Family days out across Milton Keynes and Northampton

People sometimes stay in our serviced apartments because they are relocating or need temporary housing while having work done on their homes. As a result, families and children frequently stay at Cotels. Let’s take a look at some fun family outings in Milton Keynes and Northampton.



Gulliver’s Land Theme Park Resort, Milton Keynes

With a variety of rides, attractions, and experiences, this fun theme park is ideal for families with children aged 2 to 13. You can stay for a short period of time, and there is even a dinosaur and farm park where you can see dinos in the wild.

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

There are numerous family activities available at one of Milton Keynes’ most popular lakes. There are multiple watersport activities on the lake, such as wakeboarding and the giant inflatable assault course, as well as boat rentals. Away from the water, families can enjoy treetop extreme, archery, multiple play areas, and a ride on the observation wheel.

360 Play, Milton Keynes

360 Play is one of the region’s largest play centres, with wavy slides, aerial gliders, race tracks, an interactive ball zone, and age-appropriate areas. A new outdoor play area with a massive sand pit and boating lake has also recently opened at the venue. Parents (and children over the age of 17) can eat at the cafe while their children play.

The Silverstone Interactive Museum, Milton Keynes

You don’t have to be a motorsports fan to enjoy this interactive museum! The Silverstone Interactive Museum has two floors and is filled with immersive shows, interactive exhibits, and replica vintage race cars. There’s a cafe on-site, and you can walk parts of the famous track while you’re there. You might even get lucky and see drivers practising on the track…

The Xscape, Milton Keynes

The Xscape in central Milton Keynes offers a plethora of activities. Families can choose from a movie theatre, arcades, escape rooms, bowling, climbing walls, trampolining, indoor skydiving, and even a ski slope! There’s also Geek Retreat, a cafe dedicated to board games and gaming, and a variety of restaurants.

Rushden Lakes, Northampton

Though Rushden Lakes is primarily a shopping destination, there is plenty for children and families to do there. In addition to over 50 stores, there are recreation areas, 360-degree play, a cinema, arcades, crazy golf, and trampolining. There are also numerous restaurants, including the dinosaur-themed Jurassic Grill!

Salcey Forest, Northampton

Salcey Forest, a former mediaeval hunting forest, has a lot to offer families. There are family cycle trails to choose from (don’t have a bike? Not a problem! You can rent some while you’re there), horseback riding, hiking trails, and a new superworm trail. There are also fitness and wellbeing activities, sensory walks, and Gruffalo Orienteering, which is ideal for children.

Riverside Hub, Northampton

Riverside Hub is a great place to go if you’re looking for a play area that appeals to people of all ages. A baby sensory room and play area, as well as a Toddler village, are available for the youngest visitors. A four-story play frame with up to 20 zones to explore is also available. There are go-karts, a climbing tree, and an indoor football pitch for those who are a little older. There’s a cafe on-site, as well as regular events like a disco and funfair every Saturday.

Icarus Falconry, Northampton
This family-run business is ideal for families looking for an alternative to a play centre or museum! Since its inception two decades ago, the centre has become home to over 30 birds and offers a variety of different experiences. Visitors to the historic house and gardens can get up close and personal with owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons.

Wicksteed Park, Kettering

Wicksteed Park is only a half-hour drive from Northampton. With lakes and nature as well as rides, attractions, and play areas, this theme park has something for everyone. The theme park area is divided into four zones: the Adventure Zone, the Thrill Zone, the Heritage Zone, and the Splash Zone, so there is something for everyone! For those who want to stay longer, the park has camping as well as plenty of places to eat and drink.

There’s something for everyone when visiting any of the above places ideal for family days out, no matter what your family looks like or how old your children are! Which will you go to? Please let us know!