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The half-term is fast approaching and that means being creative and resourceful to keep your little ones entertained for the entire week. Whether you’re looking for a staycation at home or to travel further afield across the UK, here are our top kid-friendly destinations.
Escape from the bustle of everyday life with the refreshing sea air; picture fish and chips on the sand, swimming in the clear ocean (even on the colder days) and nightly sunset strolls. If you’re unsure on a destination, these are our best seaside picks.
Weymouth Beach, Dorset
The award-winning beach set in the heart of Dorset, Weymouth beach has everything you could need for a week of seaside fun. The activities available include a year-round fairground, donkey rides, pedalos and the beautiful stretch of sea. The beach is also renowned for being rather shallow which can make swimming or paddling easier for your smaller travellers. And, with sand practically designed perfectly for sandcastles, you’re able to build the finest of creations.
The town of Weymouth also has a wide variety of things to do including the Sealife centre, Sandworld, a gorgeous harbour and the Nothe Fort. And, near the beach, are plenty of beachside resorts to book your family accommodation.
Blackpool Sands, Devon
Devon is notoriously known as a stunning staycation destination with plenty in store for families. There are many beaches to choose from or base your trip around but Blackpool Sands is especially special, even in the cooler months.
Nestled by pine trees, this beach is located in an Area of Outstanding Beauty and doesn’t seem like it’s part of the UK. It’s one of those beaches that are so perfectly maintained, it looks like paradise when you’re going for a stroll or dip in the sea. The beach also is home to designated sand pits, where kids can get stuck in with digging and sandcastle making.
Viking Bay, Broadstairs, Kent
Think ice creams and entertainment when it comes to Broadstairs mains sands beach. Viking Bay is a hub of fairground rides, rockpools and colourful beach huts. Minutes from the beach are a selection of ice cream shops, coffee shops, restaurants and family-run trinket shops.
Broadstairs main sands beach has many other beaches surrounding it including Dumpton Gap, Stone Bay and Botany Bay, only a short walk away. It’s surrounded by plenty of things to see and do, and in prime time, pop up events occur including food festivals, Dickens Week and Folk Week. On a sunny day, the stretch of Broadstairs showcases paradise with bustling beach goers and happy smiles all around.
If you’re dreaming of rolling green hills, clear blue skies and lakes, these destinations are sure to be up your family’s street for exploration.
Windermere, Lake District
The Lake District had to be our top choice for nature lovers. With a whole area of lakes and countryside to explore, it can be hard to know where to begin with your planning process. If in doubt as to which peak, lake or area of natural beauty to explore first, Windermere is the largest and most popular area in the Lake District, and perfect for every type of family coming to visit.
Windermere is renowned for its bucket load of activities available no matter what the weather is. From boating along the lake, heading on the many hiking trails, or going for a cycle, to the different railways, castles, museums, National Trust properties and galleries to experience. There is also the many cinemas and theatres nearby, golfing options and even, balloon rides. You’re not short of entertainment for all the family at Windermere, even on a rainy day.
Set in the beautiful countryside, Norfolk Broads is a national park with over 125 miles of waterways, surrounded by charming towns and villages. The Broads are known as the ‘Venice’ of the UK and have more waterways than Amsterdam so really, it’s as if you really are jetting off abroad.
The Norfolk Broads aren’t short of any activity and have too many to count for your family getaway. With so much to do, it can be impossible to know where to begin but the best way is by booking your family a boat and exploring a few of the waterways to get your bearings of the location. Around the Broads, there are different things to do from pottery, canoeing, to churches, horse riding and gardens to explore. The Broads really is a place like no other.
Cities are a hub of the bustle, entertainment and a whole heap of history and are prime location for kids to learn whilst they travel. If you’re looking for city recommendation, these are our favourite spots.
Brighton and Hove, East Sussex
Brighton and Hove have the beauty of a city and beach, which gives it that calm-yet-busy appeal. The list of things to do in Brighton and Hove are limitless from its famous pier packed with entertainment and amusements, the shopping scene, wide variety of restaurants and the SeaLife centre. And of course, unlike most cities, you have the pebbled beach to relax on after a day of exploring with the kids.
Hove is the quieter side of Brighton with lots of parks, walking areas, churches and gardens for the whole family to enjoy.
Capital of Wales, although Cardiff isn’t the largest city, it’s also not the smallest and has many things in store for families. The city is mainly walkable which provides an opportunity to explore the wonders on foot, roaming around the shops, eating out and experiencing every chance there is to learn something new.
The city is home to Cardiff Castle, battlements to discover, museums, Bute Park and Cardiff Bay is also nearby. You’ll all be city pros when you head home.
Located on the southwest of England, Bristol is an underrated city with a wealth of maritime history. The city has more to it than first meets the eye; home of Wallace and Grommit and pirates, it has dream kid destination written all over it.
Bristol has an ongoing list of things your family are able to get up to on your trip including boat tripping around the harbour, steam train rides, pirate tours, museums such as science and natural history, and the landmark of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The amount of activities will thrill your whole family and you’ll return home with a bucket-load of memories.
Thrill-seeking locations are easier to spot than you think, whether you’re looking for a rush of adrenaline or an experience that’ll last a lifetime with your family.
Located in northwest Wales, Snowdonia is a region and home to the famous Snowdonia National Park. For families that love to hike and climb, this is a dream location to experience the mountain air and climb up to great heights and experience amazing views.
The national park has a network of different walking and climbing trails, at varying degrees of difficulty, plus hundreds of lakes and craggy peaks to explore. And, aside from the main park, there is also many castles to see and an exciting steam train ride to take in all the scenic views.
Orkney Islands, Scotland
For an experience like no other, the Orkney Islands are calling your name. Located off Scotland’s North Coast, the islands are made up of 5,000 old sites and encompass beautiful beaches, stunning sea cliffs and the opportunity to get up, close and personal with the local wildlife.
One of the thrill-seeking experiences to note is diving in Scapa Flow which is a body of water known for old shipwrecks and a wide variety of sea life to witness. It’s easy to reach by boat, like all of the islands – and by making a day trip of it, you can set base in mainland Orkney.
Giant Causeway, Northern Ireland
As Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO site, the Giant Causeway has more to it than you first think. Located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, the Causeway has lots of different things to discover including the Grand Causeway, Giant’s Boot, The Wishing Chair and many glorious clifftop trails to explore. Imagine a combination of hiking and fab scenic views, that’s all of the joy the Giant Causeway will bring for your family.
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