This stunning county in England can provide you with everything you need to keep everyone entertained no matter what age.

We have our countryside escape, Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa located here which makes the perfect base if you are wanting to explore all that this county has to offer. But, even if you are not wanting to stay in our resort this list of things to do in Norfolk will still be useful if you are heading down to the area and want things to keep you busy. Below you will find a list of a range of different attractions and places to visit in and around Norfolk.


Oxburgh Hall

Oxborough, King’s Lynn, PE33 9PS | 18 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Oxburgh Hall

If you are wanting to dive into some history in the King’s Lynn area then Oxburgh Hall would be a great place to go. Owned by the National Trust, this moated country house is an impressive site to see, and the history is just as impressive. It was built in 1482 by the Bedingfeld family and was home to them for over 500 years. Explore the house on a tour or enjoy wondering around the gardens and the estate. You can also get a bite to eat at The Servants’ Hall tea-room which serves cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunches.

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Great Massingham

King’s Lynn | 15 mins

Sometimes it’s nice to just have an area of village that you want to explore, and if that’s something you like the sound of make sure you take a trip to Great Massingham during your time in Norfolk. Located in the King’s Lynn area, this little village has a primary school, village shop, pub, village hall, a church and a sports club. There are also a few large ponds that are dotted around the village and plenty of open spaces so it would make a great day out exploring somewhere new.

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Snettisham Park

Bircham Rd, King’s Lynn, PE31 7NG | 29 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Snettisham Park

Fun for all the family, Snettisham Park first opened in 1986 and has been welcoming families ever since. It is a working farm but you can come with all the family for a fun day out. Spread across 329 acres you will be entertained with lambs, a 45 minute deer safari and plenty of other farm animals that you can learn about and see. So if you have children that are animal lovers this would be a great place to head to and have fun for the whole day.

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Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail

The Street, Gooderstone, King’s Lynn, PE33 9BP | 20 mins

This is definitely a unique thing to do because of its history behind it. The Gooderstone Water Gardens were owned by Billy Knights who was a retired farmer, in 1970 he decided to begin his garden and when he died at 93 in 1994 he left his 6.5 acre garden. Throughout the garden you will find ponds, bridges and beautiful flowers. So whether you just love to have a wonder around and take in some stunning sights or you are an avid garden lover, this will be the perfect place to explore in Norfolk.

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Castle Rising

Lynn Rd, King’s Lynn, PE31 6AH | 21 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Castle Rising

If you are into knowing more about history and castles in particular then you should definitely head to Castle Rising Castle. It’s a 12th Century castle that was built in around 1140 AD and got passed to the Howard family in 1544, it is still in their hands today! There are various events that run throughout the year in the castle grounds so make sure you check that out before you go to see if any are running during the time you are in the area!

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The Railway Touring Company

14a Tuesday Market Pl, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JN | 21 mins

For something a little bit different, The Railway Touring Company would be a great day out for the whole family. You can get day trips around the UK or even go for UK holidays from this station. All trips are made by a steam charter which have carriages dating back to the 1950s. So if you wanted a thing to do in Norfolk that didn’t rely on good weather this would be a great option. As well as it being perfect if you want to take in some scenery.

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ExTREEme Adventure

High House, Weasenham, King’s Lynn, PE32 2SP | 17 mins

things to do in Norfolk - ExTREEme Adventure

Perfect if you are wanting some action packed fun, the ExTREEme Adventure in King’s Lynn can provide you with quad bike trekking and an army style assault course. So whether you are a family wanting to keep your kids entertained or a group of friends looking for some adrenaline fuelled experiences this will be great. Age restrictions do apply on the quad bike trekking so make sure you check all the information online before you are booking.

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Holkham Hall & Estate

Holkham Rd, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB | 47 mins

There are so many things that you can explore at Holkham Hall & Estate. There is the hall, the walled garden, the park, plenty of walk and cycle trails, a ropes course, boat and cycle hire, a woodland play area, the list goes on. So if you want to learn a bit about the history of the hall and the area whilst still having something to suit everyone around the estate this is a visit you don’t want to miss out on. Prices start from £5.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

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Watatunga Wildlife Reserve

Watlington Rd, King’s Lynn, PE33 0RG | 17 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Watatunga Wildlife Reserve

One of the most impressive things about Watatunga Wildlife Reserve is that they are pioneering a new approach to protecting the last populations of endangered deer and antelope. The reserve is across 170 acres and you can book into a guided tour on either a buggie or safari trailer. As you go round you can learn more about the deer and antelope that live here along with plenty of other rare species like pheasants, ducks and great bustard.

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Locked in Lynn

4 Campbells Business park, Campbells Meadow, King’s Lynn, PE30 4YR | 16 mins

With the Locked in Lynn experience you will have to put your heads together and see how well you can cope under pressure. When you book you will choose one of rooms available, Death Row, Diamond Heist, The Forbidden Campsite or Make or Break. When you are inside you will have a 60 minute countdown start, in that time you need to solve puzzles and clues, unlock locks and work together. Your mental and physical skills will be tested in every room at Locked in Lynn.

