What makes a great UK family holiday?

Frequent flight troubles, eurozone worries and the effect of recession have made many of the UK holidaymakers choose a ‘staycation’ this year. Many British people have preferred to spend their vacation on their home soil this summer and explore the great destinations across the region instead of travelling abroad amid various crisis’ like tour operator problems, air strike, volcanic ash clouds and the eurozone’s debt crisis etc. You too can avoid taking an expensive tour abroad as you need not book a flight, train or ferries to France, Ireland or any other place in continental Europe and still would be able to keep your family and children happy by choosing a short break or holiday in the UK.

What is needed is to choose the right kind of break suitable for your whole family. Requirements of each family may be different from the other, but we found that the basic rules for a satisfying family holiday remain the same for all. To ensure a happy family break, the most important thing is to keep the children entertained and busy, so opt for some kid-friendly days out that make both children and parents happy. Here are a few tips to make your holidays pleasant and relaxed –

Look for some unique experiences – Add some adventure to your family holiday by holidaying on a farm or camping in the forest or by the sea that can make a great alternative for families wanting to experience something different on their holidays.

Plan a budget holiday – the credit crunch has compelled many UK holidaymakers to opt for budget UK holidays. We can provide you some budget tour ideas and some suggestions that may help you in planning a great vacation on your home soil.

Enjoy a stress-free vacation – Holidaying in the UK (now popularly referred as the Staycation) definitely has some advantages of its own like no flight delays, strikes, parking charges or lost luggage and all such hassle. From all these aspects, Wales is easily accessible from most of the big UK cities in just over 2 hours.

A Great Family Holiday Break

It would be a really ‘cool’ idea to take your family for a camping holiday on a great camp-site and spend a few nights under the sky. Choosing a coastal, woodland or mountainside camping site will create an adventurous camping holiday but to add some extra fun you must try a Mongolian yurt, a tipi or a Romany caravan.

Stay on a farmhouse with your kids

Farm holidays too can be a great fun where your children can enjoy the lifestyle of countryside and see how people and animals live there. They will love to spend time playing with the animals or feeding them with their own hands. It will be a great experience to collect eggs for your own breakfast!  In Wales, you can find many such farm-stays suitable for families to enjoy the spectacular views of Welsh countryside. You can either go for self catering holidays or the other available options.

Following are some examples of farm stays available in the countryside of Wales that you may check out for a farm holiday:-

  • Tyddyn-du-Farm
  • Nannette Country Holidays
  • Parc-le- breos
  • Pentretai Farm
  • Knock Farm

Budget family holiday

You must look out for deals and special offers currently available whether you make your vacation plan in North Wales, Mid Wales, South West Wales or South East Wales or any other part of the country.

  • Family Beaches make great vacation spots
  • Beaches are always favourite holiday spots for both children and adults.

Here are some beaches in the UK that are worth to spend vacation with family

  • Church Bay Anglesey – best spot for rock pooling
  • Caswell Bay Gower for safest swimming
  • Spend some wonderful time on the cleanest beaches in Wales
  • Rock pooling at Southern down Beach, Glamorgan.

Enrich yourself with some culture by visiting galleries, meeting artists at Oriel Parc, Pembrokeshire.

Make an underground tour at Big Pit, the real mine with real miners, Blaenafon

Visit the National Slate Museum in Llanberis and find one of the main attractions, Una the 1905 steam engine. There is also a Dare Valley Country Park family quest to explore the countryside of South Wales valleys.

Few suggestions for Camping holidays:

Romany Caravan in the Black Mountains near Abergavenny is a great place for camping holidays. Taking an Eco Break in the Dyfi Valley, Mid Wales can be another great option for you.  Spend a night in a tipi under the sky in the Snowdonia National Park. Choose Holidaying in a traditional yurt in the magnificent wooded Cych Valley of West Wales. You can make camping holidays in Shell Island, UK’s biggest campsite in Snowdonia’s coast.

Cycling & mountain biking in traffic free regions

Take your children to Wales for traffic-free rides. Going for a cycling day out along one of Wales’ forest trails or coastal paths can also be a unique idea to spend vacation.

You can also find such trails even in our capital city of London. For more detailed information, check out the cycling and mountain biking sites on Internet. Amongst the all routes available for a cycling break, here are some options selected and recommended:

  • Swansea’s seafront makes a great path to cycle along.
  • Coed y Brenin’s Yr Afon forest trail for mountain biking.
  • The wonderfull Valley of Elan alongside reservoirs is also an ideal trail for cycling.
  • Go for traffic free cycling on the Celtic Trail along the Millennium Coastal path.

Some ideal spots to take family walks

Walking along the coast, through the trees, under waterfalls or up a mountain can also offer a relaxed way to spend a family holiday.

A few ideal locations for a walking holiday:

  • The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
  • Snowdonia National Park.
  • Nature trails around Lake Vyrnwy
  • The historic Usk Valley route

Favourite Holiday options for children in UK:


Coasteering is a very popular activity for fearless kids on holidays where they can climb, creep and swim around the rocks and into hidden caves or sometimes to dive off a cliff into the swirling waves below.

Below are some activity centres to try out such activities for which instructions are must:

  • Preseli Venture in Pembrokeshire
  • Adventure North Wales
  • Call of the Wild in Brecon Beacons
  • TYF in Pembrokeshire

Kids Love Surfing:

Add great fun to your holiday by going for a day out surfing with the whole family. The Gower Peninsular and the Welsh coastline are some great regions for surfing and if you don’t wish to spend all day in sea water, just wipe-out and enjoy in the indoor surf centre in Swansea.


Short-Bio by Lina Brown:

UK travellers usually choose continental destinations across the Channel to spend their vacations but of late the volcanic ash crisis and several other factors including frequent airport strikes, global economic setback and others have opened up a new opportunity for them, i.e. to explore some of the great holiday regions in the UK. In many ways, Brits are finding “staycations” a better alternative to spend their holidays than going for expensive holidays abroad. Up until last year, I too used to catch Dover ferries and spend my holidays in France or any other continental destinations but this year my experience of travelling in my own country was quite profound and made me realise; why do I need to leave the UK to enjoy a vacation when there are so many great things to see and enjoy across the whole country. Here share some specific holiday spots and ideas with all so that it could help my fellow holidaymakers in planning a short break to any of the great holiday spots in the UK in the best possible way. My intention is to provide you reliable information about some of the most interesting things to see and enjoy during “staycation”.

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