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Children’s trail in Lichfield makes list of top UK days out

Rhia and Hayden Smith learn more about Lichfield's Children's Trail

Rhia and Hayden Smith learn more about Lichfield's Children's Trail

A children’s trail in Lichfield has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top visitor attractions to be included in a new family days out guide.

Lichfield District Council’s Children’s Trail, which guides youngsters and their families around the historic city,  was included in the Little Chef’s guide to 51 Great Family Days Out.

The guide came about following research that showed British families were not spending enough quality time together. Public nominations flooded in, with families sharing their personal favourites, including both high profile attractions and places off the beaten track.

The final top 51 – chosen to celebrate 51 years of Little Chef restaurants – was based on the number of nominations, the accessibility, cost and appeal to a family group. The guide includes well known destinations such as Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Legoland and London Zoo, plus hidden gems such as Lichfield’s very own Children’s Trail.

Tom Hutton, one of the authors of a Rough Guide to Britain, said:

“The final 51 is an eclectic mix of days out demonstrating the range of fascinating things to do and beautiful places to visit in the UK. It’s great that the public hasn’t overlooked the less obvious attractions either.” 

Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, added:

“Our Children’s Trail takes youngsters on a quick tour of the city, stopping at interesting buildings and historic sites along the way. At each stop, Minster the Duck asks questions so that children can find out more about the city’s fascinating past. We are all delighted it has been voted one of the top 51 days out. It’s a popular trail and we know parents also enjoy finding out more about Lichfield along with their children.”  

The 51 Days Out guide can be found online at and on the Out and About map, which can be picked up for free in all Little Chef restaurants.

The Top 51 Days Out in full:

  1. The Forbidden Corner
  2. Brighton Pier
  3. Day out in York
  4. Alton Towers
  5. Legoland Windsor
  6. Ironbridge Gorge Museum
  7. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  8. Natural History Museum
  9. Alnwick Castle
  10. Towneley Hall Estate & Park
  11. London Zoo
  12. Chessington World of Adventures
  13. Chester Zoo
  14. Eden Project
  15. Cadbury World
  16. Keswick
  17. Drayton Manor Theme Park
  18. Heights of Abraham
  19. Longleat House & Safari Park
  20. Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
  21. Leeds Castle
  22. Warwick Castle
  23. Magna
  24. Lost Gardens of Heligan
  25. Wroxham/Hoveton/Norfolk Broads
  26. Charmouth Beach
  27. Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
  28. Glasgow Science Centre
  29. Twycross Zoo
  30. Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
  31. Camperdown Country Park
  32. Aberdeen Maritime Museum
  33. Courtroom Experience
  34. East Somerset Railway
  35. Howletts Wild Animal Park
  36. Carlisle Castle
  37. Cannon Hall
  38. Cambridge University Botanic Garden
  39. Salcey Forest
  40. RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve
  41. Carsington Water
  42. Look Out Discovery Centre
  43. Hatfield House
  44. St Leonards Farm Park
  45. Nature in Art
  46. National Forest Llama Trek
  47. Abbotsbury Swannery
  48. Markeaton Park, Derby
  49. Woking Lightbox
  50. Lichfield’s Children’s Trail
  51. Moss Bank Park

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