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UK family holidays that won’t break the bank


Doing research and booking at the right time are only some of the things to get a bargain family holiday.

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Going away for some much-needed holiday time with the family? We don’t blame you.

There’s no need to spend a small fortune on a long-haul flight, though. You can find plenty to do on your doorstep by having a family staycation.

But with so many pressures on your finances, it's also important to plan your holiday spending in advance.

Set a budget before you go and make sure you stick to it while you're away. Also look for packages with all-inclusive deals, as this can help you keep a lid on costs.

Plan around a freebie

There are lots of free activities taking place across the UK during the summer.

So if you find out about a free concert or fair taking place in another city, try and structure your holiday around that event.

If you’re after something a little more memorable, check out these offbeat UK festivals.

Book a cheap hotel or stay with family or friends, as this can help cut costs.

Theme parks

If you're planning a trip to a theme park, check online for discounts - and make sure you book in advance.

For example, a day at Chessington World of Adventures booked five days in advance costs £108 for a family of four – £36 cheaper than the gate price of £144 for the same family.

Check the full price list on the website as little kids might get a concession.

You can also make savings through loyalty cards such as Nectar and Tesco Clubcard, or through the likes of Quidco and Topcashback.


Group of friends camping

If you want a few days away that won't cost an arm and a leg, pitch up at one of the UK's many family-friendly campsites.

For rural escapism, head to Britchcombe Farm near Farringdon, Oxfordshire, where your children can enjoy the open spaces of the fields, and the whole family can sit around a real campfire.

Or, for something a little different, head to St Kew in Cornwall to spend your nights in a pre-erected tepee near the north Cornish coast.


Airbnb is an increasingly popular option for holidaymakers, so why not jump on the bandwagon and book a house for the family?

You’ll enjoy all the conveniences you have at home including Wi-Fi in most places, as well as the option to self-cater as you’ll have a well-equipped kitchen to yourself.

Another idea is for those who’ve got small children - and require a lot of kit - is a house swap with parents who have children of a similar age.

Learn to surf

If your little ones love the outdoors, then head to Watergate Bay on the outskirts of Newquay in Cornwall.

This child-friendly beach is a big favourite with surfers, and the whole family can learn to surf or kite surf at the Extreme Academy.

Alternatively, head to Woolacombe Sands in North Devon and sign up to lessons at the Nick Thorn Surf School.

Down on the farm

If your family is animal mad, then head to Pennywell Farm in Devon where your children can get close with lambs, goat kids and chicks.

Other options include Bocketts Farm Park in Surrey, or Cannon Hall Farm in North Yorkshire.

Local attractions


Plan some family days away to interesting local attractions in the surrounding area.

Try to book in advance to save money, and get your children involved in the planning.

For something more educational, visit a local museum - many have exhibitions that are aimed at children with plenty of interactive features.

Kids clubs

Kids clubs are a great way of keeping your little ones occupied while school's out. Some are pricey, but ask around to find out if there are any free clubs in your area.

Many councils run clubs offering sports, arts and crafts, drama, music and a range of other activities during the holidays that don't cost the earth.


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