Treat The Whole Family to a Big Adventure
With the Easter holidays fast approaching, families up and down the country are starting to think about the best ways to keep their children entertained in the coming months. But whether you’re looking for a few short trips or starting to think about how to fill the long stretch of the impending summer holidays, booking travel during the school holidays can be frustratingly expensive. But that doesn’t mean that those on a budget need to face being cooped up with their bored children for weeks – just check out our quick guide to planning some fantastic family adventures this year.
Explore the UK
We’ve enjoyed some fantastic weather these past few summers, and predictions are again in favour of plenty of hot, dry days. So why not make the most of them and send some time exploring all the fantastic attractions the UK has to offer? From romantic castles where children can indulge their medieval fantasies to world-class theme parks like Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures, there are plenty of choices to suit kids of all ages and tastes. To get the best deals, shop around online or check out sites like lastminute.com for discounts on entry to some of the country’s top attractions. To make your trip even more budget friendly, plan ahead – by doing things like bringing your own packed lunch and taking advantage of public transport deals you can save even more on the total cost of a fun day out.
Camping and Glamping
Want to get away for a little longer than just a day but don’t have a fortune to spend? Camping – and it’s more glamorous cousin, glamping – has become more and more popular over the past few years as families seek to reconnect with nature and parents strive to recreate the experiences of their youth. For the most basic- and budget-friendly – experience, head to Scotland where ‘wild camping’ is legal and you can set up a tent pretty much anywhere providing you are respectful and unobtrusive. Just don’t forget to carry all your rubbish away! If you can’t face the thought of going away without at least a toilet and a shower block, you’ll find a wide range of campsites all over the country. Whether you want a relaxed experience with bonfires and farm animals or something a bit more refined with swimming pools and a club house, you’re sure to find the perfect site for your family. And for those that want a luxury experience without the price tag of a four star hotel, glamping in plush yurts or bell tents is a great choice – just don’t expect the loo to be en-suite!
Summer in the City
With its fantastic array of free entry museums and full programmes of children’s entertainment throughout the Easter and Summer holidays, a short break in London can be a great way to keep the kids entertained. And although we associate the capital with high prices, there are plenty of things you can do to keep costs down. For cheap accommodation, check out family rooms in local hostels or stay outside of the centre and invest in Oyster Cards for cheap all-day travel. During the day, take the kids to classic attractions like the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, which both offer free entry. If you want to visit the attractions which charge an additional fee, such as the IMAX cinema or special exhibitions, buy your tickets online – you’ll often get a better price than if you purchase them on the day.
Escape the UK
Can’t face the thought of a summer without a break abroad? While we all know that tour operators, hotels and airlines hike up their prices during the school holidays, there are still ways to save money if you’re determined to travel further afield. Although organising your own holiday can seem daunting with small children, it’s actually relatively easy and a great way to get good deals. Use a flight comparison site like Skyscanner.net to find the best value flights to your destination, then visit an accommodation booking website such as hotels.com to find a place to stay. While all inclusive deals can be tempting, it’s worth sitting down and estimating how much you’re likely to spend on food and drink to see if it really is worth the extra cost. With many properties, all inclusive deals are better for families and friends who are likely to drink a lot of alcoholic drinks – on a family holiday, choosing room only board and eating out in local restaurants will often be better value.