Just one of the categories in the Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020. Here are the nominations for the best treat family day out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. These are those days you don’t do all the time, but have an amazing time when you do. Have a look at all the nominees below and vote for your favourite by clicking this 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.
Harry Potter Studios Tour. Leavesden, Hertfordshire
I love Harry Potter, and so does the rest of the family. The studios tour is exactly what it says on the tin. A look around all of the (internal) sets and the props. There’s the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut, the Burrow and the Hogwarts express. Dumbledore’s office was a personal highlight. You start in the Great Hall and it’s incredible! Gringotts bank opened in 2019. Have a look at my review here.
Crocodiles of the World. Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
A relatively small zoo dedicated to all things crocodile. They have over 150 crocodiles from 15 species of crocodiles, alligators and caimans. It’s the UK’s only crocodile zoo, but they also have other animals such as meerkats, otters and giant tortoises. The feeding times are not to be missed. We love it here! I haven’t been for a few years so there’s no full review but check out their website.
Birdland. Bourton-on-the-Water, Oxfordshire
Home to over 500 different birds including Flamingos, Pelicans, Penguins, Cranes and Storks. There’s also a Jurassic journey, nature reserve and an indoor discovery zone. You’ll find two small playgrounds; one inside, one outside. There are daily penguin feeding times too. It’s on our to-visit list, but have a look at their website in the mean time.
Whipsnade Zoo. Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Our closest zoo (to Aylesbury anyway) and home to the famous chalk lion. It’s also the sister zoo to London Zoo. It’s quite a large zoo and has all the animals you’d expect. There’s also a fairly good soft play (book upon arrival), a train, a good adventure playground, bird shows and Lemur walk through. There’s also a lovely butterfly house and indoor picnic area. We haven’t been for about 3 years so I think it’s overdue a revisit! Check out their website and book tickets here (affiliate link)
Rogue Leisure. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Rogue Leisure is the home of most of the leisure facilities in Aylesbury! There’s a go-kart track, ten pin bowling, an under 7’s soft play, games and a brand new karaoke pod. It’s really good for both families and grown-ups alike. There’s been a lot of investment in the past couple of years, and they’re about to change the track up as well. As a family we’ve tried out everything but I’ve only got reviews of the soft play and karaoke pod written up currently.
Snozone. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Real snow. In the middle of Milton Keynes. 364 days a year! The building is visible from miles away and is a true icon on MK. If you’ve not got any skiing experience then you can try their sledging sessions. Or there’s skiing and snowboarding lessons available. Already an experienced skiier? Then there are slope passes available. For more details and prices have a look at their website.
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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 our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook