FTwtK Awards – Best Museum or Educational Day Out

Just one of the categories in the Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020. Here are the nominations for the best museum or educational day out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. Have a look at all the nominees and vote for your favourite by clicking the link.

If I have already visited one of the shortlisted attractions then I’ll put a link to the review below. For places I’ve not managed to see yet I’m hoping to visit as many as possible over the next few weeks and I’ll add the reviews as I do. In the mean time I’ll add links back to their website.


Chiltern Open Air Museum. Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

An outdoors museum with over 30 rescued and reconstructed historic buildings from across the Chilterns. There are often living history events, crafts and themed days. There’s also an adventure playground on site. It’s currently closed for the winter season until March 2020 so I won’t be able to do a review just yet! I’ve never been but I have friends who rave about it. Visit their website for details.

Milton Keynes Museum. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes museum covers a huge range of local history. There’s a huge collection of historic vehicles, an Anderson shelter, a printers, a farmhouse, school room, a recreated high street and much more. Their connected earth exhibition is great fun too! Plus tickets are valid for 12 months. You can read my review here.

Stockwood Discovery Centre. Luton, Bedfordshire

This museum is FREE to visit and shares the stories of Luton and the immediate area. There’s a large carriage collection and lovely gardens to explore (excellent for playing hide and seek). There’s also discovery galleries with things as varied as dinosaur bones, a Saxon skeleton and a Roman hoard of coins! Any aeroplane fans in the family? It’s right under the flight path so they’re flying really low over your head every few minutes. Check out the full review by clicking this link.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. nr Quainton, Buckinghamshire

Bucks Railway centre have working steam trains where you can have unlimited rides on steam days. They also have special event days, including things such as Day out with Thomas and Peppa Pig days. Even when it’s not a steam day you can visit the on-site museum. It’s been so long since I last went here (like decades) but they do a great local pass so I can’t believe I’ve not been back yet! Visit their website for all the events.

River and Rowing Museum. Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

I think it’s fair to say Henley is dominated by the river and all-things water based and the museum reflects that. There’s also a permanent exhibition dedicated to Wind in the Willows. You’ll find regular events and activities during the school holidays. It’s on my to-do list but in the mean time check out their website!

Verulamium Museum. St Albans, Hertfordshire

Set in an awesome park with tons of facilities this museum is dedicated to the history of St Albans during the Roman occupation. There’s loads of interactive exhibits, a mosaic and finds a plenty. Local residents get in FREE. There’s also a hypocaust and a Roman Theatre within 1 miunte’s walk of the museum. It’s been a while since we were last there so in need of an revisit but look around their website here.


Now you’ve seen all the shortlisted attractions in this category of the Free Time with the Kids Awards click the link below to cast your vote. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like. Don’t forget to tell all your friends about the awards so they can choose their favourites too.

For the nominees across all categories have a look at the main Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020 page.


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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