If that expensive holiday to the Bahamas is off the cards this year, where else could you take the family that’s a little closer to home? We’ve put together some of best location right here in the UK – not including Butlins or Legoland – along with lots of helpful information about where to go and what other mums have said.
Pembrokeshire’s coastline is so beautiful that it comprises the UK’s only coastal national park. Here you’ll find some of the most picturesque landscapes in the whole of the country, as well as many sandy coves for the kids to make a sandcastle or two.
There’s load to do here, including visiting the dinosaur park, boat trips and visiting National Trust stately homes.
Mums say that they love the fact that there is so much space on the beaches, as well as how many there are to choose from.
There are plenty of places to stay along the Pembrokeshire coastal path, including hotels like the Clock House at Marloes, which has received dozens of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Mumsnet also recommends Clydey Cottages, giving them one of their coveted Best Awards.
The Lake District
If you’re desperate to escape to a beautiful British paradise with the family, you probably couldn’t do better than the Lake District. It’s the perfect place for kids to adventure, thanks to all the mountainous terrain, as well as visit places like Beatrix Potter’s home in Ambleside and the Grizedale sculpture trail.
Taking out homeowner secured loans to finance a family holiday to the Lake District is well worth it, especially since prices here tend to be low compared to other national parks, like the New Forest. There are some incredible hotels for families too, including the Lancrigg near Grasmere, which serves some of the most exciting food in the region. It’s also a good base to explore Alcock tarn to the east, Grasmere to the south and Keswick to the north.
If you’ve got younger kids, another good option is to go to one of the Hoseasons parks dotted across the Cumbrian landscape. These usually have indoor swimming pools, as well as hot tubs, and are often located close to major tourist attractions, include Lake Windermere.
The North Norfolk and Lincolnshire coasts are the perfect place for a seaside holiday, thanks to the combination of established coastal towns, sandy beaches, arcades and award-winning fish and chips. North Norfolk is a firm favourite among mums especially because of its interesting seaside food options, as well as English Heritage and National Trust properties.
There’s a local theme park, called BeWILDerwood, which is ideal for young children. Activities include jungle bridges, zip wires and craft making. Children less than 92 cm in height go free; children between 93cm and 105 cm pay £14.50 and adults pay £16.50 on the day. Online prices are £1.00 cheaper per ticket.
There’s also plenty of opportunities to explore coastal towns in the area, including Cromer, Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea. According to Mumsnet, mums love Wells-next-the-Sea because of its unique combination of posh and tacky elements.