20+ UK Days Out for Kids who Love Dinosaurs

20+ UK Days Out for Kids who Love Dinosaurs

It feels like every child goes through a phase of being obsessed with Dinosaurs. Some (like my Jack) don't grow out of it. I am sure he is going to grow up to be a Palaeontologist.

We have visited lots of dinosaur exhibitions and themed days out over the years, both here in the North East and further afield. I thought it was about time I shared them together in one post. Let me know if I have missed your favourite.

Please double-check details with all attractions before setting off. I have tried where possible to only include permanent exhibitions but these can change and I would hate for anyone to be disappointed.

FREE VR Dino Trail at Bridges Sunderland 

No booking required for this event, simply pop into the Bridges from 19 July - 3 September. Search for 10 Dinosaur fossils across the centre, scan their code and watch as the Dinos come to life! Once you have completed the trail, head to the customer service desk to receive a small prize. Find out more here. 

Dino Rextacular at Holmside Park, Chester-le-Street (New Dates Coming Soon)

This event runs on selected dates throughout the year and usually sells out. Sign up to the Holmside Park mailing list to be the first to hear about new dates. 

Here is what they have to say: 

Take a walk through our pre-historic woods, back to a time where dinosaurs ruled the land! Gaze at a range of dinosaurs & learn all about how they lived thousands of years ago with the help of our Holmside Park Rangers. At the end of the trail, a giant moving t-rex awaits you!... But don't worry, he's friendly! And every family that attends this event is welcome to take a photo with Rexy the Dinosaur. Each child that completes our dino walk will also receive a tasty big bag of sweets as a reward.

Along with all the dino fun, we will have a huge selection of outdoor activities for both kids & adults to enjoy! All of our usual outdoor facilities will be available for use (adventure fort, inflatable bouncing pillows, pedal karts, ziplines, etc), along with some extra special activities exclusive to this event including knife & axe throwing, den building + more! We've got plenty to keep toddlers, kids & even adults entertained all day long.

The Holmside Café will remain open for takeaway orders only so you can enjoy hot & cold drinks, delicious freshly made cakes, dino-themed treats and a limited menu of hot food & sandwiches. If the weather isn’t on our side, covered outdoor seating will be provided for families to sit and enjoy their food safely without getting soggy chips!

Find out more and book here Please make sure when booking you select the correct date June 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, July 3rd or 4th and that they have Dino Rextactular in the title (rather than just a general admission ticket which will not include access to the event).

Jurrasic Gardens at Sunderland Winter Gardens 

20+ UK Days Out for Kids who Love Dinosaurs   - Sunderland Winter Gardens

You will find lots of dinosaurs hidden amongst the plants at Sunderland Winter Gardens. Watch as a baby T Rex hatches from an egg, a 3 metre high Utahraptor, a Stegasaurus and Triceratops grazing on the greenery, a Pteranadons overhead and more.

Sunderland Winter Gardens are FREE to visit and explore at your leisure. They are wheelchair / pushchair accessible too. Find out more here.  

Teessaurus Park, Middlesbrough 

Teessaurus Park is a green space in Middlesbrough featuring 9 popular Dinosaur sculptures. Unfortunately, the park has been neglected over the years and the Dinos have been vandalised a little. It is free though and may still be worth a trip if you are in the area. Find out more and check out some photos over on Freckled Mum of 2 here. 

Dinosaur Golf at Heighley Gate Garden Centre 

20+ UK Days Out for Kids who Love Dinosaurs   - Dinosaur Golf Heighley Gate

The Dinosaur Golf at Heighly Gate Garden Centre is brilliant fun. We visited back in 2016 and really enjoyed the course (I would visit again if only Crazy Golf didn't bring out the worst in my children).

There are 12 holes to enjoy featuring 10 life size Dinosaurs - some of them move too. Prices are super reasonable and they often run special offers too (eg dine in the cafe and play golf at half price) . Find out more here. 

Great North Museum, Newcastle 

20+ UK Days Out for Kids who Love Dinosaurs   -  Great North Museum, Newcastle

The Great North Museum in Newcastle City Centre is free to visit, accessible and home to a full-size T-Rex skeleton which looks super impressive. Find out more here. 

Lost World of Adventure Golf, Tynemouth 

The Lost World of Adventure Golf in Tynemouth features Dinosaur-themed adventure golf and even a spitting Dinosaur! Find out more here. 

Dinosaur Safari at Hardwick Park 

Hardwick Park is a popular day out in County Durham. You can download the Love Exploring app to your phone free of charge and use it to explore a trail around the park with augmented Dinosaurs. You can use the app to catch Dinosaurs and pose for photos with your new dino friends. Find out more about the app here. 

Totally Roarsome Yorkshire 

Credit : Totally Roarsome 

What they say: 

Available now, a socially-distanced outdoor adventure woodland trail for all the family with over 100 life size models of dinosaurs, wild animals and superheroes.
At Hazlewood Castle - Tadcaster LS24 9NJ
With 7 themed zones.
🦕🦁 Enter into Jurassic Land then onto the Jungle before reaching the Arctic.
🐮Once you've encountered our dinosaurs, lions, tigers and polar bears, it's off to the Farm, with cows sheep and all your favourite farmyard animals.
🐋Next, make your way Under the Sea - full of Whales, sharks and even a Deep Sea Diver - will you find the sunken treasure?
🦸‍♂️Then we are off to the world of Superheroes. Batman, Superman, Spiderman - they'll all the there to greet you.
🐲 Finally, wander through our fantasy land with dragons, unicorns and knights of the realm.
With Dinosaurs, unicorns and superheroes all on the same day, what else do you need?

Tickets are just £7.95 per person (plus booking fee), under 2s are free, a sling is recommended over a pushchair (due to woodland setting), you can change your booking date/time (with a minimum of 48 hours notice and as long as slots are available), the trail lasts around an hour and there is parking and toilets on site. 

Book your tickets and find out more here! 

Dino Kingdom Manchester 

This event runs from 23 July - 8 August 2021 at Wythenshawe Park in Manchester. Expect: 
  • 100 true to life (and moving) dinosaurs
  • State of the art AR and 3D art 
  • Interactive experiences
  • Excavations sites for budding archaeologists 
  • Thrilling fairground rides 
  • Street food vans and picnic sites 
Find out more about Dino Kingdom and buy tickets here.

Click the links below for more Dinosaur themed days out across the UK:

And further afield, you can enjoy the following attraction around the world:

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Please follow social distancing rules & Government guidelines , respect the local area. leave no trace, take litter home, park responsibly and if somewhere is busy on arrival, please consider leaving and returning at a later date. 

Always check updated opening hours / protocols / parking advice and charges with venues direct before setting off as things may have changed since this post was published. 

Let me know your favourite dino-themed day out.

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20+ UK Days Out for Kids who Love Dinosaurs



  1. We love Dino Park! https://www.dinopark.co.uk/

  2. This looks great. What fabulous places to visit for kids who are big dino fans. There is some at Blackpool and Edinburgh zoo I am sure, although it's been a few years xx


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