Looking to burn off some energy, or learn something new and have fun at the same time? CLC World has some great ideas for family activities in the south of England. Whether you’re staying at one of our resorts or looking for day trip ideas, we’re sure you’ll find something to keep the whole family amused.
Roskilly’s Farm, Cornwall
On the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, you can explore a working dairy farm and taste organic Cornish ice cream all in one day. Even better, it’s free (well, the ice cream isn’t).
There are plenty of paths to explore, through Old Withy Woods and the valley meadows with their wild flowers. A great day out from CLC Trenython Manor, where everyone can learn about how a farm works and get to enjoy the best in holiday food – ice cream.
Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage
Staying in the south-west and another free day out exploring Cornwall’s mining heritage. There’s a 37.5 mile-long web of trails stretching across southern Cornwall’s historic mining district. Explore by bike, on foot or on horseback.
The trails are known as the Mineral Tramways and pass through carefully conserved 19th-century mining sites and heathland. Try the Coast to Coast trail, which closely follows an old tramroad and railway line partially reclaimed by nature. Start in the north at Portreath and finish up at Devoran. It’s not nearly as far as it sounds either – only 11 miles – easily achieved in under two hours by bike. The trail has a mostly gentle gradient which is great for the younger cyclist.
So many museums, all oodles of fun and all free – you can’t beat a London museum for a free and interesting day out. Kids and adults alike love the Natural History Museum with its dinosaur bones and incredible collections. The Science Museum is a blast – space rockets, steam engines, super computers, flight simulators and super-fast cars. It’s also very hands-on, gone are the days of stuffy museums.
We’ve mentioned just two, but the city is simply brimming with fantastic museums at zero entrance fee.
Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey
Only 10 miles (less if you’re a crow on the wing) from De Vere’s Horsley Towers – an exclusive CLC World Club resort, Chessington is an adventure packed day out. You can see endangered Amur tigers, come face-to-face with sharks and rays, groove with the Gruffalo and hop on a roller-coaster. All in one day!
Beaulieu and the New Forest, Hampshire
Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum, a Soviet Russian art gallery, an abbey ruin, a stately home with gorgeous grounds and gardens, and more. You’ll need more than one day to see it all.
To top it off, Beaulieu is set in one of southern England’s most attractive areas – the New Forest. Wild ponies wander the forest and you’ll stumble across villages that seem to come from the pages of a book. Amazing.
The spine of the Cotswolds runs through six counties, particularly Gloucestershire, west Oxfordshire and south-western Warwickshire. The eastern boundary is Oxford with its university of dreaming spires, quirky museums (many free) and castle.
The area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of a honey-coloured Cotswold stone. Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton, and Malmesbury. All of which are worth exploring. Great for guests staying at CLC World’s Club resort – De Vere’s Cotswold Water Park.
Check out our blog on the prettiest Cotswold villages.
This seaside town is unique. Slightly kitsch in parts, it’s home to excellent independent boutiques, a wide array of fantastic restaurants and a world-famous party scene. Head to Brighton Palace Pier, for a taste of old-fashioned seaside fun. For character and cool, head to The Lanes. The narrow streets brim with brilliant independent cafés, vintage emporiums and bookshops in pretty 16th-century buildings.
For decadent architecture, scoot along to the Royal Pavilion. For natural beauty head to the edge of town and the South Downs for glorious walks. And of course, there’s the beach. A very British holiday affair.
For details of Brighton attractions, click here.