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When you’ve got children, planning the perfect holiday is a more complicated affair, simply because you need to find a destination that has plenty to keep them entertained, but still has lots to offer the adults. Fortunately, there are some absolutely brilliant options for families right here in the UK – and you can read all about some of the best below.
Camping at Whitemead Forest Park
I always think camping is a fantastic choice for family holidays, primarily because it really captures kids’ imaginations. When the trip itself feels like an adventure, it’s so much easier to keep them happy!
The UK isn’t exactly short of great camping spots, but I am particularly fond of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. As well as being a simply beautiful place, it is somewhere you can try all kinds of fun family activities, like cycling and nature-spotting walks.
And there’s even more to do depending on which holiday park in the UK you camp at. Whitemead Forest Park is one of the best spots in the forest, especially as it has both traditional camping and glamping options. What really makes it stand out, though, is its wide range of activities for kids.
During the school holidays, these include things like pottery, teddy bear making, archery, dance and rounders, to name but a few; remember to book these as far in advance as you can. There’s also a free heated indoor pool with a children’s area (I always think access to a pool is one of the easiest way to keep kids happy!) and indoor and outdoor play areas.
Animal antics at Manleigh Park
Next on my list is the lovely Manleigh Park, which overlooks the charming little village of Combe Martin in Devon. Come here and you can stay in a luxury static caravan or log cabin in the beautiful countryside, while being just a few minutes’ drive from the beach.
This place is really well set up for families, having a guest lounge with a games machine and free Wi-Fi, as well as an outdoor plunge pool that’s got great views out over the local area. However, I think it’s the nearby attractions that make it truly exciting.
For instance, the park is right next to the stunning Exmoor National Park, which is brilliant for family walks. The kids might be a bit more eager to explore the village, though, once they find out it’s home to things like Watermouth Castle and Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park.
The latter is a guaranteed hit, being home to animals like lions, gibbons and sea lions, as well as a petting zoo and amazing animatronic dinosaurs.
Fun family breaks at Ghyll Manor Cottage
Of all the destinations I’ve listed so far, Ghyll Manor Cottage is definitely the most sophisticated option, so it’s a great choice if you fancy a touch of luxury while still making sure you have a break the whole family can enjoy.
Located in Sussex, Ghyll Manor Cottage is on the grounds of the Ghyll Manor Hotel. It’s absolutely perfect for families, with a double bedroom for mum and dad and a twin bedroom for the kids. There’s a private garden and tennis courts, and plenty of room to get cosy and relax inside.
There are also lots of exciting things to do nearby, such as having a fun ride on a steam engine at Bluebell Railway. Alternatively, head to Arundel Castle – around 45 minutes’ drive from the cottage – to see a stunning castle keep and extensive grounds spanning almost 1,000 years of history.
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