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The best UK staycation destinations

The best UK staycation destinations

We’ve had the best summer on record this year with parts of the country enjoying temperatures as high as 30 degrees. It is not surprising families across the UK are considering staycation options instead. With award-winning beaches, internationally acclaimed cultural and historical attractions and 15 national parks to choose from, there’s something for everyone on our island.

Cornwall

Enjoy the simple pleasures of spending time together on a family friendly beach in Cornwall or try something new– we bet the littlest members of your crew will be the first up on a surf board!

Considered one of the best surfing beaches in both the UK and Europe, the long and sandy Fistral Beach is backed by rocks and cliffs and, on a fine day, is an ideal spot for families to take surfing lessons or relax with a picnic.

Where to stay?

the headland hotel

The Headland: With its luxury family-friendly accommodation in self-catering cottages close to the main hotel, is a great location for family holidays. There are indoor and outdoor pools, mini football field, tennis courts, putting, games and more. Plus, Fistral Beach is a few minutes away, so you can go to the Fistral Beach Surf School which offers lessons for all ages.

Lake District

Cycling, sailing, kayaking, walking… The Lake District national park offers loads of brilliant family days out in the most gorgeous scenery. For the Peter Rabbit’s fans, you can also visit the World of Beatrix Potter. Pop in to Mrs Tiggy-winkle’s kitchen and smell the fresh laundry or visit the garden, a small show garden designed to capture the very essence of Beatrix Potter’s world, from the lettuces that Benjamin Bunny nibbled on to the gooseberry bush where Peter got caught in a net as he tried to escape Mr. McGregor.

Where to stay:

Another place

Another Place, The Lake: On the shores of Ullswater and set in 18 acres of National Park, The Lake is the perfect base from which you can discover the Lake District. The Lake has 40 bedrooms, including suites, family and dog-friendly rooms, as well as two restaurants, a library, gathering spaces, a Kids Club with outdoor space, treatment rooms, a cardio room and a 20-metre indoor infinity pool.

Devon

A great destination for a family holiday: from Salcombe, Dartmoor and Exeter, there is plenty of things to do in Devon – inside or out. From surf breaks to animal adventures for toddlers, Devon will please everyone, just make sure that there are cream tea breaks thrown in for all. If you’re looking for a beach holiday, why not go to Blackpool Sands. It’s a great spot for a swim as its turquoise waters are clean and calm. If you’re looking for an adventure you can hire kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. On the harbour side in Plymouth is the nation’s largest aquarium, The National Marine Aquarium. The big draw is the Atlantic Ocean tank (the deepest in the United Kingdom), which is home to several species of sharks and rays.

Where to stay:

Bovey castle

Bovey Castle: There’s tennis, croquet and a playground in the extensive grounds, with a huge programme of outdoor children’s activities organised as part of Bovey Rangers club. These include survival skills, archery, reptile and owl encounters, rock climbing, raft building, canoeing and golf lessons. It’s a children’s paradise!

Edinburgh:

Edinburgh is a city with history and culture. The mighty castle, which stands right in the centre of the city, is the most obvious nod to the past. If the weather is good, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. The winding paths and steps of the rock garden are great for the kids.

Where to stay?

Hotel du Vin: Situated in a perfect location, only 15 minutes’ walk from the Castle, Hotel Du vin is also on the doorstep of fabulous shopping, impressive museums and galleries, the striking Georgian and Victorian architecture and the world’s biggest arts festival during the summer months. With its spacious bedrooms, Hotel du Vin will be a perfect choice for your family.

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The best family holiday hacks

Travelling as a family can be tough to organise and expensive to book a trip away in the school breaks. From Monster holidays to flying libraries, we look at the best offers out there for you and the kids this summer.

Novotel – kids stay for free

This year the hotel giant teamed up with Sony Pictures ‘Hotel Translyvania 3: A monster Vacation’ to offer thrilling activities for the whole family and even Hotel Translyvanian themed options for super fans.

Novotel didn’t stop there. For children aged 2 – 16 years who share a family room with their parents they will receive free accommodation and breakfast. Parents don’t fear, if you’re hoping for a little ‘me’ time on your trip and would prefer two rooms Novotel’s ‘buy one get one half price’ offer is just too good to miss out on this summer.

Southeastern – kids for a quid

Planning a trip to the seaside? Check out Southeastern railway’s “Kids for a quid” campaign. The concept is simple, for every adult ticket purchased you can travel with up to four children for just £1 each.

If you’re looking for some inspiration visit their website to see where families are travelling to throughout the school holidays. We know we’d have Bournemouth or Dover on our list!

easyJet – “Flibraries”:

A library in the sky? This year, easyJet launched a European-wide flying library initiative with partners Bloomsburt Children’s books and Alma books after 75% of parents admitted they were worried their kids’ vocabulary and literacy was suffering.

The project is supported by The National Literacy Trust and is set up to encourage kids to divulge into their imaginations and enjoy some new reads during their journey. Did you find your favourite? Don’t worry you will have the chance to download your book for free after your travel so you can revisit it during your break. The initiative will see the books distributed across the airline’s fleet of 300 aircrafts.

Disneyland Paris

When you think of a children’s holiday usually Disneyland will spring to mind. Every little one’s dream is to bring the magic to life, from meeting your favourite princess, super hero or walking down the promenade toward the pretty pink castle Disneyland is a great place to make memories as a family. This year Disney is offering a 25% saving and free half-board meal plan (breakfast and dinner) in the Disney hotel of your choice when you visit. And don’t worry, Eurostar will now drop you right outside so there is no excuse.

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