Break away from reality and re-charge your batteries in just 24 hours

When the paperwork is piling up on your desk and it’s all systems go on the school front, it can be hard to catch a break amongst the chaos. Even if booking a full scale holiday at this time of year is out of the question, there’s always the possibility of sneaking a long weekend in there somewhere and treating everyone to a well-earned pause for thought. If you’re in need of some inspiration—or simply have no time free to research your options—then simply pick one from our list and you’ll be up, up and away.

Dreams Come True

1If you’re looking to splash out then you could always take the family to Disneyland Paris for a weekend and meet all your favourite characters. Flying with kids can be a stressful experience, so why not opt for the efficient Eurostar service instead? If you live to the south you can simply use their walk-on service, or drive down in the car and put it straight on the train—which could also come in handy for exploring nearby Paris too!

Animal Magic

One of the most popular in the whole of the UK its central location, family-friendly2 atmosphere and wide selection of attractions and exhibits make Chester Zoo a fun choice for animal lovers of all ages. There’s free parking right outside and plenty of seasonally-changing events which have visitors returning time and time again. If you’re looking to plan your visit then have a look at the schedule on their website and make a list of all the cute critters you’d like to meet in advance.

English Country Gardens

3Thanks to the hard work of the National Trust there are a number of stunning landscapes, natural resources and historic gardens all across the UK which might have otherwise disappeared. From family adventures to countryside trails and walks, they have plenty of ideas for getting outdoors no matter what the weather and offer plenty of ideas on how you can help to protect the environment nearby to your own home too.

All The Fun Of The Fair

Thrillseekers shouldn’t miss a chance to ride the world-famous roller coasters of Blackpool Pleasure Beach at least once in a lifetime.4 Along with all the fairground rides, candy floss and ice cream you can stomach the nearby Blackpool Pier is a national treasure in itself and well worth a visit. The best time to enjoy the town is during the annual switch on of the Blackpool Illuminations, where the lights of over one million bulbs see this seaside resort come to life with excitement.

Say Cheese!

5Providing plenty of family photo opportunities since they first opened their doors in Skegness in 1936, the holiday camps from Butlins remain just as popular today as they did back then. The entertainments and activities curated by the famous Redcoats Team make for endless laughs and memories to take back home—as well as the swimming pools, children’s play areas, amusement park rides and various restaurants and eateries too. Depending on the season they run events and festivals which you can get involved with during your visit. If you’ve got more than a day to spare you could also stay overnight at one of their cosy apartments and chalets which are perfect for accommodating groups.

Pampering In Peace

When you want to get away from it all for a few hours of revitalising relaxation there’s no better way6 to indulge than booking a treatment at a luxury spa. There’s a whole range of gift vouchers available at Red Letter Days where you can choose just the kind of package to fit your needs—whether that’s lavish resorts in the countryside or an inner city oasis. If you’re on the look out for even more novel retreats remember you can take a look over our Travel Category Page for further tips and ideas!