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Norfolk Lavender

Caley Mill, Lynn Rd, Heacham, PE31 7JE | 31 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Norfolk Lavender

Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm. It is known worldwide and you will find almost 100 acres of lavender set in these gardens in Norfolk. There is a garden centre on site along with an animal garden and playpark. You can also get a bite to eat at The Lavender Lounge tearooms and restaurant. And there is a huge lavender product range and gift shop here so you don’t have to leave empty handed.

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Sandringham Estate

Sandringham, PE35 6EN | 21 mins

Known for being a country retreat that is loved by the Queen, Sandringham Estate has been the home of British Monarchs since 1862. You can explore the house, gardens, St Mary Magdalene Church and parkland most of the year, with just the parkland being open in the winter. The park is over 600 acres and has winging trails through woods and the parkland so you can spend hours exploring. They also do incredible light trails at Christmas time.

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Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, Rare Breeds Centre

Lynn Rd, Norfolk, PE34 3HT | 23 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Church Farm, Stow Bardolph

There is no better place to go than Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, Rare Breeds Centre. It is a farm park with animals, an adventure playground, a tea room and a shop. So there is plenty to do during your time at the park. You will find everything from horses to goats, pigs to fancy rats. As well as activities like ride on pedal tractors, pig racing and an indoor play area. If you are heading here around Christmas they always have different festive events on like meeting Father Christmas.

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If you liked our list of things to do in Norfolk why not book our resort in Norfolk for your trip? It would make the perfect base for exploring.

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From enjoying the English countryside to learning more about the history in a museum, there are so many things to do in Oxfordshire that are suitable for all.

Our newest resort has just opened its doors and would make the perfect base for you to explore the local area and the rest of the county. But even if you aren’t staying at The Springs Resort & Golf Club we have put together the ultimate list of things to do in Oxfordshire. Whatever you are wanting to do you will find something that is right up your street in our list below. With things to do in Oxford, local attractions in Wallingford and popular days out in Oxfordshire.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3PW | 34 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Oxford University Museum of Natural History

If you love history and want to learn more about various topics then the Oxford University Museum of Natural History is the place to go. With different exhibitions and events running throughout the year you will always find something that peaks your interest as well as the rest of the collections that are always at the museum. Whether you want to learn more about animals or even art this museum has it all. It’s a great place for families with younger children or just couples or even groups of friends.

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Oxford Castle & Prison

44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY | 30 mins

Oxford Castle was market by the Normans as the perfect place for a castle after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. But over time it transformed into a prison, now visitors come from far and wide to learn all about the history that comes with this incredible site. You can explore and climb 101 steps that leads to an amazing panoramic view of Oxford, go underground and visit the candle-lit crypt and step inside the 18th century prison cells. Oxford Castle & Prison also has guided tours, a jailbreak escape room and murder mystery nights that you can book.

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Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH | 31 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Ashmolean Museum

Founded in 1683, The Ashmolean Museum is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. There are a range of world famous collections for you to explore from contemporary art to Egyptian mummies. Admission is free into this museum but it is essential you book a ticket online as you are then guaranteed entry. As well as the usual collections there are also different exhibitions that are changing throughout the year.

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Christ Church

St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DP | 28 mins

Although located in the hustle and bustle of Oxford town centre, Christ Church is a peaceful and vibrant place to visit if you are in the area. There is a Cathedral and Choir, a picture gallery, a library and events that go on inside this building. Its architecture is magnificent and definitely somewhere you would want to see whilst you’re here. Christ Church was also the location for many Harry Potter scenes so if you are a fan you may want to go and see what you recognise!

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The Oxford Artisan Distillery

Old Depot, South Park, Cheney Ln, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7QJ | 31 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - The Oxford Astisan Distillery

If you enjoy whisky, gin or vodka and you want to know how they are created then The Oxford Artisan Distillery would be a great place to take a tour of. Learn all about how they make their award-winning spirits and watch every step starting from the seed all the way to when it’s in the bottle. Prices start from £20 and the tour lasts an hour and includes the chance to taste the vodka, gins and whisky. Then at the end if you’d like you can buy a bottle or two of your favourites.

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Iffley Lock

Iffley Lock, Oxford, OX4 4EJ | 26 mins

Built in 1632, the Iffley Lock has helped canals make their way across the River Thames for centuries. It was rebuilt in 1924 and since has marked the starting point of many organised rowing races with the Oxford University Boat Club. On a sunny day you can enjoy a walk along the riverbank and incorporate watching the Iffley Lock alter its water levels to help boats pass along the River Thames.

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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford

5 Broad St, Oxford, OX1 3AJ | 32 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Bodleian Library

Calling all Harry Potter fans, this one is for you. Did you know many scenes in Harry Potter were filmed in different locations around Oxford? With this walking tour you will be able to discover all of the different movie locations like the Bodleian Library and a few of the oldest colleges in Oxford. Whilst you are on the tour you will also hear different insider gossip about the movies, characters and filming. Along with having the chance to test your knowledge with a Harry Potter quiz as you go along the tour.

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local attractions near Wallingford


Wallingford Castle, Gardens & Meadows

Bear Ln, Wallingford, OX10 8DR | 8 mins

This medieval castle is a great one to visit if you want to explore the castle, gardens and meadows. With amazing views, an incredible history and beautiful flowers you will be able to learn all about when William the Conqueror began building the castle in 1067. And when the castle was expanded in the 13th Century and then all of its history since then. It’s a great place to visit that is only down the road from our resort.

