With restrictions still in place and uncertainty about what will happen in the weeks to come, travel plans are on ice for many families.

If you’ve decided to stay in the UK this summer, here are some cool ideas for a fun-packed staycation. 

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Beach breaks

We might not have powdery white beaches and guaranteed sunshine but there are some fabulous seaside spots to enjoy closer to home. Beach breaks are ideal for children of all ages and there’s scope to try all kinds of activities on the coast. From traditional piers, arcades and enjoying all the fun of the fair to watersports and nature walks, you can choose to visit bustling resorts, quaint villages or remote locations off the beaten track. There’s an array of accommodation options to choose from including campsites and holiday parks, cottages, houses and apartments for hire, hotels and B&Bs. The demand for coastal gems has rocketed this year with many people opting to holiday in the UK so if you want to hit the beach, it’s a good idea to start looking for breaks as soon as possible. 

Cultural days out

The UK is blessed with an abundance of incredible destinations to visit. For families looking to enjoy some cultural days out, there’s a veritable treasure trove of options available. From child-friendly museums and interactive galleries to castles and country houses, you can spend quality time together, have fun and enjoy a history, art or science lesson at the same time. If you are hoping to visit the UK’s best stately homes or you want to take your kids to museums or tour castles or cathedrals, it’s wise to research in advance as you may need to book tickets. Many venues are limiting visitor numbers and the demand for tickets may be high during the school holidays. 


Theme parks

Theme parks are a hugely popular choice for family days out and in many cases, you can now extend your trip with the option to stay over in hotels on-site or nearby. Going to theme parks is fun for adults and kids alike and you can often get some incredible deals if you use voucher codes or collect tokens. Before you decide which park to visit, explore different venues, look at offers for overnight stays, compare prices and have a look at the rides and attractions on offer.


Wildlife adventures

If your children are animal lovers, there are some fabulous places to visit in the UK. There are zoos and wildlife parks scattered across the country and in some cases, you can now book to stay overnight. There are safari parks where you can camp overlooking animals prowling or plodding, locations where you can drive through and spot majestic creatures from the comfort of the car and sanctuaries you can visit to learn more about conservation. 

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Holidaying in the UK might not guarantee you a golden tan or a warm pool to jump into on a hot, sunny day but there are some amazing places to visit. From beach breaks and walks on the wild side to cultural experiences and the thrills and spills of theme parks, everyone can enjoy a fun-packed summer staycation. 

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