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christmas holiday in the uk - a few ideas for your family getaway

It seems like summer's barely over and the shops are getting the Christmas decorations out. Although this might seem a little premature, it's never too early to think about how your family's going to spend Christmas this year. It's a time for spending time together, appreciating everything you have while you build magical memories for your little ones.
Christmas is a great time to get away. You can all enjoy Christmas dinner together without having to worry about the hassle of preparing it or arguments over who gets to do the washing up. There are multiple events going on throughout the UK that make it a good time to get away and experience something truly special.

Bluestone Wales Resort, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales

Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire, West Wales offers a range of traditional Christmas breaks suitable for all ages. As well as traditional activities such as vintage fair rides, roasted chestnuts and carol singing, your children can experience the delight of a very special Kingdom of the Elves. Different rooms offer different themes with Santa's elves on hand to help your child see how letters to Santa are sorted and join the elves to help make toys, wrap them and celebrate when the presents are ready. With Santa story telling as well as free entertainment, your family will have an unforgettable time.
If you don't want to get wet, the Adventure Centre is a fully covered play area jam packed with soft play, bouncy castles, discovery zones, baby sensory area and more, so even the youngest family members can have a great time. What's more, the free WiFi means you can browse the net while your children play.
The Free Rangers offer complimentary entertainment every day and there's an onsite babysitting service should you fancy a little adult-only time, perhaps taking in the Spa. If your children argue over what activity to try first, why not head over to the Tournament Field, where they can settle their differences with crossbows or laser rifles?

Christmas holiday in Bath, Somerset

Bath in Somerset is a popular tourist destination all year round and with good reason. The historic city contains plenty of things to see and do, including the magnificent Roman baths. Over Christmas, you can enjoy the Christmas market. For 18 days, the area between Bath Abbey and the baths is transformed with over 170 traditional wooden chalets to explore. Each has something fascinating to discover with everything from handmade presents for when you want something unique to stunning Christmas decorations to food and drink, perfect for celebrating the festive season. Don't forget to check out the Victorian Carousel in Stall Street while you're there – your children will love it!

Getaway at Christmas in Scotland for a short break

Up in Scotland, you're spoilt for choice if you visit Edinburgh. Starting with Light Night on 23 November 2014, there's plenty to enjoy during the turning on of the lights, including live music and fireworks. Edinburgh's Christmas runs through until 4 January, with a wide range of events throughout the seasons. A Scottish ceilidh on 30 November celebrates St Andrew's Day, while this year's Christmas theatre includes adaptations of Roald Dahl's The BFG and Julia Donaldson's Stick Man. The ever popular Baby Loves Disco's Christmas Cheer is running once again and is a day club aimed at small children who can take part in arts and crafts, dressing up and face painting, while parents can relax at the bar. What's more, Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens lets children enjoy rides and a children's market as well as an opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself.

A short break at Christmas in Yorkshire with your family

Meanwhile, visiting Yorkshire allows you to take advantage of multiple traditional Christmas markets and festivals. The Beverley Festival of Christmas is on 14 December and is possibly the largest Christmas festival in Yorkshire with not just over 100 stalls featuring all sorts of Christmas goodies but also a fairground, live music and dance displays, Victorian street performers, classic cars and more. Over in Grassington, the Dickensian Christmas Festival runs over three Saturdays (29 November, 6 and 13 December) and takes you back to bygone times, complete with Fagin's pickpockets! This year, St Nicholas Fayre in York is running for a massive three weeks for the first time in its 23 year history. You'll want to go back time and again to experience the varying stalls available every day as well as themed weeks to focus on food, sparkles and toys.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll discover that Christmas is a great time to get away in the UK. With so many yuletide traditions to encounter, the whole family will have an unforgettable time.

