Here’s a selection of days out as recommended by our Mum community – here in Milton Keynes, and further afield, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling!
For Days out in London, click here: https://askgoto.com/day-trip-to-london-from-milton-keynes/
For Days out at the Beach from Milton Keynes, click here: https://askgoto.com/going-to-the-beach-from-milton-keynes/
And don’t forget The Henry Allen Trust Family Fun Day, on August 7! https://thehenryallentrust.org.uk/upcoming-events/
Milton Keynes Area
Parks – see Milton Keynes Kids for your full guide to MK parks, plus loads more ideas for free and cheap days out!
Destination Milton Keynes is also a great source of information for using and navigating your way around the redways: www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk
The Parks Trust also have lots of events running, many of them free: https://www.theparkstrust.com/
MK Play Association timetable: https://www.mkpa.co.uk/events/category/play/
Frosts Garden Centre – events throughout the summer including the first ever “Frostival” on Bank Holiday Weekend
Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf – outdoors at Abbey Hill Golf Course, and indoors in the theatre district
Thrift Farm – there are often events and trails to follow going on at Thrift, so check to see what’s coming up on their website: http://thriftfarm.co.uk/
MK Museum: https://miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/
Bletchley Park: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/
Willen Splash Park
Swimming pools at:
- Buckingham (one of the warmest toddler pools)
Other ideas in MK:
- Gullivers – Theme Park, Dino Park and Splash Zone
- Safari MK and 360 Soft Play
- Top Jump Inflatable Park
- Gravity Trampoline Park
Up to 30 Mins Away
Walking trails and a cycle trail to follow, great play areas and Gruffalos to be hunted with the Gruffalo Spotter app, Salcey Forest is a wonderful place to visit all year round.
Rookery Farm, Stoke Bruerne
* Cash Only Venue * Lots of indoor & outdoor fun to be had here for all ages but especially under 5’s.
Mead Open Farm
Bottle feed the lambs, stroke the rabbits at the Bunny Hop, win at sheep racing and have a ride on a tractor trailer – there’s so much to do at Mead Open Farm, and with lots of it under cover, with indoor and outdoor play areas too, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing. http://www.meadopenfarm.co.uk
Green Dragon Eco Farm (Buckingham)
Woburn Safari Park
So much to see and do at Woburn, on the vehicle safari trail, and the walking safari, which in many cases allows you to walk among the animals in their enclosures. Find out more in the Rebecca Reviews blog post: Rebecca Reviews: Woburn Safari Park
Acres of beautiful parkland, lakes and woodland walks await you at Stowe near Buckingham, another local National Trust property. It’s very buggy-friendly (and it’s quite a trek from the car park, so we’d recommend one for smaller legs) and they often have different trails and events on offer to spark the kids’ interest. Website here: Stowe
Rushmere Country Park
With loads of woodland walks and comprising 400 acres, café, fairy doors trail, giant wooden chair
and many other surprises – there is loads to keep the family entertained. There are often special events and trails to follow – keep up to date with the Rushmere Country Park Facebook page.
Leighton Buzzard Splash Park – free of charge!
Tring Natural History Museum (free entry): https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring.html
Up to 1 Hour Away
Whipsnade Zoo (near Dunstable)
A great day’s adventure awaits you at Whipsnade, with a huge variety of animals from around the world to meet.
Waddesdon Manor (near Aylesbury)
National Trust property about 45 minutes from MK, Waddesdon Manor was designed in the style of a French chateau, and has so much to explore, indoors and out – plus there’s a great adventure playground too.
Come and explore Wendover Woods. If you’re feeling energetic, try Go-Ape! Tree Top Adventure, orienteering, or our fitness trail assault course. There are also plenty of spots to admire the view or enjoy a picnic. Forestry Commission’s Wendover Woods website
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire
In Roald Dahl’s home of 36 years, and where he wrote many of his books, you can visit three hands-on galleries about his life and writing. Special events and storytelling take place throughout the year. Kids just love it.
Hitchin Lavender Farm
Beautiful location and fantastic photo opps!
There’s a Horrible Histories maze – which is good enough reason to visit anyway – but there is also a magnificent, intact castle and its centuries of fascinating history.
National Space Centre, Leicester
There is loads to keep space fans of all ages amused here – it’s hands on and fun for little ones too, with puzzles, tunnels and cartoon characters dotted around for simpler learning. There are special demonstrations, a planetarium show, and the astronaut training area for kids, where they can participate in different activities to find out what role they could take on a space mission. Brilliant.
Sea Life Centre, Birmingham – combine it with a trip to the Lego Discovery Centre
Free Museums in London
Natural History, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Modern – loads to see and do, and you won’t pay a penny to get in. See more London ideas on our blog post here: https://askgoto.com/day-trip-to-london-from-milton-keynes/
- Alton Towers and CBeebies Land
- Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park
- Drayton Manor and Thomas Land
- Thorpe Park
- Chessington World of Adventures