Buckler’s Hard, New Forest: ‘A calm backwater but in a good way’.

This riverside attraction, where maritime history can be explored at a gentle pace, offers a relaxed family day out.

Take the kids to … Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

The UK’s oldest theme park gears up for its 175th birthday celebrations…

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 … the Ragged School Museum, east London

Once a school that provided a free education for destitute children, a row of 19th century warehouses is now a free museum giving visitors a chance to step back in time – and into the classroom – for a strict Victorian lesson

Take the kids to … the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset

Chocks Away! This huge, family-friendly museum is packed with jets and helicopters that children can climb into – and an exhibition on women aviators

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

Take the kids to … the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The Tudor warship that sank in the Solent in 1545 – and was raised 35 years ago today – is beautifully presented within its revamped setting and comes with fantastic artefacts and hands-on activities