22 May 2015

Days Out With A Difference

The summer holidays are fast approaching and if you aren't jetting off for some sun, sea and sand you may wish to book a few days out nearer to home for entertainment. These fun and quirky ideas might be just the thing you're looking for!




The Abbey Pumping Station is the museum of technology and science in Leicester and it has some rather interesting exhibits! Apart from the restored Beam engines, steam shovel and narrow gauge railway you can also explore the history of bodily waste. That's right, there is a talking toilet, Victorian loos and Roman water pipes. The transparent bowel and cistern allow you to follow the journey of poo - the kids are going to love this one!

With over 800 figures in a picturesque woodland setting, the opportunity to decorate your own and a little tea room for treats, Gnome Magic is an unusual yet low cost attraction. There is a relaxing atmosphere as you take a stroll in the gardens but keep your eyes open for the terrapins and snakes! They may be slithering around the natural ponds along with the ducks.


Cumbria's Pencil Museum has something for everyone from the latest exhibition which educates you on the secret gadget pencil that was created, the world's largest coloured version and plenty of workshops. You can save your home from getting messy by popping along to the art studio where you can get creative and then complete the activity trail before picking up your personalised pencils. They even have drawing templates to download which includes dinosaurs and Egyptians.





Holders of two Guinness world record certificates and established over 10 years ago, Teapot Island has more than 6700 teapots on display. That's quite impressive! With everything from the Daleks and motorcycles to the queen and Minnie Mouse it will captivate both the young and old. There is even a 3 meter high wishing well to raise funds for the Air Ambulance and freshly prepared cream teas each day which makes a visit even more tempting.

Pop on a P&O ferry and enjoy a day away. Whether the war museums in Calais, amazing street art or an exciting trip to Disneyland Paris is most appealing you can have an unforgettable mini break. The boat experience itself is often a  adventure in itself for the kids where you can pick up goodies in duty free along the way. There really is so much to see and do in France and it's only a stones throw away.


What is your favourite attraction?


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35 comments :

  1. This is fantastic! It's great to have a post like this to read just before the Summer holidays, makes planning trips etc much easy so thank you for the great inspiration definitely so great places to consider x x

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  2. I love the sound of the The Abbey Pumping Station Museum. I'm a huge history fan and I love exploring and seeing how people used to live. Think I'll enjoy this as much as the kids x

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  3. We love going for an adventure in our local forestry, or taking a trip to the library and park- The best things in life are free :-)

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  4. I've just started making a list of fun days out for our nieces this summer - I think I might be more excited about it than they are, even!! We plan to do lots of wildlife days, some smaller kid-friendly festivals, and learning to swim!

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  5. This is brilliant! I'm planning a local camping adventure with my little ones and my hubbie x I hope all goes well

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  6. The Abbey Pumping Station sounds great! My kids love the Centre for Life and Hancock Museum in Newcastle! The latter is free too so we visit often!

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  7. Margaret Clarkson
    I had no idea such places existed!

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  8. This sounds so nice! I'd love to visit a place like this. I'm originally from america and haven't seen much, this is a nice place to add to my list.

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  9. I love chessington world of adventures

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  10. We love Eureka! in Halifax. It is set in beautiful surroundings, perfect for a picnic. There is so much for kids of all ages to explore inside the museum.

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  11. Sorry forgot to say that when my children were little we used to love going to 'Techniquest' in Cardiff Bay.

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  12. I might go on a P&O ferry this year

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  13. Aww this looks amazing! I am loving the little Hedgehogs!

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  14. Some good ideas, there. Thanks. I hope to take the children to London this summer to the Arcelormittal Orbit. They've just added a slide to the building so we hope it will be our future favourite attraction.

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  15. I've been to the Abbey Pumping Station Museum, the children spent a lot of their time flushing the poo and following its journey!

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  16. MY DAD CALLED HIS HOUSE GNOMESVILLE, HIS GARDEN WOULD RIVAL THAT MUSEUM!

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  17. The Riverhill Himalayan Gardens :)

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  18. my girls love the petting farms

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  19. carolyn joyce8 May 2016 at 10:24

    love day trips so suggestions are always welcome

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  20. I've never heard of these places. sounds great fun.

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  21. The Abbey Pumping Station sounds very appealing to me, the kids like going to Techniquest in Cardiff Bay near me which is a Family-friendly attraction that aims to teach people about science and motivate them to learn more. :)

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  22. Gnome magic sounds like a dream come true for he!

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  23. we love to visit our local forest, cycling, fishing and searching for mini beasts x

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  24. It's a very useful post. Love to collect some ideas on holiday plans

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  25. Thank you for the post love getting new ideas for days out The Abbey Pumping Station sounds fab :)

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  26. We love museums, especially small quirky ones!

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  27. wow this looks great such a fab review too love your blog look forward to reading more wonderful posts :)

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  28. We are planning a few local trips this summer! Summer holidays abroad have just became so expensive now x

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  29. I've never heard of this museum before! It looks like a place that we will defo visit in the future!

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