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The highest 23 days out with youngsters who love books

A mouse took a stroll by way of the deep darkish wooden… and after checking for Gruffalos, went searching for the Faraway Tree, earlier than on the lookout for a river to play Pooh sticks, trying to find Peter Rabbit’s burrow and ensuring no giants had come down any beanstalks. In case you have youngsters who love books, this imaginary world will really feel very acquainted!

A girl sits with a book in a field - let literature inspire even a simple stroll with my top days out with kids who love books

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I’ve written earlier than how books, for me, are a gateway to new worlds and the way that’s impressed my love of journey – and I’ve been rediscovering so many elderly favourites as I introduce my daughter to the tales. It’s fascinating to observe her creativeness flourish, mixing the fictional world with our personal, including a serving to of magic to the best stroll within the woods.

However that’s solely the beginning in relation to days out with youngsters who love books – there are some unbelievable locations to discover round England alone, with hyperlinks to some nice kids’s authors, to areas from basic tales, and different enjoyable locations to go to for teenagers who love studying. Whether or not you’re travelling with preschoolers or teenagers, you’ll discover one thing for each age and studying style amongst my prime picks.

Spot the Gruffalo

The deep darkish woods round England have been full of a Gruffalo or two for fairly a number of years now, for the reason that Forestry Fee began creating walks to tie in with Julia Donaldson’s best-loved tales.

And with the Gruffalo celebrating his twenty fifth birthday, there are extra occasions occurring all through 2024. Head out on the Gruffalo Celebration Path, the place you possibly can seek for lacking get together objects and choose the Gruffalo a gift, with a path pack containing equipment to put on, and additional actions.

There are additionally some large Gruffalo statues dotted across the nation, together with at Wendover Woods the place we’ve been following the Julia Donaldson trails since earlier than my daughter may learn.

For extra Gruffalo-themed enjoyable, try my evaluation of the Gruffalo Clubhouse in Blackpool

The Gruffalo in Wendover Woods - one of the Forestry Commission trails based on the book by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Sleep with the Gruffalo at Chessington World of Adventures

If a stroll within the woods isn’t sufficient, mini followers can come nose to nose with the purple prickled one at Chessington World of Adventures.

In addition to the world’s first Gruffalo riverboat trip, you possibly can snuggle down in a Gruffalo-themed bed room at Chessington’s Azteca Safari Resort resort, with a particular Gruffalo reward, and the prospect to make use of the Reserve & Trip service to get sooner entry to at least one attraction on the theme park too.

There’s additionally a Room on the Broom themed room for those who favor that individual Julia Donaldson story to ship you to sleep, together with an opportunity to see the story come to life in Room on the Broom: A Magical Journey.

Ting from My Journey Monkey tried out the Gruffalo riverboat trip along with her five-year-old… And just like the mouse, they obtained away uneaten.

Discover Room on the Broom in Yorkshire

The witch had a cat, and a really tall hat – and you’ll see each, together with the opposite characters from Room on the Broom at Anglers Nation Park in Yorkshire.

My daughter and her friend sit on the wooden witch sculpture with broom and dog - my review of the Room on the Broom trail in Yorkshire

The stunning path across the lake is celebrating 15 years this yr – we had a good time when we visited a few years in the past, one among my favorite days out with younger youngsters who love books.

Try my evaluation of our Room on the Broom time out at Anglers County Park

The Gloriumptious Roald Dahl museum in Buckinghamshire

When she first found Roald Dahl, my daughter requested a go to to Wonka’s Chocolate Manufacturing facility – and who can blame her? I wager most of us secretly fancy assembly assembly Oompa Loompas and ingesting sizzling chocolate straight from a river…

The closest different is the award-winning Roald Dahl Museum in Nice Missenden, which has the whole lot from the creator’s authentic writing hut to a string of hands-on reveals, actions and story periods – among the best days out with youngsters who love books.

Aimed toward six to 12-year-olds, there are additionally Chiddlers’ Hour periods for little ones and trails across the village of Nice Missenden the place it’s set. Maintain an eye fixed out for normal occasions particularly throughout college holidays such because the Terrific Twits Backyard and Squiffing Speedy Science.

Try what we thought on a go to to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, plus a Dahl-themed path by way of the village

A view of the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden, bunting flying against the blue sky - one of the best UK days out for kids who love books

Quentin Blake at Moyse’s Corridor Museum, Suffolk

Head additional north to Suffolk to find extra in regards to the artist behind the images accompanying Dahl’s phrases – Quentin Blake’s well-known illustrations have been showing at WWT websites across the nation just lately, however there’s now an opportunity to see a few of his less-well recognized works at Moyse’s Corridor Museum.

