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Fun UK breaks for families

UK breaks for adventure-loving families.

Holiday days that you haven't used yet? Why not try a UK break in a city or rural landscape? There are plenty of excellent last minute breaks for families that want to spend time together in a fun location. There is nothing better than a spontaneous family weekend away together!

Family-friendly holiday towns in the UK include Yorkshire, Cumbria, Telford, Norwich, Edinburgh, and the Scottish Highlands. There are moors and beaches to walk on, Christmas festivities to delight the littlest hearts and parks and outdoor spaces to play in, plus farms to find and places you can take the dogs.

Best UK breaks for families

Spend Christmas in the Scottish Highlands

Christmas in the Scottish Highlands is cheerful and magical! There are some great getaway options for last minute UK breaks for families in this lovely part of the world, which makes it one of the most well-loved Christmas UK breaks for families in search of yuletide joy! There are plenty of cosy inns to visit that are very kid-friendly, and Hogmanay to experience as Scotland says goodbye to the year. Numerous national parks in the area allow the kids to enjoy snow sports over the festive season. Scotland is a warm and friendly place as snow starts to fall!

Best for: Yuletide cheer, shopping, festivities, snow, walks. 

While you're there: Take a trip to Loch Ness and see Nessie?

Keep the kids busy in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a pristine nature area that is beloved by both old and young. Parks, steam trains and museums keep the young ones busy and entertained while the adults stroll and soak in the scenery. There is an activity centre, water sports to enjoy and plenty of places to shop. You can visit the Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre for the day or visit the Cotswold Lavender fields. There are plenty of places to go in this charming area including museums and excellent restaurants selling traditional meals. The peaceful mood of the Cotswolds is ideal for rejuvenating the soul.

Best for: Nature, kids, outdoors. 

While you're there: Stroll through Berkeley Castle and Gardens.

Hike the Yorkshire Moors and Coast

The North York Moors National Park is a perfect blend of history, nature, local charm and comfort. There is plenty to do for the kids too, like the Sticker Trail, forests, dog-friendly walks, views and market towns and villages for the whole family to explore. There are numerous hikes through the moors and along the coastline to Robin Hood's Bay, and this is one of the UK's most popular walking haunts and one of our favourite short UK breaks for families. The Moors have a sense of mystery and a hike is a must-do activity for the adventurous family.

Best for: Wide open spaces, natural. 

While you're there: Stroll through Castle Howard and have a picnic with the family.

Play with the dogs at St Bees Beach in Cumbria

Long, sandy beaches and the gorgeous bluff make the St Bees beach area a delight for both kids and dogs. There are no dog restrictions on the beaches or shingle areas, but dogs should be leashed in the car park or grassed areas. Check out the quaint red stone buildings in the town of Cumbria and swim during the summer months. Walk for kilometres and simply absorb the peaceful wide open space, take photos and listen to the kids laugh and play on the beach together on your holiday in Cumbria. A great weekend break for the kids!

Best for: Walking, swimming, dogs. 

While you're there: Visit one of the many characterful dog-friendly pubs in Whitehaven.

Bond with the family at Lee Wick Farm near Essex

Definitely one of the most popular UK breaks for families, farm visits allow the kids to get close to nature and slows the pace of life. A favourite glamping spot with families, the farm is 90 minutes from London and definitely dog-friendly too. Choose from cottages, glamping, lushna cabins, and "armadillas" for two people. Farm life is something every child should experience at least once in a lifetime! Curve Wake Park offers paddle boarding and wakeboarding, kayaking and a inflatable aqua park for the kids to enjoy. Book your favourite short stay and never leave?

Best for: Rustic, nature, dogs, secret garden, walks. 

While you're there: Brave the escape rooms at Tricky Escape Clacton.

Bond with the family at Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World in Telford

Holidays at Hoo Farm are definitely kid-friendly. Aimed at the youngest members of the family, it's the perfect short getaway to help the whole family feel connected. You'll only have to rough it a little bit as the facilities are excellent, including cottages, lodges, restaurants and gardens. There are plenty of group accommodation options too and Telford is close to Shropshire and several other kid-friendly activities that you can enjoy while you're there. There is something special on offer during each season.

Best for: Animals rustic, nature, play areas, parks.

While you're there: Go back in time at Blist's Hill Victorian Town.

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