If the family has had it with history and is bored with beaches, why not try something quirkier? Britain has some eccentric and intriguing attractions. A sure winner with kids is dinosaurs. Beggar the bones, go for roaring life-size models imaginatively displayed – Norfolk’s Dinosaur Park at Weston Longville [NR9 5JW] is a scream. Dinosaurs feature too across the country at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, near Swansea [SA9 1GJ], along with its magnificent cave system. For those who prefer their natural wonders in the open air, Brimham Rocks near Harrogate [HG3 4DW] provide spectacular sights in themselves, and wonderful views of North Yorkshire One museum kids are sure to enjoy is Pollock’s Toy Museum in London [W1T 2HL], with toys from thousands of years ago to modern times, with everything in between. Likewise Cadbury World in Birmingham [B30 2LD], where they can learn about the history and art of chocolate with the promise of the real thing if they’re good. Britain’s waterways and coast provide some different days out. The restored steam yacht Gondola on Coniston Water is a piece of living history that is fun – or on a similar note the paddle wheel boat run by Avon Leisure Cruises near Evesham [WR10 2QA] is sure to raise a smile. For some reason proximity to the coast can prompt eccentricity in architecture: on a small scale this is seen at A la Ronde, the decidedly odd 16-sided house built in the 18th century for two wealthy spinsters in Exmouth [EX8 5BD]; on a huge scale it is seen in the Portmeirion Village designed by Clough Williams Ellis in Gwynedd [LL48 6ER], where the strange TV series The Prisoner was filmed. There are loads more unusual attractions all over the country. Why not get out and find them?
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