Today’s the Day- The Best Family Day Out in London
Ever since Mungo Jerry released his seminal hit ‘In the Summertime’ we’ve love the summer holidays. Yet, now we have kids in toe, it can be a much more challenging time of year. We bet Jerry never had to deal with an army of toddlers – and if he did, he wouldn’t have women on his mind, he’d be too busy scouting for the nearest baby changing facilities.
When you have a young family, it can be easier to take your holidays one day at a time. So, to help you make the most of your day trips, we’ve compiled a list of must-visit places. Don’t just take our word for it; these were selected by a crack team of local mums and dads, as well as a panel of industry people who know their Alton Towers from their ASDA.
If you fancy fresh air, fun and learning, then look no further than Godstone Farm. Your little ones have the chance to see animals close up, and the supervised petting sessions are an open invitation for cuddles with some of the smaller, softer residents. You’re not allowed to take them home with you though. So we’ve been told, anyway.
There’s a sandpit for fun in the sun and if the weather turns (let’s face it – it’s Britain) there’s the Playbarn – an indoor soft play area, complete with a section for under 2’s. Parents shouldn’t have any problem getting round as the farm is perfect for bombing about with a buggy, whilst nappy changing and hand-washing facilities are also available.
When tummies start to grumble (it’s not just the animals that need feeding) then head for the tea rooms and enjoy some of the tasty dishes on the kid’s menu. With highchairs, bottle warmers and microwaves, you can still enjoy nature but with the added essentials you need.
TILBURSTOW HILL ROAD, GODSTONE, SURREY, RH9 8LX
www.godstonefarm.co.uk; 01883 742546
CHESSINGTON ZOO AND WORLD OF ADVENTURES
Whether your tots like animals or white-knuckle thrills, Chessington has it all. They have designated rides for the little ones, Tiny Truckers and the Jungle Bus being particular highlights (not that we’ve ridden them ourselves, honest.) The zoo has over 1000 animals and comes with its own sea-life centre.
They also have two indoor soft play areas and a selection of cafés and toilets complete with bottle-warming facilities. With free entry for children under 1m, you’ll be crouching through the entry gates before you know it. The theme park is closed during winter, but even when it gets chilly, there is still more than enough fun to be had at the zoo.
www.chessington.com; 0871 663 4477