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Bank Holidays Breaks

Typical British bank holiday weather doesn't mean the fun stops!Typical British bank holiday weather doesn't mean the fun stops!

Bank holidays are the perfect opportunity to take a short break with your family and replenish your stock of together time between proper family holidays. The easiest and most obvious option is to stay in the UK, where there's a huge choice of family-friendly accommodation and attractions, whether you opt for a forest or seaside break or prefer the bright lights and noise (but queues) of a themepark, or of a big city. But there are plenty of other things to do – city/short breaks to European destinations or even further afield, mini cruises to the Continent or weekend activity breaks are all well worth investigating.


Luxury Family Hotels
Luxury Family Hotels

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Luxury hotels around the UK. Ideal for short family breaks.

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Consider destinations that won't be crowded with other families – Kent or Northumberland instead of Norfolk or Cornwall, for instance. And book well ahead to snag the best properties, possibly at lower prices.

If heading abroad and hoping for a low-cost flight, book well in advance - as early as you can.

Avoid paying premium prices at hotels by renting a cottage - self-catering also means you can avoid overly busy restaurants and have the facilities to make your own picnics to take on days out.

Avoid the obvious attractions – theme-parks, for instance – for low-key days out where you won't have to queue or fight for space.

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See also our Family City Breaks page.

Bank Holiday Favourite

Park Plaza County Hall London.
A hotel on London's South Bank, where kids are treated like royalty and facilities include in-room kitchenettes. Perfect for a bank holiday city break with the kids.

Bank Holiday Feature

A Family Sailing Holiday on the Norfolk Broads.
Our cycling expert and his teenage family leave their bikes behind in favour of a boating break.

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Children in the vegetable garden at Westin Costa Navarino.
Save £500 per family at this super stylish family-friendly hotel on mainland Greece. Travel between 16 Feb – 24 Nov. Book by 28 Feb.


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