The Illustrated Hospital places work on show which Blake created for varied hospitals, and which – till now – have solely been seen by sufferers and employees. Uncover the whole lot from useful dragons to treetop adventures alongside the way in which.

The exhibition runs to October 6 on the museum in Bury St Edmunds.

Play Poohsticks within the Hundred Acre Wooden, Sussex

Ashdown Forest impressed the situation of the Winnie the Pooh tales, and Pooh Bridge itself – the place Pooh invented Poohsticks – is close to Cotchford Home, residence to AA Milne and Christopher Robin.

Gather loads of sticks as you stroll by way of the woods and when you’ve had a number of video games, how a few heffalump hunt, or an expotition to the North Pole, whereas maintaining a cautious eye out for woozles and wizzles after all.

Claire from Suitcases and Sandcastles has some nice tips about exploring the forest or attempt one among VisitEngland’s different greatest locations to play Poohsticks, together with Morden Corridor Park, the place we’ve loved various video games

My daughter on the bridge at Morden Hall park, where we've played Pooh sticks - a fun option for fans of Winnie the Pooh

Discover the door to Narnia in Oxford

You won’t uncover everlasting winter (hopefully) or too many lions in Oxford, however you possibly can see the door which is alleged to have impressed the doorway to the land of Narnia – CS Lewis studied and taught within the metropolis and would have usually handed the intricately carved door reverse the College Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

For those who can go to Magdalen Faculty as nicely, the animals carved on the pillars are additionally mentioned to have impressed the part the place Aslan brings the frozen animals again to life.

Don’t miss The Story Museum as nicely, with its Enchanted Library rooms bringing favorite tales to life, together with an opportunity to step inside Narnia.

The guide on our Oxford Harry Potter walking tour with my daughter, wearing scarf in Hufflepuff colours of black and yellow, along our route through the back streets of Oxford

Uncover Harry Potter’s Oxford

From filming areas like Christ Church school to the cloisters of New Faculty, in addition to historic streets which really feel tailored for wizards, Oxford is a good place for teenagers who’re followers of Harry Potter.

We took a Harry Potter strolling tour of Oxford, taking us contained in the Bodleian library the place some extra scenes had been filmed, in addition to mixing trivia quizzes with tales of pranks that the Weasley twins would have been pleased with, a statue that impressed Practically Headless Nick and extra behind-the-scenes tales.

For extra Harry Potter days out within the UK, and Harry Potter areas in London, try these posts

Enterprise into the Forbidden Forest in London

For Harry Potter followers, there may be nothing fairly as magical because the Warner Bros Studio Tour – having visited a number of instances, together with when the Hogwarts Categorical was first added I’ve fairly actually spent all day exploring there.

The Hogwarts Express at the Warner Bros Studio tour in Hertfordshire - let literature inspire you with my top 21 days out with kids who love books

Alongside the way in which, you possibly can step into the Forbidden Forest the place you possibly can uncover unbelievable beasts – be careful for Aragog although – in addition to stepping inside Gringott’s Financial institution (watch out for dragons right here), assembly creatures galore from the films, waving your individual wand, driving a broomstick and much more.

Fly a broomstick over Hogwarts in Northumberland

Alnwick Citadel in Northumberland is famously one of many essential filming areas for Harry Potter, to not point out a magical place to discover in its personal proper – however the enchanting icing on the cake is the prospect to fly a broomstick there, on the spot the place Harry had his personal first flying lesson within the movie.

My daughter suspended in mid air on her broomstick with her hair whipped across her face - one of the filming locations for Harry Potter, it's a fantastic day out for kids who love reading

There’s a tour taking you to a few of the filming areas across the grounds as nicely, or you could find data as you discover by yourself. Don’t miss the fortress’s personal dragon too.

We had a go at levitating their very own brooms there – try my evaluation of a day at Alnwick Citadel with youngsters

Go to Hobbiton’s inspiration close to Birmingham

With dragons, elves and journey, I beloved studying The Hobbit after I was youthful – though I didn’t get various pages in to The Lord of the Rings for fairly a number of extra years.

And whereas JRR Tolkein wrote his well-known novels in Oxford, a few of the areas had been impressed by his early years dwelling in Birmingham.

Head outdoors the town to Sarehole Mill the place the Tolkein boys used to play, and whose miller used to chase Tolkein and his brother away, simply because the hobbits had been from the Nice Mill. The countryside and the rising industrialisation of the realm all went on to play a component when Tolkein was creating Center Earth.

