Parents' guide - where to go and what to do in UK

Monday, 10th August 2020, 8:57 am
Updated Monday, 10th August 2020, 8:59 am

From the home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford near Edinburgh, to Sherwood Forest, a new staycation guide is out and full of key information for parents, including entry fees, parking and facilities.

To help parents with the “what shall we do today?” question digital fundraising platform DONATE™ has launched a summer guide packed full of national treasures, museums, beaches and walks.

Produced with charitable organisations including National Trust for Scotland, Forestry England and the Council for British Archaeology, here are key highlights:

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South West

The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, sits in Kimmeridge on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and houses a unique collection of significant marine fossils dating back 150 million years.For those in the Surrey and Hampshire areas, Alice Holt Forest is the place to head to explore. Ideal location for family bike rides with the cafe also open for takeaway.

North WestWhinlatter is home to walks, mountain biking and rare wildlife. Set in the iconic Lake District, a World Heritage Site, with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick.MidlandsSherwood Forest, made famous by Robin Hood and his band of merry men, is filled with activity routes, wild running and mountain bike trails.

North EastKielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland is England’s largest forest. The Lakeside Way is a 26-mile path around the lake that leads to Kielder Castle.It’s the perfect spot for bikers as it has one of England’s largest mountain bike trail networks.The spot is also home to Northumberland’s only breeding Osprey population.

Yorkshire and HumberNestled on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest has something for everyone. The landscape offers a variety of different trails.East of EnglandHigh Lodge in Thetford is known for its beautiful trails which wind through rich woodland.With amazing mountain bike trails, the venue also hosts a new Heritage Trail which is a perfect family stroll. The café is open for takeaways.

ScotlandThe central highlands venue of Ben Lawers is family friendly, packed with wildlife and the best collection of rare mountain plants in the country. Perfect for picnics and dog walks. Parking at £3 per day.Abbotsford, the home of novelist Sir Walter Scott. At present, the house remains closed, however it will be open at the first opportunity. The gardens , cafe, shop and gardens are open. Picnic tables on the meadow.

WalesSnowdon offers various walking paths. The summit cafe is closed for the rest of the year so picnics are recommended. Parking at the national park is in designated areas across the six car parks.Pembrokeshire has the sea on three sides and is known for its wild landscape.With more than 50 beaches, 186 miles of coastal walks and plenty of towns and villages for you to explore.

Family favourites include Coppet Hall beach and Goodwick Sands. There are disabled toilets and a cafe on-site.