Start your family journey this summer by discovering the variety of fascinating modes of transport the UK has to offer. Let the kids hop on board a steam train, explore a collection of vintage cars, watch the dizzying heights of air shows and float along the Thames. There are plenty of great events for all ages to catch the travel bug and discover what their favourite mode of transport might be.
Here’s some of our favourite places to take the children to check out everything that moves!
For an exciting plane and automobile filled day for the whole family visit Brooklands Museum in Surrey. Discover the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, explore the vast collection of Brooklands related cars and planes, including the only Concorde with access in the South East. Visitors to the Museum can now take their seat for the ride of their life in the state-of-the-art 4D Theatre, flying with the RAF Red Arrows, racing the Napier-Railton on the Brooklands track or experiencing a lap of Le Mans in Mike Hawthorn’s Jaguar.
On weekdays during the school holidays, visitors can take a thrilling car ride along the historic banked race track, join a fun and noise-filled Kids Tour on Concorde, try out one of the themed family workshops and meet the Museum’s mascot, Bertie Bear. More…
Hop aboard one of London Duck Tours’ distinctive yellow vehicles and enter the wonderful world of amphibious travel. It is far more exciting than just an ordinary sightseeing bus tour or river trip.
See some of London’s most talked about sights, learn interesting facts about the city and be entertained by an action packed live commentary before the thrilling splashdown onto the river Thames! It’s terrific fun for everyone, whether it’s with the kids, an activity for family or friends, a special occasion, corporate event or even a date.
There is a fabulous range of fun packed sightseeing and themed tours including the ever popular Classic Sightseeing Tour, historical D-Day Duck (London Blitz) Tour and action-packed James Bond Tour.
All scheduled tours leave from Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 which is near to the London Eye (between Jubilee Gardens and The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall) and a short walk from Waterloo tube and rail stations.
The Ducks, originally used in the Second World War, have been completely rebuilt from scratch and modified to meet the stringent safety regulations set by the road and river authorities.
All commentaries are presented in English by a live tour guide. More…
During the summer experience a family fun day out in by taking the kids to The Bluebell Railway. One of the first preserved heritage lines in the country resulting in one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages, many of which were preserved straight out of the service from British Railways.
The train services run on a 22 mile return trip between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, offering fabulous views for the family to enjoy. The trains are popular with film and television productions, especially Horsted Keynes, which has been regularly seen on television and film, including Downton Abbey, Muppets Most Wanted movie and Churchill’s Secret.
Check out some of the wonderful events that run throughout the year including visiting engines, family fun days and historical themed days. Take the trains from Sheffield Park, East Grinstead and Kingscote to Horsted Keynes and visit the seaside! The Seaside Weekend on the 19th and 20th August will see the paddock at Horsted Keynes Station transformed into a lovely beach with some exciting new displays and entertainers to bring some seaside magic – so grab your bucket and spade!
Discover something that will suit families of all ages and discover special services that the trains operate on select dates throughout the year. More…
Timeless entertainment for the whole family at this event on Sunday 6th August. With the thrill and skill of the Red Arrows display team and Breitling Wing Walkers headlining in the skies, and a ground show that includes vintage bicycles on display (with the Veteran-Cycle Club), free rides on our 1913 Wellingborough and 1921 Charabus, and an Edwardian Mining experience from Goodluck Mines.
The Shuttleworth Discovery zone with activities for all ages will offer hands-on STEM fun, crafts, BMFA Foam Gliders, Airfix & IPMS Make & Paint, and the Biggleswade Air Squadron flight training simulator.
Take the opportunity to look around our Regency period Swiss Garden, and The Shuttleworth Mansion House that will be open to visitors from 10am -14:00pm. More…
The West Somerset Railway is a heritage railway offering a fun day out for all the family. Nestled in the Somerset Countryside, four miles outside the county town of Taunton, trains depart from Bishops Lydeard to the seaside town of Minehead. Nine idyllic stations are situated along the line which include the historic harbour town of Watchet with its harbour, small shops, cafes, pubs, museums and beaches.
The medieval village of Dunster is home to The National Trust’s Dunster Castle and an old Yarn Market building which is flanked on either side by shops , tea rooms, Dunster Museum and Doll Collection.
On selected dates throughout the year, there are family specific events which include meet and greet days with children’s characters making appearances on Minehead Railway Station at intervals throughout the day. Peppa Pig will be there on Saturday 16th September 2017 so plan ahead!
In the latter part of the year there is the extremely popular Santa Special event, where travel by steam and the magic of Christmas are combined to create an amazing experience for all.
Let off steam at this living history railway! Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam as you travel through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Located just 7 miles from the ancient city of Winchester, you can join the line at the picturesque Georgian town of Alresford or at the bustling market town of Alton. Fares give you all day travel, so you can visit all four stations with period charm and explore these historic towns. Watch the world go by at the peaceful country station of Medstead & Four Marks and enjoy a run around at Ropley station with its elevated picnic area and the famous Kings Cross Bridge which featured in the Harry Potter films. Here you can also investigate the impressive engineering sheds and see preservation in action!
Special events throughout the year include a Day Out With Thomas, War on the Line, Santa Specials and Christmas Leave, along with spectacular Steam Galas and much more! There are real ale and fine dining trains for the grown-ups and Sunday lunch trains for all the family available to pre-book. More…