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Brightwell Vineyard

Shillingford Rd, Wallingford, OX10 8LJ | 10 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Brightwell Vineyard

Just a mile from Wallingford is where you will find Brightwell Vineyard. The vineyard adjoins the River Thames and they have various events throughout the year that you can go to. Like the English Wine & Food Festival for example. As well as events there is a vineyard tour & wine tasting tour that you can go on all year round. It includes a 1 hour vineyard tour along with the chance to taste 3 different wines that are produced here.

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AV Boats

Unit 3 Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford, OX10 6SJ | 6 mins

When the weather is nice a trip to AV Boats along the River Thames would be a great idea. You have the chance to hire a day boat, fishing boat, rowing boat, kayak, pedal sup, paddle board, canoe or pedal kayak. So there is something for everyone and it is perfect for all types of groups to enjoy. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get involved in some river sports or just enjoy sailing along the river in your chosen boat for the day.

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Cholsey-Wallingford Railway

5 Hithercroft Rd, Wallingford, OX10 9GQ | 7 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Cholsey Wallingford Railway

The Cholsey & Wallingford Railway is a heritage railway that takes you on a 45 minute round trip from the historic market town of Wallingford all the way to Cholsey. It first opened in 1866 and has been running ever since. The train still has its 1950s coaches that you will travel in and you can choose different train tickets. From a usual journey to one that includes a cream tea and even one where you can enjoy fish and chips! It’s a great experience if you want to enjoy views of the beautiful countryside in a different way.

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Wallingford Museum

Flint House, 52 High St, Wallingford, OX10 0DB | 8 mins

Wallingford Museum is full of different displays and exhibitions that provide you with interesting information about the history of Wallingford Castle. As well as general information on the castle you can also learn all about different aspects of what everyday life was like inside the castle. Throughout the year there are often various special exhibitions to give you more insights and information about local history.

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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR | 15 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Basildon Park

This National Trust site is the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the life of Lord and Lady Iliffe. Inside Basildon Park there is the house, garden and parkland that you can explore. Dogs are welcome in the garden and parkland so long as they are on leads. It’s a great place to visit all year round and you can enjoy plenty of walks across the 400 acres of parkland.

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popular days out in Oxfordshire


Grey’s Court

Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG | 19 mins

Grey’s Court is a 16th century mansion and tranquil gardens that you can explore. It was home to the Brunner family until recent years. Now you can explore the house and walled gardens and enjoy the colourful flowerbeds throughout. There is a tea room on site that serves hot and cold food and drinks along with a shop that has a wide range of gifts that are available to buy.

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Thorpe Park

Staines Rd, Chertsey, KT16 8PN | 1 hr 2 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Thorpe Park

For the thrill seekers and the adrenaline junkies, Thorpe Park is just outside of Oxfordshire which means wherever you are in the county you will easily be able to enjoy this day out! Thorpe Park is home to the UK’s fastest roller coaster, the UK’s only winged coaster and the world’s first horror themed roller coaster that features a 100ft drop.

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Hellfire Caves

Church Ln, West Wycombe, High Wycombe, HP14 3AH | 33 mins

Get the chance to explore the maze of caverns at The Hellfire Caves. They were built in the 17th century so that you could travel deep underground in the Chiltern Hills. This day out is perfect for any group and would make an amazing family day out. As well as just going to visit and explore yourself they also host kids parties, events and weddings and you can hire it out as a set if you are filming something!

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Beale Wildlife Park

Lower Basildon, Pangbourne, Reading, RG8 9NW | 16 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Beale Wildlife Park

For all the animal lovers out there Beale Wildlife Park will be the perfect day out for you. The park is within 40 acres of land and is set right against the River Thames. There are various zoo and farm animals throughout the wildlife park along with plenty of attractions to keep all the family entertained. If you are planning a visit, be sure to check out any events and activities that they have on during the time your there – especially during the school holidays.

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Aston Martin Heritage Trust

Drayton St Leonard, Wallingford, OX10 7BG | 17 mins

At the Aston Martin Heritage Trust you will be able to enjoy viewing the ultimate collection of cars, scale models, trophies, engines, racing memorabilia and engineering tools. It’s a great experience that everyone would enjoy whether you have an interest in cars or not. Ticket prices start from £5 that includes access to viewing everything in the museum. The Aston Martin Heritage Trust also run events throughout the year that are based across the UK!

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Reload Reading

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NW | 16 mins

things to do in Oxfordshire - Reload Reading

Whether you are a family wanting to entertain everyone or a group of friends looking to have some fun, Reload Reading is a great place to go. You can enjoy archery or laser clay pigeon shooting here and each bay can have up to 6 people. It’s the perfect way to get involved in an outdoor activity that will test your aim and be something that everyone will love having a go at.

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Wellington Country Park

Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading, RG7 1SP | 43 mins

With Wellington Country Park you will be able to enjoy an adventure for the whole family. At this country park you will find an animal park, miniature railway, jumping pillow, splash zone, indoor soft play, welly wheels, mini golf, adventure play and the list goes on. There is so much to do here you can easily spend the entire day having fun. The kids will have an endless amount of things they will want to do during their day here.

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Why not use our The Springs Resort as your base when it comes to exploring the area with all the things to do?

