There’s plenty to do on family holidays in England. From the dizzying rides of a vintage fairground in Devon, to glamping at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, you can find child-friendly activities for all kind of weather and at all times of year. Spend time together on a family weekend break, and learn something new alongside the kids with educational trips to the coast, where you can find fossils or follow a pirate on an adventure around Bristol. There are magical experiences to be had on a budget too, with enchanting forests and family-friendly cycle paths providing great spaces for exploration. Fresh air and a run-around will tire them out before you return to bed down in your woodland lodge or family wig wam.
With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there has never been a better time to plan a family break in England.
Jump on a bike to explore the beautiful Exe Estuary, taking in the lovely scenery, villages and landscapes along a 26 mile-long route.
Location: Exeter, Devon
Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the same course used by top athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Location: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.
Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has joined forces with the world famous Red Arrows for a new 72ft-high white knuckle ride that’s great for family holidays.
Location: Blackpool, Lancashire
Sandcastles, surf and smiles await in the fantastic seaside town of South Shields!
Location: South Shields, South Tyneside
Take the family on a sweet adventure with a hands-on experience at the Lake District's own Chocolate Factory.
Location: Hawkshead, Cumbria
Get Dad out of the house, take the kids off the computer and climb, swing or hug a tree at Tree Runners.
Location: Test Valley, Hampshire
When the sun shines there is only one place to be – beside the sea.
Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
From picnics to paddles, Nottinghamshire is ideal for a springtime family adventure break, with an abundance of things to do and places to explore.
Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Camping in tents is so last year – why not try sleeping in a yurt or wigwam in the beautiful surrounds of Clumber Park?
Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Gather your friends and family and start planning a memorable Christmas in one of Forest Holiday’s luxurious log cabins in Sherwood Forest.
Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
Explore this 1,000-year-old fortress above an eponymous Dorset village that's filled with wonky old cottages.
Location: Corfe, Dorset
You never know what you might find on a fossil-hunting session on Peacehaven beach.
Location: East Sussex
Get some peace and quiet in a wooded valley inhabited with squirrels and wild rabbits.
Location: Bodmin, Cornwall
A must-visit destination for chocoholics of all ages, Cadbury World in Bourneville near Birmingham is full of fun indoor activities and things to do when it rains.
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Wake up surrounded by nature in an eco-lodge on the banks of tranquil Fritton Lake.
Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk
Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.
Location: Hoveton, Norfolk
Hone your survival skills in a stunning West country setting.
Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire
Take the kids camping on a child friendly holiday at Castle Howard, near York, where a thousand breath-taking acres await for you to explore.
Location: Malton, North Yorkshire
Enjoy the great outdoors in style at this luxury campsite where life is particularly good.
Location: Buttercrambe Moor Wood, near Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire
If the thought of camping conjures images of screaming kids and collapsing tents, then relax, have a cup of tea and check out Suffolk’s Alde Garden.
Location: Saxmundham, Suffolk
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