ideas for your family holiday at christmas in the uk

If you are looking for holiday accommodation this Christmas, then I should be able to help you. I work directly with both owners and also with a number of different, reputable holiday companies to give you the best possible choice of where to stay. So, click here to contact me if you would like me to help - oh, and yes, it is a FREE service!!
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your requirements over the telephone, might I suggest you give my partner a call on 01244 352 241 – they are open from 9am to 9.30pm every day & are always happy to just offer advice or take bookings if they can find somewhere you like. Failing that, here are some of my other contacts for short breaks in the UK at Christmas - click on the names for more information:
holiday cottages in the uk on special offer Sykes Cottages have over 4,000 cottages across the UK and Ireland all of which have been individually inspected. Winners of the British Travel Awards - Best Large UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company in 2013 & 2014. Click the red title heading for cottages from £173/wk this winter & Christmas from £177/wk. Or telephone 01244 352241 if you need some help - lines open until 9.30pm every day!
holidays in the uk on special offer Hoseasons Holidays all over the UK - holiday cottages, lodges, holiday parks or boating holidays all over the UK. Click the red title heading for up to £200 off summer holidays, 2015 Easter breaks from just £215 all with a low deposit of just £25 on 2015 holidays. Not to mention last minute breaks from £199 and availability on Christmas or New Year holidays. Please book online via this link if possible
st ives holiday Mariner's Belle, St Ives, Cornwall - 3 bedroom accommodation sleeping up to 6 in the heart of St Ives, can you have a better location? St Ives has been described as the "jewel of West Cornwall" & you can easily explore its cobbled streets, stunning beaches, local galleries including The Tate & award winning restaurants from this lovely holiday home. Special Offer: 15% off for weekly bookings over Christmas if you quote "RFH". Flexible arrival dates. Usual price £600/wk at Christmas.
cornwall luxury holiday Looe Island View, Cornwall, south west England - a simply stunning 4 bedroom luxury holiday home with fantastic, uninterrupted sea views. The accommodation sleeps up to 10 people and the beach is just 300m away. So if you want a special holiday in Cornwall this would certainly be top of my list! 4 nights over Christmas or New Year £1999 or 7 nights £2,500 including luxurious welcome hamper, toiletries from Gilchrist & Soames, Christmas tree and decorations.
northumberland holiday cottage Northumberland Cottage, near Alnwick, NE England - luxury 3 bed accommodation sleeping up to 6 surrounded by stunning scenery and located just 10 miles from Alnwick and on a National Cycle Route - perfect for families and those who want to take their dog on holiday with them. This is where I would stay if we were going to Northumberland (website editor). Exclusive Special Offer to RFH visitors: Winter rates at only £375/wk for all weekly bookings or more up to the end of March 2015 & short breaks at £75/night (min 3 nights booking). AND 10% discount off any early bookings for summer 2015. You must quote RFH on booking. Telephone Laura direct on: 01665 578319
holidays in pembrokeshire Clydey Holiday Cottages, Pembrokeshire, Wales - a cluster of 10 luxury holiday cottages with absolutely superb family facilities, located just 20 mins from the beach. Set within 10 acres, onsite there is an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym, outdoor hot tub, games room, indoor soft play, daily animal feeding & supervised kids club. Christmas & New Year breaks stll available starting from £600 for 5 nights, rates include the Clydey Christmas Package including Christmas tree. 20% off advertised rates so RFH guests should quote ClydeyRFH20 to get these special rates
family holidays in wales Bluestone Wales, Pembrokeshire - luxury holiday village with both lodge & cottage accommodation to sleep 2-14 people each plus numerous onsite acitivites. The huge leisure pool is a great hit with the kids, as is the indoor adventure centre & high ropes course. Its also near the beach. Ideal all year round holiday destination for short family breaks or longer holidays. In my opinion its a bit like a more luxurious, cheaper version of Center Parcs. Click the red title heading for the latest prices & availability.
pembrokeshire holiday cottage Fron Fawr Holiday Cottages, Penrallt, Pembrokeshire - five 4* & 5* rated pet friendly holiday cottages set within stunning countryside with private enclosed gardens, 48 acres of grounds to explore, shared hot tub & play area. Guests may also use the leisure facilities at Clydey. The sandy beach is just 5 miles from these cottages. Christmas & New Year breaks stll available starting from £900 for 5 nights, rates include a luxury Christmas Package including Christmas tree. 20% off advertised rates so RFH guests should quote ClydeyRFH20 to get these special rates
