Days out, Family friendly

632 events

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Jurassic Adventures

Fun family show about dinosaurs and the people that study them.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Sat 14 Mar

£17 (£15; Family £14.50; Children £15) / 01592 583302

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Tue 31 Mar

£16 (£14) / 020 8561 8371

Buxton Opera House

Sat 14 Mar

£16 (Children £14) / 0845 127 2190

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Gandeys Thrill Circus

An all-human circus of action-packed antics.

The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent

Fri 6 Mar

£8–£26 / 0871 663 2008

Featuring a special guest appearance from Stoke legend Neil Baldwin as Nello the Clown.

Sat 7 Mar

£8–£26 / 0871 663 2008

Featuring a special guest appearance from Stoke legend Neil Baldwin as Nello the Clown.

Sun 8 Mar

£8–£26 / 0871 663 2008

Featuring a special guest appearance from Stoke legend Neil Baldwin as Nello the Clown.

…and 7 more dates until 15 Mar

Art Maker

Art Cart has had a makeover and is now Art Maker! Drop in to the gallery and make your own masterpiece using materials provided. Go four times and you can earn a badge. Ages 4–12.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Art Maker Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 3 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Art Maker Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Children's entertainment and an exciting Easter trail with chocolate eggs and prizes to be won at the end.

National Trust: Barrington Court, Ilminster

Fri 3 Apr

£2 per trail, plus admission £10.90, child £5.40, family £27.20 / 01460 241938

Sat 4 Apr

£2 per trail, plus admission £10.90, child £5.40, family £27.20 / 01460 241938

Sun 5 Apr

£2 per trail, plus admission £10.90, child £5.40, family £27.20 / 01460 241938

Mon 6 Apr

£2 per trail, plus admission £10.90, child £5.40, family £27.20 / 01460 241938

National Trust: Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

Fri 3 Apr

£2 plus admission £9.05, child £4.50, family £13.60 & £22.70 / 01822 853607

Sat 4 Apr

£2 plus admission £9.05, child £4.50, family £13.60 & £22.70 / 01822 853607

Sun 5 Apr

£2 plus admission £9.05, child £4.50, family £13.60 & £22.70 / 01822 853607

…and 5 more dates until 10 Apr

National Trust: Coughton Court, Alcester

Sat 4 Apr

Children £3 plus admission £9.60, child £4.80, family £24 / 01789 400777

Sun 5 Apr

Children £3 plus admission £9.60, child £4.80, family £24 / 01789 400777

Mon 6 Apr

Children £3 plus admission £9.60, child £4.80, family £24 / 01789 400777

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug back to top

Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco is a chance for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to get their respective grooves on and enjoy some dayclubbing with real club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Chillout room, themed crafts, facepainting, healthy snacks and more – all included in the price, plus licensed bar for parents.

DNA, London SW11

Sat 28 Mar

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Sat 25 Apr

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Sat 30 May

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Sat 27 Jun

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Sun 21 Jun

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Hummingbird, Glasgow

Sun 8 Mar

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Sun 12 Apr

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Sun 10 May

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Sun 14 Jun

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Glasgow Vet School Rodeo

A day of animal-based fun. The event is organised by Glasgow veterinary students with monies raised going to charity.

Garscube Estate, Glasgow

Sat 18 Apr

£7 (£3; Family £15; under 3s free)

CircuSkool

Run by Edinburgh-based fire troupe PyroCeltica, these workshops teach modern day circus skills including poi, juggling, diablo and unicycling. Under 16s welcomed if accompanied by an adult.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Mar

£4 / 0131 555 7100

  • 18:00 – 22:00 CircuSkool Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 15 Mar

£4 / 0131 555 7100

  • 18:00 – 22:00 CircuSkool Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 22 Mar

£4 / 0131 555 7100

  • 18:00 – 22:00 CircuSkool Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

Mum2Mum Market

This pop up baby and children's market features stalls manned by mums selling to other mums. Buy and sell children's clothes and maternity wear, equipment, toys and prams.

Bacon's College, London SE16

Sat 14 Mar

£2; £22–£27 stalls / 020 7237 1928

Ricards Lodge High School, London SW19

Sat 21 Mar

£2 / 020 8946 2208

Sat 18 Apr

£2 / 020 8946 2208

Sat 16 May

£2 / 020 8946 2208

…and 4 more dates until 21 Nov

Ricards Lodge High School, London SW19

Sat 21 Mar

£2; £25–£45 stalls / 020 8946 2208

Sat 18 Apr

£2; £25–£45 stalls / 020 8946 2208

Sat 16 May

£2; £25–£45 stalls / 020 8946 2208

…and 4 more dates until 21 Nov

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The largest arts festival in the world and the greatest show on earth. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sun 9 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