There are additionally strolling excursions in Oxford which embody JRR Tolkein in addition to CS Lewis

Chase Peter Rabbit in Cumbria

House to Beatrix Potter, who wrote her tales in seventeenth century farmhouse Hill High, there’s a Beatrix Potter path across the lakeshore grounds of Brockhole – itself residence to a few of the creatures which seem in her books.

However better of all for followers of her fluffy creations, simply alongside the lake shore, you’ll additionally discover The World of Beatrix Potter, the place you possibly can discover Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen, Jemima Puddle-duck’s woodland glade and Peter’s backyard.

My daughter loads giant radishes into a wheelbarrow in Peter Rabbit's adventure playground

Discover Mr McGregor in Hertfordshire

For much more Peter Rabbit, there’s an opportunity to fulfill him at Willows Exercise Farm not removed from St Albans – and play in his journey playground.

To not point out raiding the large radishes in Mr McGregor’s backyard. Regardless of the Christmas sights on throughout our go to, that was nonetheless simply one among my daughter’s favorite components.

It’s expanded since we visited, with the Lily Bobtail Nature Discovery Space, the kitchen and laundry of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the cutting-edge Nice Invention Sensory sport, created by Mr Bouncer. You’ll be able to step into Mr Tod’s Lair for those who’re courageous sufficient, whereas the Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse is the right place to identify Outdated Brown!

Watership Down on the Downs

For a special story of bunnies, head to the North Wessex Downs in Hampshire. Right here sits a hill at Ecchinswell, named Watership Down – giving its identify to the story of rabbits discovering a brand new residence.

I keep in mind being in absolute floods of tears on the finish of the movie, and considering of Hazel, Bigwig, Bluebell, Fiver et al nonetheless brings a slight lump to my throat (so I haven’t learn it to my daughter simply but) nevertheless it’s a wonderful place for a stroll regardless.

There are numerous strolling trails, together with one which passes Nuthanger Farm – hold your eyes out for wild rabbits hopping round for those who’e quiet.

View from Corfe up to the ruins of the castle on its hill over The Greyhound pub - inspiration for Enid Blyton's Famous Five books, you'll find plenty of things to do during a day out in Dorset at Corfe Castle with kids

Observe the Well-known 5 and go wild in Dorset

You’ll be able to comply with within the Well-known 5’s footsteps in Dorset the place Corfe Citadel was the inspiration for Kirrin Citadel, which seems together with Kirrin Island in a number of books.

The break which Enid Blyton visited in 1941 remains to be there, together with a portray of the 5 in Corfe Station – steam trains nonetheless puff alongside the route from Swanage too, and you’ll even mix it with a ship journey to Poole for a correct old style journey.

Close by Brownsea Island, with its purple squirrels and timeless air, additionally helped encourage Kirrin Island – solely accessible by boat, it makes an amazing time out with youngsters in Dorset.

Learn what we considered a time out on Brownsea Island, Dorset

Spot Paddington in London

Alongside Platform 1 at Paddington Station, there’s a steel statue of a really well-known bear – sitting on a bench, ready for somebody to take care of him. And it’s exhausting to beat Paddington in relation to youthful youngsters who love books.

With a embellished bench not distant, reward store and loads of locations to get a sticky bun (marmalade sandwiches are a bit trickier), it’s a enjoyable go to by itself for mini Paddington followers – together with my daughter.

The Paddington bear bench at Paddington station - let literature inspire you with my top 21 days out with kids who love books

It’s removed from the one statue of the lovable bear from darkest Peru, with one other one in Leicester Sq., in addition to two on the banks of the close by canal. Add in a Paddington afternoon tea bus tour, the brand new immersive Paddington Expertise on the South Financial institution, Paddington strolling excursions and an entire lot extra, and you may theme a complete London journey round Paddington Bear.

For extra locations to search out Paddington in London, try this publish for inspiration

The Wind within the Willows at Henley

At Henley’s River and Rowing Museum, there’s a nook devoted to the Wind within the Willows, with the tales recreated by fashions – it’s a stunning place for youthful youngsters particularly to lose themselves on the earth of Kenneth Grahame’s tales.

We even obtained to meet Mr Toad on our go to, though the actions and family-friendly reveals change all year long.

Effigy of William Longspee, medieval knight in Salisbury Cathedral - one of the characters in children's book Ghost Knight, the cathedral makes a great day out for kids who love reading

Spot ghosts in Salisbury

A terrific choice for older major college age youngsters, Cornelia Funke’s Ghost Knight ebook was impressed by a go to to Salisbury Cathedral and its college – you possibly can nonetheless see the effigy of William Longspee, who makes an look within the novels.

