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Family day out London / SE for 8&12 yr old

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thisgirlrides Sun 22-Oct-17 17:51:38

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 confused.. 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 envy

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!)

Floralnomad Sun 22-Oct-17 17:55:46

Dover castle is good if you've not been before .

fucksakefay Sun 22-Oct-17 17:59:00

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

fucksakefay Sun 22-Oct-17 17:59:36

Warwick castle. If you sign up for a free trial to the Times online they've got a 2 tickets for £10 deal on

andantecantabile Sun 22-Oct-17 18:01:24

Hampton Court Palace? They often put on extra entertainment and activities during half term.

thisgirlrides Sun 22-Oct-17 21:22:06

Castles & museums got a distinctly lukewarm reception (nice day out but not when compared to chessington or HP hmm) 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 smile

NotEnoughCushions Sun 22-Oct-17 21:40:47

Not done it yet but have heard great things about the Thames RIB experience - could that be an option?

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 22-Oct-17 21:53:55

Legoland? A good variety of rides ad activities.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 22-Oct-17 21:54:06


fucksakefay Sun 22-Oct-17 22:25:10

Legoland is hell on earth at half term!

Crumbs1 Sun 22-Oct-17 22:33:15

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.

fucksakefay Mon 23-Oct-17 08:37:49

What about HMS Belfast?
If chessington is v exciting and museums aren't, but the youngest would find the rides too scary, what is the youngest into?

Ricekrispie22 Mon 23-Oct-17 10:05:58

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 You could combine this with a trip to Diggerland which is very nearby

butterfly990 Mon 23-Oct-17 13:29:40

Westfacing Mon 23-Oct-17 13:43:40

The Shard is free for children at half-term but you do have to book

Unicorn Children's Theatre, Tooley Street

HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge, you can go up and walk across (covered)

All in the same area with plenty of places to eat. smile

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