FAMILY FUN IN NORTHAMPTON
There are plenty of activities and attractions in and around Northamptonshire to entertain both the young and old.
At Holiday Inn Express Northampton, we love welcoming families to this fun-filled area in the UK. With our fantastic family rates, you can be sure of great value every time you stay with us on your trip away with the family. To make your stay even more enjoyable, we have given some ideas for a great family day out in Northamptonshire.
Here are some of our favourite child-friendly attractions:
7 Carousel Way
Looking for a place to let the kids run riot in complete safety? – Riverside Hub is the ideal choice for families.
The new play centre in Northampton, cleverly designed with complete family fun in mind. Riverside Hub has many different levels, zones and interactive games for your child to discover. Each area ensures the kids get the most enjoyment out of their day and allows the parents to do more than watch over them with a coffee.
The quality of the play equipment is fantastic and their huge variety will keep the kids entertained for hours. Unlike other attractions of its kind, Riverside Hub has a great team that interact with the kids, helping them to enjoy the equipment to the fullest. Parents will be able to relax too as the staff keenly patrol, keeping a watchful eye of the kids' safety.
The whole facility is clean and well cared for, with an admission that offers unlimited access, the little ones will be well worn out by the end of their trip. There is a toddler village with is perfect for the younger members of the family, a climbing tree that's big enough to allow the adults to play alongside the kids, a sensory room, craft studio and go-karts, which are a huge hit with all visitors.
You may find you spend a day here with the kids, so just as well the café has lots of choices, with plenty of hot and freshly cooked meals in portions that are good value for money.
Go and explore Riverside Hub, the kids will love it and you might find you have just as much fun!
Open Daily: 9.30am – 6 pm
Monday to Friday
Under 1's: £0.50
Children 1 - 3: £4.95
Children 4 – 12: £7.95
Young people (13-17): £7.95
Weekends and school holidays
Under 1's: £0.50
Children 1 – 3: £5.95
Children 4 – 12: £8.95
Young people (13-17): £8.95
ZSL WHIPSNADE ZOO
A visit to Whipsnade Zoo is an ideal day trip for animal loving kids!
Managed by the Zoological Society of London, it's one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation centres, a spacious home to over 2, 500 different creatures, many of whom are endangered in their natural habitats. Whipsnade Zoo is huge, focused on the animals' welfare with enclosures that provide fantastic space for the animals. All the attractions look happy and are extremely well looked after by friendly, passionate keepers.
Of course, with the zoo being as large as it is, you may be in for a lot of walking but. However, you won't feel crowded and can enjoy all the animal enclosures without ever feeling rushed. As this space is all for the benefit of the animals, it's entirely worth it. The best way to see the majority of the zoo is to hop on the free safari bus or for a unique, exciting experience; be sure to travel on the steam train express.
There are many highlights within Whipsnade Zoo, it's great for the kids to see exotic animals like giraffes, bears, chimpanzees and tigers. Seeing the elephants spray each other with water, cheetah cubs play fighting, hippos throwing their weight around and brown bears at feeding time are incredible moments that you won't soon forget. You may even get lucky and see some heart-warming baby elephants or an extremely rare rhino new-born.
Their Discover Centre is fascinating and with events and talks held at regular intervals, there is always something special to see. The sea lion show is particularly popular with all visitors and these crafty creatures sure do put on a great show.
Daily: 10am – 6pm
Daily: 10am – 4pm
Children (3-15): £17.00
Under 3s: Free
Children (3-15): £15.50
Under 3s: Free
The perfect attraction to please your little ones - Gulliver's Land in Milton Keynes is a great fantasy-filled theme park for the younger audience.
This attraction in Milton Keynes is perfectly suited for children aged 2-13. It offers fantastic value for money when the looking for an entertaining day out. Family trips out sure rack up in cost, however, Gulliver's Land does a job keeping the kids happy as well as the bank balance. Admission includes access to all of the park's rides and attractions and there are over 30! Better yet, children under 90cm are able to visit free, superb value for toddlers.
The rides are quite clearly aimed at young children, not teenagers and therefore won't satisfy the thrill-seekers in the way some bigger theme parks might. However, Gulliver's Land does a great job of putting a smile on the face of the under 14s.
