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Out and about - Family Festivals

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Out and about - Family Festivals

Family friendly festivals and events to look out for this coming spring/summer

Legoland   Marwell Wildlife   London Pet Show

Legoland Windsor    

March to November
Windsor, Berkshire

Now named ‘resort’ thanks to the opening of the brand new hotel with themed rooms. Also new this season is the Star Wars addition to the excellent model landscape called Miniland. The Atlantis Submarine Voyage aquarium ride that opened last season is also a highlight for those who don’t want to queue for the high speed rides.


Marwell Wildlife Park

All year round
Winchester, Hampshire

Celebrating 40 years this year, Marwell is a beautifully landscaped wildlife park that is home to wild animals exotic and domestic, large and small, familiar and endangered.


London Pet Show

May 12-13
Earls Court Two

The show includes animal skills displays, a chance to shop for pet treats and     gadgets, and the opportunity to get to know more about cats, dogs and other     potential pets before your family invests in one.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee   Greenwich & Docklands Festival 2012   London 2012 Festival

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

June 2-5
Various venues

There will be lots of small events happening locally over the extended bank holi- day weekend, but one of the major highlights will be The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (June 3) with 1000 boats sailing down the Thames, lead by the Queen on her Royal Barge.

Greenwich+Docklands Festival 2012

June 21-30
Various venues

Spectacular free street theatre with live music, dance, acrobatics and drama in and around Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs, also using the Thames itself.


London 2012 Festival

June 21-Sept 9
Various venues

In the run up to the London 2012 Games, there are hundreds of arts and entertainment events happening around the UK, with London a particular focus. Most events are     free and many are family-friendly, including live music on stages along the Thames for the BT River of Music (July 21-22).

Wilderness   Lollibop   Walk With Us


August 10-12
Cornbury Estate, Oxfordshire

A classy take on rock festivals with families in mind. Live music, craft workshops, nature trails and food that’s a cut above the norm (with the likes of the award-winning     Peterhsham Nurseries restaurant selling their wares here).



September 8-9
Central London

The popular free, annual weekender features events on the river bank and on the Thames itself, from Westminster Bridge stretching eastwards to beyond Tower Bridge. Live performances, side stalls and fireworks.

Walk with Us

Oct 27-Nov 4
Various National Trust properties

A major nationwide festival to encourage all ages to get out and stretch their legs. The National Trust website has a huge database of    suggested walks, searchable by area.


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