…and 22 more dates until 31 Aug back to top

Cirque Berserk

A large-scale family circus show with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and stuntmen. Highlights include Hercules the strongman, award-winning clown Tweedy and a hair-raising motorcycle routine from Globe of Death.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Thu 19 Mar

£18.50–£30 / 0121 236 4455

Fri 20 Mar

£18.50–£30 / 0121 236 4455

Sat 21 Mar

£18.50–£30 / 0121 236 4455

Sun 22 Mar

£18.50–£30 / 0121 236 4455

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Mon 2 Mar

£16–£22 / 01792 475715

Tue 3 Mar

£16–£22 / 01792 475715

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Fri 13 Mar

£25; £20–£10 (£20) / 01502 533200

Sat 14 Mar

£25; £20–£10 (£20) / 01502 533200

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Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

A little bit of Ireland descends upon Edinburgh in the run-up to St Patrick's Day. Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland is a multi-arts, family-friendly celebration of the Emerald Isle, with storytelling, music, dance, talks, comedy and food & drink events.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Wed 11 Mar

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

Thu 12 Mar

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

Fri 13 Mar

Times & prices vary / 07855 285207

…and 2 more dates until 15 Mar

Cake, Bake and Food Festival

Hundreds of stalls offering cakes and cakes and other delights to make your tastebuds mighty happy.

Walpole Park, Gosport

Fri 22 May

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

Sat 23 May

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

Sun 24 May

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

Mon 25 May

£18 (Children £8; Seniors £15) / 02393 787613

Cakefest Edinburgh

A quirky wee one-dayer where all you budding Bake Off -ers can create a map of Edinburgh made entirely out of cake. Educational … and delicious.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Jun

Times vary / Free / 0131 248 2909

Foodies Festival

Michelin starred and award-winning chefs cook up a storm at this year's festival dedicated to epicureans, as well as offerings from local producers and workshops for food lovers young and old.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Fri 3 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Sat 4 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Sun 5 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Fri 15 May

Prices vary

Sat 16 May

Prices vary

Sun 17 May

Prices vary

Clapham Common, London SW4

Fri 24 Jul

Prices vary

Sat 25 Jul

Prices vary

Sun 26 Jul

Prices vary

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Glasgow St Patrick’s Day Festival

Live music, Irish ceili dancing, activities for kids and more at Merchant Square's St Paddy's celebrations.

Merchant Square, Glasgow

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 0141 552 3038

Part of Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival.

Meadows Festival

Edinburgh's festival season kicks off with the Meadows Festival, which offers a local band line-up, dance groups, quirky performers and workshops amidst lots of family-friendly activities.

The Meadows, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Jun

Times vary / Free

Sun 7 Jun

Times vary / Free

Mrs Mash: The Storyteller Cook

Mrs Mash – Storytelling Cook – serves up delicious stories and songs for ages 4+.

The Skylark, Edinburgh

Mon 2 Mar

Free / 0131 629 3037

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 629 3037

Mon 16 Mar

Free / 0131 629 3037

…and 40 more dates until 21 Dec

Public Observatory Tours

Tours include an astronomy talk, a planetarium show, and a trip to the main dome where (weather permitting) visitors have the chance to observe the night sky through the primary optical telescope.

Acre Road Observatory, Glasgow

Mon 16 Mar

Free but ticketed

Tue 17 Mar

Free but ticketed

Wed 18 Mar

Free but ticketed

Zoom Club: Makers

A hands-on animation and photography club for ages 8–12. Booking is essential.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Mar

£9.50 / 07942 358907

Sun 15 Mar

£9.50 / 07942 358907

Sun 22 Mar

£9.50 / 07942 358907

…and 14 more dates until 28 Jun back to top

Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Wed 24 Jun

Free / 01392 446 000

Thu 25 Jun

Free / 01392 446 000

Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class literary figures.

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 11 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Colour Blast

Take part in a 1.5k or 5k sponsored fun run and get blasted with coloured powder paint along the route. The event is open to all ages, though under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Money raised goes to help Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans

Sun 23 Aug

£20; under 5s free (Children £10; Family £50) / 01442 820740

  • 09:00 Colour Blast Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary two years ago, Edinburgh International Science Festival was the world’s first large-scale festival of science and technology. The event is still among the biggest of its kind and is a success story which also involves year-round outreach and international engagement. This year it…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

Incredible Power of Light

A replica of The Vulcan laser forms the centrepiece of this exhibition on light, along with interactive exhibits, talks from scientists and a series of family-friendly activities.

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

Free / 0800 092 7500

Thu 2 Apr

Free / 0800 092 7500

Fri 3 Apr

Free / 0800 092 7500

…and 5 more dates until 30 Apr back to top