We all need a weekend getaway once in a while. So, let’s take Monday and Friday off work, and set out on a long weekend! All parents know that holidays get a little trickier when you’ve got little ones along for the ride.
It used to be simple. Choose a city and a nice hotel. Easy! Now, you’ve got to think about keeping the kids entertained, and finding something you can all enjoy. I’ve had plenty of experience (7 years in fact!) of taking the kids away.
Today, I’ll share some of my best weekend getaways with you.
We’ve never visited Centre Parcs before but it is apparently a woodland dream for the kids. The accommodation consists of wooden cabins in the woods built around a central hub of entertainment (similar to Bluestone in Wales). You can rent bikes and ride around the lake every day.
There are kids clubs in the main centre, as well as swimming pools and leisure centres.
You can have barbecues in the evening, and play in the Great Outdoors all day so it’s an ideal break for an outdoorsy family.
The UK is full of fascinating rivers and canals. They meander through some of the country’s most beautiful countryside.
You can choose anywhere from the Norfolk Broads to the North York Moors. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could venture into Europe.
Take a look at some of the river cruises on the continent, and find somewhere you can all enjoy. You’ll get to relax on the winding rivers, and the children will love every second of the boat life.
It’s no secret that the kids go wild at the theme park! And, well, the adults love it too. Many of the biggest theme parks now have accommodation on site. So you can stay over the weekend, and make sure you go on every ride! One of our favourite attractions for the kids is Legoland.
You’ll find it in Windsor, and it’s a playful paradise for the children. There are one or two treats for the grown ups too.
You could also try Chessington World of Adventure, which also has a zoo.
Camping with children is always a hit and miss activity. But, if you think your kids will enjoy it, it’s a wonderful idea. Our little ones love getting out and about and playing in nature. It gives them a sense of freedom, and you can teach them more about the world around them. Just make sure you take plenty of warm blankets!
You can’t go wrong with a traditional beach holiday. If you don’t want to stray too far from home, the UK has some fantastic beaches.
Here in Wales, we have the beautiful Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia Coast to visit. Cornwall is also a brilliant beach destination for families.
If you’re looking for somewhere warmer, the European beaches are just a short flight away.
We all need to get away for a weekend. Start planning your trip, and get the kids involved too!
What are your favourite weekend getaways?