wales farm holiday cottages Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire Wales - 8 cottages of 2-4 bedrooms rated 4* & 5* with indoor heated swimming pool. Super family friendly - daily animal feeding, indoor play barn, adventure playground & for parents who don't want to self cater, daily fresh cooked bread and meal deliveries to your door. Poppit Sands blue flag beach is 5 mins away. Special Offer: Luxury hamper filled with home made goodies included for all bookings of 4 or 5 nights over Christmas when booked before 12 December
special offer on wales eco friendly holiday Asheston Eco Barns, Pembrokeshire, SW Wales - 5 traditional Welsh barns converted into luxury eco-friendly holiday cottages, each with 3 bedrooms. Superb loaction, just 3 miles from Newgale "blue flag" beach, within 22 acres of countryside to explore. A safe, secluded environment for the children to play plus a dedicated children's play area. Due to a cancellation we have The Stables available for New Year from 29/12 onwards. Minimum of a 3 night booking at £614 for 3 nights to sleep up to 7 people (max 5 adults and 2 kids).
cotswolds cottages on special offer Cotswolds Holiday Cottages - 1-6 bedroom holiday cottages located all over the Cotswolds area from this family run holiday company. Accommodation includes options within the famous & popular Cotswolds Water Park. Click the red title heading for latest special offers including up to 15% off from now until Christmas, January & February plus great value short breaks. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you
devon cottages on special offer Coast & Country Holiday Cottages, South Devon - over 425 self-catering properties exclusively in South Devon. Click the red title heading for large discounts including up to £400 off Christmas breaks, up to £200 off New Year breaks, not to mention plenty on offer for 2015 holidays, Please book online via this link if possible - thank you.
irish holiday cottages on special offer Imagine Ireland over 1,000 holiday cottages in Ireland & Northern Ireland. Short breaks & weekly holidays available. Click the red title heading for latest special offers - 2 weeks for price of 1, discounts for low occupancy & save up to £522/wk in discounts. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you
family hotel scotland Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland - hotel with family rooms & self catering. 60 activities onsite including pool, horse riding & tennis. What's more they offer FREE daily childcare, FREE leisure pool, gym, cinema & much, much more. Click the red title heading for the best rate guarantee - you won't find it cheaper anywhere else, not to mention the latest special offers. Please book online via this link
family friendly hotels in the uk Macdonald Hotels operates 48 well-located hotels (all 4 and 5 star establishments) throughout the UK & won the AA hotel group of the year 2013-14. Click the red title heading for the latest deals & online booking including 2 for 1 on rooms in January, £10 spending money and a best rate guarantee - you won't find it cheaper anywhere else. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you
family friendly holiday parks in the uk Hoburne Holiday Parks, 4*&5* rated in south & south west England: luxury static caravans, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, kids clubs, beach locations. Seven top quality holiday parks in Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Click the red title heading for latest offers including 20% off 2015 holidays. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you.
family friendly holiday parks in england John Fowler Holiday Parks, south west England - family friendly coastal holiday parks throughout Cornwall, Devon & Somerset. Accommodation to suit all budgets including luxury modern lodges in the woods to low cost caravans, chalets & apartments. Facilities include Foxy kids club, swimming pools, water flumes... all included in the price. Click the red title for latest deals. Quote AFF13 for 10% off when booking online.
family friendly holiday parks Haven Holiday Parks, all over the UK - 35 award winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales - close to some of Britain's favourite seaside resorts. Self catering accomodation available for a variety of budgets - caravans, mobile homes, apartments, glamping. Swimming pools, kids clubs, evening entertainment and more. Click the red title for latest deals including book before 31 Jan for up to 50% off spring, early summer & autumn holidays and up to 25% on all other dates. Plus best price guarantee. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you.

Article By Sophie Childs and Lucilla Paull.

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