 

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Are you looking to catch some waves in Dorset? Well, worry not, as we’ve done the legwork to highlight the top 5 places to surf in Dorset, so you don’t have to!

Whilst surf in the UK is far from consistent, it more than makes up for it in diversity! With five surfing schools and lots of places to hire boards dotted along the coast, Dorset is a great place to learn. Locations in Dorset may not be considered the best, or most reliable surf spots in the UK, but the county’s natural offshore reef means that waves form well even without a great deal of groundswell. Dorset can therefore offer great surfing in the right conditions that can cater to both experienced and novice surfers.


1. Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay is something of a legendary place on the south coast. It is home to some of the best waves in the country and is nestled amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Jurassic Coast. It is well known as both a surfing venue and a windsurfing hotspot and is also where the renowned custom board shaping and repairs company, K-Bay, derived its name. To get to Kimmeridge Bay you need to pay a small toll, and then you can park just a minute’s walk from the slipway (you may have to pay for parking).

The wave itself is a very consistent long mellow reef break that favors left-handers. The surf is usually best in the winter months, and it works best in offshore winds from the north. It is worth noting, however, that the beach shares a border with a military firing range, and there have been reports of shells landing out to sea. Therefore remember to take heed of the red flag, as you could encounter a lot worse than rough seas!


2. Bournemouth Beach – the pier, and at Southbourne

A popular spot due to its close location to the town, Bournemouth Beach has fun, beach-break peaks with sandbars anchored by the pier. The Eastside is the most popular spot, with left-handers heading back into the pier and faster rights leading down the beach. There are more peaks on the west side without the SW wind protection. On a solid SW groundswell and N wind, there are decent barrels for the taking. There are also a number of surf schools on the beach, making Bournemouth Beach a perfect place for beginners. In the summer months it can often be crowded, and competition for waves can be tough. On sunny summer days where the beach is heaving, you are probably better off visiting another of the places on this list!


3. Highcliffe Beach

With views facing out across Christchurch Bay and the Isle of Wight, Highcliffe Beach is a popular resort beach as well as a surfing destination.

The surfing itself is pretty variable, as it is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right – it can often be a bit slow and crumbly. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here, and northerly winds are favorable. The wave itself tends to receive a relatively even mix of groundswells and wind swells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides good left and right handers on its day, although Kimmeridge and Bournemouth beach is arguably more consistent.


4. Durlston Point

Perfect to visit if you are staying at Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat, Durlston Point is a variable point break located in the shelter of some imposing limestone cliffs off Durlston Head. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here, and ideal winds are from the west, although there is some shelter here from southwest winds. Wind swells and groundswells are in equal measure, and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The best time to surf is around low tide.

Although the site is a bit hit and miss, when conditions are right, Durlston Point can provide some of the best point break waves that the UK has to offer, however, these days are extremely rare, and there are many more consistent places in the vicinity. There are relatively few surfers here, even on good days, however, beware of rocks and rips, if you are inexperienced I would recommend Bournemouth Beach as a better spot to build your confidence.


5. Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Habour Wall in the South Coast of England is a quite exposed point break that has unreliable waves, which are best during winter months. Despite not being renowned as a surf destination, Lyme Regis does offer up some decent surfing conditions. Plenty of reefs make for predictable breaking sets and easy paddle-outs. There are safe sand-bottomed smaller waves close to the harbour in the bay right through to the punchy reef wedge, thus there is something for everyone. Whilst Lyme Regis isn’t on the map for the serious surfer, as long as you are willing to get out there and enjoy it, you can still have plenty of fun!

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We all know that British weather is a little unpredictable, you can go out with your biggest coat on and it’ll be 15 degrees, or pop out to the shop in a jumper and it feels like it’s -20 degrees! But there is nothing worse than being stuck inside on a rainy day with nothing to do…well we’re here to help!

We can guarantee you most things your Darwin Escapes break away, fantastic facilities, glorious accommodation, super-friendly service and more, but we can’t guarantee the weather for you. So whether you’re relaxing on the south coast or searching for adventure up north, we thought we would put together the ultimate list of things to do on a rainy day with your children!

All our resorts are the perfect escape away, with stunning accommodation waiting for you and lots of family fun to be had, even on those rainy days. Our list can be done anywhere, if you’re struggling for things to go at home or searching for ideas while on holiday, our accommodation has everything you need for a self-catering break away in the UK and comes ready for all occasions – even bored children on rainy days.

Start planning your activities with our ideas below:


1. get out the board games

family of 5 sitting on the floor playing board games

So this isn’t ground-breaking we know, but you can’t beat an old-faithful! Board games have been entertaining families and children of all ages for thousands of years (maybe don’t quote us on this).

Whether you’re looking for brain teasers like Scrabble, Boggle, or Articulate, where you can sneak in a little education for those little ones. Or if you’re looking for something thrilling like Buckaroo (yes, we really get thrills when that donkey bucks!). Test your detective skills with Clue, get old school with Connect 4, see what happens with the Game of Life or you could settle in for a lengthy game of Monopoly and try not to have an argument.

The choices of board games are endless these days, so this is a great choice a rainy day activity that gets everyone away from the screens!


2. get baking

African father and son have fun in the kitchen cooking and baking together

This one will require a little clean-up, but there will be so much fun had you won’t mind!

