Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020

What’s your favourite family day out?

Over the past few weeks you’ve been voting for your favourite family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. Voting is now closed and the winners are being announced over the next few days! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote – I hope your favourite won!

If a review already exists of a nominated or winning attraction then I’ll back to it. For full details of all the nominated companies click on the full guide for each category


Best Animal Day Out

Read more about all the nominees for best animal day out here.

  • Willows Activity Farm. St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • Herrings Green Activity Farm. Wilstead, Bedfordshire
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park. Bourton-on-the-Water, Oxfordshire
  • Paradise Wildlife Park. Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

Best Outdoor Day Out

Find out all about the nominees by clicking here.

  • Knebworth House. Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Waterperry Gardens. nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire
  • Lee Valley Regional Park. Hertfordshire
  • Harcourt Arboretum. nr. Oxford, Oxfordshire

Best Museum or Educational Day Out

In England you can find a museum for pretty much everything. Personally, I love a good quirky local museum. We’ve got some really amazing ones locally though. Find out more about all the nominees here.

  • Chiltern Open Air Museum. Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire
  • Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. nr Quainton, Buckinghamshire
  • River and Rowing Museum. Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
  • Verulamium Museum. St Albans, Hertfordshire

Best Free Family Day Out

Find out about all the nominees for best free family day out by clicking here.

Best Physically Active Day Out or Activity

All the details of the nominees for best physically active day out can be found here.

  • Go Ape @ Black Park Country Park. Wexham, Buckinghamshire
  • Xc. Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • Caldecotte Lake. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Green Park Activity Centre. Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire
  • Rush. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Wet ‘n Wild. Oxford, Oxfordshire

Best Treat Days Out

For more details of the shortlisted treat days out click here.

  • Crocodiles of the World. Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
  • Birdland. Bourton-on-the-Water, Oxfordshire
  • Whipsnade Zoo. Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Rogue Leisure. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Snozone. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Best Historic House, Building and or Garden

Find out more about the nominees here.

  • Stonor Park. Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
  • Woburn Abbey. Woburn, Bedfordshire

Best Family Attraction

The final category will be the overall winner which goes to whichever attraction gets the most total votes.


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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook