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11 High Shore, Macduff AB44 1SL
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Discover the fascinating underwater world of the North Sea at Macduff Marine Aquarium! Meet hundreds of different sea creatures, including rays, octopuses, wolf fish and conger eels!

The aquarium’s central exhibit is unique in Britain and holds a living community of seaweeds, fish and invertebrates. See divers hand feeding the fish in this tank! Other exhibits include a ray pool, rock pools, a splash tank, and estuary display, as well as touch pools and interactive displays. There are talks, videos and feeding shows throughout the week.

Opening Times:
April - October: Open daily
November - March: Open Saturdays- Wednesdays

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Battlefield Live Manchester is an exhilarating outdoor laser adventure game that is played using wireless electronic guns that fire infra-red beams, so there is no pain, paint or impact. We use realistic guns with red dot scopes. We are just like Call of Duty but for real! We are based within a large enclosed wooded area at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury, Manchester.

We play the game using electronic guns that fire infra-red beams. The beams are 100% safe to the eyes and body. We have a great format to the games and missions. We start off with a free for all before putting the players into teams to battle against each other. Then we play various missions, such as Storm the Bunker, Hunt the Sniper and Protect the VIP. For birthday parties we have Special Missions for the birthday child(ren) that will make them feel extra special.

Battlefield Live Manchester is an adult game that kids can play. It is full of adventure, played in the great outdoors and is bags of fun. The guns are radio controlled and give lots of feedback, from the number of players you have hit, kill points, accuracy - and these are used in the missions. If want want food, then after your party we have a British Military tent for a food area where you can provide your own food or we can provide the food for you.

We offer birthday parties for boys and girls aged 7 and over but also offer adult parties, hen or stag parties, corporate events, group bookings for scouts, cadets and other children activities groups.

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Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses. Amaze yourself as you take each of the challenges head on, from speedy zips, mid air jumps, suspended gravity defying climbing walls, and much more. The outdoors has never been this much fun. No experience or skill is required, just a sense of adventure. Everyone is welcome, we only ask that under 14’s need an adult on site*.

  • Great for 6-60yrs and up!
  • No experience or skill needed
  • A brilliant family day out
  • Best value courses in the UK
  • Friendly and experienced staff always just a shout away!

Sites: Willen Lake (Milton Keynes), The Trafford Centre (Manchester), Knowsley Safari Park (Merseyside), iceSheffield (Sheffield), Bedale (North Yorkshire) & The Trentham Estate (Staffordshire)

Booking number: 0845 652 1736 (£2 charge applies for phone bookings)
Price: Range from £15 to £25 (see website for further details)

*Height, weight and medical restrictions apply. Please visit for further information or bookings

The UK's fastest growing aerial adventure centre
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Head 4 Heights is the UK's fastest growing Aerial Adventure Centre.

We are open to the public and for all group bookings, including Corporate, School, Youth Group, Stag, Hen and Birthday Programmes.

You get the chance to tackle an exhilarating range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities, all in complete safety.

Survival Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills
Devon Map Mob: 07730278108
Serious Outdoor Skills are now running activity days for children and youths.

We teach survival bushcraft and wilderness skills and have designed one day events for children and youth groups. These day events are a great way for young people to learn some great new skills, build their confidence and meet new friends.

Serious Outdoor Skills aim to deliver a really enjoyable and interesting day out in the great outdoors. Included in the events there will be sessions in shelter building, fire lighting, nature awareness, damper bread making on an open fire and other exciting and fun activities. Serious Outdoor Skills believe that it is important for young people to get outside and enjoy the wilderness and nature.

Venue: Plymouth

Come & Try a Taster Session!
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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing done on low level walls above crash mats. Come down and try out one of our Taster sessions or book onto an Induction TCA is a purpose built bouldering facility in the heart of the city. If you’re already a climber then just come down and fill out a registration form and you can climb whenever we’re open. If you’ve never tried it before then for ADULTS why not come down and do our Induction session. It only costs £20 and includes free lifetime membership (normally £10), shoe hire and a goodie bag at the end!

For KIDS (aged 8-16), we run Boulder Club. This is a selection of courses, starting with a Taster session and up through Level’s 1-5 right up to Squad who compete at national level. We provide kids with a logbook to record achievements, and certificates as they progress through the levels.

It’s a great environment to learn to climb whilst having fun with friends. For more information please see our website. Please be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment, as spaces do fill up quick.

