Events and ideas for families in September

Older kids are back to school and pre-schoolers are ready and set for some fun! Here are some great destinations around the country to take your little ones to and let off some steam. Plus there are plenty of inspirations for days out at the weekends with the older kids. Enjoy September!


mum and boy with play bricks Legoland Discovery centre

LEGOLAND Discovery Centres in Birmingham and Manchester

Play, learn and grow together with fun-packed weekday activities for little ones in the ultimate LEGO playground! Developed with LEGO Education, Little Play Squad sessions will encourage pre-schoolers to listen, learn and laugh, whilst focusing on improving their skills and development in a fun and welcoming environment.



pond and autumn trees at Sir Harold Hillier gardens
photo by Matt Pringle

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, Hampshire

The stunning, award-winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside and is a world-famous arboretum and gardens. Why not visit during the popular ‘Art in the Garden’ sculpture exhibition? Celebrating its 20th year, this year’s exhibition theme is ‘reflection’ and runs from 25th September 2021 to 8th January 2022.


family in foyer at Jump In

Jump In locations nationwide

Jump In indoor trampoline & adventure parks are created to let families and friends enjoy precious leisure time together. There really is something for everyone this autumn. Being active and having fun is at the heart of everything on offer. Jump In really does go higher!


boys climbing on rope netting at Holkham

Holkham in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Twiglets Toddler Groups at Holkham are suitable for children from walking age to school age and give little ones freedom and space to explore and connect with the natural world. Activities are filled with creativity, fun and imagination and a snack and drink are included in the ticket price. Twiglets sessions are on 7th October and 4th November and kids must arrive dressed for the outdoors!



Before you go, check out what’s going on in your region:

children looking at penguins at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo near Winchester, Hampshire

Under threes’ go free at Marwell Zoo! Little monkeys will love running wild in the adventure playgrounds and spotting hundreds of amazing animals. From giraffes and tigers to cheeky meerkats and colourful tropical birds, there is a whole animal kingdom to explore! Just by visiting, you will support Marwell’s worldwide conservation work.



little boy playing in foam RedKangaroo

Red Kangaroo Trampoline Parks in Nottingham, Reading and Coventry

Red Kangaroo Kanga Tots sessions are especially for little jumping beans! Open exclusively to children aged between 12 months to five years, little ones will have the freedom to jump around the park at their own pace! One adult goes free with a child under the age of four but must buy Red Kangaroo socks to bounce.


halooween images at Gambado

Gambado in London

The best children’s play and party centre in London, whatever the weather is Gambado. Play sessions with unlimited access to the dodgems, carousel, and of course the famous giant play frame. Check out week-day play and eat offers.


kids on a beach with beach huts at National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield, Yorkshire

The Giant Sandpit at the National Coal Mining Museum celebrates the seaside holidays of yesteryear with a FREE giant beach for late summer. Head up to Hope Pit Yard where kids get going with buckets and spades creating a magnificent sand castle and parents relax in deck chairs. The sandpit will be open at weekends until 26th September but is weather dependant so check with the museum before travel.




Exhibition London - The Blue Paradox visitors standing underneath the ocean.

The Blue Paradox Event at Exhibition London

Running to 27th September, The Blue Paradox is an immersive and educational experience with 360-degree digital projections. Walk beneath the ocean’s surface to better understand the ocean plastics crisis and learn how to make a difference. The Blue Paradox is free to attend and open to all ages.


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Coronavirus Notice

We recommend you always check COVID-secure measures before you travel and note changes to booking requirements. We hope you and your children enjoy wonderful and safe days out this autumn.