From European ferry rides to camping out under the stars, here are some ideas for family-friendly holidays this summer
Left it until the last minute to book a break? It’s not too late – there are plenty of places where you can make the most of summer with a family holiday.
With summer just around the corner (it officially begins on 21 June), thoughts are naturally turning to summer holidays. If you haven’t already booked your holidays and are suddenly thinking, “Where shall we go?!” then don’t worry, there are still plenty of options available...
Seaside holidays to continental breaks
When you look back at your childhood, what brings back the best memories? It’s not going to school or staying in watching telly at the weekend, is it? Some of our fondest childhood memories come from time spent away with the family, when holidays seemed to last forever.
Hoseasons specialise in family getaways, and offer up to 21,000 different UK and European breaks, from lodges and log cabins (complete with hot tubs) to state-of-the-art boats to traditional seaside caravan resorts.
European camping parks
Imagine being able to let the kids out of your sight, knowing you don’t have to worry about traffic. That’s part of the reason why holiday parks have been ballooning in popularity recently.
From northern France to the Italian islands, there is a wide range of parks around Europe to choose from. It’s an affordable option that delivers a real get-away-from-it-all experience, allowing parents and kids to chill out and have fun in safe, child-friendly places that offer up plenty of opportunities for the family to enjoy spending time together.
Taking the ferry across to Europe can be a cost-effective way of taking the whole family on holiday. It also means you have the option to bring your car, instead of cramming everything into your luggage and hiring one when you get there.
Getting back to nature is good for our souls as much as it’s good for our health. With the increasing stresses of life, it’s more important than ever to unwind in nature and spend time with the family. Staying in the woods, far away from civilization, offers loads of activities for kids (and adults) including stargazing, woodland walks, building dens and spotting wildlife.
At Whitemead Forest Park in the Forest of Dean, you can live that life by setting up camp or staying in one of the log cabins or glamping pods. There’s also an indoor pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi, alongside a wide range of activities and entertainment.
Take to the seas
P&O Ferries offer a great way to travel, whether you’re planning a weekend break or a longer holiday. With sailings including Dover to Calais, Hull to Rotterdam and Liverpool to Dublin, you can relax and enjoy restaurants, entertainment and shops as you sail. And your pets are welcome on-board too!
Plan your perfect trip
If you’re in need of inspiration for your summer holiday, take a look at the cruises, fly-drive holidays and tours from Barrhead Travel. From activity-packed family trips to relaxing river cruises, there’s something for everyone – or even a round-the-world mega-trip on the Queen Elizabeth II.
RoADAR Benefits members can save up to 10% on UK, European and worldwide holidays, cruises and tours. Give them a call to discuss your options or visit the website.
Escape to the coast
Haven has 36 seaside holiday parks around the UK, with sports activities, kids’ clubs and entertainment all included in the price. You’ll never be bored with indoor and outdoor pools, Nature Rockz sessions with Park Rangers, and a range of facilities at each park including climbing walls, zip wires, crazy golf and sports courts.
Save an additional 5% on school holidays and Bank Holiday dates with RoADAR Benefits, or an additional 10% on all other dates throughout the year.
Relax with LV= Travel Insurance
There’s no need to worry about your holiday with LV= Travel Insurance, with a choice of two levels of cover: the LV= Essential policy, or their Defaqto 5 Star-rated Premier policy. Whether you’re enjoying a UK break or a world cruise, you can buy a single-trip policy or annual cover that insures every holiday in a year.
Alll members get 5% off LV= public prices, and you’ll get an extra 10% off if you buy online. And even better, if you insure your car or home with LV= you’ll qualify for another 10% discount.