We were all set to go to Chessington later this week and finally sat down with the dc to choose which rides we fancied and it soon became apparent that ds2 takes after me and has pretty much declared every ride we looked at as far too scary .. It's an expensive day out and it seems pointless when neither ds2 nor I will go on any rides (I didn't mind as was good no for dc/DH) obviously It would have been helpful if he'd said this before as our other option was Harry Potter studio which is long-since booked up
Ds1 is disappointed but happy to go with DH on their own another time (we've already bought 2 tickets with our club card vouchers!) but we now don't know what to do for our eagerly awaited family day out! Grandparents are taking them to a show & London Eye just before Christmas & don't really just want to wander around sightseeing. Any suggestions (or ways to get last minute HP tickets!)
Keep checking for Harry Potter studio tickets as last minute ones do get released, although it's usually on a Friday so may be too late for this week, also half term will get snapped up!
Chessington has got quite a few rides for th scared at heart and the zoo, I take a 7 year old who won't do any rollercoaster and she always has a great time. However it is very busy in half term! Always an inset day visit for us!
Shrek's adventure is good Choose a museum and take them? London Museum is good and free and never too busy
Castles & museums got a distinctly lukewarm reception (nice day out but not when compared to chessington or HP ) Dh suggested go-karting which is the current favourite so may just end up doing that & going out for lunch and booking in to HP next half term. Thanks for the suggestions
Portsmouth historic dockyard is good. Some proper museums but also action stations which is very hands on and good for this age group. Victory is good and you get a trip to see the warships including the recently Queen Elizabeth. Train to Portsmouth Harbour. Some good lunch places at Gunwharf Quays too or just outside Gunwharf is a very good burger place which do ‘proper’ burgers in a tiny ‘ under the arches’ cafe.
We recently went to Bekonscot model village near Reading and it was absolutely brilliant. Would highly recommend it. However, it might be a bit of a trek if you're based in the SE. Leeds castle near Ashford is fantastic and it has an awesome maze, adventure playground, falconry displays, Segway treks and Go Ape. The RAF museum in London might interest your boys, especially if you mention that there are several 4D flying experiences (£5 each) and a £10 Spitfire encounter. Alternatively, you could do a chocolate workshop. There are quite a few about and both you and DH could join in too www.chocolateraindrops.co.uk/chocolate-workshops.html You could combine this with a trip to Diggerland which is very nearby