As soon as they enter, their eyes will light up, captivated by the bright, colourful characters and enchanting, fantasy themes. One of the best things about Gulliver's Land is that unlike other theme parks, children will be able to go on all the rides, with no minimum height restrictions there won't be any disappointed faces.
The queues are relatively short too, so there is little chance of children becoming impatient as they wait in line. In addition to the park's manageable size, the family won't spend hours travelling from one area to the other, handy for when the kids want to have another go on their favourite roller coaster.
There is a great indoor play area for the children to explore in complete safety. They are free to crawl, climb and swing to their heart's content as the adults sit down to a picnic.
Gulliver's Land will entertain the young ones all day.
For an animal safari with a difference, treat the family to the Dinosaur and Farm Park. Right next door to Gulliver's Land is a safe alternative to Jurassic Park but just as appealing to the kids.
Life-size dinosaur models occupy the park, delighting all dino-daft explores. Each model has its own display, which makes some fascinating facts available to kids in a fun, engaging fashion. In between, there are plenty of play areas for the kids to enjoy. There's also the chance to take a very special Jurassic River cruise and children will love digging for dinosaur bones.
Over in the farm area, you can get up close and personal with some other prehistoric attractions in the Bug and Reptile houses, perfect for the curious kids to see their favourite creepy crawlies. For some slightly cuter creatures, the farmyard animals provide all the fluffy, cuddly fun you could wish for.
If it's wet and wild fun the kids enjoy, Gulliver's SplashZone is the perfect place to go in Milton Keynes.
SplashZone is a fantastic aquatic play area for the kids. Soft rubber flooring is surrounded by a tremendous assortment of flumes, log rides, shower sprays, padding pools and forts to explore. All of which makes it very tempting for the big kids to join the fun and dive in too.
You can keep watch of the kids from a relaxing spot on the side as they have all the fun in the world in SplashZone and with the option to pay for all three attractions together, you're assured of a jam-packed day of laughter and fun for the family.
Day Ticket: £15.95
Under 90cm: Free
Gulliver's Land with SplashZone
Under 90cm: £3.95
Dinosaur and Farm Park
Day tickets: £8.95
WOBURN SAFARI PARK
As the UK's biggest safari park, Woburn makes for an incredible day's fun amongst some remarkable wildlife. There is really a lot to see and do so it pays to get there early; luckily, children are good at getting up early. You will not want to miss anything; the chance to see some stunning stars of the animal kingdom is fantastic for the kids.
You can start by driving through the vast reserve, containing all the big game animals you'd expect; lions, rhinos, elephants, monkeys, zebra, tigers and black bears. The animals are in great condition and very well looked after and the thrill of seeing them up-close is unforgettable. Included in the admission price you are free to drive through the enclosure as many times as you wish so if the kids miss something the first time around. Handy as the lions appear to be more active in the afternoon, meaning you can always come back to take more spectacular photos.
Don't forget to have a wander through Elephant Meadow where you can meet and greet the friendly giants. You can even take a foot safari, perfect to make some furry friends with the likes of the lemurs, squirrel monkeys and even some wallabies. All of which are just as cute as they rest, playful and active to entertain everyone.
There are plenty of animal shows that take place within the park, including fascinating feeding time displays, sea lion shows and some Bird of Prey demonstrations, each highly enjoyable with interesting keeper discussions.
When you need a break or some lunch, the park provides a BBQ area, which is a great addition or covered picnic spots if you feel like bringing your own food. The park restaurant refreshingly does not over-charge for their products and is generally, well stocked. There is also a kids' indoor play area is brilliant as is the 3D cinema. For the practicalities, the park is easy to get around with a pushchair or wheelchair and has all the baby-changing facilities you'll need.
With so much family-fun, Woburn Safari park is outstanding value and will have the kids entertained for hours.
27th March - 23rd October
Open daily: 10am - to 5pm (last entry)
24th October - 29th October
Open daily: 10am - to 4pm (last entry)
30th October - 8th February
Open daily: 10am - to 3pm (last entry)
Adults: £22.99 (£21.99 on-line booking)
Children: £15.99 (£14.99 on-line booking)
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £70.99
Times and prices are given as a guide only