With Easter fast approaching, HELLO! Online follow in celebrity footsteps for fun, family days out in the UK. Visit exotic animals in Dartmoor Zoo, experience the making of Harry Potter like Peaches Geldoff and Gladiator actor Russell Crowe, or take the same ride as Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding at Alton Towers...
See exotic animals at Dartmoor Zoo
Dartmoor Zoo was the subject of the Hollywood film We Bought A Zoo, directed by Jerry Maguire's Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique, family owned zoo with a fantastic collection of animals including the widest variety of big cats in the south west of England. Having bought the zoo in 2006, Ben Mee wrote a book about the experience which was made into the Hollywood film. Hidden in Devon's back lanes you will find more than 200 animals at home, including tigers, lions, jaguar, lynx and cheetah, bears and wolves. A perfect family day trip with a Hollywood edge...
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Angelina Jolie took her children here last year, and more recently Dancing on Ice's Jason Gardiner and Charlie Brooks have been been spotted at the Windosr resort. Ideal for a family day out, especially for younger children, this Lego-themed theme park contains a host of wonderful attractions that will keep the little ones entertained, from Lego miniland, a model village which includes intricate, true-to-life models of landmarks and scenes from around the world made from millions of genuine Lego bricks including a Star Wars miniworld, to a driving school, roller coasters, and even a fun-based learning centre for a spot of education.
Giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo
Follow celebrity footsteps like Nicole Kidman and Ben Fogle who have recently visited Edinburgh Zoo to see its resident pandas. Other visitors include royals Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra, as well as American film director Michael Moore. If you would like to see more than the zoo's pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, both nine years old, there are hundreds more animals to be seen, including chimpanzees, squirrel monkeys, bears and exotic Asian golden cats and lions. Edinburgh Zoo's famous penguin parade is also set to make a return following a £750,000 refurbishment of the animals' enclosure.
Discover the wizardry behind Harry Potter
Bring a touch of magic to your Easter weekend by stepping through the grand doors of Hogwarts Great Hall and taking a peek behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films. Peaches Geldolf and her family recently popped down to The Making of Harry Potter, as has comedian Michael McIntyre with his children Lucas and Oscar, and Russell Crowe. Experience the behind-the-scenes magic and take a look at the breath-taking sets, incredible props and costumes, as well as mind-blowing animatronics and craftsmanship behind the making of all eight Harry Potter movies. Thanks to its birthday at Easter, magical surprises beyond the norm will pop up at the Warner Bros studio. We already know that this day out isn't just for children - but it is a good excuse...
Ride the Nemisis at Alton Towers
JLS, Pink, Jonathan Ross, Sarah Harding and Gail Porter are just a few of the long line of celebrities that have headed to Alton Towers for a fun day out. One of Europe's most popular theme parks, Alton Towers offers 500 acres of fantastic attractions and rides the whole family can enjoy including Ug Land, X-Sector, Old Macdonalds Farm, Gloomy Wood and Katanga Canyon. Staffordshire's theme park boasts some of the UK's most daring rides, such as the thrilling roller coaster Nemesis and The Pirate Ship.