Picking a family holiday can be stressful enough as it is, without having to worry if the destination will suit yours and your family’s needs. There are so many things to consider when picking a family holiday, such as where to go, how long the travel might be, how long the kids can have off of school, how much luggage can fit in the car, whether there will be food they can eat, and so on and so forth… and this truly only gets more stressful when flights are added into the equation! (If you’ve ever had to board a plane with a screaming baby, you’ll know exactly why).
This is why many families are opting for ‘staycations’ – mini holidays in the same country they live in. often these holidays require less travelling, planning and spending, making it perfect for families with small children. Read on for our list of perfect family destinations, including park holidays Devon, Scotland, the New Forest and Norfolk.
Devon has many beautiful towns to stay, such as Exeter, Torquay and Ilfracombe. Park holidays Devon offer the best of all worlds, as Devon is full of greenery and rolling hills, as well as sea and gorgeous coastal views, but there are also thriving towns to visit and stay at, which have a huge number of lovely shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as cultural activities, that can be enjoyed at a low cost. Due to Devon being a remote, laid back part of the UK, they are very accepting of children, so it’s a great place to visit if you want to be assured kids will be welcomed wherever you go.
There’s plenty for families to do in Scotland, whether it’s a Loch Ness river cruise or a tour of Edinburgh Castle, there are so many inexpensive, yet thrilling, activities that kids and parents alike will enjoy. And if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of busy life, a Scottish getaway can be perfect, with its rolling hills, lush greenery and large lochs – the Scottish Highlands really is the best place to relax, unwind, and let the kids expend some energy running around!
The New Forest
Why not bring the brood to The New Forest for a week or so? There’s plenty of wildlife and heritage that your little ones will love exploring. Why not take one of the walking tours and explore the area, and even try and spot some native, wild ponies while you’re there! And if you work up an appetite with all that exploring, pop to any of the local farm shops, delis or pubs – serving all local produce and proper English grub – for a bite to eat. We couldn’t think of anything better!
Norfolk is another area that serves as the perfect backdrop for your family getaway. Visit the gorgeous British beaches, and maybe even try your hand at surfing the waves. We suggest heading to Horsey Beach with kids for a long walk – and the opportunity to spot the seals that live there, often laying out on the sand! When you’re done taking pictures of the majestic creatures to show everyone back home, head to the town centre and explore the quaint shops and lunch spots or take an informative ride on a North Norfolk Railway steam train, the kids will love it!