"Come face to face with scary-looking Vikings and learn all about their lives."

Meet the new arrivals

Edinburgh Zoo's newest arrivals are Tian Tian and Yang Guang - a pair of giant pandas, which are on a 10-year loan from China. They are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.

Kids will love… Despite weighing more than 110kg each and having razor-sharp teeth, Tian Tian and Yang Guang are undeniably cute, especially when they are chomping on a meal of fresh bamboo.
Adults will love… With more than 1,000 animals onsite, you're bound to find a species that fascinates you, be it penguins, pythons, koalas, leopards or chimps.
Go by train: There are regular Airlink services from Waverley Bridge, outside Edinburgh Waverley station, with the journey taking around 15 minutes.
Info: edinburghzoo.org.uk

Discover our Horrible History

Based on the hit TV series, the Horrible Histories stage show brings the Terrible Tudors and the Vile Victorians back to life in all their gory detail using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects. The tour will be in Sheffield on 4-7 July and Hull on 11-15 September.

Kids will love... From dodging the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience to finding out random facts about Britain's history, Horrible Histories is packed with gags and effects that are guaranteed to thrill your little ones.
Adults will love... There's plenty of humour aimed at the adults..!
Go by train: Sheffield station is five minutes' walk from the Lyceum Theatre. Hull's New Theatre is 10 minutes' walk from Hull station. 
Info: horrible-histories.co.uk

Be your own tour guide

The City of Durham Treasure Trail offers visitors to the historic city a unique way to explore it. Prior to arriving in Durham, you'll need to purchase a trail pack from the Treasure Trails website. You'll then be able to follow a route, crack clues to find out all about Durham and discover some fascinating sights and places along the way.
Kids will love… Be it directing you around the city or crossing off the locations on the treasure map, this tour will keep kids busy.

Adults will love… It's a great way to spend some time together as a family as well as fuelling a sense of adventure and getting some exercise!
Go by train: The starting point for the trail is outside the Gala Theatre in Millennium Place, a 10-minute walk from Durham station.
Info: treasuretrails.co.uk

Uncover York's Viking past

Jorvik Viking Centre in York takes visitors back more than a thousand years to discover what life would have been like during the Viking age. Through its reconstructed streets - designed to look as they would have done between the 9th and 11th centuries - and collection of four exciting exhibitions, Jorvik Viking Centre brings the past to life.

Kids will love... With a number of costumed actors at the centre, kids can come face to face with scary-looking Vikings and learn all about their lives.
Adults will love... Your admission ticket enables you to gain free entry to Jorvik Viking Centre for 12 months, making a number of free re-visits possible throughout the year.
Go by train: The Jorvik Centre is a short walk from the station via the Ouse Bridge.
Info: jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

In at The Deep end

Since its opening in 2002, The Deep aquarium in Hull has welcomed more than four million visitors through its doors. Over 3,500 sea creatures make it one of the most comprehensive marine life centres in the UK and it is a leading research facility as well as a top visitor attraction, full of fishy fun and underwater action.

Kids will love… With seven species of shark onsite, kids will be able to see some of the ocean's most ferocious creatures close-up. A show dive is performed by two members of staff every day, who dive to the bottom of the tank to feed the sharks and rays by hand.
Adults will love… In addition to its incredible tanks, containing 2.5m litres of water, The Deep is housed in an iconic building designed by Sir Terry Farrell that will amaze visitors. This striking structure can be found at Sammy's Point, at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber estuary.
Go by train: The Deep is a 10-minute walk from Hull station via Myton Bridge.
Info: thedeep.co.uk




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