Forget the airport stress and look instead to a local getaway for the family this February half-term. Ourhighlights the best (and most affordable) UK destinations for a winter holiday with the kids.
We used recommendations from Mumsnet to determine where today’s parents believe are the top destinations to go for families at a reasonable cost based on a family of four people.
Penruddock, Lake District: £294/week
Although it may be chilly at this time of year, Northern England’s Lake District takes the joint top spot for most affordable destination to visit with family this half-term. Breathtaking views, fresh air and a little bit of physical activity never hurt anyone!
Mell Fell View is a cottage only a few miles from Ullswater Lake, a family could spend as little as £294 over seven nights (£42 daily) for a two-bedroom with a kitchen and a fireplace for those cosy nights in.
Amble-by-the-Sea, Northumberland: £296/week
Keeping in the North of England, Seashell Cottage in Amble-by-the-Sea is an ideal destination for the family. It is situated on the coast, in a seaside town, that will surely keep the family busy with a nature reserve, local wildlife and boating action on the water. A cottage in this area for a week could also set you back £42 a night, and £296 for a week.
Easton, Dorset: £357/week
Going all the way south to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to Delimara – a fully-equipped cottage that sleeps five, could cost as little as £357 (£51 per night) for a week away. It is a great base to explore the seaside villages, beaches and get that big dose of sea air!
For city slickers looking to explore one of the UK’s most stunning and historic cities, York is an affordable option. Using Airbnb, a family of four could be be set up in a two-bedroom property with a kitchen and a garden at a weekly rate starting at £490 (£70 a night).
St Breward, Cornwall: £499/week
Heading back to the South of England, Cornwall is a reliable option for a family holiday. Despite St Breward not being on the coast, it is just under a half hour drive to get to the seaside. However, Coombe Mill Farm Holidays is centred around a getaway for children and costs as little as £499 a week for a family’s accomodation in a cottage.
Whitwell, Isle of Wight: £540/week
Going off the mainland may sound crazy for February, but the Isle of Wight is a treat for holidaymakers at anytime of the year. Plus, the ferry makes it an exciting journey for children and adults alike.
Nettlecombe Farm is an excellent choice (and an award winner from Mumsnet) for a family trip to the island. The family farm is still fully functioning with animals and the property is surrounded by lakes and green fields, which is sure to keep the kids busy!
Kincraig, Scottish Highlands: £643/week
Certainly one of the most magnificent places in the UK, the Scottish Highlands can keep a family busy for at least a week with everything to explore from national parks to skiing. The Suidhe Cottage is the perfect base for a family during half-term holiday to enjoy sights and winter sports.
Despite Glasgow’s charm often being overshadowed by other parts of Scotland, it is a truly wonderful city. For those looking for a more cultural holiday, it is home to the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ballet and the Theater of Scotland. There are a number of museums, art galleries and a exciting music scene for visitors to enjoy.For a week, a two-bedroom flat near the city centre in Charing Cross will set you back £695 (£99 per night).
The Scottish capital is a must see as far as UK cities are concerned. Between castles, a walk to Arthur’s Seat and the sounds of bagpipes on the Royal Mile, there is a lot to keep a family busy during a week-long holiday. A two-bedroom flat near the city centre could cost as little £101 a night, or £710 for the week.
With easy access to some of the world’s best museums, art galleries, theater productions and cuisine, London is a popular choice for a holiday filled with culture. Despite London’s extortionately high property prices, the daily rate for an apartment rental on website Airbnb is not that far off from that of other UK cities. Holidaymakers can find two-bedroom properties available for £127 in Zone 1’s Tower Hamlets.
For many parents, the impending half-term can fill them with dread as it throws up all sorts of issues and interruptions to the weekly routine, as well as the impossible task of keeping the kids occupied.
For this reason alone, an escape from home over the February half-term can not only make for a harmonious family life, but it’s a great way to help get over the winter blues.
But as wages fail to keep pace with other consumer costs, not all families can afford to jet off to different countries for school breaks. But with so much on our doorstep a staycation can offer a more affordable option, which is why we thought we would point out some of the UK’s best family-friendly holiday destinations that won’t break the bank.Russell Quirk