7 Destinations for a family staycation
Has this school holidays got you excited about a summer getaway? We’re here to fuel your imagination and help make picking your next family hols easier. This blog’s all about brilliant destinations in the UK! No passports required.
Let’s start with the big city! There’s so much to love about London and it’s always an exciting place to take the children if they’re not local. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye… the wealth of landmarks makes this a great place to enjoy on foot with nothing but a camera.
Or head to the many child-centred museums: The National History Museum and nearby Science Museum are full of interactive exhibits and things to keep young minds engaged. The V&A Museum of Childhood is great too – where there are historic toys to learn about but plenty to play with as well. Not to mention London’s family-friendly places to eat out and recharge – what holidays are for!
If you’re looking for child-safe self-catering on your stay, Europe House apartments from i-Escape are worth a look. Located north of west of Paddington.
If you’re looking for the buzz of London but with the bonus of the seaside, consider Brighton. Brighton has a popular pebble beach and fun pier to enjoy with an ice cream or cone of chips.
It’s also home to numerous other family attractions, like the Sea Life Centre, Kings Road Playground with paddling pool and sand pit, and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. And it’s beautiful and cultured too. A place to encourage budding photographers.
Isle of Wight
For more seaside charm (and sandcastles!) then the Isle of Wight is a lovely holiday spot with the added fun of having to do a ferry cross. The summer months are when the island comes alive – when the island thrives on tourist visits and opens its wealth of child-friendly attractions. Family favourites include: Blackgang Chine, The Needles, Robin Hill Adventure Park, The Isle of Wight Zoo and the many beautiful walking routes accompanied by sea views and pub stops.
How amazing does this family holiday home look like from Baby Friendly Boltholes? Camellia Cottage is nestled in the beautiful village of Niton and equipped with kids toys, baby gear and a football table!
For sandcastles, countryside and castles – Cornwall has it all. Family boat rides and daring water sports for the big kids or toddles around National Trust gardens for little ones, and harbourside crabbing sessions are such fun too. Other holiday attractions include: Crealy’s theme park, Trethorn Adventure Park, The National Seal Sanctuary and Monkey Sanctuary, and of course the Eden Project
We love the sound of Trecan Farm Cottages available to book via Away with the Kids – 15 minutes from the Eden Project with opportunities for the children to get involved with farm life.
The Lake District
For a northern staycation, The Lake District is known for it’s beauty and you can see why when you look at its mix of terrain. It’s the home of England’s biggest National Park, highest mountain and deepest lake. This a wonderful destination for outdoor adventure with your Hotdogs, have a picnic at Fellfoot Country Park, hire a rowing boat and pretend to be explorers discovering new land or visit Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm.
Linskeldfield Holiday Cottages and Camp site are well equipped with baby and toddler kit, a kids playground and farm animals to befriend. Bookable via Away with the Kids.