Animal-Friendly Family Days Out in the UK
Need something to entertain the kids? Look no further. From adventure parks to interactive museum exhibits and lots of vegan food, there are plenty of ways to keep the entire family happy on a day out – without harming animals.
Gravity Social’s 19 locations across the UK offer a host of activities, including bowling, golf, and digital darts – all under one roof. It’s a great place to eat, too, thanks to its impressive plant-based menu that’s packed with burgers, hotdogs, and more. We love the sharing plates, which are great for keeping things social and include onion ring stacks, Cajun crispy “shroomies”, and nachos loaded with vegan cheese, salsa, jalapeños, and guacamole.
This popular indoor trampoline club and adventure park has 11 locations where kids can jump and play all day – and then refuel with delicious vegan food at the Tuck In Cafe. Lighter bites include cauliflower wings, veg sticks with houmous, and garlic doughballs, or you can fill up with a Bac’n mushroom pizza, a vegan hot dog, or a pulled oats and harissa bean burrito.
Home of the Royal Botanic Gardens, impressive Victorian glasshouses, and a research collection of botanical specimens from around the world, Kew Gardens makes for a top day out for nature lovers. Kew has pledged to promote vegan food as part of its climate policy by moving vegan dishes to the top of menus and including information on the carbon and biodiversity benefits of vegan dishes.
There are vegan options throughout the many gorgeous eateries at Kew. The highlight at the Botanical Brasserie is a delicious asparagus, pea, and Kew wild garlic risotto, and kids love the Southern-fried cauliflower nuggets. Delights at the Pavilion Bar and Grill include a vegan feta and roast vegetable baguette served with triple-cooked chunky chips and a chocolate violet cake. Yes, please!
The Making of Harry Potter
Explore the world of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which now has more delicious vegan options than ever before. You’ll find vegan fish and chips, pizza, burgers, a full English, and more at the studio’s food outlets. There’s even an extra-special vegan afternoon tea that includes smoked salmon sandwiches, Greek-style feta envelopes, and scones. So grab your Firebolt and pack your trunk, because you’re about to embark on a magical journey filled with so many vegan offerings that even Ron will feel full for once. Check out the food highlights.
Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the Royal Mile in the city centre, has been used as a prison as well as a royal residence and military fortress, and it’s now a popular tourist attraction. The Redcoat Café has vegan delights such as butternut squash tortellini, a plant-based Reuben sandwich, and a wide variety of salads. A vegan afternoon tea is available at The Tea Rooms. For those exploring more of the city’s famous sites, vegan options – including soya milk for hot drinks and vegan cake – are available at all of Historic Environment Scotland’s castles and monuments that have cafés on site.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a unique way to learn about our natural world. It has two massive biomes packed with rainforest plants and plenty of ways to go about exploring them. Adventure is calling!
The environmentally friendly site also has vegan options at all its cafés, including a vegan Cornish pasty, pizza with vegan cheese, and a vegan raspberry and chocolate cake. There’s a special treat for kids (and big kids), too: vegan ice cream!
Hillside Animal Sanctuary
Hillside Animal Sanctuary is the largest rescue in the UK for animals who were exploited on farms. Over 4,000 horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, ostriches, deer, dogs, and other animals live there. Visitors can read educational signs, which tell the stories of the rescued animals and show the public the awful reality of farming in the UK.
The main sanctuary is only open for visitors on certain days, but the Shire Horse Sanctuary, near Cromer, Norfolk, is open Sunday to Friday from Easter until the end of October and has a vegan café serving sandwiches, soup, cakes, and scones.
Midlands Arts Centre
Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham is the place to go for theatre, dance, cinema, music, spoken word, comedy, exhibitions, special events, and vegan food.
At the café, you’ll find delights such as a vegan full English breakfast; mushroom, leek, and tarragon pie; pizza with vegan cheese; curry; and vegan children’s options.
Vegan Events UK
The team at Vegan Events UK runs vegan festivals nationwide throughout the year, which have stalls, talks, cookery demos, yoga, live music, and entertainment. Children’s activities include making animal masks and face-painting.
What You Can Do for Animals Used in Entertainment
Shockingly, there are still industries that profit from cruelty to animals in the name of entertainment. Being aware of the abuse allows us to make informed choices when planning a day out – and we can help end the cruelty by refusing to support it and by speaking up for animals used in exploitative industries.