London day trips for you and your baby

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Posted on Wednesday, 5 July, 2017 in Featured, Parks, Sporting Events, Sunny day | 0 comments

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

We’ve been to the Olympic Park lots of times since we first went during London 2012, but our most recent trip reminded me to write about it here.

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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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Keeping cool – London fountains and paddling pools

Posted on Thursday, 2 July, 2015 in Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Keeping cool – London fountains and paddling pools

Inspired by this week’s heat wave, here are some of our favourite London fountains and paddling pools for children to have fun while keeping cool…

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Eltham Palace and Gardens

Posted on Thursday, 25 June, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Eltham Palace and Gardens

If you’re looking for a refined and relaxed destination for a summer family picnic (without leaving London), it’s hard to beat Eltham Palace. We spent a memorable afternoon there recently on a three-generational trip to celebrate G’s second birthday.

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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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BDT goes large: Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent

Posted on Friday, 10 April, 2015 in BDT goes large, Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

BDT goes large: Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent

Thanks to the recent adaptation of Wolf Hall, all things Tudor- and Anne Boleyn-related are having a resurgence; and what better place to find out more about the notorious Queen Anne, than her childhood home, Hever Castle?

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Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Friday, 6 March, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

This week we went Plantastic at the Horniman Museum. As the name suggests, the Horniman’s latest temporary exhibition celebrates the wonderful world of plants and their importance in everyday life.

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Horniman wins Family Friendly Museum Award

Posted on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 in Featured, Museums, News, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Horniman wins Family Friendly Museum Award

Congratulations to the Horniman – our favourite local museum has won the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.  As regular visitors, we at babydaytripper are familiar with its many family friendly elements, but it’s fantastic to see this being recognised more widely.

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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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Babydaytripper’s Top Five Parks and Playgrounds

Posted on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 in Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Babydaytripper’s Top Five Parks and Playgrounds

Summer is here and, who knows, it might even be warm enough to spend some time outdoors. With this in mind, here are babydaytripper’s top five London parks and playgrounds:

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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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Diana Memorial Playground (Kensington Gardens)

Posted on Thursday, 9 May, 2013 in Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Diana Memorial Playground (Kensington Gardens)

Thanks to the lovely warm weather this week, we set off on our first outdoor trip of the year – to Kensington Gardens and the Diana Memorial Playground.  The free playground, open to under 12s, is located in the North West corner of Kensington Gardens close to the Orme Square and Black Lion Gates, and only a short walk from Kensington Palace.

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Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

Posted on Thursday, 28 February, 2013 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

I’ve written before about how fond my family is of the Horniman Museum, its beautiful, tranquil gardens and aquarium.  Being our local museum, we probably head there once or twice a week; and now there’s another reason to visit – the new child-friendly Amazon Adventure exhibition which is open until November.

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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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Olympic Park – visiting with a baby (Part 2)

Posted on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 in Featured, News, Parks, Sporting Events | 7 comments

Olympic Park – visiting with a baby (Part 2)

You may recall that we first visited the Olympic Park in February (click here) to attend a test event at the Velodrome.  This time, we didn’t attend an Olympic event, but had tickets to spend the day visiting the Olympic Park itself.  It’s amazing how much work has been done since February to convert what was still mostly a building site back then into the final park.  The result is overwhelmingly impressive, although there are a few areas where there’s room for improvement.  Here’s how we rated our experience…

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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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Green Park and St James’s Park

Posted on Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 in Featured, Parks, Sunny day | 0 comments

Green Park and St James’s Park

At last! Summer is here (even if it may have departed again by the time I publish this post) and so what could be better than a picnic in the park?  Before Jubilee fever grips the country this weekend, we decided to explore two of central London’s most famous Royal open spaces: Green Park and neighbouring St James’s Park. 

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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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Dulwich – Picture Gallery and Park

Posted on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 in Featured, Galleries, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Dulwich – Picture Gallery and Park

We were hoping for a bit of fresh air this week, but the incessant rain meant another museum-based babydaytrip.  Nevermind, there are more museums and galleries in London than you can shake a stick at and this week it’s another good one, Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The rain cleared whilst we were inside the Gallery, so we headed across the road for a stroll in Dulwich Park once we were done – bonus!

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Horniman Museum and Gardens

I have to declare an interest in the subject of this week’s post: the Horniman is my local museum and my son and I have spent many a happy hour there.  Behind its attractive Arts and Crafts exterior, this quirky South London museum houses the eclectic collections of the tea merchant and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman.  With 16 acres of gardens, an aquarium, and its famous, stuffed Victorian Walrus (yes, really), the Horniman Museum is a great, family-friendly destination. 

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