The study found that a third of British children had never been to a theme park and 34 per cent of children had never been abroad. Nearly 40 per cent had never been to the theatre and 10 per cent had not been on any kind of family outing in the past 12 months.
 
Anne Longfield, chief executive of 4Children, said: "With family trips to Legoland and Alton Towers costing more than £100, it is no wonder they are out of reach for many parents.

"The difference in school holiday experiences between poor and more affluent families is vast. As more affluent families enjoy their summer holiday abroad, many millions more are left at home with no prospect of even a day trip to the seaside ahead."