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Great UK Day Trips this Summer

Family travel website Take the Family shares its top days out with the kids.

Life, alas, can't always be about big family holidays and exotic locations, and if you're looking forward to autumn and winter trips overseas, you'll need to keep the kids entertained in the meantime – and often when the weather isn't so great. 

At takethefamily.com, we're great fans of days out and short breaks as ways of keeping everyone happy and of getting a rest from domestic chores and routine. The following are our top 5 ideas for days out this summer. 

Eden Project, Cornwall

We love Cornwall – the beaches are the big draw, naturally, but there's a huge number of family-friendly attractions too. The Eden Project not only features the world's biggest indoor rainforest but has a busy program of events and special exhibitions, including this summer's Dinosaurs Unleashed.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

This prehistoric monument is now much more family-friendly, with a bigger and better visitor centre with plenty of interactive gizmos and five brand-new reconstructed Neolithic huts with costumed actors talking about our ancestors' lives and demonstrating their daily activities. 

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Whether or not you've seen the new exhibition of finds at London's mighty British Museum, this Anglo-Saxon burial site makes for a fantastic day out – as well as the historical exhibitions, there are activity trails, dressing up, woodland walks and an adventure playground. 

Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Scotland

The medieval battle in question took place 700 years ago – and a new exhibition has opened this year in celebration of that fact, using 3D technology and live shows to convey the sights and sounds of medieval battle to vivid effect. 

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

It's not all about culture and history when it comes to days out with kids. We adore a good themepark – and this summer the long-established Alton Towers has upped the ante for those with younger kids with the addition of CBeebies Land with both rides and live entertainment.

See our site for more family days out inspiration 

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The Eden Project, Tamsyn Lewis