We also run private sessions for SCHOOL groups and FAMILY INDUCTIONS, please visit the website for more information.

Tel: 0117 907 2956

Tel: 0141 429 6331

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With 18 Centres across the UK, Bowlplex, The Great Indoors, provides entertainment for all the family. There’s tenpin bowling, a late-licensed Stadium Sports Bar & Grill, Video World with all the latest arcade technology, the American Pool Pit, and much more.

Don’t let your little ones miss out on their special day. Our weekly Birthday Bash package is complete with unlimited games of bowling, a live entertainer and a visit from our own company mascot, Roley. This is no ordinary birthday party, this is a party charged with fun, laughter and energy, so join in the fun and let Bowlplex do the rest!

For bookings and further information on our packages or any excuse for a great day or night to remember, simply log on to our website where you will find full contact and address details of your local Centre.

So, can we interest you in The Great Indoors?

17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP
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Queens ice and bowl located in Bayswater, London W2 Queens is the ultimate entertainment centre. 50,000 sqft of activities including Ice skating with state of the art sound and light, 12 lanes of Ten Pin Bowling, Private Karaoke rooms, Fully licensed bar, Specialty foods, home made Italian ice cream parlour, video and novelty games.

Whether you want to learn to ice skate, try your hand at a game of ten pin bowling, enjoy a drink in the bar or sample some of our freshly prepared food the choice is yours. If you are looking for something less active then amuse yourself with our wide selection of video games and amusements.

You can now savour the delights of freshly made Italian ice cream with sumptuous Belgium waffles, freshly baked pastries, paninis and croissant. We serve a variety of food as well as our extremely popular freshly made pizzas, garlic bread, hot n spicy chicken wings and much much more!

Queens is the ONLY venue to offer everything under one roof, enabling you to ten pin bowl, sing your heart out and ice skate whatever the weather

The Boathouse, Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS
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The Boathouse has been hiring out small boats and running passenger vessels on the Avon for over 100 years. The Avon is a real delight; explore over 3 miles of peaceful river and historical sites. Enjoy a quiet picnic under the willows or simply laze on the river and have fun. We supply:

Small Boat Hire

  • Rowing Boats
  • Outboard Motor Boats
  • Pleasure Punts and Canoes

River Cruises

  • Private Charter of Passenger Boats
  • Hire of our exclusive Venetian Gondola
  • Special packages with top local restaurants and pubs for small or large groups

There is no better way to experience the river’s tranquil waters than with Avon Boating:

Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1NG
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Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it!

Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre on the North Devon coast will give you a day or stay to remember, where adults and children alike will find fun, challenge, inspiration and laughter.

  • Week long Summer Camps for children
  • Family holidays minimum of 1 nights stay
  • Day or half day bookings
  • Learn to surf camps
  • Learn to kayak courses
  • RIB Powerboat charters
  • Birthday parties

10 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park N4 2DF
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Rowans Leisure Centre is London’s exciting family entertainment centre for a fantastic time for all ages:

We are open seven days a week from 10.30am offering great facilities including:

  • 24 Ten Pin Bowling lanes
  • 17 pool tables and large video games area
  • Bars and restaurant
  • Children’s birthday party packages available
  • Giant Satellite Screens showing all major sporting events
  • DJ Every Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the children
  • 2 Karaoke Booths now available
Visit our website for full details and online 24 hour booking:

Blandford Road ,Salisbury SP5 5RL
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Virtual Warfare and Wessex Raceway offer a unique combination of fun for all the family.

Virtual Warfare is an advanced and exciting Laser combat game, set in a fully themed bunker and exciting urban combat sector in over 11,000 sq ft of indoor arenas. Our guns make Playstation quality noises and are accurate to 1000ft!

Virtual Warfare is great for family fun activities. What better way to get your kids out of the house and away from their games console? We run dedicated Arrive & Die family sessions, or Party Packages for birthday bookings from age 7 to veteran!

If speed is more your thing, Wessex Raceway in the unit next door features a 700m indoor karting track with full catering facilities and dedicated children's birthday packages and training from age 8 and upwards.

At The Norfolk Showground - April 26th & 27th 2014
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The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, in association with ‘The Eastern Daily Press’ and ‘Fine & Country’ will take place on Saturday the 26th & Sunday the 27th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich.

