We all love a good adventure. Having kids is one of life’s greatest adventures, and introducing the kids to magical places around the UK is another. Our friends over at family travel experts Kid & Coe have picked out their favourite places for a weekend to remember. For family weekends away with a little added sparkle, look no further...
What’s better than a Sunday roast in a country pub, a gentle stream for the kids to play in and a pretty row of thatched cottages? The Cotswolds is classic weekender territory from London and has enough to entertain kids of all ages. We particularly like Westonbirt Arboretum, full of family trails for kids, dogs and parents alike, and Cotswold Wildlife Park, with a trip to Daylesford Organic as a treat for mum and dad.
Where to stay: The No 38 Residence in Cheltenham is a 13-room boutique hotel that puts you close to the action with romantic rooms and thoughtful perks for families.
Your museum-loving kids may already have seen all the best shows in London, but there’s something else on offer in Oxford. The city’s Museum of Natural History is like a mini version of the London one, with touchable exhibits and a lot less ground to cover (thankfully!), while The Story Museum will awaken their imagination with story time, games, shows and more. Spending a lazy afternoon having a picnic and a punt on the river for the full Oxford experience.
Sea breezes and country lanes make Suffolk a great place to visit in the summer and autumn. Eat fish and chips on the pebbly beach at Southwold, where you can also sail boats on a mini boating lake; rent kayaks and explore a lake packed with Peter Pan-themed treats at Thorpeness, or visit the ancient burial site of Sutton Hoo, where a Anglo Saxon king was buried with all of his treasure.
Where to stay: The Lime Blossom Residence is 10 minutes from the beach at Southwold with beautiful interiors and a landscaped garden to help families feel at home.
Beautiful Bath has Georgian architecture, rows of independent shops and an excess of pubs to suit your Sunday lunch needs. The Roman Baths are a highlight for all ages, especially if you book into one of their summer candlelit tours, and their modern counterpart, Thermae Bath Spa is a heavenly treat for an overworked mum, with kids over 16 allowed in too. Fit in a day trip to Bristol from your base here - it’s only a few miles away - and take a self-guided tour of Banksy’s artwork.
Where to stay: The Walcott Parade Residence is in a lovely part of Bath and has interior design inspired by Alice in Wonderland, for an utterly unforgettable stay.
THE NEW FOREST
The delight you see on the face of a little child confronted with farm animals is worth a trip out of the city in itself. Hampshire’s New Forest is dotted with pretty villages, short walking routes (best with a baby carrier or backpack rather than a pushchair) and wild ponies throughout. Take a tour on foot or by car, and don’t miss Mottisfont, a National Trust property packed with trails, mud playgrounds and a touring exhibition of artwork from Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came To Tea) this summer and autumn.
Where to stay: The Hay Barn at Gambledown is a converted barn on a farm a short drive from the New Forest, with fields where kids can play and make friends, and eggs to collect daily from the farm's chickens.
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