Holiday Cottages Near Our Favourite UK Child-Friendly Theme Parks

The UK is scattered with amazing family attractions that are more than just a fairground ride - where kids can drive diggers, race sheep or meet mysterious woodland characters. From North Yorkshire to Devon, here are a few of our favourite small children’s theme parks.

The Big Sheep

Rollercoasters, 'EWEtopia' indoor adventure playground, animal petting, lamb-feeding and sheep-racing on the North Devon coast

Sheep carry woolley jockies racing at The Big Sheep in North Devon

You will find this much-loved family attraction in Abbotsham, inland from Westward Ho! Beach in North Devon. Sheep Racing (Red Ram wins by a nose ahead of Sheargar), Pony rides, animal shows, lambs to bottle feed, piglets to pet, sheep dogs at work, indoor adventure playground, the biggest roller-coaster in Devon and an award-winning brewery make the Big Sheep a great day out for the whole family. venture there too early in your holiday, be prepared for your children to demand a return visit.

Where to Stay: Melinda's Cottage

A quaint two-bedroom coastal cottage within walking distance of the ocean in Bucks Mills near Clovelly in North Devon. To enjoy a 10% discount when booking Melinda's - tell the owners you found the cottage on My Favourite Holiday Cottages.

White-painted exterior of Melinda's Cottage, a restored fishermen's cottage in Bucks Mills - North Devon


Flamingo Land

A pink curling neck and head of a flamgo at Flamingoland in North Yorkshire

“Wild animals and wild rides” in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire

Flamingo Land is one of Yorkshire’s top family attractions with an incredible variety of rides including Cliff Hanger combo tower, Pterodactyl vertical swing and Velocity booster bikes. Don’t miss Mumbo Jumbo, featuring one of the steepest drops of any rollercoaster in the world. Oh, and there are plenty of colourful flamingos and other animals to admire. Adapt an animal or be a zoo-keeper or meet a creature - just a handful of the many experiences in store for you and your children at Flamingo Land.

Where To Stay: Duncruzin Cottage in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire

A red arrow marks the front door of a ston-built terraced holiday cottage in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire


Gulliver’s Kingdom

go-karts and mono-rails at Gullivers Kingdom, a Peak District childrens theme park in Matlock, Derbyshire


Thrilling woodland rides in Derbyshire including Switchback Rollercoaster, Pirate Ship and Crow’s Nest Quest

Hidden away in Peak District ancient woods with brilliant views of the Heights of Abraham, this family-run park in Matlock Bath is not to be missed on holidays in Derbyshire for families with children under the age of 11. Along with a great selection of fun non-white knuckle rides, there are 13 remarkably life-like animatronic dinosaurs to roar back at.

Where To Stay: Spout Cottage - a Peak District Countryside Cottage near Bakewell in Derbyshire

Ivy-clad stone exterior and daisy-spotted front lawn of a Peak District countryside cottage in Derbyshire



A family of 8 riding in the bucket of a giant JCB at Diggerland in West Yorkshire

Dodgems, giant dirt-diggers, mini-tractors and go-karts in West Yorkshire

This digger-themed adventure park near Castleford gives kids and their parents the chance to operate real diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery. If you or your children ever dreamed of being swung round in the bucket of a super-sized JCB, then you need to meet Spindizzy! A range of inventive rides and live shows guarantee a fun family day out in Yorkshire.

Where To Stay: Pound Cottage - a dog-friendly holiday cottage in West Yorkshire between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

A brick-built bungalow in a large lawned garden in the West Yorkshire countryside- Pound Cottage



A pink Wendy-house in the trees at Bewilderwood, a childrens theme park in Norfolk

Mazes, zipwires, rope bridges and slides hidden amongst Norfolk woods

Book a holiday cottage in the Norflk Broads and share a magical treehouse adventure with your family through Bewilderwood, in Horning. As you explore this enchanting woodland attraction you will come across a variety of unusual characters, including Swampy the Marsh Boggle, Mildred the Crocklebog and Thornyclod the spider.

Where To Stay: Clippesby Pine Lodges near Wroxham in the Norfolk Broads


Greenwood Forest Park

A roller coaster hurtles through a wood at Greenwood Forest Park in Snowdonia

Jungle boats, Crocodile Maze and Wales’ longest sledge run in Gwynedd

This family activity centre is packed with hidden tunnels, trails and treetop towers, near Y Felinheli, between Snowdonia National Park and the Isle of Anglesey. There are great shows all day, too, including clowns, magic and crafts. The sledge run is epic: no snow required!

Where To Stay: Ashcoast House A child-friendly country cottage welcoming dogs near Carnaerfon

White painted exterior and front garden of a large contemporary holiday home near Caernarfon in Wales


Cattle Country Adventure Park

Farm-themed fun in the Gloucestershire countryside

This low-key bit still intensely stimulating adventure park is located at Berkley Heath Farm in Gloucestershire. Attractions include an animal handling experience centre, outdoor assault courses, play barns with wavy slides zip wire, trampolines, rides, boating lakes and, gosh - lots more!. Don’t miss the daily magic and Punch and Judy Shows.

Where to Stay: Ingleside House** Take a break with another family or two - Ingleborough can sleeps up to 14 in Westbury-on-Severn and has a hot tub for adults to play with.

Exterior and front garden of a large Gloucestershire holiday cottage wit a large lawn


Crealy Adventure Park

a giant chair-o-plane for chilldren on a sunny day at Crealy Farm Park near Exeter in Devon

Multi-award-winning theme park just outside Exeter, Devon

Nestled amid 100 acres of rolling East Devon countryside, award-winning Crealy Adventure Park is home to more than 60 amazing family rides and farm-themed attractions. Take a hair-raising ride on the Flying Dutchman or Aqua Blasters before meeting the animals at Meerkat Manor, Tortoise Town and Bugz Unlimited.

Where To Stay: Rydon Stables, a quaint thatched coastal cottage in Otterton, East Devon

White painted extior of a traditional thatched Devon holiday cottage on a village stream-bordered village street


Drusillas Zoo Park

A mono-mail carriage carrynf children and designed like a cheetah at Drusillas Park in East Sussex

Incredible variety of zoo animals, rides and play areas near Alfriston, East Sussex

Penguins, ring-tailed lemurs, giant anteaters and armadillos make Drusillas a memorable family day out in Sussex. There’s also a great selection of rides, a soft play area, Hello Kitty Secret Garden and rides on the Safari Express train.

Where To Stay: The Salty Dog, a characterful, contemporary coastal holiday home near Camber Sands in East Sussex

exterior of The Salty Dog, a coastal cottage on Camber Sands, East Sussex