10 budget summer holiday ideas

Looking for a summer holiday that’s big on fun but with a price tag that’s affordable? Here’s our top 10 ideas 

A Glamping holiday in the UK is less expensive than you think!

A family holiday this summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune, you can still enjoy idyllic views, total relaxation and plenty of activities without forking out on a hefty price tag. Here are 10 ideas for a budget summer holiday that’s easy on the purse strings but still big on the fun.

1. Glamping in the UK

There’s camping and then there’s glamping. And it’s not just for the uber-chic celeb or festival fan; if you are a family or even an adventurous couple, glamping adds a little more comfort to your  usual pitch up holiday.

Ready Camp is the official glamping arm of The Camping and Caravanning Club, with 45 UK locations  – from deep in the Peak District to the beautiful Suffolk Coast. The safari-style canvas tents (pictured above) have sturdy wooden flooring, shaded verandas and even lights. Plus, real beds, a sofa, kitchen, dining area, and soft furnishings all helping to make your stay a little plusher, and they all come pre-erected too so you don’rt even have to worry about tent poles and pegs.

The safari-style tents with Ready Camp are bookable for three-night stays Friday to Monday, from £186 throughout the summer, and can sleep up to six.

2. Fun at Disneyland® Paris

Rides, attractions and Disney characters; what more could you want for a fun kid-focused holiday, but does it all have to come with a massive blow to your bank balance? Actually, no. The notoriously expensive Disney holiday can be affordable for all.

MagicBreaks offers two nights’ accommodation with three-day Disney Parks entry with bed and breakfast for as little as £848, based on two adults and two children under twelve sharing a Cars standard room at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe. 

3. Visit Ireland by ferry

If you have children then taking a ride on a ferry is almost more fun than the actual holiday, but even if you don’t, there are so many exciting places to explore across the sea in Ireland – from vibrant cities like Dublin to staying in secluded country cottages. And it’s closer than you think, from Stoke-on-Trent, the port at Holyhead is only about 125 miles drive and a cruise over to Dublin will take around 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Irish Ferries offers a seven-night cottage holiday in beautiful West Ireland, including rental and return ferry crossing with car, from £633 for a family of two adults and up to four children under 16 years.

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Saint avit Loisirs is perfect for kids this summer

4. Road trip and channel crossing

If you need a little more guarantee of sunshine or just want to try something different from your usual staycation spot, then why not take your trip over the English Channel to France. Pack up the car, get on the ferry and off you go. Aside from the glorious French countryside that you will experience on your travels, it has plenty of campsites and holiday parks you can choose from with more than enough activities to keep all the family entertained.

Venue Holidays offers a six-night stay in the Picardy Berny-Rivière region (just north of Paris) at Easter staying in a large three-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home for just £450. And a three-night July stay at a campsite in Brittany for as little £333 staying in a 2-bedroom mobile home. 

5. Water fun in France

France has just as many water parks and theme parks as Spain and it’s likely to cost you less to get there. You don’t even need to drive if you don’t want to, jumping on a plane across the channel is easy enough – and much quicker.

Saint avit Loisirs is a well known park, found in the sleepy Perigord countryside of the Dordogne. The park is ideal for water lovers with three family pools, an indoor heated tropical pool, a children’s splash zone and an outdoor aqua park with lazy river and waterslide. Sports activities on offer include: football, badminton and basketball, as well as a gym and quad biking. There is also a kids club for children aged six months to 17-years-old.

Al Fresco Holidays offers a seven-night holiday at Saint avit Loisirs from £985 (travelling mid-July) and based on a family of four sharing a two-bedroom Rossini Riviera Lounge mobile home (sleeps up to 6). Flights from Birmingham to Bergerac cost around £189 with Jet2 or catch the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe with DFDS from £172 per car.

Read more: How to survive a plane journey with kids in tow

6.Something different in Camarthenshire

If you are looking for a secluded and romantic spot to rekindle a romance, then how about a purse-friendly couples retreat to Camarthenshire? The cosy two-person Morris Shepherd’s hut is fully equipped for self-catering and comes with a kitchen and dining area, outdoor seating, multi-fuel burner, shower, toilet and a double bedroom. 

There is also a private secluded garden complete with barbecue and seating. This lovely couples retreat is the perfect escape from busy lives with just the local owls, buzzards, red kites, sparrowhawks, rabbits and otters for company.

A one-night stay in the Morris Shepherd Hunt costs just £70 per night with pitchup.com.

7. Farm stay in the Netherlands

For families who want to try out something new for a budget summer holiday this year – visit the Netherlands. Camping Blaauw offers family fun in the great outdoors on a farm near the village of Sint Nicolaasga. There is plenty to do locally including walking, fishing, cycling, kayaking and sailing. There is also a lovely sandy beach and playground, and the on-site brasserie is great for when you just don’t feel like cooking.

Safari-style tents sleep six with two bedrooms and have mini kitchen areas, dining and living areas, beds and linen. There is a three-night minimum stay policy, costing from £166 for three nights, working out at just £9.22 pppn (for six people).

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Camping Blaauw offers family fun in the great outdoors in the Netherlands

8. A wellness break in Morocco

Solo travelling has seen a real spike in recent years thanks to a growing demand for health and wellness spa holidays in paradise locations. And if you feel like taking a break from it all to recharge the batteries, there’s no better place than the shores of the Indian Ocean in northern Africa.

French for ‘Paradise Beach’, Paradis Plage is an idyllic surf, yoga and spa holiday based in Morocco. From the beach front yoga pavilion to the traditional Moroccan spa at the heart of the resort, this luxury paradise is the perfect spot to recharge this summer. It has four restaurants offering fresh, healthy and nutritious cuisine and each room enjoys a private terrace for when you really need some alone time.

Health and Fitness Travel offers a seven-night ‘Fusion Fitness’ break in July or August at Paradis Plage from £1,465 (singles). Price includes breakfast, private transfers and a choice of seven 1-on-1 activities, lessons and/or spa treatments. Flights can also be arranged. 

9. Stay in a lodge in the Peak District

For families looking to escape to the country on a budget, but prefer a homelier feel to their accommodation, consider going for a wooden lodge or log cabin at one of the best holidays spots in the UK – the Peak District. Situated on the edge of Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, Landal Darwin Forest is the perfect place for families looking to escape to the country and enjoy the stunning views of the peaks. All lodges include home-from-home comforts including flat screen TV’s, kitchen utensils, luxury toiletries by Rituals and some even have outdoor hot tubs

Prices start from just £949 for a four-night break in July based on four people sharing a ‘Haddon Classic Vogue 2’ lodge. 

Read more: 6 reasons why glamping should be your next holiday choice 

10. Affordable theme park short-break

Take the kids on a journey of discovery at Puy du Fou, situated around an hour from Nantes. The park offers entertainment in the form of thrilling shows, period villages and over 1500 animals and 550 birds of prey. Stay in one of five themed hotels and enjoy Puy du Fou’s weekly night time spectacular, La Cinéscénie, involving 2,400 actors on a 23-hectare stage and extraordinary special effects.

You can also enjoy one of Puy du Fou’s latest attractions too, Le Mystère de La Pérouse, which takes its visitors on a journey through the early days of maritime exploration.

A stay including entry to the Grand Parc and standard seats for La Cinéscénie costs from 141 Euro (approx. £120). 

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