The North West is blessed with a host of great activities and days out for the whole family. So, no matter whether you're basking in glorious sunshine or ducking out of the rain, you'll find the perfect family day out in the area.
Just south of Liverpool, Chester Zoo is the perfect place for family days out. More than 68 animals are ready to meet and greet you and your clan, including lions, otters, elephants and bears. There's also beautiful award-winning botanical gardens to enjoy, as well as play areas for little ones to let out their wild side.
The home of one of the world's most famous children's authors couldn't have a more beautiful setting, in the heart of the Lake District. Once you've marvelled at the scenery, head inside where you can have a snoop in Beatrix Potter's dolls' house and see which of her items of furniture you can recognise from her famous books.
Missing out on a trip to the National Football Museum will be a guaranteed own goal, so be sure to stop by when in Manchester. As well as exploring the history of the Beautiful Game, you can also relive famous moments via BBC commentary, practice your best trophy-lift celebration, and test your goalkeeper reactions, penalty-taking skills and tiki-taka ability.
Although best known for the legendary Big Dipper ride, < a href="/north-west/lancashire/blackpool">Blackpool Pleasure Beach is so much more than just a theme park. As one of the UK's most visited attractions, it boasts something for the whole family to enjoy. Alongside the scream-inducing rides, there's also the more gentle options of Wallace and Gromit's Thrill-o-Matic and Eddie Stobart's Convoy Ride, as well as Nickelodeon Land, Adventure Golf and Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Located in Liverpool, the World Museum is a great - and free! - day out for the whole family. Explore millions of years of history under one roof, from the Ancient Egyptians to an intergalactic adventure in the Planetarium. With loads of hands-on experiences to enjoy, kids are sure to get loads of secret learning out of their visit!
Gulliver's World Resort in Warrington is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family. With the adrenaline-pumping Antelope Wooden Coaster, to the Alpine Log Flume and Dino Safari Tours, all ages are well catered for. On a rainy day, you can head inside for more fun in Splash Zone, Roller Zone and the Blast Arena. There's also the Big Top Soft Play Tent, perfect for little ones!
Situated in Widnes, between Liverpool and Manchester, the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre brings science to life in an exciting, explosive way. With more than 80 hands-on exhibits, kids will love discovering crystals and investigating how chemicals are made.
Meet Ernie and Cammy, two giant sea turtles, plus thousands of other weird, wacky and wet creatures at Sea Life Manchester. Rabbitfish, jellyfish and - dun dun, dun dun - sharks are all under one roof where you can explore all day long. Kids will love the mini ocean tunnel and Finding Dory zones.
Described as the 'ultimate Lego indoor playground' the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester's Trafford Centre is sure to be an absolute treasure trove for budding Bob the Builders. Explore Miniland, enjoy the Lego 4D adventure, become a ninja and loads more, all in one day!
On a hot, sunny day in the North West, you'd be missing out if you didn't head to Lytham St Anne's Beach, just along the coast from Blackpool. With swathes of golden sand, donkey rides and a classic Victorian pier, it's the perfect location for a family day at the seaside.