10 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 10 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!
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.
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 a 10% discount.
Best for: Making fun and education go together
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5. Magicland, Cirencester

Gloucestershire’s largest indoor soft play area is perfect for younger children. Your kids can let off steam in the huge structure, while a cannon shoots foam balls around! With ball-rivers, zip slides, log ramps and a football pitch there’s plenty of space for everyone. Under 4’s and under 18 months also have special play areas. Once they’re all tired out, put them in Story Corner with interactive screens. They also run regular special events so double check before you go!
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.
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

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!
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!
Best for: Under 5s
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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!