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When LP was born we decided we’d have a break from holidays abroad for a few years and we would start to explore as much of the UK as we could. Over the last few years we’ve had many UK holidays and weekends away as a family and I know that even when we start holidaying abroad again we’ll continue to have breaks in the UK too.

5 Tips for Holidaying in the UK

The UK has so much to offer when you’re looking for a self catering family holiday and they really are some of the best places to have quality family time and make the sort of memories the kids will remember for a lifetime.

Here are my top tips for holidaying in the UK:

5 Tips for Holidaying in the UK

1 – Choose somewhere with amenities

With a young family we have come to realise that holidays in the UK are easier when you have access to toilets, bathing facilities and some sort of entertainment – even just a children’s playground or somewhere to go for a nice walk. Having even basic amenities makes a huge difference. Holiday parks around the UK have great facilities, especially when it comes to a family holiday, and often you won’t even feel the need to leave the park during your stay.

2 – Distance

Decide how far you are happy to travel from home. We have holidayed just an hour from home but we also have a holiday in Scotland planned that will involved over eight hours in the car. If you choose somewhere that far away make sure you plan rest stops or even an overnight stay on the way to and from your location to stretch your legs but also to see more of the country than just through the car window.

3 – Remember the basics

We have stayed at many self catering holidays options across the UK and the one thing they usually have in common is they include the most basic of starting supplies – usually a squirt of washing up liquid, a bin bag and a toilet roll. Make sure you take things with you like a tea towel, oil for cooking and spare carrier bags for the bin! Check what’s included thoroughly before you leave and pack accordingly – although obviously you can visit the shops whilst you’re away!

5 Tips for Holidaying in the UK

4 – Pick up a food shop en route

Our best tip for anyone on a self catering holiday would be to do a click and collect food order to pick up on your way to your holiday accommodation. Every time we go away we pick up our full week – or weekend – of food, including a few treats, and it saves us so much time in the long run. It also means that even if we are arriving late we have everything we need for a nice cup of tea and breakfast the following morning.

5 – Add some variety

We love to mix up where we visit each holiday so that we get to see a lot of the UK. If you have always holidayed at caravan parks in Cornwall then why not visit the Lakes in Cumbria next year? Or how about the Yorkshire Dales or somewhere in Norfolk or Suffolk? Even if you have found somewhere you love it is only one tiny part of what the UK has to offer. Go somewhere different and make memories somewhere new.

Do you holiday in the UK? Where are your favourite places and what would your top tips be?

5 Tips for Holidaying in the UK


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I totally agree about the grocery shopping – we have a lovely weekend away planned in March and I will be doing a supermarket order specifically to take with us – much easier than faffing about when we get there.

  2. We love our holidays and short breaks in the UK and have our first one of 2016 in 10 days. Great idea about click and collect for your grocery supplies. I also do an online shop for the morning we leave so it can go straight in the boot. