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Brilliant places where you can play in the sand

As the weather gets warmer, the first place families often head for to build sandcastles, is the beach.

Nothing beats a day out at the seaside with a bucket and spade and even on the worst day, the kids still love to get messy in the sand.

But you don't always have to go to beach to play in the sand - there are indoor and outdoor sandpits at many family attractions.

Here's some brilliant places below for the kids to get their sand fix or check out our handy guide to the best family beaches and seaside days out.

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Hoylake Beach, Wirral

Head to Hoylake Beach in Wirral to fly a kite or explore the Grace Darling driftwood pirate ship

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Black Pearl Pirate Ship, New Brighton, Wirral

Take your young pirates to visit the impressive Black Pearl on New Brighton beach

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Farmer Ted's, West Lancashire

Have fun on the farm at Farmer Ted's in West Lancashire - an interactive children's activity park on a working farm

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Calderstones Park, Liverpool

Calderstones Park in Liverpool is a very popular park with huge woodlands, a lake and an adventure playground

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The Storybarn's Treasure Island at Liverpool One

Families can enjoy a great adventure in the heart of Liverpool as The Storybarn presents a new interactive experience

Under ones go free | Free entry for Crafting Cove
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Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot

Hop on the Baboon Bus, go on a foot safari or explore Wolf Country at Knowsley Safari Park.

20% off when you buy online | Kids under three go free
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Otterspool Adventure Centre, Liverpool

Head to Otterspool Adventure Centre for a fun and active day out with the kids

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Crosby Beach, Sefton

You can't beat a trip to the Crosby Beach in Sefton - it's home to 100 cast iron statues which never fail to amaze

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Formby Beach, Sefton

If you don't mind a little sand in your shoes, then you'll love a trip to Formby Beach

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Imagine That, Wavertree

If you're looking for something really amazing to do with the kids head to Imagine That in Wavertree from the team behind Underwater Street

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to 12,000 animals with so much for the family to explore

10% off tickets when you buy online
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The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire

Home to the ‘world’s largest ice cream shop’ The Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire offers an amazing flavour of activities for all ages

Save up to 70% when you buy a Play Pass
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Imagination Station, Southport

Imagination Station is an educational play centre where the kids can have fun learning while you enjoy a bite to eat

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Mattel Play Liverpool

The kids will be transported into the worlds of their favourite television characters at Mattel Play Liverpool

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Grace Darling Pirate Ship, Hoylake Beach, Wirral

Head to Hoylake Beach where you can play on the Grace Darling pirate ship