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Sally Wilson

Sally is a key member of the MoneyMaxim editorial team. She is a frequent hire-car user and often goes on holiday with her family. With an interest in getting great value for money, Sally shares her hints and tips for travelling and insurance.

Celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday - Days Out in your Hire Car

Enjoy days out with the children across the UK with car hire

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September 13th 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl the celebrated children's author. Many boys and girls up and down the country grew up on the tales of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG and the Twits. These magical characters are beloved by many and will be for generations to come. If you are a fan of his books then a visit to the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire is a must - you can even send off for a party pack to help celebrate his centenary birthday.

If you are planning a holiday or a day out with the children - something to look forward to after going back to school - then there are so many wonderful places to visit all over the country. If you are an overseas visitor or you need a larger vehicle to transport your party then you could consider car hire.

At MoneyMaxim we love a day out so we have come up with our favourite ten ideas for day trips with children.

Harry Potter Studios Tour - London - Another popular book character who has become a worldwide phenomenon, this is a chance to see behind the scenes, visit the sets including Privet Drive and even sample some Butterbeer.

Cadburyworld - Birmingham - You may have read about Willy Wonka's chocolate factory but here is a chance to take a look around a real life one. Learn about the history of chocolate, see how it is made and sample some of Cadbury's delicious creations.

Chester Zoo - Cheshire - One of the finest zoos in the UK, Chester zoo is well known for its magnificent elephant enclosure. It also has a monorail that can give tired visitors a rest while viewing the animals from up high.

Wookey Hole - Somerset - Explore these dazzling natural caves underneath the Mendip Hills. Tickets also include access to other attractions such as a mirror maze, circus shows and kids play areas.

Legoland Windsor - Berkshire - This is a fantastic day out for all the family - not just lovers of those bricks! With rides to suit all levels of adventurer, a miniland to explore, lego to build and daring shows to watch, you will have so much to talk about after your awesome day.

Alton Towers - Staffordshire - A thrilling day is in store for anyone visiting Alton Towers. With hair-raising rides for the older kids, Cbeebies land for the little ones and plenty inbetween, noone will miss out. You can even stay at the hotel if you want to spread your visit over a couple of days.

Diggerland - Various locations - There are 5 Diggerland locations around the country so you can find the best one for you. Aimed at younger children, there are plenty of rides and attractions based around diggers. Operate a JCB or an excavator, ride on the go-karts or take in the views from the Skyshuttle - you are sure to have a great day out.

Longleat - Wiltshire - Longleat is a stately house set in beautiful grounds part of which is home to Longleat Safari Park and all its animal residents. Go for a drive through the safari park to catch a glimpse off rhinos, cheetahs, lions, wolves, giraffes and much much more.

Days out with Thomas - various locations - Thomas the Tank engine was made popular through the books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry. Many of the heritage railways around the UK host Days out with Thomas - a chance to ride in a carriage pulled by Thomas and meet some of his friends.

The Seaside - all around the UK The UK benefits from a stunning coastline and there are many wonderful beaches and seaside resorts to enjoy. Salcombe in Devon, Southwold in Suffolk and Burntisland Beach in Fife are all fantastic places to build sandcastles or go for a dip in the sea. You could also visit Tenby in Pembrokeshire, the holiday resort visited by Roald Dahl and his family for many years.

You may have hired a minibus for the occasion- perhaps you are taking a group of children for a birthday celebration - if so there are minibus excess insurance policies to cover vehicles up to 15 seats. We also have a comparison service for car hire excess insurance if you are opting for car hire.

Whatever plans you make, but especially if it is for a birthday, we wish you a very happy day!