There’s no denying that staycations are enjoying a bit of a revival recently. With so much to see and do across the country, staying closer to home doesn’t have to be boring; in fact, when you’ve got little ones in tow, a staycation could well be a very attractive option. Not only are they a more financially viable choice for many families, you won’t have deal with the tedious tasks that come with holidays abroad. Just imagine – no passports, visas, jabs or airports. You can simply fill the car with everything you need and bundle your brood off to your fun-filled destination.
It can be easy to forget how diverse and unique the UK is; packed full of history, culture and stunning scenery just waiting to be discovered. So go on, you might be surprised by what you find on your doorstep!
It’s hard to resist the lure of the beach when temperatures soar, and British coasts have a lot to offer. Whether you want to take a dip in the stunning blue waters of the Jurassic Coast, sample the bustling and quirky city atmosphere of Brighton or feel the endless miles of gorgeous golden sand between your toes at Filey beach, you really are spoilt for choice. And when you’ve had enough of soaking up the sun on your lounger, there is plenty going on to keep you and the little ones entertained.
Weymouth Sand Sculpting Festival
Fossil Hunting on Charmouth Beach
Bude Sea Pool
Volks Electric Railway
Brighton, East Sussex
Family Fun at Scarborough Beach
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Pirates, Runaway Trains and Crazy Golf at Shanklin Sea Front
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Family days out are always more fun when you meet a few furry friends along the way. With so many places to visit, you don’t have to go to the zoo to get up close and personal with lots of amazing animals. Make a day of it and take the little ones to one of the UK’s many wetland centres for a spot of bird watching, or get a little closer by heading down to a working farm where you can really get stuck in with cuddles and feeding.
St Augustines Farm
Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum
South Kensington, London
Seal and Puffin Spotting at Farne Islands
Crocodiles of the World
Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
Trentham Monkey Forest
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
They say every day is a school day, and the UK’s many historical attractions prove that learning doesn’t have to be boring. You won’t have to travel far to see how much history is packed into the UK, with most venues being perfect for all the family. Frolic amongst the flowerbeds at stately homes, dress up in costume and go back in time, or even try out medieval glamping in a tent fit for a king. Who said history was dull?
Abbey House Museum
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Jorvick Viking Centre
York, North Yorkshire
Horrible Histories Foul Fayres at Warwick Castle
If you’re looking for somewhere to take your little explorers then look no further. Adventure parks are dotted all over the country and offer plenty of fun for everyone. Experience stunning scenery by taking a family-friendly bike ride through the National Forest, or get lost in Wistow maze – guaranteed to delight the whole family.
Cattle Country Adventure Park
Family Friendly Cycle Trails in the National Forest
Treehouse Family Play
Lakeland Miniature Village
There’s plenty going on around the country throughout the summer so make sure you don’t miss out on what’s happening near you. From fairs to markets and museum sleepovers to shows, you’re sure to find something that the whole family will enjoy – these are running for a limited period so be sure to pop them into your diary. Here are our picks for the summer, but don’t forget to check our baby friendly events directory for more ideas.
May Fayre & Kitchen Garden at Chiswick House (11 May 2014)
Night at the Museum Sleepover at Gloucester City Museum (17 May 2014)
London Pet Show (17 - 18 May 2014)
Earls Court, London
RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20 - 24 May 2014)
Generation Game at Osterley Park & House (24 - 26 May 2014)
Bedford Park Festival (7 - 8 June 2014)
Cornbury Festival (4 - 5 July 2014)
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Alice in Wonderland Day (5 July 2014)
Larmer Tree Festival (16 - 20 July 2014)
Super Summer Great Dinosaur Hunt (23 July - 31 August 2014)
Swanage Regatta & Carnival (26 July - 2 August 2014)
Summer Holiday Entertainment at Blenheim Palace (26 July - 31 August 2014)
Monmouth Carnival (27 July 2014)
Bournemouth Carnival (28 July - 3 August 2014)
Robin Hood Festival (4 - 10 August 2014)
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Just So Festival (15 - 17 August 2014)
Scholar Green, Cheshire
Notting Hill Carnival Children's Day (24 August 2014)
Notting Hill, London
Big Feastival (30 - 31 August 2014)