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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.

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Tips

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

Ribby Hall Village, Lancashire
Self-catering cottages and indoor and outdoor leisure facilities galore, all in a plum location for Blackpool.

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A Family Break at the Park Plaza County Hall, London
Rhonda checks out one of the capital's most family-friendly hotels.

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