“Forget the Costa Brava, I’m telling you that I’d rather spend a day down Margate with all the family.” Like the famous Chas & Dave song, a staycation could be the answer to all your pre-holiday stresses.
Sometimes the thought of travelling with young children can be enough to bring out a cold sweat in even the most organised and chilled parent! There is an alternative solution: a ‘Staycation’.
I know some people wouldn’t consider staying in the UK to be a ‘holiday’ but a staycation in the UK can prove to be the best holiday that you hoped for and you may even feel relaxed.
With the cost of going abroad enough to make you want to jump out of a plane, especially within the school holidays when the price can reach the thousands, is a week or two in Spain really worth re-mortgaging for? Would the kids really be disappointed to not go abroad?. They are easily pleased and enjoy spending time with you, does it matter which country you are in.
Planning ahead is key, finding a good mix of activities, something for everyone. This should be an easy task as the UK has such a lot to offer.
With such a rich history, the UK offers amazing historic monuments for you to visit, the kids (and you) can learn about the history of our country as well as having a lot of fun. There’s also so many countryside parks where you can let the kids run free and hopefully burn off enough energy to get to sleep early. Why not take a picnic and soak up some of the breathtaking views. Stock up on some of the delicious ranges of ready-made nibbles and sandwiches at the supermarket for a no effort picnic that everyone will enjoy.
How about a few days out at the beach, low cost and usually keeps the kids entertained with building castles, digging holes and splashing in the sea. Treat yourself to a beach hut for the day, there are lots that can be hired along the Essex coast. You can go fossil & shark tooth hunting or collect pretty shells to take home as a keepsake. Seaside locations usually offer a good variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and food huts so finding something for you all to eat shouldn’t be a chore either.
With all this and more, you will soon find out why so many tourists visit our splendid country every year.
We can’t guarantee the weather unfortunately but as long as rain coats and wellies are packed, a little rain won’t hurt. In fact, you may even enjoy a bit of rain. Young children love nothing more than making mud pies and jumping in puddles (try it yourself you will find it is good fun). Perhaps attempt to build a den to keep you sheltered.
If you don’t fancy getting wet, plan an indoor activity such as visiting a museum, bowling, visiting the cinema or good old fashion board games and playing cards.
There’s some wonderful accommodation ideas in this issue – staying in a caravan by the Essex coast, glamping in the dense forest in Great Tey and an adventure-packed hotel in Suffolk. Each of these will provide great family fun and experience. You can even mix it up and try a few different locations.
TIP: If you’re travelling into London, children under the age of eleven can travel free – visit the TFL website to find out more.
Whatever you decide to do this Summer – have fun and
enjoy the time together as a family!
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