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Days Out For The Family Near London

  • 29th June 2017

There aren't many places as close to London that are as full of action and adventure.

Go Ape Trent Park is nestled in acres of stunning woodland and is a great day out for the family. From your treetop lookout you and your tribe can experience Tarzan Swings, high ropes and an epic zip wire. And new to this Go Ape is the twin course which means you get double the fun. Swinging from the trees you will feel like you can take on the world. To ensure you and your tribe have a day to remember, here are some things to do before and after your ape-like antics.

Where to go?

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Head east from Go Ape Trent Park to Chingford and you can see a rare survivor of the Tudor age. Located on the southern edge of Epping Forest, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge dates back to 1543 during the reign of Henry VIII. The portly king was keen to have a little bit of luxury while out hunting and the hunting lodge provided just that. The building is geared up for families and runs regular events and activities. Learn about the workings of a Tudor kitchen, check out the exhibition space and make the most of the dressing-up box.

What to do?

Walk around Hampstead Heath

South of Trent Park is Hampstead Heath, a great place to while away an afternoon. As well as around 790 acres of sprawling heathland, there are a number of surprises tucked away too. The Italian pergola is a zig-zagging walkway of vines, and stepping out onto its balcony you could be in a period drama. Below the pergola there is an ornamental hill garden full of colourful flowers and shrubs. The heath is also home to a host of birds including kestrels, kingfishers and woodpeckers, as well as other wildlife

Where to eat?

Giraffe, Hampstead

A visit to this family-friendly Giraffe restaurant is a great way of keeping kids (and thus parents) happy for the duration of a meal. With bright colours, big portions and cheerful staff, it makes for a good lunch stop off to refuel and recharge. Kids have their own menu and can choose from omelette, pasta, burgers and hot dogs. The main menu features wraps, burritos, salads and steaks, with crumble, sundaes and cheesecake for pudding.

And something for a rainy day?

RAF Museum, Hendon

A real advantage of being under Go Ape Trent Park's tree canopy is that it protects you from the rain. If the rain persists and you want to dodge it later in the day, you can head to the RAF Museum in Hendon. Full of magnificent flying machines and military aircraft, this museum will capture the imagination of young and old alike. The centrepiece is the mighty Vulcan bomber which dominates one corner of the main hangar. The museum is free to get in.

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