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Alton Towers
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Alton
Tel. 08705 20 40 60
Open: April-end Oct, daily from 9.30am
Family attraction; theme park with rides in 500 acres; see website for full details
Web: Alton Towers

Ascot Racecourse
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Ascot
Tel. Ticket Booking Line: 0870 727 1234
Horse racing; for full details of races visit the website
Web: Ascot

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Beatles Story
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 1963
Open: daily, year round, 7am-7pm except 25/26 Dec
All about the lives and times of the famous singing group; shop
Web: Beatles Story

Bekonscot Model Village and Railway
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Warwick Rd, Beaconsfield, off the M40/M25
Tel. 01494 672919
Open: mid Feb-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
World’s oldest model village of the 1930s in 1.5 acres of miniature landscape, scaled at 1 inch=1 foot; six villages with farms, castles, churches, fields, woods, lakes, maze, model gardens, beaches, zoos; model trains; ride-on model railway operates weekends and school hols; car park; picnic areas; snacks; shop
Web: Bekonscot Model Village

Black Sheep Brewery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon
Tel. 01765 680100 (visitor centre and tours)
Open: Sun-Wed, 10.30am-4pm; Thu-Sat, 10.30am-10pm; phone to confirm
Tours of brewery with video; bistro, shop; special events
Website: Black Sheep Brewery

Blackpool Tower
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Blackpool, on the beach
Tel. 01253 622242
Open: July-end Oct, 10am-11pm
Family attraction; rides, entertainments; lift to top of tower
Website: Blackpool Tower

Bluecoat, The
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
School Lane
Liverpool
Tel. 0151 709 5297
Open: various times depending on events
Historic building with art gallery; program of events themed to visual art, live art, dance, music, literature, family, or heritage; café and restaurant; retail stores
Website: Bluecoat

Bridlington Royal Hall and Spa Theatre
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
South Marine Dr, Bridlington
Tel. 01262 678 255 (office) or 01262 678 258 (box office)
Open: for events
1930s art deco hall; venue for drama, music, dancing, and sports events; exhibitions; sea views across the bay
Web: Bridlington Royal Hall and Spa Theatre

BugWorld Experience
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
318 Queens Dock Commercial Centre
Norfolk Street, Liverpool L1 0BG
Tel. 0 151 708 4938
Open: daily year round except 25 Dec, 10am-5pm, except noon-5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan
State-of-the art insectarium with interactive challenges and games and live bugs; simulated environments include a rainforest, a savannah and an everyday British home; live insects available to handle; taste insect food delicacies from around the world; shop; pay and display car parks at Albert Dock and other nearby areas
Web: Bug World Experience

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Cadbury World
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Bournville, Birmingham
Tel. 0121 451 4159 to book tour
Open: times vary greatly; check the website
Cadbury chocolate factory tours, chocolate demonstrations, and everything a chocolate lover will want to see
Website: Cadbury World

Chessington World of Adventures
Surrey
South-east Counties
Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NE
Tel. 0 1372 731 601
Open: days and times vary greatly depending on month of year; check on website
Zoo; themed fairground rides and attractions; Sea Life centre; resort hotel for short breaks, weddings, functions; parking, cafe; special events
Web: Chessington World of Adventures

Conkers
Derbyshire
East Midlands
On B586 Rawdon Road in Moira near Ashby de la Zouch
Tel. 0 1283 216 633
Open: year round, 10am-6pm in summer; until 4.30pm in winter; Feb half-term open till 5pm; last admission one hour before closing.
Adventure playground; indoor play centre; Discovery Centre with treetop walk and pond activities, touchable exhibits; walks, sculpture and nature trails; train rides; water play; restaurants, shops, plant centre; workshops, craft and music events; ranger led activities
Web: Conkers

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Dartington Crystal Factory Experience
Devon
South-west Counties
Great Torrington
Tel.0 1805 626 242
Email: Tours at Dartington
Open: all year, Visitor Centre and shops Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm (last tour 3.15); Sat,10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm; Factory experience (view workers from elevated platform) Mon-Fri, 9.30am-10.30am, noon-1.30pm, 2-3.15pm; AV presentation
Web: Dartington Crystal

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Eastbourne Pier
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Grand Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Tel. none given
Open: pier always open; attractions close different hours
Grade II* listed Victorian pleasure pier, now restored; attractions on the pier include eating places, an arcade, a camera obscura, a nightclub; parking, fee charged

