Family Days Out

A guide to family-friendly places to go, events and exhibitions at museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK. Browse the articles for inspiration or home in on an event via the map or browse via the boxes below...

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A photo of a man in a red and black uniform guarding the red and white walls of a palace

Kids in Museums launches wider Takeover Day plan as Historic Royal Palaces join the fun

Children will be given wide-ranging responsibilities across arts venues on the lively annual Takeover Day, with Historic Royal Palaces and the Barbican among its supporters.

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Ten of the Best: Take a Santa Special at a heritage railway this Christmas

Catching a Santa Special at a heritage railway is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Here's ten of the best.

Couples skate on an ice rink outside the illuminated Royal Pavilion at Brighton

The Culture24 guide to the best outdoor ice rinks for winter 2013

The festive period is approaching - time to get your skates on and check out Culture24's guide to the best winter ice rinks and outdoor skating for Christmas 2013, from Brighton and Manchester to Cardiff and Edinburgh.

a photo of Damien Dibben in t-shirt on a moorland with two dogs and a standing stone

History Keepers author Damian Dibben signs up as Ambassador for Museum Takeover Day

The author of the popular History Keepers series has signed up as Ambassador of Takeover Day in museums, offering himself as a prize to museums who take part.

A photo of a man and his toddler daughter looking at a sculpture of a giant wasp

Horniman and Brixham share Kids in Museums 2013 award for family-friendly fun

Two completely different museums - Torbay's tiny Brixham Heritage Museum and the sprawling Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London - share the annual family award.

A photo of people sitting outdoors at a dining table on a riverbank at dusk

Banquets, village fairs and giant cakes in Southbank Centre's Festival of Neighbourhood finale

The Southbank Centre's communally-minded summer festival will conclude with three weekends of wonder.

Woodland in the sunshine

TreeTops at Mansfield Museum brings the great outdoors indoors

Mansfield Museum's summer display offers a retreat for families wishing to escape the hot weather by recreating a magical woodland complete with giant toadstools and fairies inside their gallery.

a photo of a group of men dressed as Knights in shining armour

Culture24's top ten re-enactment and living history events for summer 2013

Check out the top ten re-enactment and living history events happening at museums and heritage sites across the UK during summer 2013.

a photo of a little boy with a lifesize dinosaur model

A Culture24 top ten of the best dinosaur museums and collections in the UK

Find the best dinosaur museums and collections in the UK with this Culture24 guide to the top ten dinosaur and fossil museum visits this summer.

A black and white photo of two children playing with toys on a lounge floor in the 60s

Culture24's top ten toy museums for summer 2013

From Durham to Llangeler, we take a look at some of the best toy museums to enjoy nostalgic fun in.

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