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On the beach at Southend-on-Sea.On the beach at Southend-on-Sea.

From action-packed weekends of adrenaline sports to lazing in the lap of luxury at country house hotels, from mucking in on working farms to exploring some of the world's most exciting cities, short breaks and weekends away are a great way of staying sane and entertaining the kids in-between longer holidays and of taking a well-earned break from routine.

Find inspiration for short breaks and city breaks in the UK, Europe, North America, and Africa and the Middle East. Or see our special offers and latest deals with short break partners:
Forest Holidays: lodges (some with hot tubs) in wooded locations with on-site activities, some led by nature rangers.
Dream Lodge Group: Family-run firm offering upmarket retreats, some with hot tubs, in coastal and countryside settings.
Luxury Family Hotels: Relaxed county house retreats with childcare and other family amenities including child-friendly spas.
Hoseasons Go Active: Activity-packed holiday parks, some with lodges. and family short breaks on the ever-popular Channel Islands. Family-friendly rentals all over the UK and Europe. 
Center Parcs Europe: Holiday villages with waterparks and on-site activities galore, from cycling to watersports. 

See also our favourite themepark breaks with partners Alton Towers Holidays, Chessington Holidays, LEGOLAND Holidays, Warwick Castle Breaks and Disneyland Paris.



Kids go free on selected dates at LEGOLAND

Accommodation and ticket packages in 2018

Sandy Balls Holiday Village

Easter breaks from £861 per family

At Sandy Balls Holiday Village, New Forest

Crieff Hydro, Perthshire

Rooms from £69 at Crieff Hydro, Perthshire

Inc. breakfast and use of facilities

Recommended Partners

Pierre & Vacances

Short breaks and great value getaways for families in Europe.


Theme park breaks where kids often go free.

Self-catering coastal and rural holiday cottages around the UK and Europe.

Short Break Favourite

Crieff Hydro, Perthshire.
Heaps of on- and off-site activities, from high ropes and a waterpark to spa treatments, plus golden beaches within easy reach…

Short Break Feature

A Short Break at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey.
Rhonda and sons go out of Africa at the themepark, zoo and safari-themed hotel.

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