Many of us choose to save up and go abroad when we get the chance to have a family holiday. However, what we often don’t realise is that if we stayed in the UK, we could still have an amazing time. This might mean doing a few day trips rather than taking a two-week break, but it is still very doable. The UK has lots of hidden gems when it comes to taking a family day out. You could choose the hustle and bustle of a city or the relaxing sea breeze of a coastal town. Both options offer something for everyone.
Zoo Day Trips
With lots of zoos all around the UK, you have a choice of where to go. Bristol Zoo, Paignton Zoo and London Zoo are some of the most popular options. If you felt like doing something a bit more diverse, then there is always Longleat safari park. This offers the best of both worlds, and there is plenty of space for the kids to play. Take a picnic to any of these locations and save on the cost of food. If you are taking a large family, then this will certainly save you money. Food at tourist attractions can be excessively expensive, and the quality isn’t always great for what you pay. The whole family can enjoy a homemade picnic at a fraction of the cost. If the weather is nice, then you can make a real treat of it.
Relax by the beach
The UK has some of the most beautiful beaches. Not all of these are well known. Take the beach of Burnham on sea and Berrow in Somerset, for example. These are surrounded by quaint little shops and rolling countryside with plenty of places to take the children if you don’t mind travelling around a bit in the car.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a popular destination. Kids will love the variety there, and the new wallace and gromit shop makes it fun for shopping as well.
Devon has the famous rocky red cliffs and some lovely sandy beaches. Most of the big beaches also have caravan sites nearby. If you find that you like your stay, then you could book one for the week. Caravan holidays are actually growing in popularity again. You can cut costs by bringing your food and drink along with you. Cooking cheap meals like pasta in the evenings is also a way to save. Most caravans come fully equipped with the pots and pans for a fry-up in the mornings. This used to be a tradition on some of our holidays when we were younger.
If you are looking to take a day out and hit the shops, then choose somewhere like London. You will find an amazing selection of shops. Camden Market has very different products to Oxford street though. Make sure you have a general idea of what you want to buy. You can then plan before you travel. The tube is easy to navigate and not as scary as you might first think! Have fun and enjoy exploring the UK.