• Ray
  • January 3rd, 2018
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South

Keep eyes peeled for kingfishers and seals on a canoe safari with wildlife rangers at Bowcombe Creek, near Kingsbridge, Devon. Tue; £25/£10; ages 6+; 01752 346585;nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on

Terrier racing, dragon boats, vintage vehicles and air displays — it’s old-school family fun at Sherborne Castle Country Fair in Dorset. Mon; £12/£4;sherbornecountryfair.com

Build dens, shoot arrows, ride ponies and take a woodland walk at Hatchlands Park near Guildford in Surrey. Dates and prices vary; entry from £4.20/£2;nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park

Get yourself all in a flutter in London at the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies exhibition. Daily; £5.90; nhm.ac.uk

Xbox off, trainers on — get the kids out for a Junior Parkrun 2K, held every Sunday at nearly 50 parks across the UK, including the beautiful Wimpole Estate near Royston,Hertfordshire. Free; ages 4-14; parkrun.org.uk

See the newly hatched ducklings, goslings and cygnets on half-term duckery tours at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire. Daily; free with £11.55/£6.36 admission; wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

Try pond-dipping and bug-hunting at the Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve family fun day near Thame in Oxfordshire. Thu; free; cuttlebrook.org.uk

Midlands

Wear them out at Quinton House School in Northamptonshire, one of 80 Supercamps venues packed with activities, from dodgeball and circus skills to rocket workshops and spy school. Mon-Fri; £45; ages 3-14; supercamps.co.uk

Get close to the butterflies at the Natural History MuseumGet close to the butterflies at the Natural History Museum (Kevin Webb)It’s Medieval Mayhem at Warwick Castle in Warwickshire, with Horrible Histories characters roaming the lawns, bringing the pestilent past to life. Daily; from £18.45/£16.20; warwick-castle.com

Have a go at kayaking or canoeing on the Union Canal at Small Heath in Birmingham.Mon-Fri; £8; ages 8+; ackers-adventure.co.uk

Hunter wellies on for the Burghley Game & Country Show at William Cecil’s glorious Elizabethan pile near Stamford, Lincolnshire. Today and tomorrow; £10/£4;burghley.co.uk

Watch battle being waged at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire today and tomorrow, then earn your spurs at Knight School (£1 extra), until Friday. £9.80/£5.90; www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsover

North

Give the kids a glimpse of life before Minecraft at the Museum of Liverpool’s hands-on Meccano exhibition — one of many free events at museums across the city.Wed/Thu; free; liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Ride camels, go zip-lining, watch BMX stunt displays and cuddle lambs at Geronimo, the family festival in the glorious grounds of Tatton Hall near Knutsford, Cheshire.Until Mon; £25; geronimofest.com

Would-be Tony Hawks should kickflip down to the Mancunian Way skatepark in Manchester for taster sessions with instructors. Weekends; £6; ages 7+;projektsmcr.com

School’s out: knightly antics at Bolsover CastleSchool’s out: knightly antics at Bolsover CastleBuild catapults, robots and remote-controlled cars at Lego workshops in various venues in West Yorkshire. Mon-Fri; £15; ages 5+; bricks4kidz.co.uk

There are husky cart rides and circus-skills workshops, chainsaw carving and a jesters tournament at Muncaster Festival near Ravenglass, Cumbria. Until Thu; £9.78/£6.38;muncaster.co.uk

Wales

The Extreme Stunt Show — Air Battle lands in Wales this week, with BMX riders, motorbike stunt teams and turbocharged monster trucks competing for air time throughout the principality, including in Swansea on Thursday. £12/£6;extremestuntshow.com

Fancy a meander along the Pembrokeshire coast, or hurling yourself off rocks into the Atlantic? Stackpole Quay is the place to go, with child-friendly coasteering and kayaking sessions this week. Until Fri; £45/£38; ages 8+; nationaltrust.org.uk/ stackpole

Reading this nice and early? You may still be in time for the Welsh Open Stoneskimming Championships, held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. Today, from 10am; competitors £5, free to watch; green-events.co.uk

Originally posted 2015-10-22 13:17:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter