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finding family holidays in the uk

Do you have fond memories of going away with your family when you were a child? Do you have dreams of doing the same with your children but the thought of dealing with airports and hours of travel stuck in a plane fills you with dread?
Don't panic. The UK is full of amazing locations for your family to explore. Offering you everything from action packed adventure to relaxing beach holidays, once you've experienced a holiday in the UK, you may never want to go overseas again?

So how do you find the perfect family holiday?

A quick internet search for UK family holidays will throw up hundreds of options but how do you whittle them down? I have come up with a few things that you may want to consider that might just help you out…

How old are your children?

First of all, consider the age of your children. A baby or toddler may be perfectly happy to play with the sand on the beach all day, but a teenager might want more choice and the opportunity to do something new and different. You'll also need to consider school term times with older children, especially since the recent change in the law makes it difficult to remove your children during term – click here for my recent article on term time holidays for more information.

How much do you have to spend?

Obviously, budget is going to be one of your biggest criteria. However, if you don't have much cash to spare, don't worry. There are plenty of options available that won't cost the earth. For example, click here for Haven Holidays that offer a choice of 23 holiday parks around the British coastline. Many offer play areas and swimming pools all included in the price, as well as access to local sights and attractions. Or perhaps somewhere like West Hollowcombe Farm on the Exmoor National Park in Devon with great value cottages, 60 acres to roam free & explore plus animals to feed - a great deal at £526/wk in peak school summer holidays for a 2/3 bedroom cottage.

Do you fancy something unique?

For something a little off the beaten track, why not hire a barge or canal boat? Even if you've never captained a boat before, you'll find that you soon pick it up quickly with a little training at the start of your holiday and you'll have the UK's vast network of canals to navigate, giving you a view of the British countryside you can't beat. I can highly recommend Hoseasons who are specialists in boating holidays in the UK. They are ABTA registered so you can book online with complete confidence – click here to go straight to their website.
Alternatively why not try an activity holiday? Two options in particular spring to mind, Bluestone Wales in Pembrokeshire or Crieff Hydro Hotel & Resort in Perthshire, Scotland:

Go for the traditional favourites

There's a good reason why Devon and Cornwall are top destinations for holidaymakers in the UK and have been for decades. With surfing and fishing on offer, rock pools to explore plus loads of "rainy day" attractions if need be, there's something for everyone and what's more, with so many dog friendly cottages available, the whole family can come along. Pembrokeshire is also fast becoming another firm favourite with its stunning coastline, scenery & visitor attractions – the benefit we found of going there was that it was much easier to get around than Cornwall which is notorious for traffic problems in peak summer.

Ask your children!

Children are constantly full of surprises and if you ask them what they'd like to do most on holiday, you may be amazed at how simple the request. Even if it's something you don't expect, you may well be able to find something that perfectly matches their interest as well as yours. For example, you could book a stay on a working farm, where the children can help bottle feed the lambs, or they might just be happy with anywhere that has a swimming pool or where they can ride their bike.

Now the big question...where are you going to stay?

When you have considered these options above and decided where you want to go on holiday in the UK, the next task would be to find somewhere to stay & that's hopefully where Recommended Family Holidays can help you. We specialise in family friendly holiday accommodation teaming up with both owners directly & numerous other partners who specialise in offering accommodation all over the UK – that way, whatever you are looking for, I should be able to help you.
Why not contact me via email by clicking here with your dates, length of stay, group size, preferred region, vague budget plus the added features like pet-friendly, shared/private swimming pool, near the coast or attraction or type of accommodation such as a log cabin and I will do my very best to help you with this bit of your search.
Article By Sophie Childs and Lucilla Paull.

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