Animal-Friendly Family Days Out in the UK
Stuck for something to entertain the kids? Look no further. From the cinema 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.
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 providing information on the carbon and biodiversity benefits of vegan dishes.
There are vegan options throughout the many gorgeous eateries at Kew. 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. 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 Lyceum and Crucible theatres both have shows suitable for the whole family year-round as well as plenty of events to discover. Over the bank holiday, we recommend taking in the Showstoppers’ Kids Show at the Lyceum Theatre.
As a bonus, you’ll find both these Sheffield theatres near the Crucible Corner restaurant, which has delicious vegan food on offer – including vegan barbecue cauliflower cheese, “fish” and chips, potato gnocchi, and a vegan southern fried chicken burger.
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!
With over 120 locations, Odeon is the largest cinema chain in the UK – and vegans can enjoy a special treat, as you can now get Magnum’s Vegan Classic at every single one of them. Vegan Thai-spiced burgers are available at Odeon’s flagship Leicester Square cinema, and at the new Islington Luxe & Dine, you can enjoy a Moving Mountains burger in your seat.
Whether it’s a catchy musical or an immersive performance, Scotland’s largest theatre boasts an exciting line-up for everyone to enjoy.
The Edinburgh Playhouse has a range of tempting vegan dishes at its Greenside Lane Bistro, including a Panang curry, tomato and basil soup, a chocolate orange sponge pudding, and even children’s vegan options.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary
Hillside Animal Sanctuary is the largest rescue in the UK for animals who were exploited on farms. Over 3,000 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. Only open in the summer.
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, scrambled tofu on toast, pizza with vegan cheese, curry, and vegan children’s options.
From the Natural History Museum to the V&A, London is full of iconic museums to visit. These interactive, dynamic places offer more than enough entertainment for the whole family.
Many of the large museums in London – including the British Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A – as well as Westminster Abbey now offer vegan options, thanks to catering by Benugo.
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.