The Helix, Falkirk, Scotland
Helix Park is an 860-acre urban green space near The Kelpies - two gigantic horse-head sculptures - only thirty minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Helix opened in 2013 and promises fun for children, parents and the family dog. The play park offers spiralling slides, climbing frames for all ages, and trampolines built into the ground. You can ride pedalos, canoes and kayaks on the canals running through the park, enjoy the water jets in the "splash play" area, or ride bikes along the network of paths. Entry is free and the park is always open. More info: thehelix.co.uk
The National Showcaves Centre for Wales
Spend a few hours in Brecon Beacons admiring three impressive limestone caves, dating back around 350 million years, complete with towering stalagmites and subterranean waterfalls. The attraction boasts a herd of model dinosaurs outside, featuring a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex. The centre is open seven days a week from 10am (last entry at 3pm) from April to October. Entry costs £13.75 for adults, £9.50 for kids under 16. More info: showcaves.co.uk.
Treetop Nets, Lake District
While visiting the Lake District, take a break from boat trips and pony rides to check out Treetop Nets. Suspended in the canopy of an ancient woodland, kids can explore the network of trampolines, slides, tunnels, and walkways made from safety netting. The more daring can opt for the rope bridges and zip wires of the Treetop Trek course. Open year round at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, a two-hour slot will cost £16 for adults, £16 for children (5+), £11 for accompanying adults, and £11 for under-5s. Booking is recommended. More info: treetopnets.co.uk
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