Down House, home of Charles Darwin: ‘An unstuffy educational day out’ – review

Darwin’s Kent home and garden immerses visitors in his work and life, and proves a day trip where learning is also fun

The best family days out in the UK for spring 2018

Looking for inspiration for Easter – and beyond? Here’s 25 places to visit, from new attractions to springtime gardens, adventure trails and, of course, egg hunts

Take the kids to … Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Cornwall

With miniature steam engines, a special Santa train, a lake and maze, this charming small attraction near Newquay is a great day out for families with younger children

Wildest dreams: a family camping trip in Oman

Wild camping in the Omani deserts with a seven-year-old sounds daunting but, with a tour guide in tow, it’s the best and most affordable way to enjoy the country’s staggering scenery

Creche course: a family skiing holiday in France

With round-the-clock childcare on hand in the quiet, family-friendly village of Ardent, mum and dad get to snowboard some of the best slopes in the French Alps while the kids are entertained back at base

Take the kids … to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank is famous for the monumental Lovell telescope – but alongside all the serious science there are plenty of fun activities and hands-on experiments to inspire kids