Camping holidays are a traditional family activity, but parents who remember shivering in a leaky tent may find that camping in 21st century is a little different. From safari-style camping in the New Forest to eco-camping in a dome made from recycled glass bottles, camping holidays are more varied than ever before. In addition, many campsites are close to sites where you can enjoy other activities with your children, from swimming to cycling, kayaking and more.
If you want to take some of the stress out of planning activities, a holiday camp can be a great option. Holiday camps feature activities like zip lining, archery and sports. Children can enjoy playing outside, while adults can join in if they want to or relax with another activity if they prefer.
Britain has some of the best cycling routes in Europe, with support for cyclists increasing all the time. This makes cycling an ideal holiday for experienced cyclists and beginners alike. Scenic cycling in Scotland and the northwest ranges from family trails in the Borders to more challenging off-road trails in the Peak District. Wales similarly provides great trails for mountain bikers, while the southeast has a wide range of leisure routes, including many cycle routes along former canal towpaths.
If you've got a young dinosaur enthusiast in your family, a fossil-hunting holiday can be an excellent way to share their interest – and as an added bonus, it will get kids out of the hotel and into the open air. Some of the best fossil country in Britain is found in the south, particularly in Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight. You and your kids might not turn up a dinosaur, but you'll have a wonderful time finding the remains of prehistoric plants and animals. Fossils are particularly plentiful in coastal areas, so you can also enjoy boating, swimming or even just lying on the beach if the weather's right.
A farm holiday gets your family outside in the open air; children (and adults) will enjoy taking care of animals such as sheep, horses, pigs and chickens. A working farm holiday has just enough work in it to be fun, without the drudgery of real farm life, so there'll still be plenty of time for other activities such as walking, cycling or excursions in the area. You'll also be sure of plenty of good farm-fresh food!
With so many inspirational ideas for things to see and do in the UK, it’s bound to be a special and memorable experience.
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