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3 Exciting Family Days Out in London

3 Aug 2016

We know it can get a little bit exhausting visiting London and feeling like you have to see and do everything while you’re here, so if you’re looking for things to do in London with kids but want to escape the city, we’ll help you out. Just outside of London, here’s three day trips recommended by our locals for those days when you just need a break from the city centre. 

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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The Making of Harry Potter - Ever wondered how the magic of the wizarding world comes to life on the big screen? Look no further, as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a dream come true for Harry Potter fans. So put on your gown and grab your wands, because the tour will guarantee to mesmerize you.It is suggested to give yourself a minimum of four hours, but you could easily spend seven or eight hours exploring the many areas of wizarding wonder. You can make your way through the many sets, including Diagon Alley and Hagrid’s hut. Special effects are next on the list as you can get up close to the real entrance to the Chamber of Secrets as well as discovering how the Great Hall’s magical ceiling was created. You can then visit the backlot and drink butter beer before embarking upon the creature effects, art, costumes and props.

 

How to get there from London:
Catch a train or bus to Watford Junction (just on the edge of London) - they are very frequent. Aim to arrive at the station 45 minutes before your tour and catch the shuttle bus to the studio.

 

Top Tip: 
Book your tickets well in advance! The tour is incredibly popular and can sell out for months over the school holiday periods.

 

 

Thorpe Park

 

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Not for the faint-hearted, Thorpe Park is home to some of the biggest and fastest roller coasters in Europe! Rides to watch out for: Stealth - go from 0-80mph in 2 seconds and get fired 205 ft into the air. Saw - based on the horror movie, Saw sees you flung between razor sharp torture weapons and propelled in and out of tight spaces, while Jigsaw's voice echoes throughout. Swarm - set in a dark future where a virus has broken out, this ride is the UK’s first winged roller coaster. Derren Brown’s Ghost Train - coming soon, the ghost train will be the world’s only fully immersive psychological attraction designed to manipulate the human mind. The park also caters for younger children, with an Angry Bird 4D experience and a log flume being amongst the most popular.

 

How to get there from London: 
Take a train from London Waterloo to Stains Rail Station (approximately 45 minutes), then take a shuttle bus (number 950) from the train station to the theme park.

 

Top Tip: 
You can usually find money-saving deals online.

 

 

Go Ape

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As the UK’s number 1 award winning forest adventure for all the family, Go Ape is a thrill seeking journey tucked away within the beauty of the British countryside. With 30 Go Ape sites spread across the UK, you’ll never be far from an adventure in the tree tops. Fun for all the family, your journey will take you through the canopy of woodland, as you cross over bridges and zip line through the trees.

 

How to get there from London: 
A great Go Ape close to London but still in the countryside is Trent Park. You can get there easily by taking the Great Northern towards Peterborough from Kings Cross Station and change at Finsbury Park for Cockfosters Station. From there it is a five minute walk to Go Ape (the total journey time is approximately 45 minutes).

 

Top Tip: 
On top of its most popular Tree Top Adventure, Go Ape also offers Junior Adventures for younger children, as well as Segway and Zip Trekking Adventures. So, make sure you research before you go so you can decide what adventure is best suited for your family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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