Little hands love baking and the list of tasty treats you can create is truly unlimited. Start with the ever-popular fairy cake (we dare you to try and not lick the bowl!), or be a touch more adventurous and maybe try your hands at homemade pizzas! Just Google some pizza recipes and see how easy it really is, pick your favourite toppings and make your perfect pizza each! Or opt for some easy biscuit recipes and cook up some chocolate chip cookies to taste. Or for something with little fuss, you can do the always popular corn flake cake, where all you need is chocolate, and cornflakes!

If you’re on holiday with us here at Darwin Escapes, you’ll find your fully-fitted kitchen (oo-la-la) in your holiday accommodation fully stocked with everything you need for a baking session with your little one, from pots and pans to chopping boards.


3. make a den

little cute Asian girl playing under the table in a den, with pillows, duvets and blankets

A really clever and simple idea for endless fun with imagination on a rainy day.

Another old faithful, you can make your den as simple or extravagant as you wish. Go old school with pillows on the floor, a sheet over the table, and snacks. Up your game a little with a tablet or some books for a cosy little getaway inside your living area, or go all out and drape some fairy lights over, put all the cushions and blankets on the floor, create a door out of sheets and set up your tablet and tasty treats for the ultimate movie time!

If you don’t want movie time, you can get the imagination going with endless games. Pretend your in Neverland with Peter Pan and hiding from the Pirates, or pretend your the Pirates looking for Peter. You could be in a castle waiting for your knight in shining armour, or you could be getting ready to kick your own way out of the fairytale tower and rescue yourself! There are so many possibilities waiting for you!


4. drawing games

little girl colouring with pencils at the table and smiling

All you need is a pen and paper for hours of fun for this underrated rainy day activity!

Children and adults of all ages love colouring and creating, whether you’re 8 or 58, put a pot of colouring pencils and a fresh sheet of paper in-front you and you’ll spend hours creating your very own little scene! Challenge yourselves to create the best house or castle, let little ones create their favourite scenes and then spend the next hour guessing what it is (is it a dog or a heart? it’s beautiful either way!).

You can also try some great games including an old school game of noughts & crosses (how many rounds can you win in a row?) create your own battleships grid and place your ships for a bit of strategic playing, or even have your own version of Pictionary!

You’ll have hours of laughter with each game, and for the little ones, a good educational game like hangman will help with spelling. Plenty of opportunity for sneaky teaching with fun with this rainy day activity for kids.


5. dance off

mother, father and little girl dancing in the living room

Burn off all that extra energy and dance like no one is watching (because no one is!)

Put on your favourite upbeat tunes and start boogying (is that what they say nowadays?). Create a playlist or for the ultimate thrill put your music on random and see what hidden songs you’ve forgotten you had (is there some NSync hidden in there?).

Challenge yourself to see who can dance the longest, or play a good old game of musical chairs or musical statues. Make it more challenging with an obstacle course of pillows and blankets, or simply just have a really good dance off and pick a judge, and don’t forget to up the game with some epic lip sync battles!


6. make a scrapbook

grandmother and granddaughter doing crafts together and creating scrapbooks

You don’t need a lot for this one!

Although this sounds like a lot of work, you actually don’t need a lot at all. You can use magazines, newspapers or photographs (if you have them handy) and sellotape to create a fabulous scrapbook! Use coloring pens and pencils, colourful paper or toilet rolls and put all the pieces of paper together to make your own scrapbook.

You can choose themes and create a scrapbook for each one such as pets, holidays, favourite books or movies. Choose your own theme and create a fantastic scrapbook with your little one.


7. have a fashion show

girl dressed up in mums clothes, with bowler hat on and hiding her face in the hat

Loads of laughs to be had with a fantastic fashion show.

Stretch a sheet out on the floor, set some chairs alongside it, if you have fairy lights dangle them across the chairs and you have yourself a very cosy-looking catwalk! Put on some music for ambience and strut your stuff.

The children can dress up in their fanciest clothes, or dress up in your clothing, or create your best superhero outfits out of bedsheets and make logos on sheets of paper.


8. toilet roll crafts

handmade toilet roll crafts, flowers, bunnies and little characters

Now the panic buying of toilet rolls is over, you may have a lot of empty toilet rolls hanging around the house ready for some fun crafts!

All you need for this is colouring pens or pencils and toilet rolls, if you really want to go fancy you can use glitter and glue! There are limitless little characters you can create with empty toilet rolls. Try your hand creating a little farm filled with animals, make cows and pigs and even make the farmer!

If you really wanted a challenge, why not create a fairy house? Google toilet roll fairy houses and make your own adorable abode for Tinkerbell and her pals, this really is one of the most fun and creative rainy day activities.


Those are our top picks for rainy day activities with your children. Hopefully, we have helped to brighten up those cloudy skies and have given you some inspiration for fun activities you can do whether you’re at home or with us at one of our stunning resorts.

 

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Britain is teeming with natural wonders for everyone to discover, we’ve listed a few here with Darwin Escapes’ nearest accommodation for you to start planning your trip and beating the staycation boom!

There’s never been a better time to explore the British coastline, there really is so much to do for the whole family. Whether you’re into watersports, mountain climbing or just looking for the perfect beach holiday to sit back and take in the sun, you’ll find it with us. Our stunning destinations are spread around the UK, so you can enjoy a lodge holiday break, with spectacular facilities, in all corners of the country, from the very tip of picturesque South Cornwall to the stunning Scottish coastline, we will have the location for you.

