When it comes to planning a family staycation, there is plenty on offer for your family. No matter if you’re a family who loves to explore and head off on adventures or if you prefer to spend your time relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the UK has something for everyone. Take a look at some of the options below and let us know if you have any staycation recommendations yourself!
Family Getaways to the sea side
Whether you are yearning for a relaxed stroll along the beach or want enjoy the odd sunset stroll, the seaside seems to be the choice number one. And to be honest, you rarely can go wrong with traveling coastal. Although the weather is unlikely to delight you with tropical temperatures (though with the recent heat wave, you never know), the UK seaside still has a lot to offer for the perfect family staycation.
With its clean bathing waters, tall cliffs and fairytale-like towns build around, the British sea side remains one of the most picturesque in Europe. Yet still, not enough people visit these spectacular spots or even know about them. Why? Cause most of the families, out of nostalgia or a routine tend to visit the usual tourist spots, places like Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool over the less obvious places such as Craster, Porlock or Scarborough. Why not try travelling a little further afield and exploring something new.
If you’re looking to try somewhere a little different, then places such as Budleigh Salterton in Devon are great options and can make you really feel like you’ve escaped. It is a true oasis of tranquility, full of history and its own unique charm. For those who want to swap the pebbled beaches, for more softer ground, the sandy beaches of Craster might be a perfect alternative. The small fishing village is full of spots for family picnics and terrific for relaxed strolls, like the one you might take to see the ruins of the Dunstanburgh Castle.
A short get-away to London
If city exploring is more your families style then heading to London for a few days can be a great way to immerse yourselves in history, culture and sightseeing. When it comes to city breaks, pre-booking attraction tickets, travel and other activities can be beneficial as it can save you time and money. Especially if you’re a family of four or more, as you can make the most of any family ticket offers at museums, attractions or shows. A lot of restaurant chains also send out some great offers around half terms and bank holidays, so it’s worth looking out for deals to help you save some money when feeding the family.
If you plan to stay in the city only for a couple of days, the best approach is probably to book a room in the centre. It will make traveling around the city easier and give you a chance to refresh in your own hotel room, whenever you need it and makes popping back for changes eay. Luckily, not all the rooms are that expensive, there are plenty of good offers if you book a place in advance.
Staycation in the Lake District
The Largest National Park in England attracts people from all over the world. Every year, around 15 million of visitors choose the Lake District as their holiday destination. It is quite a lot, considering that London gets around 19 million of tourists during the same period. But once you take a look at the lakeland’s postcard panorama, it is clear why.
With its mountain tarns, rocky hilltops and glittering lakes, the place is full of magical charm that will create a perfect background for your family trip. It is also the best place in the UK to let off some steam – the number of accessible hills, and stunning paths across the heartlands make it the most popular destination for all the amateurs of hiking and walking. The routes will vary in difficulty, so they are perfect for those who enjoy either gentle amble or an adventurous hike.
To make sure you don’t miss a single bit of the spectacular landscape, you can book a guided tour walk following the opening of the season in early spring.
Trip to the heart of English Heritage and History
Looking for a place that will stun you with its history, and brimming with interesting things to do? Luckily, there is at least a few that can be recommended off the top of the head – Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge. These iconic cities will leave you stunned pretty much wherever you go, and delight with loads of fun, and learning activities, that will inspire your kids.
Visiting Bath is a wise choice if you want to have a relaxed time for the whole family (although some baths will only accept kids over 16). The city is famous for its naturally warm, mineral-rich waters that will leave you rejuvenated for the next couple of weeks. You can bathe in various thermal complexes situated in the heart of this magnificent Roman city. If you are after even more history, Cambridge and Oxford will enchant you with its attractive historic architectures, museums, and stunning libraries, that celebrate the rich scientific excellence of both Universities.