See lots of fabulous displays including world famous Frenchman Christian Moullec who will be taking to the Norfolk Countryside skies in his microlight flying with his flock of geese and swans and the Savage Skills cycle stunt team that wowed the nation on ITV1's 'Let’s Get Gold' Also enjoy excellent equestrian displays and workshops and meet Horse behaviourist Jason Webb who will be demonstrating in the horse arena each day and will be on hand to answer all your questions.

We have a fantastic line up of free events to watch and the Norwich Original Fleamarket has just been added to the line up for this year’s show. Children of all ages will be able to take part in countryside activities and meet several animals. Enter your dog into the Dog Agility and Jumping competitions or if you fancy a break from your pooch we even have a dog crèche!

Advance discounted admission tickets are available online at Adult £12.00, Children (5-16 Yrs) £4.00 and Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £30. Under 5's are Free and Car Parking is Free for all.

Gate Prices: Adult £15.00, Children (5-16 Yrs) £5.00, Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £40, Under 5's are Free. Free Car Parking. Follow the East Anglian Game & Country Fair on Twitter or join us on Facebook.

Family breaks from £109 in Leicestershire
Experience an exclusive range of short breaks in Leicester and Leicestershire for just £109

Each Stay Play Explore break offers a choice of 3 out of 5 family attractions or themed experiences - complete with a night’s stay and breakfast at a three or four star hotel with leisure facilities.

From just£109 per family (two adults and two children*) you’ll be saving up to 60 per cent on standard rates and admission prices! Gift vouchers are also available

Stay Play Explore - Family Fun (£109)
A family of four can stay at one of these family friendly hotels: Hilton Leicester, Hinckley Island, Leicester Marriott, or Holiday Inn Leicester City and enjoy 3 of these 5 world class, educational and entertaining attractions:

  • Conkers
  • National Space Centre
  • Twinlakes Family Theme Park
  • Snibston
  • Bosworth Battlefield

Stay Play Explore - Family Adventure (£109)
A family of four can stay at Hilton East Midlands or Hinckley Island and choose three fun-packed activities from a choice of:

  • Adventure Club activities at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
  • Ten pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl
  • Cycle hire in The National Forest
  • Tobogganing at Swadlincote Ski Centre
  • Bush craft, orienteering or ancient woodland skills at Conkers

Stay Play Explore - Theme Parks Adventure (£159)
A family of four can stay at Hilton East Midlands or Burleigh Court and visit two fantastic theme parks:

  • Drayton Manor Theme Park & either
  • Twinlakes Family Theme Park or Wheelgate Park

Stay Play Explore also offers £109 short breaks for couples including Gourmet Taste of Leicestershire, City Chic and a new Glorious Heritage short break coming soon.

*Additional adult and child tickets available at time of family ticket purchase. Book your break online at or telephone our short break bookings team on 0844 888 5181 or 0116 299 4444. See website for terms and conditions.

Salters Steamers

1 Thames Side Windsor Berkshire SL4 1QN
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Alresford Nr Winchester Hampshire SO24 9JG
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Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB
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Wookey Hole Caves and Papermill are situated at Wookey Hole in the beautiful Somerset Mendip Hills, in South West England.



Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1UL
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Located on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight the Botanic Garden has exotic plants, trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world displayed in a series of temperate and sub-tropical gardens.

The Needles Park

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD
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Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, there\'s breathtaking scenery, a spectacular chairlift past amazing coloured sand cliffs, rides for the children, shops to browse through and places to eat in (or out).



Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey Park, Nottinghamshire NG15 8GE
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Formerly a medieval priory, Newstead is a beautiful historic house set in magnificent gardens and parkland extending over 300 acres.

Newstead is best known as the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron. Visit Byron's own apartments, including important manuscripts and letters. Take a guided tour through the haunted Abbey's dark passages. Beautiful gardens including the Japanese garden, Spanish Garden and Rose Wood.

Facilities include restaurant, tea rooms, gift shop and children's play area


Warwick Castle

Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4QU
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Warwick Castle offers you a thousand years of history, a fabulous day out for the whole family.

Visit the dungeons where a prisoners fate was to be forgotten forever! The Armoury contains over 1000 pieces from all over Europe. The castle boasts beautiful staterooms and a chapel full of exquisite furnishings dating back to the 17th century. Walk through the magnificent gardens landscaped by Capability Brown. Events organised throughout the year include jousting, knights fighting and lots more.

Open every day except Christmas day.

Facilities: Restaurants, picnic area, open air barbecue, gift shops, disabled access.