 

Durdle Door

Photo of the Durdle Door in Dorset from the water edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possibly one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch along the Jurassic Coast. Although open to the public, it is privately owned by the Welds family who own around 12,000 acres in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate.

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Cheddar Gorge

Photo of the Cheddar Gorge during a sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offering the most beautiful of scenery, the limestone Cheddar Gorge is in the heart of the Mendip Hills. It is home to the Cheddar show caves where Britain’s oldest human skeleton, Cheddar Man, was found and dated at over 10,000 years old.

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The Needles

Photo of the Needles in the Isle of Wight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The amazing world-famous attraction is a row of three stacks of chalk that rise about 30 metres out of the sea. The Needles Lighthouse is on the outer end of the rocks and was built in 1859.

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Snowdonia National Park

Photo of a lake in Snowdonia National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The national park is a region in North Wales where includes mountains and stunning glacial landforms. Home to Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain you can enjoy breathtaking views from the peak, which stretch across the sea to Ireland on a clear day.

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Scafell Pike

Photo of Scafell Pike in the Lake District

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climb the highest mountain in England, which is around 978 metres above sea level. Located in the Lake District National Park, Scafell Pike is part of the British National Three Peaks Challenge for avid climbers.

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Winnats Peak

Photo of Winnats Pass in the Peak District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a trip down the winding road of the limestone gorge. The ridges were thought to have formed as a ravine between coral reefs that originally formed the limestone.

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Darwin Escapes has glorious holiday destinations in the UK for you to explore, from the Yorkshire Wolds to the Welsh coast. We are sure to have the perfect holiday break away for you, book now and beat the staycation boom!

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Recently we’ve all been stepping outside more and exploring the stunning UK landscape, so now is the time to discover your holiday alter ego and find the perfect outdoors holiday break for you!

Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on every beach in Cornwall, wander the Yorkshire Wolds, or explore the legends and mountains in North Wales, we have the perfect resort waiting for you. In this post we’ve grouped together the types of outdoor getaways you may be looking for and have picked our top destinations where you can enjoy that type of holiday. Read below and find out your holiday alter ego is…


hiking your way

Is walking the countryside and climbing mountains your kind of thing? We have the best resorts to base yourself from where you can see some of the most spectacular sights in the UK.

The Lake District

our resorts: Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat & Thanet Well Lodge Retreat

man standing on a hill overlooking a great lake in the lake district

 

The Peak District

our resort: Rivendale Lodge Retreat

man standing on a mountain over looking the peak district landscape of mountains

 

North Wales

our resorts: Talacre Beach Resort & New Pines Holiday Home Park

groups of people walking towards snowdonia


surfing around

Spread your toes in the sand, chase the summer sun and spend endless days surfing in the sea. Explore the home of UK surfing in Cornwall or find secret beaches in Devon when you discover surfing is the way forward!

Cornwall

our resorts: Piran Meadows Resort, Sandymouth Holiday Resort & Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat

people walking towards the sea with their surfboards

 

Devon

our resorts: Hawkchurch Resort & Spa & Beach Cove Coastal Retreat

surfer on a wave at sunset

 

Dorset

our resort: Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat

man teaching young boy how to surf


woodland wanderings

Lose yourself on woodland walks and explore long-lost trails. British woodlands are places of mystery and legends, find your favourite area and discover the hidden history.

Norfolk

our resort: Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa

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Yorkshire

our resort: Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club

family walking in the woods

 

Somerset

our resorts: Bath Mill Lodge Retreat & Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa

couple walking and talking in woodland next to the lake

 

Isle of Wight

our resorts: Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat & Woodside Coastal Retreat

multi generational family walking through the woods


Have you found your outdoorsy alter ego? Find your holiday inspiration and explore the UK like never before!

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It’s that time of year, where we embrace the UK’s rainy days! We’ve got all the best rainy day activities that are perfect for you and your family to get stuck into this Autumn and Winter!

Whether you’re at home or on holiday with us at a Darwin Escapes location, these rainy day ideas will be a great tool in your kit. We’ve got everything from fun attraction ideas to things you can do in the living room.

go puddle hunting

Don your best wellington boots and go puddle hunting! The winner will be whoever finds the biggest puddle to jump in.

visit an aquarium

Aquariums are places filled with wonder and magical sea creatures in the eyes of a little one! Find your nearest one and venture out, but if you’re staying with us in York at Kilnwick Percy don’t miss The Deep Aquarium for one of the best experiences in the country.

create a living room cinema

Pick your favourite movie, close the curtains, get some popcorn and snuggle on the sofa! Enjoy the cinema without leaving your living room.

play a board game

A classic rainy day activity for all the family to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for the simplicity of Connect 4 or craving a Monopoly marathon, all Darwin Escapes accommodation offer a variety of board games to enjoy!

baking

Cook up a storm in the kitchen and bake the best cakes to eat on a rainy day. Whether you’re at home or on holiday, this is always a good activity because you get a tasty treat at the end! Our accommodation comes with a fully stocked kitchen with everything you need to be a master baker!

We hope you found our activity list helpful and you can now fill your rainy days with endless fun and activities! Why not book a holiday with us today and embrace those rainy days to put some of these activities to the test?

