Family breaks and holidays

Family breaks and holidays

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.

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Take the family pet along on a dog friendly break in Dorset

Take the family pet along on a dog friendly break in Dorset

Thanks to Dorset’s dog friendly places, there’s no need to leave your favourite canine companion at home on a family holiday.

Location: Dorset

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Spendid views and a splendid bath at Cothill Barn

Spendid views and a splendid bath at Cothill Barn

Relaxing is all you and the family need to worry about at this historical barn in the heart of the English countryside.

Location: Cothill, Herefordshire

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Enjoy a saddle and paddle adventure in Exeter

Enjoy a saddle and paddle adventure in Exeter

With historic canals and West Country scenery at its finest, it’s essential that you see as much of Exeter as possible.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Dandelion Hideaway’s canvas cottages offer family-friendly simplicity and the chance to ‘muck in’ with farming activities.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

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Escape to Camp Bestival for fancy dress and festival fun

Escape to Camp Bestival for fancy dress and festival fun

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s baby sister) brings music, comedy and family fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

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Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Get the kids active as you explore River Lee Country Park by bike on a circular cycle ride, perfect for all the family on The Artway routes.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

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Bushcraft and campfires at Humblescough Farm

Bushcraft and campfires at Humblescough Farm

Gather the family around the campfire to learn bushcraft and woodland skills in the Lancashire countryside.

Location: Garstang, Lancashire

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Cycle across two national parks

Cycle across two national parks

The new Lakes and Dales Loop takes in two National Parks and some of the most scenic landscapes across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

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Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

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

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Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

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

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Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Enjoy a weekend of abseiling, cycling and horse riding and country walks with the whole family on the moor.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Enjoy a family break in the artistic surroundings of Nelson Barn

Enjoy a family break in the artistic surroundings of Nelson Barn

Ramble around the Cumbrian countryside with the whole family and get a good night’s sleep at Nelson Barn.

Location: Kaber, Cumbria

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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Hone your survival skills in a stunning West country setting.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Go fossil hunting in East Sussex

Go fossil hunting in East Sussex

You never know what you might find on a fossil-hunting session on Peacehaven beach.

Location: East Sussex

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Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

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

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Make Christmas a family time with Forest Holidays

Make Christmas a family time with Forest Holidays

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

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Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

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

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Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

The Cary Arms is the perfect location for a dog friendly getaway, and with one of the UK’s dog friendly beaches on its door step, dogs can enjoy a paddle all year round.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

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Camp at Corfe Castle

Camp at Corfe Castle

Explore this 1,000-year-old fortress above an eponymous Dorset village that's filled with wonky old cottages.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

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