Whereas there was once a path to take you to numerous areas with hyperlinks to the story, this now not appears to exist, however followers received’t battle to determine locations they recognise from the ebook. Don’t miss Magna Carta whilst you’re there.

Swallows and Amazons adventures, Cumbria

If Peter Rabbit doesn’t tempt your youngsters to the Lakes any extra, Swallows and Amazons is the right journey for older major age kids. There are areas galore from the movie – one of many authentic stars, Sophie Neville, revisited a number of together with many from the current film film too.

And you’ll have your individual lake journey on Coniston – attempt Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Coniston Boating Centre. On close by Ullswater, Glenridding Crusing Centre has Swallows and Amazons day adventures for aged 6+ too.

For a extra relaxed model, you possibly can cruise aboard Steam Yacht Gondola too, which impressed Captain Flint’s houseboat.

For extra concepts of one of the best issues to do within the Lake District with youngsters, try my prime picks

View of the church of St Mary the Virgin on the clifftop at the top of Whitby's 199 steps - with several links to Dracula, it's a great place to visit with kids who love books

Path Dracula in Whitby

In case your youngsters have moved on from kids’s tales to basic literature, there are few extra evocative locations to deliver a narrative to life than Whitby, the place Dracula famously got here shore within the form of a canine.

Climb the 199 steps from the Outdated City to St Mary’s Church, and look out for the grave of Mr Swales, one other character in Dracula, within the graveyard (together with real-life Arctic explorer William Scoresby).

There are sometimes performances of Dracula at Whitby Abbey close by, though the atmospheric ruins are value a go to everytime you’re in Whitby. Or for one thing distinctly extra kitsch, enjoy all issues vampire on the Dracula Expertise. Aimed toward 13+, the attraction mixes animation and particular results with dwell actors to introduce guests to Dracula’s connection to Whitby, plus the prospect to see Christopher Lee’s cloak.

For concepts of extra issues to do in Whitby with youngsters, try my prime picks

Go to Seven Tales in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Maintain heading north east to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for a go to to Seven Tales: The Nationwide Centre for Youngsters’s Books – the free museum is devoted to gathering, preserving and celebrating kids’s books.

Whereas there are sometimes altering exhibitions, there’s an amazing show asking ‘The place do Tales come from’, wanting on the method related plots seem in numerous instances and cultures world wide – and the concept that there are solely seven varieties of story.

Elsewhere, you possibly can step into Judith Kerr’s kitchen (the place the Tiger famously got here to tea) and meet Mog the forgetful cat. However that’s solely the start… 2024’s touring exhibitions embody Elmer and Pals, in addition to common storytime and craft periods.

Uncover Youngsters’s Story Centre

You don’t have to have the ability to learn to get misplaced in tales at Uncover: Youngsters’s Story Centre in London’s Stratford, aimed toward youngsters aged from 0 to 11.

This unbelievable multi-sensory play house in east London is ideal for younger kids, full with two flooring of magical Story Worlds and a Story Backyard, that includes the whole lot from a pirate ship to a spacecraft and loads of different enjoyable imaginary lands for teenagers to discover.

There are numerous timed actions and you’ll construct your individual session, together with any particular exhibitions and storytelling, plus the play areas throughout the 2 essential flooring.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

Devoted to preserving and recounting tales, there’s at all times one thing to find at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, with additional occasions throughout the Edinburgh Pageant however a lot to entertain youngsters year-round.

Count on dwell storytelling, in addition to workshops and exhibitions, to not point out theatre, dance and music performances for all ages on the web site within the coronary heart of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile.

If you’re visiting Edinburgh with youngsters who love Harry Potter, there are hyperlinks galore to the tales which JK Rowling wrote within the metropolis – discover one inspiration for Diagon Alley, take a Potter-themed strolling tour and extra.

The colourful buildings of Victoria Street in Edinburgh which may have inspired Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books, plus a tour for Harry Potter fans in Edinburgh

Be careful for…

Charlie & Lola

There are recurrently exhibitions on Lauren Childs’ work across the UK – and whereas there’s nothing at the moment lined up for Charlie & Lola followers, it’s value maintaining an eye fixed out.

We went to an exhibition at Mottisfont when my daughter was younger, whereas there was one other exhibition at Newby Corridor a number of years in the past, amongst others.

*First printed 2017, final up to date 2024*


Let literature inspire your days out in England - my top days out with kids who love books from Harry Potter and Beatrix Potter to the Gruffalo, the Hobbit, Narnia, Dracula and more

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