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Book your Arrive & Drive session at GYG Karting and get an exclusive Darwin Escapes discount code for this Championship Circuit. Hidden in the North Wales landscape, GYG Karting is Redbull’s No.1 kart track in the UK and is open all year round for you to enjoy! Ideal for families and people of all ages to jump in a go kart in one the longest tracks in the country, with a friendly team on hand to guide all skill levels.

Darwin Escapes have partnered with GYG Karting to offer you a fabulous 10% discount off Arrive & Drive sessions booked via their website. Use the code ‘darwin’ when booking for your discount to be applied.


what’s arrive & drive?

Open to anyone aged 9 and up, the Arrive & Drive session is a fun activity for all racing buffs, with both junior and senior kart available for a trip around the British Championship circuit.

Test your karting skills and learn some new ones with these sessions, with non-restricted Honda and Cadet carts. Get competitive with your family and friends as you zoom around the track and try to get to the top of the leader board.

You’ll be given a full safety briefing, racing suit and helmet before the 10 minute race. You’ll have a fabulous day out with all your friends and family racing around this extraordinary track in the heart of Snowdonia.

GYG Karting also have a number of other events you can book, including kids parties and large adult group bookings for Grand Prix experiences.

Aerial view of the GYG karting race track


Darwin Escapes has 4 beautiful locations in North Wales, each offering seaside holidays and holiday home ownership along the North Wales coastline. We will have something for everyone in this wonderful region of the country!

The exclusive Darwin Escapes 10% discount applies to the Arrive & Drive experience only. Use the code ‘darwin’ when booking your session online via their website.

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Whether you’re looking for a couples break or a full family holiday, we’ve put together the perfect guide to an Isle of Wight holiday

Darwin Escapes has two destinations on the Isle of Wight, Woodside Coastal Retreat and Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat. Both locations offer luxury lodge accommodation, with Woodside Bay being home to our beautiful quirky treehouses and gym, as well as our Bar & Bistro.

One of the main aspects to consider when booking your Isle of Wight getaway is the ferry trip. Wightlink Ferries offer trips from Lymington, Yarmouth and Portsmouth to either Fishbourne or Ryde, so it’s ideal to plan the times of when you dock on the island and the journey from the dock to our resort.

When you reach our resorts and you walk into your lodge, sit back and relax in your large open plan living space. Why not cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen before heading out to your private decking and take in the beautiful scenery, maybe in your own hot tub.

The island has so much to offer, we’ve listed our top choices of beaches, historical sites and family attractions to explore during your trip with us!

 

top four beaches

  1. Welcome Beach – also known as Lake Beach – has a designated watersports area here where you can surf, sail or go canoeing and so much more.
  2. Sandown Beach – visit this sandy sloping beach for a relaxing sunny day, head to the Sandown Pier for a variety of activities and amusements.
  3. Shanklin Beach – located on the southernmost tip of Sandown Bay, Shanklin Beach is a popular sandy beach for soaking up the sun.
  4. Whitecliff Bay – the picturesque sand and shingle beach is wonderfully relaxing, but you can also go on an adventure to the chalk Culver Cliffs which are of geological interest.

 

top four historical sites

  1. The Longstone at Mottistone – Mosttistone is a National Trust property and has lots to offer, including The Longstone. These are two pieces of Neolithic greensand sandstone, which are thought to mark an entrance to a 6000 year old burial ground.
  2. Brading Roman Villa – the ruins of this wonderful villa dates as far back as the first and second century. The centre has a range of mosaics and a visitors area. The villa was discovered when a 19th Century farmer was digging holes for a sheep pen and stumbled on a Roman villa.
  3. St Catherin’s Oratory – legend tells that a Lord was told to build the 12 metres high lighthouse in 1313 pay penance for taking some shipwrecked communion wine. Its modern replacement is the stunning St Catherine’s Lighthouse.
  4. Osborne House – this beautiful house was Queen Victoria’s home for the last 40 years of her life. The house is now open to the public where you can wander the rooms, including the Queen’s bedroom and visit the expertly manicured gardens. Don’t miss the Queen’s portable beach hut or the fun games from years gone by!

 

top four family attractions

  • Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens – a fantastic day out for all ages, with medium sized rides, a toboggan run, a maze, endless woodland to explore and an adventure playground.
  • Blackgang Chine – a great family day out with medium sized rides for all ages to enjoy. Try out the water slide, a rollercoaster and visit Restricted Area 5 for a selection of animatronic dinosaurs.
  • Tapnell Farm Park – an all-weather attraction for the littles, there are indoor soft play and outdoor adventure play areas, including zip wires, trampolines and go karts. There is also a petting zoo with farm animals, wallabies and meerkats.
  • Sandham Gardens – this fabulous play area is just around the corner from the brilliant Dinosaur Isle attraction. There is a skate park, football and basketball court to enjoy. As well as a separate toddler playground for the little ones. Try out the electric go karts and the dinosaur themed minigolf.

 

With so much to do why not book your Isle of Wight break away with us today? Our stunning accommodation offers everything you could need for a self-catering holiday, with our retreats being ideally placed to explore the island at your own pace.

