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See in summer with cheap trains across England

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English schools are out for summer. Read on for our top picks and keep the kids entertained with cheap trains to fun holiday spots…

English schools are out for summer, meaning it’s time for Blighty’s mums, dads and grandparents to take their chalk to the blackboard and come up with bright ideas that’ll keep the kids out of trouble.

It’s easy to keep the kids entertained with daytrips and holidays to some of England’s best-loved cities and holiday spots. And with cheap trains to every corner of England, not to mention Brighton, Blackpool, London, Derby and Nottingham, treating the little ones should cost, well, little.

We’ve put together a list of child-friendly attractions across England, so why not have a look and use our journey planner to book your break or family outing?

Take the train to Brighton and …
• … check out the Dinosaur Exhibition at Churchill Square
• … have an ice cream by the beach
• … go to a free storytelling workshop in the Pavillion Gardens
• … play Alice in Wonderland-inspired croquet on the lawns of Preston Manor
• … pick up some circus tricks at the Coldean Library

Take the train to Blackpool and …
• … ride a donkey on Blackpool beach
• … have fun at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach
• … pet ponies and horses at the World Horse Welfare Penny Farm
• … see model boats and ride the shuttle train at Stanley Park
• … walk on the wild side at Blackpool’s Zoo and Sea Life Centre

Take the train to London and …
• … see the Lion King in London’s West End
• … go toy shopping at Hamleys
• … discover London’s grisly past at the Tower and the city’s Dungeons
• … get learning and walk with butterflies at the Natural History Museum
• … fly through the air and learn trapeze at the Gorilla Circus in Regent’s Park

Take the train to Derby and …
• … ride a rollercoaster at Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath
• … follow 105 steps underground and take a canal ride to Speedwell cavern
• … get a taste for country living at the Willow Tree Family Farm in Shirebrook
• … roller skate and roller disco at Rollerworld Derby
• … hunt for treasure at the Huntfun Derby Treasure Hunt

Take the train to Nottingham and …
• … find out more about Robin Hood on the Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour
• … visit Nottingham Castle and the Castle Caves
• … try some hands-on experiments at Greens Windmill and Science Centre
• … get creative and paint ceramics at the Funky Pots Pottery Cafe
• … picnic at the Attenborough Nature Reserve

Where will you take the kids?

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