Our top family days out for 2016

Hasn’t 2016 been a funny old year? It’s certainly one we’ll be talking about for years to come. For us, it’s been another year full of adventure and exploration. As the children are getting older, our trips have gotten further away and more adventurous. We’re moving from little farm zoos to more exciting activities. What have you gotten up to this year?

Our top family days out for 2016

As we approach the fresh new year, here’s a look back at some of our best days out from 2016. In no particular order……

  1. In March, we sent Anne and her family to check out a cafe with a couple of differences – it floats, and there is origami. And did we mention the poetry? It’s an unusual concept but one which works and it made for a lovely Mother’s Day treat. Read more about their trip at Origami floating cafe

Origami Cafe on board The Floating Showroom

2) In the spring, we tried out geocaching. It’s something we’d been trying to find the time for and once we got the opportunity, we got out the bikes and starting hunting. Geocaching is an awesome free activity which really engages the children in getting out and about. You don’t know what geocaching is? – learn more at – Our geocaching adventure

A geocaching adventure with Kids Days Out Reviews

3) The summer came around and we made our way up to Dalby Forest to meet Stick Man and play the Stick Man Games. Meeting the Stick Man made the twins’ day, and they enjoyed doing the 5k trail, playing pooh sticks, and finding all the Stick Man characters to tick off on their trail sheet. Did you find the Stick Man this summer? Read more at Doing the Stick Man trail.

Playing pooh sticks on the Stick Man trail at Dalby Forest

4) The National Media Museum in Bradford provided us with one of our best free days out of 2016. With several exhibitions over multiple floors, the museum is homage to broadcasting and media. Highlights included the gaming gallery, and letting Charlie the school bear join in with presenting the BBC news. You can learn more at National Media Museum

National Media Museum Bradford West Yorkshire

5) July saw two of us escape over to Brussels for a few days, where we investigated The Parlamentarium and Mini-Europe. Mini-Europe was proper brilliant – a model village paying homage to all the countries of the EU, it was right up my miniature street. Where else can you visit all the EU states in one morning?

Mini-Europe, Brussels

6) Back to blighty, and a trip to remind us of our history – a stop over at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire. It was lovely here, and a better alternative than a dull motorway services. With a playground to burn off pent-up energy, and lots of medieval walls to explore, it was an ideal place to spend an hour or three. Read more at Bolsover Castle.

Bolsover Castle review

7) August saw us make the trip down to the West Country, where we stayed at River Dart Country Park, and spent the day investigating the new-look Camel Creek Adventure Park in Cornwall. It was good fun, and enjoyed by all of us.

Camel Creek Adventure Park Cornwall

8) On our way back from Devon, we made a stop in the West Midlands, where we visited the Black Country Living Museum. This is a great place to show children how Britain looked and worked in the past. We really enjoyed seeing all the old buildings, with outside privvies and traditional toys providing endless fascination. Sound like fun? You can learn more at The Black Country Living Museum.

Childhood games and toys at Black Country Living Museum

9) The event highlight of our year was BRICK! Live at Birmingham NEC. It was a full day of Lego fun, with live shows, trade stalls, and millions of bricks. We met Lego Harry Potter, and helped build a gigantic Lego pumpkin. You can read what we did at Brick Live.

The Pumpkin Patch build at Brick Live

10) The winter brought in lots of Christmas fun with visits to Santa galore. Our top day was a visit to Chill Factor-e in Manchester where we not only got to see the main man in red, but we also got to slip and slide away on the snow park. We haven’t had any decent snow round here for a couple of years, so this was a great chance to enjoy sledging and tubing. Learn more at Meeting Santa at Chill Factor-e

The Snow Park at Chill Factore

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Joanne and the girly gang review family days out around the UK and beyond, with a little help from their friends.

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  1. […] had some spectacular days out this year.Joanne over at Family Days Out Reviews has written her Top Family Days Out 2016 with a linky so you can share your favourite places to visit from this year.We’ve been many […]

  2. Great year hope 2017 is as good

  3. Some great ideas for days out here. I’d not heard of Brick! Live and it sounds brilliant. I also really like the idea of the Origami Floating Café and Bolsover Castle is definitely on our list. #Trips100 #GetGone

  4. You’ve had some great days out, there’s loads of inspiration there. I too want to give geocaching a go, it looks like so much fun and a great way to get outside. #GetGone

  5. You have been busy! I need to check out Geocaching, I think my boys would love it;) Thanks for linking to #GetGone

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