4 family-friendly days out to discover from your sofa

Longing for a much-needed family day out? Getting fatigued from all of the arts and crafts and games you’ve been doing to date?

Well, our friends at intu Trafford Centre have come up with some great tips for sofa-based days out...

They've rounded up a selection of the best family days out that can be turned into days in which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your very own sofa! Be virtually transported outside of your own home with these new virtual experiences.

So, whether you’re a fan of witchcraft and wizardry, fancy tea with the queen or are longing for a trip to the zoo to be at one with nature, we’ve got the virtual days in for you!

Delve deeper into Harry Potter

Harry Potter Platform 9 and 3/4 with luggage trolley and case

Are you and your family enchanted by the wizarding world of Harry Potter? Then why not keep the magic alive by exploring the Harry Potter History of Magic exhibition at the British Library. The exhibition and virtual tour also includes four lessons in muggle magic from the Super Carlin brothers that you and your little (or big) ones can follow along at home. With spellbinding enchantments to learn, this virtual exhibition tour is sure to be a hit with any wizard (or muggle) fans.

Tea with the Queen

Buckingham Palace with people walking page

Keen to discover how the Queen lives or just fancy having a cup of tea with her? Now you can! The 360 degrees tour takes you to the Grand Staircase, White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room. This experience is fit for a Queen (or King). So why not turn your lunchtime into an interactive eat along and assemble yourself an afternoon tea fit for royalty (cucumber sandwiches, little cakes or maybe just some classic tea and biscuits) and take a peek behind the gates of Buckingham Palace in this virtual tour. This virtual tour is perfect for any little ones learning about The Royals as part of their history lessons and will really bring their usual lesson to life.

Go wild with Steve Backshall

Naturalist, broadcaster and author Steve Backshall is running live streams and ‘wildlife chats’ on Earth and Wildlife on his YouTube channel. You and your family can tune in live at 9.30am on Wednesday mornings or re-watch previous lives and Q and As to discover some something fascinating about the natural world and our planet. This is the perfect day in experience for any animal lovers and a chance to expand your knowledge on the animal world in an informal and fun way.

Story time with David Walliams

Little boy reading a book on a table

Do you and your family love reading and transporting yourselves to an imaginary fictious world? Why not immerse yourself in story time with children’s author and TV presenter David Walliams. David’s elevenses features a free audio story from his book series every day on his website. You can even catch up with the ones from the week before too, in case you missed any. This is the perfect way to add a new dimension to your bedtime reading and add some theatre to your favourite books.

Visit the animals at London Zoo

two giraffes at London Zoo

Why not pop in and visit the penguins or hear about the latest animal antics from the zookeepers at London Zoo via their zoo webcam and live streams. From the comfort of your own dens, burrows and nests you’ll get the best of London Zoo. Discover fantastic animal-themed educational resources to keep your cubs busy. If you or your family have ever fancied being a part of feeding time at the zoo, you can even watch their cheeky squirrel monkeys as they enjoy their scatter feed brunch!


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