Seeking inspiration for your next holiday? There’s no need to sign up to the stress of strikes, airport delays, lost baggage and nightmare journeys when there are so many family-friendly places right here in the UK. Here are some of our favourites.
The Isle of Wight, known as The Garden Isle, enjoys a warm climate and offers breathtaking scenery, miles of sandy beaches and footpaths, and around 70 tourist attractions. PGL runs Family Active Holidays from Little Canada, which is set in 48 acres of woodland. Stay in log cabins and enjoy activities as diverse as canoeing, fencing and circus skills.
The stunning scenery of Cumbria and the Lake District is hard to beat. Pitch up at one of a host of idyllic lakeside campsites that welcome little ones with open arms. Head to Solfest, a family run and family friendly music and arts festival held on the Solway coast which runs over the August bank holiday.
With miles of untouched coastline, nature reserves, villages, market towns and seaside resorts, Norfolk is a great choice for a family holiday. Those who like to return year after year are starting to see the benefits of investing in their own holiday homes located in some beautiful scenic spots such as Great Yarmouth.
The West Country is a winner when it comes to family holidays. In addition to the unspoilt beaches, rolling hills and lush countryside, it is steeped in history and offers vibrant towns and cities and events and attractions to appeal to the whole family.
Head for North Devon and make a Mongolian yurt your holiday home. Set in a large field by a babbling brook in the picturesque surroundings of Westland Farm on the Edge of the Exmoor National Park, you can relax and enjoy the great outdoors at its best. Eat in pretty village pubs, explore Exmoor and the North Devon coast and visit towns, castles and museums.
Experience the best that Cornwall has to offer with a stay at Gwel an Mor, winner of the National Tourism Awards for Best Holiday Park in the Country 2012. The luxury lodges take self-catering to a new level and with wildlife activities for the children and a top restaurant and spa for you, it’ll be happy days all round.
The New Forest is a haven for those who love life outdoors – ride a bike or horse or explore gardens, museums, leisure and wildlife parks and farms. You could even go glamping and stay in a luxury tent on a farm, which the children will love. Midgham Farm is one of the country’s 29 Feather Down Farms – pack the kids off to make dens and paddle and fish in the River Avon.
The Brecon Beacons is just one of many beautiful areas of Wales, with its undulating hills, plunging valleys, caves and waterfalls. Rent a holiday cottage and explore the region’s canal paths, market towns, castles and family attractions. It’s worth making a trip to one of Europe’s biggest agricultural shows – the Royal Welsh Show runs from 23rd – 26th July.
With so many destinations to discover on your doorstep, it makes sense to stick with a staycation.