Bank holiday family days out

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Looking for inspiration for things to do with this kids this Bank Holiday?

Linda McKeown gives the low-down on where to go to keep them entertained

Linda McKeown

Linda McKeown

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick

This 750-acre countryside attraction and nature reserve has extensive play areas to help keep adventurous families entertained.

Nature lovers, walkers and cyclists are catered for too with the acres of wide open spaces and paths.

Scramble through hidden underground tunnels, run up steep steps and whiz back down on various slides, splash in the water features (remember to pack spare clothes) or build sandcastles in the sand – there really is plenty to keep kids active.

Open from 7am, parking starts at £2 per day.

Visit for more information on charges and what’s on.

Green Trunks Garden Centre, Great Cransley

Green Trunks Garden Centre houses Bugtopia – a hands on, indoor, experience with the weird and wonderful world of bugs and reptiles.

Each meet and greet session lasts 45 to 60 minutes and costs £3.50 per person.

Sessions run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends and during school holidays.

You can expect to get up close and personal with the likes of stick insects, millipedes, cockroaches and chameleons!

Renovations are taking place this week but they will re-open on Saturday, May 4.

For more information visit or call 01536 799778.

Kids Play, Kettering

There’s plenty on offer for kids of all ages at Kids Play including a pre-school area which has a pretend village with vet shop, garage, café and post office!

There are also four levels of fun which include crawl through nets, tunnels, tyre swings, ladders, climbing wall, trampolines, plus a dropslide, dodgems and an astro slide.

Open daily from 10am to 6.30pm, children’s prices vary depending on height but start at £5.25 (under 1m).

Adults pay £2. However, save up to 20 per cent off ticket prices by booking online!

Visit or call 01536 484 838 for more details.

Fermyn Woods Country Park, Brigstock

Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest, the main play area here has a sand pit with slide and climbing frame; two toddler swings; zip wire; two large climbing frames and a wooden castle structure with two built-in slides.

There is also another adventure land, especially for toddlers, which includes more sand, wooden toadstools and tables plus little wooden hide-away huts.

Parking is £2.50 which covers you all day (be sure to have the correct change though, as no change is given).

For more information call 01536 373625 or email