Alton Towers Resort is the No.1 short break destination in the UK. With a theme park full of cutting-edge, white-knuckle rides like Oblivion and Nemesis, a wonderful water park, two amazing hotels, a deluxe spa and countless opportunities for family fun including Extraordinary Golf, Alton Towers makes for a superb day out or short break for the whole family.
Kids will love joining Captain Black and his motley crew in Mutiny Bay and the Ice Age 4D Experience is ideal for any budding young movie goers.
The Alton Towers Resort also does an All Day Dining promotion where you can eat as much as you like for £12.95 per child. If the little ones overdo it on dessert, you can always use the Vanish product you purchased to get rid of those chocolate stains.
The nearest train stations are Derby, Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter and if you're arriving by road, the resort is between the M1 and the M6.
Legoland Windsor is a resort aimed at children aged between 3 and 12 years. It's a completely unique family attraction where kids can be inspired and entertained. There are over 55 thrilling rides, educational building workshops, live shows and attractions all set against the stunning parkland backdrop.
As if the breath-taking Lego models throughout the park were not enough, kids will love taking part in their own narrative, whether it's battling sea monsters as part of a Viking fleet or taking to the skies in a chopper squadron.
The resort is located just two miles from Windsor city centre and is easily reached via the M25 if you're coming by car. The nearest rail station is Windsor and Eton Central.
Sea Life Centres
There is no better place to appreciate so much marine life in a contained area as in Sea Life Centres. With hundreds of fascinating species to observe including sharks and sting rays, vibrant themed zones and captivating displays, kids can get closer than ever to the natural world.
Touch pools, interactive feeding sessions and diving displays mean that the little ones can really have a hands-on experience that they'll never forget.
There are Sea Life Centres all over the UK. Check http://www.visitsealife.com to find your nearest centre.
If your kids are up-and-coming culture vultures who want to see history and fantasy brought to life in the most entertaining way, Warwick Castle could be just the ticket. From thrills and chills in The Castle Dungeon, to magnificent Merlin magic in The Dragon Tower, there is more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.
Children will love the awe-inspiring siege weapons on show and the chance to go face-to-feather with beautiful birds of prey. They'll even have the chance to try out some traditional medieval food in The Undercroft. Remember you still have that Vanish product if the kids get ketchup stains while going crazy at the carvery.