Family activities

Bike rides

Explore our places on your bike

Explore our places on your bike

'Go on a really long bike ride’ is one of the most popular activities of our 50 things challenge, so we’ve come up with the best family bike rides to explore the great outdoors on two wheels.

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I like going on a really long bike ride because when you go along at high speed the wind goes through your hair you feel like you have accomplished something

Harry Wilson,

Kids’ Council, aged 11

  • Our top gardens for children

    Take your children or grandchildren into the great outdoors to explore our gardens and let their imagination run wild. We've giant mazes to explore, miniature train rides to blow away the cobwebs and mythical animals to discover. With arts and crafts workshops and outdoor theatre, there are lots of adventures for all the family.

  • Climbing for kids (and grown-ups too)

    Want to tick number 46 off your list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾? Then why not give climbing a try. Across the country we've places where kids (and beginners of all ages) can strap on a harness and try climbing under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor.

  • Go on a family walk

    Try one of our top 10 family walks and take the kids into the great outdoors for a fun-filled walking adventure.

  • Great play areas

    We have lots of great play areas for kids to explore, including natural ones in wild and wonderful places to secret hideouts. Pick your favourite spot, sit back, relax and let the kids go wild.

  • Mind-boggling facts about stargazing

    Most people can’t help feeling a sense of awe when they see a starry sky. That said, stargazing does require a bit of patience and some children might need a little help to see why sitting around on a cold dark night, looking up, is fun. Here are a few incredible facts to help bring the sky at night alive for your family.

Top-secret places

We've doors disguised as bookcases, mazes to race against the clock and tunnels that go on and on. Explore one of our top-secret places.

Rainy day fun

We don't believe that rain should ever stop play. We've put together the essential guide for you and your family to have fun, both indoors and outside, whatever the weather.

Cute wild animals

Our places and spaces are home to lots of wild animals - some are weird and wonderful, but others are really cute. Take a look at our best places for spotting wild animal.