Saturday 3 October 2020

Five UK Staycation Ideas That Are Perfect With Kids

This year has been a tricky one, and the different holidays that many of us planned never quite got the chance to come to fruition. While some people are taking the risk and heading abroad, there are still many who prefer to stay a bit closer to home. After all, with such rapidly changing lockdown and quarantine rules, not all of us can afford to spend 14 days in self-isolation when we return from a holiday!

This doesn’t, however, mean that we are content with staying at home and staring at the same four walls we have been looking at for the whole of 2020. If you are looking at getting away but want to head somewhere closer to home, the UK is packed with staycation destinations that are ideal for a getaway with the kids. No matter if you are looking for a last-minute weekend getaway or to spend a week somewhere before the winter truly sets in, you are spoilt for choice. Don’t forget to pack all your essentials for the break away, including any medical supplies or necessities like glasses if they are required. If you need some new eye glasses, be sure to check out this website for a wide range of options.

Things to consider before booking a UK staycation

It’s important to think about what you want from your break and consider the current climate at the moment. You may not want to head somewhere super busy where crowds of people would be more condensed and if you head somewhere a bit more remote, consider if you will need a car or not. Remember to bring extra sanitiser and cleaning wipes with you as well as plenty of additional face masks for extra peace of mind while you are away. While many accommodations are doing a fantastic job at implementing rigorous cleaning routines during these times, it can still help to put your mind at ease. Do your research into the local area and attractions as some may still be closed or have limited capacity so require booking in advance. If you are looking to just stay in your accommodation, check that they have enough for you all to do. It might be worth considering bringing some board games or movies with you just in case the weather is bad, and you don’t fancy going out or want a chilled day together. It is also important to check their cancellation policy before you go just in case one of you does become ill and isn’t allowed to stay, or has to isolate. 

Where to go for a UK staycation

Center Parcs

Center Parcs is arguably one of the most known places in the UK for a staycation - and with good reason. Known for their family-friendly approach, it is a great way to spend some time with your little ones while also being socially distant from other families and getting plenty of fresh air. They have introduced several new measures to keep you and your family safe, from booking your swimming slot ahead of time to control numbers, to limiting numbers allowed in their restaurants and other activities. If you are looking to do activities or sports when you are there, these will need to be booked in advance. Your lodge is guaranteed to be spotlessly cleaned before your arrival, and you can spend your break with complete peace of mind.

Away Resorts

There are six Away Resorts to choose from in the UK,  in Lincolnshire, the Isle of Wight, North Wales, the New Forest, Hayling Island & Essex. Each park has several facilities and entertainment to keep the family amused and are all situated in a place of unique and natural beauty. The Away Resorts in the Isle of White, for example, is on the top of a private beach where you can play in the sand and enjoy ice creams as you paddle in the sunshine. There are different types of accommodation too, ranging from caravans to their two newest lodges - Tribeca and Rockstar. These two sets of lodges are exquisitely styled with special themed kids room. Some of the lodges ever have luxury hot tubs out the front, ideal for a bit of me-time once the kids have gone to bed.


London Queen’s Gate Little Explorers Package

If you are looking to take advantage of how quiet London is and take the kids for a sightseeing experience when the streets and attractions are so much emptier, the London Queen’s Gate Little Explorers package is a perfect choice. During your trip, you will get a two-bedroom interconnecting family room complete with a special backpack filled with goodies for the children and children's room amenities such as slippers and toiletries. You will get breakfast for a family up to four, complimentary meals for children under five, £50 credit to be used on food and drink at the hotel, sweet treat vouchers for the kids and unlimited access to online games and children’s magazines. The Hotel is perfectly placed to visit the museums as well as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the Serpentine boating lake. 


Go Camping

There is nothing like a camping trip to get the whole family together. There are so many camping sites around the UK, it is a good idea to decide on an area and then find a camping site that suits. Camping is one of the safest ways to have a staycation in the current climate as you know you will be the only ones to touch your tent and your belongings, and your chances of being in close proximity to others is pretty minimal. There are a whole host of fantastic tents on the market, including those tailored for kids, with themed rooms and games. Bring a camping stove, lots of blankets and enjoy your evenings spent camped out under the stars. During the day you can go on long walks and explore the local area, perhaps stopping for a pub lunch on the way. Camping is a perfect staycation that won’t break the bank, doesn’t involve travelling too far and is safe for all the family. 


Staycation ideas without even leaving the house 

If you don’t want to leave the house but still want to do something special, you could create your own staycation from your own home. From creating a fort in your living room, to your own campsite in the back garden, there are endless ideas to keep everyone amused. You could even have a movie night where you get some snacks, put on a family-friendly film and spend some quality time together for an evening. No matter what you decide on, the most important thing is everyone spending time together and having a break from the stresses of everyday life.


These are just a few UK staycation ideas that are perfect with kids. This year has been an unprecedented one, and it’s more important than ever to appreciate the quality family time spent together. Whether you decide to go away somewhere or recreate it in your own home, you are guaranteed to have a time that none of you will forget. Remember to think carefully about your staycation and look into cancellation policies as we never know what will happen at a moment's notice. Whatever you choose, take lots of photos and videos and create memories that will last a lifetime. With so many amazing UK destinations right on the doorstep, you will find you don’t even miss going abroad!

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