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Created on 21 August 2012

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It's hard to keep the whole family entertained and coming up with ideas can be daunting. From short breaks to weeks away our event finder can lend some inspiration. Have a look at this guide to gain an idea of some events or type in a location to find similar events in your areas of interest.


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  • 1 Beamish: the North of England Open Air Museum All year round Beamish: the North of England Open Air Museum. © Beamish Museum Kids & Family

    Visitors step back in time at the The North of England Open Air Museum in Beamish, just outside Newcastle. An 1820s steam train transports you to Pockerely Manor and a 1913 colliery village, complete with actors in ornate costumes.

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  • 2 The Deep All year round in Hull One half of Europe's only pair of Green sawfish, half shark and half chainsaw! Courtesy of The Deep Kids & Family

    The Deep aquarium in Hull takes the visitor below sea level with living exhibits of marine life and fun interactive features. Visit the sharks and go an oceanic journey from the beginning of time to the present day.

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  • 3 City of Caves All year round in Nottingham Medieval tannery at the City of Caves, Nottingham. Courtesy of Visit Nottingham Kids & Family

    Located beneath Nottingham's Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, the City of Caves is a cave system that has been extensively adapted by man. Visitors can explore the Anglo-Saxon tunnels and displays provide a fascinating insight into local life throughout history.

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  • 4 Cheddar Caves & Gorge All year round in Cheddar Setting the fire in the Stone Age living demonstration. Courtesy of Cheddar Caves, Somerset Kids & Family

    Visit Somerset's Cheddar Caves & Gorge to discover cathedral-like caves carved by Ice Age meltwaters and meet the 9000-year-old Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton. A controversial exhibition brings the fascinating world of Stone Age Britain vividly to life.

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  • 5 Bygones Victorian Museum All year round in Torquay The Victorian Street at Bygones Victorian Museum, St Marychurch, Torquay Kids & Family

    The Bygones Victorian Museum lets visitors walk down a faithfully reproduced Victorian Street and view replica period rooms. The military-minded can experience what it was like to be incarcerated in the midst of the First World War, in a trench in France in 1916, or to hide in an Anderson shelter during the Second World War.

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  • 6 Branklyn Garden All year round in Perth Kids & Family

    Branklyn Garden's spectacular collection of plants (best viewed in spring and autumn) includes a large number of rhododendrons, alpines, herbaceous and peat-garden plants. However, the main draw for most visitors is the rare and beautiful blue Himalayan poppy, Meconopsis.

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