovery. Book online to save money on your tickets.
Best for: Making a difference
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8. Roman Baths and Museum, Bath

Bring history to life at the Roman Baths where your kids can learn simple Latin phrases and meet costumed characters who’ll chat about life as a Roman citizen. They can listen to a child-friendly audio guide explaining the history of the site, fill in a puzzle sheet and discover the collection of over 17,000 silver coins. After the tour you can try some of the famous water, with its rumored healing powers…
Best for: Dressing up!
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9. Dunster Castle, Minehead

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Take a trip to this historic castle, dating back to the Norman era. Situated on a wooded hill, explore the castle, learn the history and take a walk in the beautiful grounds. Be sure to look up the variety of special activities available, from den building to knight school. A historic day trip has never been so much fun! There is a wheel-friendly route in the gardens so if you’ve still got a pram you can still navigate the paths! If you take the West Somerset Railway to the castle it’s possible to get a discount on your castle entry. There is parking on site if you drive and it is £4.50 for the day or free for National Trust members.
Best for: Interactive history
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10. Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester

If your children have an army of teddy bears that they snuggle each night, this is the perfect place for them. Discover an amazing range of bears, from some of the oldest antiques to today’s most-loved favourites, they’re all waiting for cuddles and love. In a clever little set-up, the bears are taking tea, or meeting and greeting, because after all, they are your best friends! Over 100 years of teddy bears are on display and it’s a fun way to teach the kids about the history of teddy bears.
Best for: Under 5s
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11. Weston Sand Sculpture Festival, Weston-super-Mare

Back for its 13th year, the theme of this year’s sand sculpture festival is the circus! This year makrs 250 years since sand sculptures were first founded as an art form and they are sure to impress the kids. There will be over 30 different sculptures to see which are built from 5,000 tons of Weston’s sand. Your little one might get inspired and try something a little more adventurous than the standard sand-castle next time they are at the beach! Alongside the sculptures there are plenty of photo opportunities, cinema experiences, workshops, play areas and a seaside café. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £3 for children aged 15 and below. The festival runs daily from 10am to 6pm until the end of September 2018.

Best for: A beach day with a twist
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12. Stonehenge, Amesbury

As one of the wonders of the world, this makes a great activity to tick off with the family. It’s perfect if your little one loves history, or if you are trying to spark more of an interest. There’s a world-class exhibition and you can come face to face with a man who is 5,500 years old! Book in advance to benefit from a discount and to guarantee entry.
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Best for: Fresh air and education

13. Dorset Water Park, Purbeck

Set in two scenic lakes overlooking Corfe Castle, there are two huge inflatable obstacle courses that the kids will love. You need to be a confident swimmer and able to swim a 50 metre length so it isn’t suitable for kids under six. To save money pack a picnic to eat after the kids have burned off some steam. There is a lovely area overlooking Corfe Castle where you can set up. Plus there is a Snack Shack if you want hot food, refreshments and ice creams. Book your tickets in advance to save money and for a full day out combine with the Mud Trail below.
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Best for: Those who love Total Wipeout…

14. Dorset Mud Trail, Purbeck

If you do the water park session in the same day you can save money on the ticket for the mud trail. There are more than 30 obstacles including monkey rings, balance beams and cargo nets. The kids will have two hours to run to their heart’s content around the 1.5km grounds. Don’t worry, it’s free for spectators so you don’t have to join them on the trail if you don’t feel up to it…
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Best for: Those who like to get mucky…

Do you know of any great things to do in
South West England with the family? List any hidden gems you know about
below and we might even feature them in our round-up!