London day trips for you and your baby

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Sea Life London Aquarium

Posted on Thursday, 16 July, 2015 in Farms, Featured, Rainy day | 0 comments

Sea Life London Aquarium

We are big fans of CBeebies’ Octonauts and Finding Nemo in our house. The pursuant interest in marine biology means that the boys have had their money’s worth from our membership card for the Horniman Museum’s lovely little aquarium. However, the Horniman’s aquarium is lacking in properly big fish, so we were delighted to get a chance to visit Sea Life London Aquarium to see its famous sharks (or meet “Bruce”, for the benefit of other Nemo fans)…

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ZSL London Zoo

Posted on Friday, 10 July, 2015 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

ZSL London Zoo

I’ve never met a child who doesn’t like animals, so a day trip to the zoo is a sure fire winner. This week we set off to explore the world famous ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park. This is why we think you should try it too…

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Godstone Farm with notonthehighstreet.com’s Storytime Sounds

Posted on Monday, 27 April, 2015 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, News, Parks, Products, Soft play, Sunny day | 0 comments

Godstone Farm with notonthehighstreet.com’s Storytime Sounds

Last week we had a fabulous family day out at Godstone Farm courtesy of Notonthehighstreet.com, who were launching a new Farmyard Sounds board for their Storytime Sounds app.

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Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

Posted on Thursday, 3 July, 2014 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Soft play, Sporting Events, Sunny day | 0 comments

Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

The Tour de France sets off from Yorkshire this week with Stage 2 starting in the historic city of York. We spend a lot of time in York visiting family, so we have put together our favourite York family days out. Whether you are there this weekend for the Grand Départ, or taking a break in York over the summer, there’s plenty to do…

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Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Posted on Thursday, 18 July, 2013 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Parks, Soft play, Sunny day | 0 comments

Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Pembrokeshire, Wales

This week babydaytripper escaped London for a week in Pembrokeshire. We’d heard in advance that Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo is the place to take the family if you’re in the area and so we set off with high hopes for a great day out…

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The Hop Farm Family Park, Kent

Posted on Thursday, 13 June, 2013 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Parks, Soft play, Sunny day | 0 comments

The Hop Farm Family Park, Kent

EDIT: We returned to Hop Farm in 2014 and were disappointed. It was much more expensive than the previous trip and the service in the restaurant left a lot to be desired. We are not intending to return again any time soon.

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This week we ventured out on a babydaytrip with both MJ and new baby G for the first time. Such a special occasion merited a trip outside London for a change – so we thought we’d try The Hop Farm in Kent. Easily accessible by car from London, The Hop Farm Family Park is an ideal destination for city families with small children who fancy escaping to the country for a few hours…

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Vauxhall City Farm

Posted on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Vauxhall City Farm

Vauxhall City Farm has been on our “to do” list for a while and today we finally made it.  What did we discover? This small but perfectly formed city farm, which was built on unused land by local residents more than 35 years ago, has lots to offer visitors young and old.

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Stepney City Farm

Posted on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Stepney City Farm

Babydaytripper likes nothing better than a city farm and so this week we set off to explore the one in Stepney, East London.  We found Stepney City farm nestling between urban buildings and a Crossrail construction site, close to the historic St Dunstan’s church, home of the famous “bells of Stepney” in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

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Surrey Docks Farm revisited

Posted on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 in Farms, News, Sunny day | 0 comments

Surrey Docks Farm revisited

This week we took a return trip to Surrey Docks Farm, one of babydaytripper’s first ever day trip destinations, and I was reminded of just how fantastic it is for little children. 

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Mudchute Park & Farm

Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 1 comment

Mudchute Park & Farm

The spotlight has been on East London for the past two weeks, with more visitors exploring the area than ever before.  To fill the gaping hole left by the end of the Olympic Games, and before the crowds arrive for the Paralympics, this week’s post is a review of Mudchute Park & Farm on the Isle of Dogs, London’s largest city farm…

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Freightliners Farm

Posted on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Freightliners Farm

A recent trip to Islington for lunch with some friends afforded the perfect opportunity for a visit to Freightliners Farm.  As it happens, I used to live about 200 metres from this farm many, many years ago, but back then my leisure-time priorities were different and I never made it through the gate.  Now, with the little man in tow, it just didn’t seem fair to pass by without having a look.

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Coram’s Fields

Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Coram’s Fields

This week we spent a sunny afternoon at Coram’s Fields.  Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, Coram’s Fields is a park and playground reserved exclusively for under 16s – in fact, adults are not allowed into the park at all unless accompanied by a child.  The park is named after shipwright, sailor and philanthropist, Captain Thomas Coram, who created the Foundling Hospital for abandoned children in the eighteenth century following a long campaign to obtain the necessary Royal Charter (see our review of the Foundling Museum).  The Foundling Hospital stood on the site of the present day park until the building was demolished in the 1920s – the land was saved thanks to fundraising and charitable donations so that it could be preserved for the use of children living in or visiting London. 

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Hackney City Farm

Posted on Thursday, 14 June, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Hackney City Farm

Pigs, goats, donkeys and sheep, just a few yards from Hackney Road? Yes, that’s right. This week we went to visit the popular Hackney City Farm. 

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Battersea Park and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Posted on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Battersea Park and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

If you read this blog regularly you will know that we generally try to review destinations that are free or have low cost admission.  This week, however, our trip coincided with a special occasion and so we decided to splash out on a visit to the (really quite reasonably priced, all things considered) Battersea Park Children’s Zoo.  

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Spitalfields City Farm

Posted on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day | 0 comments

Spitalfields City Farm

Mention Brick Lane and you might be thinking about curries, trendy boutiques, vibrant nightlife or the famous 24-hour bagel shop.  Or at least I do, but maybe that’s a sign of a misspent youth.  When I’m in the area these days, I’m less likely to be found checking out a new bar, and more likely to be taking a short detour down a side street to the Spitalfields City Farm…  

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Crystal Palace Park

Posted on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Museums, Parks, Sporting Events, Sunny day, Walks | 0 comments

Crystal Palace Park

After our successful trip to Greenwich Park a couple of weeks ago, this week we set off to explore another of London’s fantastic, green spaces: Crystal Palace Park.  Although the Crystal Palace that gave the area its name is long gone, the Park retains a number of quirky attractions that make it worth a visit.

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Down on Surrey Docks Farm

Posted on Friday, 13 January, 2012 in Farms, Sunny day | 5 comments

The sign at the entrance to Surrey Docks Farm

The sign at the entrance to Surrey Docks Farm

Who’d have thought you could find pigs, sheep, goats and a whole host of other animals grazing happily on the bank of the Thames with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as a backdrop.  Well, that’s exactly what you get at the Surrey Docks City Farm.  The farm is situated on the south bank of the Thames in Rotherhithe, with views across the river to Canary Wharf.  The site may be compact as farms go, but it’s bursting with animals, plants and even a duck pond – a perfect way to give city children the chance to glimpse a bit of the good life without leaving the capital.

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