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Adults like to be spooked on Halloween just as much as children right? Well here is the ultimate list of adult fright nights 2021 to get your adrenaline going…

If you’re interested in an adult fright night experience the DE HQ have braved the perils of searching the web for the ultimate live scare events in the UK. We searched through endless clowns, monsters and zombies to find these frightful events near our locations – so you can book your event and accommodation all in one go!

Read on to find the best live scare adult attraction near you this Halloween…


Fright Nights

At: Thorpe Park / When: 15th – 31st October / Open times vary / Prices: £55 day pass

Thorpe Park is back with its award-winning adult fright night event. Hold your nerve at the 20 minute, utterly frightening, Terror at Amity High show, where you’re invited to the prom but will you survive the brutal vampires who are out for your blood? Or maybe Creak Freak Massacre is more your speed, where you’ll enter the abandoned Creek Woods Saw Mill and get around the unhinged resident family of lumberjacks. Other live scare attractions include Platform 15, Do or Die and Screamplexx, with so many more to give you the fright of your life this Halloween!

Nearest Location: Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat

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FEAR Scream Park

At: Avon Valley / When: 15th – 31st October / Times: 6pm – 11pm / Prices from £13.50

FEAR was voted the UK’s Best Scream Park 2019 and is one of the most popular fright night events. There are 4 returning scare attractions for FEAR fans which are X4, Anarchy Live, Phobia: Rebirth and House of Clowns. But a new terrifying scare maze will be live this year and enter at your own peril! As well as the attractions, soak up the screams from the Halloween Festival of Freakalicious, which has immersive street theatre, fire dancers, an escape room, stilt walkers and fairground rides.

Nearest Location: Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

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Hallowscream

At: York Maze / When: 8th – 31st October / Times: 6.30pm – 11.30pm / Ticket prices vary

Back with a bang, Hallowscream has over 100 actors and 5 separate live action haunted houses, as well as stage shows and creepy characters roaming around the maze. Based on a farm, legend tells us there was an awful tragedy 1873 and every year on Halloween the restless souls return to find who’s responsible. Head to the live scare attraction 2073 and get thrown into a ‘post Trump’ nuclear apocalypse, where zombies are running free and society has broken down. Corny’s Carnival has had a terrifying update, including shrinking rooms, rooms that spin and defy gravity, all filled with demonic clowns and mind blowing illusions!

Nearest Location: Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club

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Terror Island

At: Blackgang Chine / When: 22nd – 31st October / Times: 6pm – 10pm / Prices: from £18 per person

Terror Island lets you explore one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular attractions in a fantastically frightful way! This adult fright night includes 3 terrifying attractions, The Blood Shed is a serial killers secret hideaway of rotting cabins and half human incumbents. The ancient spirits of the sea are angry with St Catherine’s Lighthouse and are out for vengeance and blood. A Pagan deity has invoked a hex on mankind in Hexcavation after being unearthed during an archaeological excavation. As well as the live scare attractions making you scream, there are two rides available, Cliff Hanger and Waterforce, along with tarot card readings, street food, entertainment and a DJ.

Nearest Location: Woodside Coastal Retreat

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Ffear Fforest

At: Zip World / When: 22nd – 31st October / Times: 7.30pm – 10.30pm / Prices: £30 per person

Head to the famous Zip World for a fantastic fright night in the wild! There will be scary characters hiding all over the woods, go for a ride on the Cursed Coaster and twist through the forest with a spooky surprise trying to steal your soul at every corner. Your ticket also gives you access to The Nets where you’ll bounce your way through the jungle while trying to survive an attack of the clowns in Europe’s longest net walkway. Are you brave enough to try Nightfall? A killer clown will be waiting at the bottom of a trapdoor just for you…

Nearest Location: New Pines Holiday Home Park

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Farmageddon

At: Ormskirk / When: 21st – 31st October / Times: 7pm – 11pm / Prices vary depending on date

A terrifying and very popular adult fright night is waiting for you this Halloween. Where you can go after the live scare attractions to slow your heart rate and enjoy the entertainment, including fire dancers, stage shows, music and high rise silk displays. The Zombie Outlaw attraction is a fantastic paintball experience where you’ll shoot anything that moves and stay away from the zombies. The Meat Locker will leave you running from Malachi’s slaughterhouse, as he’s found a way to be immortal by the consumption of human flesh, and it’s yours he wants next. Contagion will play with your mind as the insane clowns and freakish ghouls look to catch you and devour you. Welcome to Farmageddon!

Nearest Location: Talacre Beach Resort

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Alton Towers Scarefest

At: Staffordshire / When: 15th-31st October / Times: 10am – 9pm / Prices: from £34 per person

Give yourselves the adrenaline thrill you need whilst you get the spooks, frights and thrills of the Scarefest. Throughout the park you will have ghools, ghosts and creepy scares wherever you go so you will always need to be on guard. You can also book into the different scare mazes like Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard, The Attic: Terror of the Towers, Altonville Mine Tours or Darkest Depths. All of which will definitely scare even the bravest of people. Alton Towers now also has The Alton Towers Dungeon which you can also add into your Scarefest experience if you want to learn a little more about the hideously horrible history.

Nearest Location: Rivendale Lodge Retreat

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So have you found your live scare event for Halloween from our ultimate guide to the top 7 adult fright night attractions in the UK? Let us know which one you visit…and good luck!

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