When you are beginning to plan your annual summer family holiday, one of the first things you need to think about is the location. In equal parts exciting and stressful, the location has the ability to make or break your holiday, so it is important to get it right.
For many families, especially those with young children and those on tight budgets, a ‘staycation’ is a more realistic and affordable option. Foreign holidays may well be exotic, sunny and luxurious, but that is no reason why you can’t get all of that and more right here in the UK.
A family holiday is unique as it allows you to spend some quality time making memories with the people who are closest to you. Often, day-to-day chores and everyday life can get in the way of family time, which makes these summer getaways all the more important.
However, it is also important to select a destination that suits the whole family when you are looking to book your next holiday. By keeping everyone in mind, it should be much easier to create a shortlist of destinations which you can then eventually whittle down to select your final destination.
However, if you are struggling for ideas, here are some of the top destinations for a summer family vacation in the UK.
The Cotswolds is a picturesque rural area in the heart of England, covering parts of six counties. It is characteristic of charming rolling hills and grassland, dotted with scenic villages and stately homes. The perfect image of traditional English country life, the Cotswolds offer the perfect accessible family getaway. For things to do, head to Gloucester Cathedral or Tewkesbury Abbey for a splash of culture. Alternatively, the little ones are sure to love a day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. For places to stay on a budget, there are plenty of camping and caravanning opportunities within the area. If you would like more information about caravans for hire in the Cotswolds, click here.
For the holiday destination offering something for everyone, head to Northumberland for a summer getaway spent amongst glorious scenery and years of history. If the weather is being kind to you, there are plenty of beautiful beaches along the Northumberland coastline. Alternatively, you can take a boat out to the Farne Islands or head across the causeway to take in the sights at the unique tidal Holy Island. Plus, Harry Potter enthusiasts take note – Alnwick Castle, where many scenes from the original films were shot, is also in Northumberland!
The Isle of Wight
Give the little ones the chance to head ‘abroad’ and take the ferry crossing over for a summer holiday on the Isle of Wight. The entire island is perfect for families, with pretty beaches, walking routes and family-friendly attractions like Blackgang Chine and Osborne House aplenty. There are also plenty of places to stay and the best part? Since the island is relatively small, everything is within easy reach, so say goodbye to those long, hot and never-ending car journeys!
An enduring family favourite, the North Norfolk coastline offers the perfect opportunity for the traditional seaside holiday. Stunning beaches and quintessentially British villages dot the coastline, each one offering a unique set of attractions perfect for families. Go crabbing on the quayside with a delicious fish and chip lunch, or spend an afternoon getting rid of all your spare change in the amusement arcades in Hunstanton. The Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth is also a great place for kids to spend their pocket money on fun rides! Alternatively, if the weather is good, head down to the beach for a glorious day in the sun. The sand dunes, vast expanses of golden sand and row of colourful beach huts set against the backdrop of the shady pine woods makes Wells-Next-The-Sea well worth a visit.
The home of the only coastal national park in the UK, Pembrokeshire is great for a more active family holiday. Head off on one of the many walking trails in the area for a relaxing day spent exploring the countryside, or alternatively, pop down to the beach to make the most of the warm summer weather. There is always plenty to see and do in Pembrokeshire, so let the kids run off some energy and take advantage of the opportunity to soak up some sun this summer.
No matter which destination you decide on, it is important to select a location that suits the unique requirements of each individual family member as well as the family as a whole. Once you have picked out the perfect destination, the rest of the holiday planning and preparation process will soon begin to fall into place. Your holiday will be here before you know it!
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