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Top English summer holiday destinations with kids on a budget– If the thought of packing your bags, waiting in line at the airport, finding something to keep the little ones amused for 2 hours in the airport lounge, then finding something to keep them occupied on the plane, then counting them off the plane, hustling them through security and onto the transfer bus and then shepherding them to your hotel room leaves you exhausted (and we don’t blame you), then you might be thinking about spending your summer holiday on UK soil.
That’s why we’ve put together this list! We’ve taken into account everything, from budget and location to things to do with the kids, to find a holiday destination that works for every family, from the up-and-outers to lounge-abouters.
Our 5 top English summer holiday destinations with kids on a budget
For young families: Dorset
If you’re a family with a toddler or two, then Dorset is the place to go. With budget-friendly caravan parks dotted in convenient places, you’ll be in the centre of a picturesque county that has everything from beautiful scenery and castles to eye-catching coastlines and classic seaside attractions.
For little ones, there are museums, farms and aquariums, while for the adults there are tonnes of beaches, restaurants and pubs. (Poole and Bournemouth are particularly great for the whole family, with parks, play areas and beaches galore.)
However, it’s the Jurassic Coast that’s the much visit attraction for young families. As well as being a particularly beautiful stretch of coast, the coast also gives you the chance to stumble across a dinosaur fossil on the beach, or, at least, a prehistoric fossil of some kind, and that’s as much fun for the adults as it is the kids. (Plus, you can take them home with you as a once-in-a-lifetime souvenir.)
And, if you want to treat the little ones to a day out, just up the road in Hampshire, there’s Peppa Pig World – a Peppa Pig themed theme park. (If, of course, you’re not going on holiday to escape the constant Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Hey Duggee cycle!)
For a quiet week away: Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has to be one of top English Summer Holiday destinations with kids on a budget for one reason: it feels like you’re going on holiday abroad because you have to get a ferry.
As soon as you arrive, you’re treated to views of soft, sandy stretches of beach and beautiful coastline, and as you make your way across the island, you’ll ease yourself into its easy-going, relaxed and almost old-fashioned feel.
For a whole week of family fun: Yorkshire
With no end of peaks, parks and coastline, Yorkshire is an easy choice for one of the top English Summer Holiday destinations with kids on a budget – there’s tonnes of free stuff to do, lots of land to let the kids run wild and lots of spots for perfect family photos.
In particular, Scarborough is great for an old-fashioned family holiday, complete with a penny arcade, beaches, a Sea Life centre and – best of all – a huge water park complex (with a spa area for the adults).
A particularly unique experience for the kids is the opportunity to stay in an old railway carriage, a bee cottage or even a treehouse! (Kiddie Holidays have put together a great list of the best places to stay with kids in Yorkshire – check it out!)
For a quintessential seaside break: Kent
Back in the 1950s and 60s, one of the top English Summer Holiday destinations with kids on a budget would have been Margate beach. Then, for a few decades, it fell into disrepair and became a bit of a national joke.
But now, thanks to a recent local movement to renovate the town and a healthy amount of money invested into it, it’s regained its cool again. There are local coffee shops, quaint vintage boutiques, a Tate Gallery, a vibrant art scene, a particularly good beach and Dreamland, a retro-themed theme park.
Plus, just down the road is the quintessential seaside town of Broadstairs, complete with beach huts, fish and chip shops and possibly one of the best ice cream shops in the country – Morellis. (Trust us, that ice cream is goooooood.)
If you’re after a traditional seaside break with a modern, trendy twist, then the South East coast is the place for you.
For adventurous families: Lake District
Last but certainly not least on our list of top English Summer Holiday destinations with kids on a budget is the Lake District.
Jam-packed with amazing adventures kids of all ages, many of the events on at the Lake District are free (or really cheap) and can range from circus skills and canoeing to archery or a wildlife safari! Plus, there’s no end of family-friendly walks across the district (just pack your walking boots and prepare to give tired toddlers plenty of piggy backs!)
For a full list of things to do with the kids in the Lake District – check out this article by the always-handy Day Out with The Kids.
Have you got a favourite budget-friendly UK holiday destination? Let us know in the comments or on social and we’ll add it to the list!
- Author The Bamboo Team
- Posted 20 June 2018