Epsom Downs Racecourse
Surrey
South-east Counties
Epsom Downs reached by London Waterloo and London Victoria train stations
Tel. 0 1372 726 311
Open: April-Oct for races
Horse racing venue since the late 1770s; yearly derby race; car park
Web: Epsom Downs Racecourse

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Gincase, The
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Mawbray Hayrigg, Silloth on Solway, CA7 4LL
Tel. 0 1697 332 020
Open: Feb-mid Dec, Tue-Sun and BH, 10.30am–4.30pm; closed mid Dec-end Jan
Craft barn; tea-room; gallery; farm park with rare poultry, lambs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other traditional farm animals; playground
Web: The Gincase

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Hollycombe Steam Collection
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Iron Hill, Midhurst Rd, Liphook
2 miles from A3,between Guildford and Petersfield
Tel. 0 1428 724 900
Open: daily end July–end Aug, noon-5pm; Sun afternoons until end of first week Oct, selected Saturdays, some evening ‘twilight’ openings; see website for full details.
Edwardian steam fairground with original rides and vintage steam engines; railway engines; farm with steam powered machinery and animals; sawmill; narrow gauge railway ride; miniature train; traction engines.
Web: Hollycombe Steam Collection

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Kings Place
London
Greater London
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Near Kings Cross station, 150 metres from Kings Place and St Pancras
Tel. 020 7520 1490 (Box Office); 020 7841 4860 (reception)
Open: restaurant, art galleries etc at various times; book tickets for events through the website
Waterfront building; music and visual arts venue; concert hall; two commercial art galleries; temporary and touring exhibitions of paintings and sculpture; home to London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment public ground-floor area on the waterfront, two lower levels devoted to the arts, and seven floors of offices above; restaurant; café; canal trips
Web: Kings Place

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Leeds Grand Theatre and The Howard Assembly Room
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ
Tel: 0 844 848 2706 (box office) or book online or in person
Open: for performances; check website for the details of events
Restored Grade II* listed Victorian style building; run by Opera North; chamber-sized works including classical music, spoken word, world music, folk, jazz, film and music theatre; workshops; special events
Web: Leeds Grand Theatre

Leighton Buzzard Railway
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Page’s Park Station, Bilington Rd
Leighton Buzzard
Tel. 0 1525 373 888
Open: check website for specific dates and times train runs—mostly weekends
70 minute trip on narrow gauge railway dating from WWI; café; shop; parking
Web: Leighton Buzzard Railway

Living Coasts
Devon
South-west Counties
Torquay
Tel. 01803 202470
Open: daily, 10am-6pm except 5.30 in Sep, 4.30 in Oct; last entry one hour before closing; feeding times throughout the day.
Coastal zoo and conservation charity; outdoor area with penguins, wading birds, and fur seals; aquarium; Discovery Zone with computer penguin games; exhibit on local coastline, wildlife and habitats of the south-west; talks and presentations; café; restaurant (evenings); shop
Web: Living Coasts

London Eye
London
Greater London
Bridge Road, Westminster, SE1 7PB
Open: daily, Sep-end first week Jan and third week Jan-end Feb, daily, 10am-8.30pm, 10.00am to 7.00pm; April-June, daily 10am-9pm; July-Aug, daily, 10am-9.30pm; some exceptions apply so double check on website
Observation wheel with capsules for visitors; provides views over the Thames and London city centre
For photos and more details see our article London Eye
Web: London Eye

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Madame Tussauds Waxworks
Lancashire
North-west Counties
85-89 Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 5AA
Tel. 0 1253 625 953
Open: daily, 10am-7pm except Christmas Day
Figures of celebrities from the world of television, film and sport; interactive displays
Web: Madame Tussauds

Minack Theatre
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Located on a clifftop at the end of a minor road, off the B3315 from Porthcurno, south-east of Land’s End
Tel. 0 1736 810 181
Open: daily, year round except Christmas and New Year’s; winter hours: 10am-3.30pm; in summer, 9.30am-5pm except Wed and Fri, noon-5pm due to performances, Tue and Thu closes at noon; lots of variations in this schedule so check website before visiting
Theatre built on sheer granite slope by hand in 1930s; performances; parking; refreshments
For more information and photos see our feature at Minack Theatre
Web: Minack Theatre

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Newcastle United Stadium Tours
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
St James Park, Newcastle
Tel. 0 844 372 1892 to book a tour
Home to Newcastle United football team; seats 52,219 people; tours given

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Royal Windsor Racecourse
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Maidenhead Road, Windsor
Tel. 0 1753 498 400
Racecourse for famous horse racing events; for details of races and tickets see the website
Web:Royal Windsor

