Monday, 11 August 2014

Our Top 10 Family Days Out

As a family, we love a good day out. Thrill rides, woodland walks, zoo visits, picnics, beach days - we've BTDT, and I've washed the t-shirts. I've reviewed lots of places that we have visited and so I thought I would compile an easy go-to list of our favourites here, to share with you here while we're off on our jollies in France. So, in no particular order -

One of my favourite places, with so much to do and enjoy there. Visit the harbour, the beautiful beach, the arcades, perhaps take a trip to the Sea Life Centre, or nearby Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door.

A fab day out and perfect for families with children with a broad age range. My teens, tweens and tot were spoiled for choice, we could easily have stayed here an entire weekend and not run out of things to do. Worth mentioning that there is a camp site attached if you did fancy making a weekend or even a week of it.

Absolutely my favourite zoo that I have visited. It is beautiful, well maintained and a lovely place to spend a day. It is owned by the charity, The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) who work at home and abroad to conserve species and their habitats.

Utterly brilliant if you've got a house full of Potter fanatics like I have. Amazing to see all the props and sets and learn about the making of the movies, we're looking forward to going back at the end of the Summer to see the new #BludgersandBroomsticks feature, and enjoying the experience all over again.

I'm not sure who enjoyed this more, the Mister or the kids? Either way, it was so much fun and we can't wait to visit again in the future, next time I will actually be able to go on the rides now I'm off my heart medication which I am very much looking forward to! We are very keen to see the new Angry Birds Land.

This is another place that we could never tire of, lots of fun for everyone and there was just so much to do we didn't make it all the way round in one day. Definitely somewhere else we will be visiting again, and soon!

A lovely local zoo set in beautiful gardens, we have been here many times over the years and we always enjoy it. The grounds are perfect for enjoying a picnic in if you would prefer to bring your own food.

I had forgotten what a lovely place Weston is, while it doesn't quite have the charm of Weymouth, it is a lovely little seaside town with lots to keep everyone entertained and we'll be going there again soon.

Another of the WWCT zoos, the Living Coasts Coastal Zoo & Aquarium in Torquay is dedicated to protecting the marine environment and marine & coastal species around the world. Very educational, and the penguins are just brilliant.

Of all the places we have been to, I can't quite believe that I have never written an actual review for Monkey World in Dorset. "Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the centre, refugees of this unlawful trade as well as those that have suffered mistreatment or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups". Their work is vital for these beautiful creatures, please visit their website as well as the sanctuary to see how you can help - currently they are running a rope toy appeal for woolly monkey Bueno Junior, can you help?


  1. Some great recommendations and a fab idea for a post. We went to Weymouth for the first time recently and absolutely loved it. We also enjoy Bristol Zoo, Weston and Harry Potter, which is absolutely amazing! Never been to the other places, but will bear them in mind for the future!

  2. Thanks Sarah! We went on the HP tour again yesterday and it was just as magical as the first visit!


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