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Best Family Staycations in the UK

If your travels keep you closer to home, a staycation in the UK is the perfect way to seek the rest and relaxation that a change of scene provides — minus the airport queues and time differences. And if you're planning a big adventure to the UK from overseas, it's also the perfect place to explore and soak up the wonderful variety of landscapes, cuisines and culture that our little isle has to offer. 

Whether you're planning a staycation or a vacation, we've rounded up our top five destinations for the perfect UK family getaway. Researched with families in midn, these spots provide an ideal destination for rest and play, and they welcome children and adults alike, providing facilities for all to enjoy.

25 May 2021

1. Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight

Also known as Tom’s Eco Lodges, Tapnell Farm is the ultimate pit-stop for families who love the outdoors. With plenty of activities for children from toddlers to teenagers, this destination is extremely popular. Offering a variety of accommodation types, there is sure to be something to suit everyone. The safari tents can sleep up to eight people and two even come with their own hot tub. Tapnell Farm has a phenomenal amount of family entertainment onsite, from play barns with climbing walls, to an animal farm and water park, there is no risk of getting bored while staycationing here.

2. Augill Castle, Cumbria


Stay in a castle for the ultimate family adventure. Augill Castle sits perfectly between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, providing the ideal spot for seeking outdoor adventures — mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking, to name just a few, are all within easy reach. The castle itself boasts expansive rooms, acres of land to run off steam in and even a small cinema. Families are well catered for here, with accommodation to cover larger families and early dinner times available upon request. The owners also run children’s cookery classes to keep them entertained.

3. Fowey Hall, Cornwall

Run by the Luxury Family Hotels chain, Fowey Hall has everything you need for an effortless family staycation. Offering free childcare for their guests at the onsite Ofsted-registered crèche as well as an outdoor adventure playground and a games room fitted with vintage arcade games, children of all ages are sure to be well entertained. Only a short walk from the town and boasting its own indoor pool, the hotel caters to families brilliantly – you won’t even need to pack the bottle warmer.

4. Port Lympne Reserve, Kent

Famed for its safari offering within the UK, Port Lympne Reserve in Kent promises to be an adventure into the wild. Families can explore the 600 acre safari park with extraordinary animal encounters whilst staying on the reserve. Sleep in the Lion Lodge and wake to the big cats at your window or choose to stay in a forest den — there are so many options for accommodation here to excite children and adults alike. The reserve even provides golf buggies so you can explore every corner of this huge park at your own pace.

5. North Shire, Yorkshire

Harry Potter fans will delight in the magical offering at North Shire. Their immensely popular Gryffindor Dorm Room is detailed to such an extent that it might have been lifted straight from the film set. Each accommodation provides for a unique short stay for families and based on the Yorkshire Moors, these quirky chambers are set in a beautiful spot. Ideal for exploring outdoors, North Shire boasts its own six acres of private English countryside, with chickens, ponies and goats roaming for guests to meet.

During your family staycation this summer, discover local outings and activities for children by visiting Family Grapevine.

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