Whether you are natives of Europe or visiting the United Kingdom from other regions, summer is a great time for family holidays. The summer holidays give parents the opportunity to spend much more time with their children, but the long time off requires a lot more planning and imagination than a quick weekend or even mid-school break. Whether you are looking for a weekend in the city, time at the beach, or a world class theme park, our UK travel partners tell us that families visiting the UK will never run out of ideas for entertaining the kids on summer holiday. Here are some of their top recommendations:
See a Show in London’s West End
London’s West End is world famous and is currently hosting a number of child-friendly shows including Matilda and Wicked, as well as the long running Lion King which is a timeless classic. We’ve seen both Wicked and Lion King on Broadway in New York City and can attest that these are great family shows. Make a whole weekend of your West End experience and book into one of the London hotels on offer through Superbreak. Before or after the show, the family can check out the National History Museum, the London Dungeons, or enjoy a picnic lunch in the park.
Visit One of the UK’s Theme Parks
The UK is definitely not short of theme parks. Any Harry Potter fan would jump at the chance to visit the Warner Brother’s studios where they can discover how the magic was brought to life in the movies. And the best part, it’s less than an hour from London. LEGOLAND is similarly convenient, with a resort in Windsor, and even closer to the city is Thorpe Park, a theme park in Surrey offering 25 adrenalin-boosting rides. Chocoholics will love Cadbury World in Birmingham and Kelburn Castle is another option sure to inspire imagination with its brightly colored, cartoon-covered exterior, the mysteries of the Secret Forest, and a lofty adventure course.
Take a Short Flight for a Weekend on the Continent
The UK is conveniently located within a short flight of anywhere in Europe, yet people often take this for granted. A quick hop over to Europe for a few days is a whole lot easier – and cheaper – for families now, thanks to the growth in budget airlines and discount travel companies that specialize in affordable holidays. Try the south of Spain for the scorching sun or to Berlin for a cultural escape or even Prague for its fairy tale beauty.
Head to the Beaches on the Coast of Wales
Visitors to the United Kingdom don’t always think of it as a beach destination. However, the UK boasts some of the most spectacular coastline in the world. In terms of beaches, this is where Wales really shines. The Welsh coast is covered with rocky, limestone cliffs that form a dramatic backdrop to its sandy beaches and turquoise water. In summer you’ll find people enjoying all kinds of water sports, amateur fisherman casting out to sea, and families spending plenty of time enjoying the sunshine.
Every family has different summer holiday priorities – luckily the UK has lots of options to keep the whole family entertained.
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