The Great British Staycation

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!

Hit The Beach

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
Weymouth, Dorset

Jubilee Pool
Penzance, Cornwall

Fossil Hunting on Charmouth Beach
Charmouth, Dorset

Bude Sea Pool
Bude, Cornwall

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

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For The Animal Lovers

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
Arlingham, Gloucestershire

Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum
South Kensington, London

Seal and Puffin Spotting at Farne Islands
Seahouses, Northumberland

Fairytale Farm
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Crocodiles of the World
Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Trentham Monkey Forest
Trentham, Staffordshire

Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Skegness, Lincolnshire

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A Little Bit Of History

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?

Chatsworth House
Bakewell, Derbyshire

Alnwick Castle
Alnwick, Northumberland

Abbey House Museum
Leeds, West Yorkshire

Jorvick Viking Centre
York, North Yorkshire

Horrible Histories Foul Fayres at Warwick Castle
Warwick, Warwickshire

Milestones Museum
Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Time For An Adventure

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
Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Family Friendly Cycle Trails in the National Forest
Moira, Leicestershire

Treehouse Family Play
Bournemouth, Dorset

Wistow Maze
Wistow, Leicestershire

Lakeland Miniature Village
Flookburgh, Cumbria

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Don't Miss

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)
Chiswick, London

Night at the Museum Sleepover at Gloucester City Museum (17 May 2014)
Gloucester, Gloucestershire

London Pet Show (17 - 18 May 2014)
Earls Court, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20 - 24 May 2014)
Chelsea, London

Generation Game at Osterley Park & House (24 - 26 May 2014)
Osterley, London

Wychwood Festival (30 - 31 May 2014)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Bedford Park Festival (7 - 8 June 2014)
Chiswick, London

Cornbury Festival (4 - 5 July 2014)
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Alice in Wonderland Day (5 July 2014)
Oxford, Oxfordshire

Larmer Tree Festival (16 - 20 July 2014)
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Super Summer Great Dinosaur Hunt (23 July - 31 August 2014)
Dorchester, Dorset

Swanage Regatta & Carnival (26 July - 2 August 2014)
Swanage, Dorset

Summer Holiday Entertainment at Blenheim Palace (26 July - 31 August 2014)
Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Monmouth Carnival (27 July 2014)
Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Bournemouth Carnival (28 July - 3 August 2014)
Bournemouth, Dorset

Camp Bestival (31 July - 3 August 2014)
East Lulworth, Dorset

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)
Kingham, Oxfordshire

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