Rutland Belle Lake Cruises
Leicestershire
East Midlands
The Harbour, Whitwell Park, North Shore, Rutland Water
Just off the A606 Oakham to Stamford road
Tel. 01572 787630
Open: sails Easter-Oct around Rutland reservoir; see website for full sail time details
Website: Rutland Water Cruises

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Sandworld
Dorset
South-west Counties
Preston Beach Rd, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth
Tel. 0 7411 387 529
Open: third week April-end Oct, 10.30am-?; also open school Christmas holidays
Sand sculptures by sand masters, located in all-weather marquee; sand play area open at times (extra fee); coffee shop; picnic area; parking
Web: Sandworld

Severn Valley Steam Railway Rides
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Comberton Hill, Kidderminster
Tel. 0 1562 827232
Open: 9.30am-4.30pm
Find route information, times, and book from the website
16 mile train ride; steam railway rides on weekends; Heritage Centre
Web: Severn Valley Railway

Silverdale Glen
Isle of Man
Silverdale glen, Ballasalla
Tel. 01624 823 474
Open: daily from March 1
Edwardian centre with café, shop, amusements, boats, lake, picnic area, glen, craft centre

Southbank Centre
London
Greater London
Belvedere Rd, on the south bank of Thames river near the London Eye
Tel. switchboard: 0 871 663 2501; ticket office: 0 871 663 2500
Open: see below for individual venues
Classical and world music, rock & pop, jazz, dance, literature and the visual arts; located in the centre are:
Royal Festival Hall (performance venue open 10am-11pm)
The Hayward (contemporary art open 10am-6pm daily during exhibitions)
Queen Elizabeth Hall (concert hall open 5-10.30pm weekdays, 2-10.30pm weekends)
Saison Poetry Library (Arts Council modern poetry collection open Tue-Sun, 11am-8pm)
Performance venues; shops; restaurants; cafes; car park
Web: Southbank Centre

Southend Pier
Essex
Eastern Counties
At Southend-on-Sea
Tel. 01702 618 747
Open: spring and autumn, Mon-Fri 8.15am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8.15am-8pm; summer, Mon-Fri 8.15am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8.15am-10pm; winter Mon-Fri 8.15am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8.15am-6pm.
Longest pleasure pier in the world.
Web: Southend Borough Council

Spaceport
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Victoria Place, Seacombe, Wallasey, Merseyside, Greater Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 330 1333
Open: 10.30am-5.30pm, last admission 4pm, daily except Mon (open BH Mon and Mon in Aug)
Virtual journey through space from earth; space dome and explorer craft; interactive exhibits; café, store
Web: Spaceport

Spinnaker, Britain’s Tallest Tower
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Portsmouth
Tel: 02392 857520
Open: daily, from 10am except on Sun from 11am
Landmark resembling a billowing sail towers over Portsmouth Harbour; three glass viewing decks; multimedia stations showing the history of the harbour; café
Website: Spinnaker Tower

St George’s Guildhall
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
29 King St, King’s Lynn
Tel. 01553 765565
Open: all year, Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm; closed on performance days
National Trust property; arts centre in largest surviving English medieval guildhall; theatre, arthouse cinema; art gallery; shop; restaurant

Swanage Steam Railway
Dorset
South-west Counties
Tel. 0 1929 425 800
Open: daily, April-Oct; Nov-March, weekends and BH; for timetables, fares phone or visit the website
Standard gauge preserved steam railway running for six miles between Swanage and Norden, stopping at Corfe
For photos and more information see our article Swanage Steam Railway
Web: Swanage Railway

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Wembley National Stadium
London
Greater London
Wembley, HA9 0WS
Tel: 0 844 800 2755 (booking line for tours)
Open: 9.30am-5.30pm; tours leave every 15 minutes (excluding public holidays and build-up to and break-down from major sports or music events)
90 minute tours visit the changing rooms, players’ warm-up zone, the VIP reception area, royal box, press conference room, treatment rooms, and dugouts where team managers sit. Visitors experience walking on to the pitch from the players’ tunnel and climbing the steps to the royal box to lift a replica football trophy.
Web: Wembley Stadium Tours

World of Beatrix Potter
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX
Tel. 0 15394 88444
Open: April-end Sep, 10am-5.30pm; Oct-end March, 10am-4.30pm; closed 25 Dec and last week Jan
23 tales by Beatrix Potter in indoor re-creation of the Lakeland countryside, with sights, sounds, and smells; Miss Potter room explores life of Beatrix Potter with virtual walks display, short film presentation, and exhibits; tea-room; shop
Website: World of Beatrix Potter

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