Family holidays are a great bonding experience for your and your kids, but sometimes it can be tricky to think of enough things to do to keep them entertained – particularly if you’re going away for a week or more. A caravan or camping holiday is a great way to have the freedom to travel around and see different sites across the UK. Here are some suggestions for things not to miss!
This is a glorious two-mile stretch of golden sand on Cornwall’s north coast. An idyllic place to spend a day at the beach, Watergate Bay has everything you could need – from a friendly beach café to surfing lessons for kids aged eight and older. There’s also plenty of parking – so no need to get stressed trying to find a space. There are also regular events and activities held on the beach in summer months, so there’s plenty for them to do while you relax and soak up some sun or catch up on the latest must-read.
One for the football fans, take a trip to the stadium dubbed the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Go for he official stadium tour, which even includes the players’ changing room! Kids can have their very own moment as a football star when the run out of the tunnel and into the stadium – a once in a lifetime oppourtunity, even if they’re not Manchester United fans.
Isle of Mull
One of my most memorable childhood holidays is a family trip to the Isle of Mull. This remote and rugged Scottish Island is fantastic for long walks and exploring along the coast, as well as trips into the picturesque village of Tobermoray – sure to be a particular delight for younger kids as it’s the setting for the popular children’s show Balamory! Take a guided wildlife spotting sailing trip from the village for a truly magical experience. Your expert guide will help you locate sea eagles, dolphins, basking sharks and seals, and you can even listen to prawns on the seabed with a special microphone!
Jorvik Viking Centre
Built around the excavations of a Viking settlement discovered in York, Jorvik Viking Centre brings history vividly to life. It’s also a great option to break up a shopping trip as you can find it right in the middle of the city centre. There’s a Viking skeleton to examine and the chance to make Norse coins, but the high point is the ride in a ‘time capsule’ through York as it was 1,000 years ago, complete with cooking smells and Viking inhabitants speaking Old Norse.