Take the kids to … Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent

History lesson and fun family day out combine at this sumptuous medieval house and its gardens near Tonbridge. The cycle ride to it is a joy as well

Take the kids to … Seven Stories, Newcastle upon Tyne

Families can delve deep into the storytelling tradition at this centre for children’s books where words – and illustrations – are celebrated

Take the kids to … the Bluebell Railway, East Sussex

Bucolic Sussex is an ideal place for kids to let off steam, especially if you shunt them to East Grinstead and the recently added northern terminus of one of the UK’s oldest heritage railways