With its fine park, beautiful open spaces and location on the River Thames, Richmond in south-west London has plenty to offer those searching for family days out.
Richmond Park is the perfect place for a gentle amble or a jog, and you can also rent bikes or fish. It also has a couple of playgrounds for the younger visitors and is home to 300 red deer and 350 fallow deer living wild on the grounds. Best of all, of course, it’s free.
You can swim with a perfect view of the park at Richmond Pools in the Park, which has indoor and outdoor pools, and also hosts fitness classes and swimming lessons.
If you want to give the grey matter a workout, why not crack the clues on the Richmond Murder Mystery Treasure Trail - can you solve the fictitious demise of actor Jermaine Mann? You can also get two-for-one on Huntfun, which will take you through the streets on a search for clues as you see things you’d normally miss.
At Stag Lodge Stables, there are little Shetland ponies to ride for younger children and jumping and dressage on offer for older teenagers, while you can personalise pottery at the Ceramics Café, which is close to Kew Gardens.