It’s that age old problem; the holidays are looming, the sun is shining and you scratch your head and ask “What shall we do with the kids”? These days it’s difficult enough just to separate them from their games console or computer. They’ve been to the seaside a thousand times, and the prospect of a bank-breaking fortnight at the hotel in a theme-park in the industrial Midlands really doesn’t appeal.
Something a little different is called for: a UK holiday that your kids will always remember and want to tell their friends about. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Why not treat your kids to an authentic Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang experience with a magical stay in a beautifully converted windmill? Whilst there are a few around the UK, perhaps the most enchanting is Cley Mill, set in beautiful Norfolk countryside but close enough to the coast should the kids really feel the need for a paddle.
How about something a bit more Harry Potter or Narnia? Who could resist the chance to stay in or near a proper castle with battlements, turrets, dungeons (gulp!) and, er… did that suit of armour just move? Both English heritage and Celtic Castles have a range of great castle locations where you can take a break and the kids can play knights and damsels (or Harry and Hermione) to their heart’s content.
For more pastoral pastimes, if your kids love animals and you fancy casting off those city clothes and getting a taste of rural country living, a farm holiday might be just the thing you’re looking for. Introduce the kids to fresh air, pick some fresh fruit for a picnic or take a look at new born lambs. How about a tractor ride, or a go at milking a goat? With hundreds of farms all over the UK offering self-catering cottages or lodgings in the farm house itself, it’s time to get the family to pull on their wellies and indulge in a taste of the good life.
If the agricultural adventure doesn’t do it for your kids, then maybe an exciting stay in a tree house or log cabin in the forest will appeal. Whether they’re into wildlife spotting, hide and seek, climbing trees, making dens or just exploring somewhere different, a forest holiday will give them the freedom… to be kids.
Just be sure to tell them not to interrupt the teddy-bears’ picnic, though.