National Coal Mining Museum

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH
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Come rain or shine there\'s lots to see and do! Your tour starts when you collect your helmet and lamp. Then ride the cage 450 feet underground, exploring a hidden world with local miner as your guide.A chance to see what mining life was really like. See mining conditions from the early days to the present day.

This is a real coal mine so warm clothes and sensible shoes are recommended. Children under 5 are not permitted underground but are admitted free to the surface.

Please phone for full details and opening times.


The Railway Station Minehead Somerset TA24 5BG
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Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 3TT
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Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve

North Norfolk Coast, East Anglia
Visit Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust, the major attraction in the Norfolk Broads. The picturesque harbour is used for recreational sailing and you can take daily trips to the Nature Reserve you can see a colony of common and grey seals and many varieties of birds.

Seal Trips and Ferries to Blakeney Point
Bishops' Boats Seal Trips Tel. 01263 740753
Temples Seal Trips Tel. 01263 740791
Beans Boat Trips Tel. 01263 740505


Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP
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Treak Cliff Cavern is the only place where Blue John Stone occurs naturally. Take a guided tour into the caves that have been mined since the 1750's. Experience the wonder of Witch's cave, Dream cave, limestone cave formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. Facilities include a coffee shop and gift shop.

California Country Park

Off Nine Mile Ride Finchampstead Berkshire RG40 4HT
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The Tupgill Park Estate, Coverdale, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4TJ
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The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

This is a great place for a family visit. It is of interest to children and all age groups. Recently voted the best childrens' attraction in Yorkshire.

A3124 Great Torrington Devon EX38 8PH
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Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk IP14 6AT
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The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns in Suffolk provides a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey.

There are over 60 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations. You will also find at the Raptor Trust Hospital, an information centre about Owls, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children, plus the famous Owl Barn Gift Shop at Stonham.

The Sanctuary opens daily from 10.30am to late afternoon, 7 days a week. Flying demonstrations and talks take place up throughout the day from March to October.



RSPB Nature Reserve

The Lodge Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL
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Sutton Windmill and Broads Museum

Sutton, Norwich NR12 9RZ
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A Museum of social life, not too far back in the past, grown from the Nunn family's private collection. The Museum Buildings and Engine Houses contain a huge display of Woodworking, Plumbing, Cooper's, Tin and Blacksmith's tools; over 100 different Animal Traps and Taxidermy items; a Wartime Secton with leaflets, cards and recipes; Book Binding area; Horse Harness and much much more.

Sutton Mill is Britain’s tallest windmill. Built over 200 years ago, you can see the complete milling machinery, four sets of millstones, sack hoist and nine floors.


West Runton Stables, West Runton, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9QH
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See a collection of different breeds of draft horses together with a number of breeds of ponies some of which have foals that are also on display. We also have a display of horse-drawn machinery wagons and other implements some in working order forming a fascinating collection from the pre-war horse era.

Daily activities are organised as well as special events throughout the year.

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Lower Winstone Farm, Wroxall, Isle of Wight PO38 3AA
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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was established in 1987 to provide a safe, permanent home for any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention.

Public support for the charity\'s work has enabled the sanctuary to help over 200 donkeys gain a better quality of life and provide a peaceful environment for them to enjoy the rest of their days.

Registered Charity No. 1001061



Croft Castle

Nr Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW
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A great place to visit, Croft illustrates the turbulent history of this part of England. The essentially defensive exterior contrasts with the comfortable and decorative state rooms inside. Most date from the 18th century and there are fine plasterwork ceilings, rare furniture and family portraits. A walled garden and a fantastic avenue of 350-year-old Spanish chestnuts are added attractions.

Trenhayle Farm Hayle Cornwall TR27 6HQ
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Wildlife Encounter, Springvale, Seaview, Isle of Wight PO34 5AP
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A World of Wildlife awaits you where a fun-filled interactive approach will ensure the most memorable day out. Take a journey of discovery to experience at close quarters an abundance of tame and exotic wildlife in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Solent.


Castle Park and Gardens

Castle Park High Street Colchester Essex CO1 1DN
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The Mary Rose fought in many actions over a distinguished career of 35 years before sinking in 1545. This famous Tudor warship lay for 450 years under the seabed before being raised in 1982. The Mary Rose is the only preserved 16th Century warship in the world.

Brocklands Adventure Park

Brocklands Adventure Park Kilkhampton near Bude Cornwall EX23 9QW
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