10 of the best days out in the South East

With curious museums, beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife and a toy museum there’s lots to do in the South East

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Explore a world of toys and cuddly bears at Brighton Toy Museum

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There’s lots for children to explore and discover at The Pitt Rivers Museum

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Enter the wonderful world and imagination of Roald Dahl

Marwell Zoological Park, Hampshire
A visit to Marwell Zoological Park is a chance to get close to lots of amazing wildlife. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to bat-eared foxes. The 140-acre park is home to over 180 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
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Dickens World, Kent
For a day out with a difference immerse yourself in the sights sounds and smells of nineteenth century England. Meet some of Dickens’s most famous characters and visit the fantastic Dickensian themed restaurant, we just hope they aren’t serving gruel.
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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
The Pitt Rivers Museum holds the University of Oxford’s collection of anthropology and world archaeology. It’s a wonderfully curious place full of interesting objects and exhibitions including objects you won’t forget like shrunken heads. They also run a great program of children’s events throughout the year.
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West Wittering Beach, West Sussex
With wonderful views and a natural and unspoilt sandy beach West Wittering has been a favourite destination for a family days out for years. The highest water quality and excellent facilities have made it one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country. Excellent for swimming as well as the water sports there is a lifeguard present May to September. The extensive acres of neatly mown grass close to the beach are perfect for parking, and picnics. The Beach Café consists of a coffee shop, a takeaway, several outlets selling ice-cream and drinks, and a beach goods shop. There are also toilets with disabled facilities and baby changing room, a lost child centre and a first aid post.
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Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire
Have a phizz-whizzingly good time at the Roald Dahl museum. There’s lots to do around the exhibits like a writing and drawing activity, where visitors can play the parts of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. There’s an interactive ‘Ideas Aviary’ which means visitors can have a go at helping to turn Roald Dahl’s story idea seeds into ripe fruit. In the School holidays and at weekends they run an exciting range of workshops, events and free storytelling sessions. Free craft activities are always on offer, while the Village Trail leads you around Great Missenden to see the places that feature in the stories.
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Polesden Lacy, Surrey 
With 1,400 acres of grounds at Polesden, there’s plently for the whole family to explore. So if you fancy stretching your legs and getting outdoors, why not bring the family and the dog, and take a walk in this beautiful setting. They have binoculars that are free to borrow, garden trails, Squirrel’s Corner adventure play area, picnic and games in the orchard, kids lunch boxes with yummy local food, and loads of open space to run free. 
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Bucklebury Farm Park, Berkshire
Bucklebury Farm Park offers a magical experience and a great value day out whatever the weather. It will appeak to the whole family, school groups, senior citizens’ clubs, or just a couple of friends. Found in the Berkshire countryside close to the village of Bucklebury between Reading and Newbury, it is set in a stunning 74-acre site with a host of attractions including A deer park, farm animals, an indoor play area, an adventure play ground and much more.
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Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton
The Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a treasure trove of toys and models that extends over four thousand square feet of floor space. It has over ten thousand toys and models in its catalogue, including priceless model train collections and many period antique toys. Its display area includes two large operational model railway layouts and displays from a range of classic manufacturers that includes Hornby, Meccano, and Steiff.
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Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is an exciting days out in Kent for the entire family. Set in 600 acres, and housing over 650 rare and endangered animals, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is a treat for everyone.
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