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...

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.

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.

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.

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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.

an aerial view of Hampton Court Maze

The Culture24 guide to ten top British mazes

There are many places where you can get lost in a maze in the UK - here are ten of the best mazes in UK heritage sites and gardens for you to explore this summer.

Children walk the turf maze at Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden gears up for its second Maze Festival

Saffron Walden is preparing to celebrate its two unique heritage mazes with a four day festival in mid-August, suitable for the whole family.

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Culture24's guide to the best open air museums to visit during summer

Go down a hobbit hole, stroll across the Severn, visit 100 acres of Welsh parkland or imagine life in an early 19th century Irish farmhouse - the best open air museums to visit this summer.

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The Culture24 guide to art galleries at British seaside resorts

Some of the UK's top art galleries can be found just a stride away from the slot machine and fish and chip emporiums of our most popular seaside resorts. Discover them here with this Culture24 guide......

A photo of a poster showing two women taking part in a steampunk science show

Science Museum prepares to welcome steampunk science in summer Energy Show

Liquid nitrogen, Plasma Ball lights, hydrogen rockets and a Van de Graaff generator all feature in a science show which will run for six weeks at the Science Museum.

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