Family holidays in the UK: Cheap offers for the whole family

With school calendars, work schedules, and other obligations to consider, it can be difficult to find the perfect time to organise a family holiday. To make planning your next family trip a little easier, we've got cheap deals designed for families to all your favourite destinations throughout the year.

Whether it's a family beach vacation in Mallorca, a kid-friendly glamping trip in the U.K, or a budget city break with activities for all ages, we've got you covered with the best family holiday deals. And don't worry if you forgot to book an early bird deal in advance—just keep your eyes peeled for great last-minute holiday deals.

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8 Affordable UK family holiday destinations that won't break the bank

When you're looking for a holiday in the UK to enjoy as a family, you want to get the best value for your money; that way, you can save up much-needed spending money for when you have the kids in tow. Family holidays are all about doing as much as possible and creating memories.

Many families travel in summer but winter travel can be just as good. If you're set on a summer getaway, heading off on a holiday over a weekend break can be a good money saving option too. What's more, many of the UK's most beautiful spots are particularly well-suited to going on holiday as a group and offer plenty of different types of accommodation for groups.

We've created a list of 8 places we think are great for enjoying a family break on a budget. Some are super cheap while others offer great value for money. But we promise that they're all great budget break options!


1. Cornwall

Cornwall is a great shout if you are looking for a family holiday in the UK. Since it's on the South Coast, it offers a milder climate and hundreds of beaches—a great way to enjoy a beach holiday without having to endure a flight with the kids. You will find a range of accommodations in Cornwall perfect for families. You could stay in a family-friendly room in a hotel, B&B, or private cottage, or you could opt for a glamping trip (choose from lodges, treehouses, and more), where you often get an awesome choice of amenities—maybe even an outdoor swimming pool!


2. Lake District

The Lake District is a well-known spot for family holidays if you are choosing to stay here in the UK. Depending on the type of holiday you are after, the Lake District has it all. You can choose to go on an adventure holiday, stay in a traditional mobile home in a fun holiday park or even stay in a spa hotel.

If you and your family love being active on holiday then the Lake District is definitely a place you should consider. With the region's endless choice of hiking trails, forests, outdoor activities, parks and boat trips you can really get back to nature.


3. York (Yorkshire)

York is a small, stunning city in North Yorkshire. It's a super cute locale with many activities on offer for you and your family—for example, there are many museums if you want to combine your holiday with some education. Head to The York Dungeons if you love ghosts and ghouls or take part in one of the many ghost walks and tours in this allegedly haunted city. Summer is a great time to visit York but we also recommend planning a trip from the end of November through December, when the Christmas Markets are in full swing.


4. Great Yarmouth

One of the East Coast of England's little gems is Great Yarmouth. The resort town offers a long, sandy beach with many activities to do as a family on holiday. The UK weather can be unpredictable so if the sunshine lets you down you can head to the sea life aquarium to see some sea creatures or for some kid-friendly thrills you could visit The Pleasure Beach and Joyland amusement parks, which have many rides suitable for families.


5. London

When looking for a budget family holiday in the UK, London might not be the first place to come to mind. However, with a wide range of hotels offering family rooms and plenty of great places to stay out of the city centre, there are many options for you and your family. There are loads of attractions for kids as well, including the world famous Harry Potter Studio tour (a must for any Harry Potter fan). There is also London Zoo, Kidzania, Shrek World and so much more—you won't even have a second to be bored on a trip to our wonderful capital city.


6. Manchester

Another city we would recommend taking the family is Manchester, as it offers many great hotel options and has a super friendly atmosphere. There is so much to do, including bowling, going to the cinema, shopping, attending sports matches and even doing behind the scenes tours of a number of stadiums. There are museums, a choice of walking tours and a hop on hop off bus to learn about the city without having to worry about transport. That way, you have plenty of time to enjoy what Manchester has to offer at your family's own pace. Manchester is the perfect destination for a weekend trip.


7. Chester (Cheshire)

Chester is a city in the Northwest of England in the county of Cheshire and it is another family-friendly destination that we just had to include on the list. The number one attraction to visit while you and your family are in Chester is definitely the zoo. Chester Zoo is highly rated and award winning and has over 21,000 animals for you to check out. Another reason Chester is a great place to take the family is its location—from here, you can take day trips to many nearby locations like Liverpool and Wales.


8. Eastbourne

Another place that we just had to include in the list of the best budget family breaks in the UK is Eastbourne. It'll be tough to get bored while on holiday in this town. There are a number of things to do here that are perfect for a family holidays as they cater to both young and old. There is a stunning marina, adventure park, soft play areas, a pier which is perfect for a nice stroll with the family and a choice of theatres if you fancy catching a family-friendly show.

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Family holiday parks in the UK

If you’re not too fussed about the location, then holiday parks make a great break for the whole family. Luckily, there are loads of great ones dotted around the UK that are great fun and great value for money. This type of family trip comes in many different forms, but mostly involves plenty of activities. They’re definitely for the more adventurous types, with the onus on activities rather than sitting back and relaxing.

Typically holiday parks will usually have a huge pool with slides, plus plenty of other outdoor activities like cycling, that will keep the kids occupied for the whole stay. There are plenty of different types of accommodation to choose from too. You could stay in a typical hotel, but many operators offer camping sites or caravans to stay in. They are also designed with families in mind. That means there will be care facilities for younger kids and some operators are now designing specific packages for families with children of a certain age.

If you want to play it safe, you can go with a well known holiday park operator like Haven, who have parks across the country, from Cornwall to North Yorkshire. Butlins and Centre Parcs are other famous options, but shop around if you want a more budget option. Booking early is another way to take advantage of special offers, with most operators offering lower prices for early bookings.


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All inclusive family holidays

Family holidays should be fun, but if you’re caring for young children, they can also be stressful. Planning activities, meals and budgeting aren’t high on anyone’s holiday to do list, especially when there are sun and beaches to enjoy. That’s where all inclusive packages come in.

It’s pretty easy to see the benefits. You know the price for the package, know that all your food and drinks are included in the price and that there are usually plenty of free activities and entertainment taking place, especially for kids. That leaves more time for you to sit back, relax and take it easy. There are loads of different types of family holiday packages. From sunning it up and taking it easy at a resort in Spain to a fun-filled trip to Disneyland Paris, you’re sure to find the perfect package deal for your family.

Learn more about all inclusive holidays or check out some of our all inclusive family holiday packages for 2020.

Kids go free holidays

As well as being a good budget family option, some resorts also offer kids go free discounts. Some all inclusive resorts offer this option, but there are also many other family package deals that offer discounts for children. The clue is in the name here! Whatever holiday package you book, one child will get the flight and hotel for free as well as access to all the facilities and the same boarding benefits.

Looking out for these offers can help save you lots of money, especially if you need to travel in peak months or during school holidays. It pays to plan ahead. Places are usually at a premium and if you’re planning to travel during peak season, we’d advise booking many months in advance, rather than last minute. Terms and conditions will depend on the provider and what type of holiday you book, so always check the small print. Generally, kids up to 11 or 16 years old are eligible, but there are usually some other conditions, such as one child per two paying adults.

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