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 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 holiday, but also becomes an integral part of the trip. 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 have sturdy wooden flooring, shaded verandas and 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. The safari-style tents are bookable for three-night stays Friday to Monday, from £184 throughout the summer, and can sleep up to six.
2. Super Heroes 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? And, this summer, MARVEL’s super heroes have landed at the theme park too, so there’s the added excitement of catching sight of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and Star Lord. Thankfully, MagicBreaks is offering two nights’ accommodation with three-day Disney Parks entry and a half-board meal plan from just £179 per person, based on two adults and two children under twelve sharing a standard room at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe. This offer is available on selected dates for arrivals in June and September 2018.
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 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. Waterville is on Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way scenic drive, and offers spectacular surroundings, as well as plenty to do in the area: fabulous beaches, fishing trips, golf courses and horse riding. Irish Ferries offers a seven-night holiday in August at Waterville Holiday Homes, including rental and return ferry crossing with car, for £1088 for a family of two adults and up to three children under 16 years.
4. Road trip and channel crossing
If you need a little more guarantee of sunshine or just want to try something different to 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 as a destination with more than enough activities to keep all the family entertained. Venue Holidays offers a seven-night stay in The Vendee region on the east coast, at its beach-side Camping le Clarys Plage site, from as little as £1020 in total. Ferry crossings can also be arranged from £84 for a return Dover to Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.
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, flying is just as accessible, and much quicker. Saint avit Loisirs is a well-known park, found in the sleepy Perigord countryside of the Dordogne, France. 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 include: football, badminton and basketball, as well as a gym and quad biking. There is also a new kids’ club opening for 2018 for children aged six months to 17 years old. Al Fresco Holidays offers a seven-night holiday at Saint avit Loisirs from £1,190, travelling mid-July, based on a family of four sharing a three-bedroom Verdi Lounge mobile home. Flights from Birmingham to Bergerac cost approximately £280 per person with FlyBe or sail with DFDS ferries from Newhaven to Dieppe for £299 per car.
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.
7. Farm stay in the Netherlands
For families, why not try out something new and 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 when six people stay.
8. A wellness break in Morocco
Solo travelling is set to spike this year 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 suited for all your health and fitness needs. 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 7 nights at Paradis Plage from £850 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
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. Prices start from just £859 for a four-night break from 20 July – 31 August 2018 based on four people sharing a ‘Haddon Classic 2’. 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.
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. This summer, you can also be one of the first to see Puy du Fou’s latest attraction too, Le Mystère de La Pérouse, which takes its visitors on a journey through the early days of maritime exploration. A stay at the Park for a family of four starts at €382 (approximately £330), with two days’ entry to the Grand Parc and one night stay with breakfast in an on-site hotel.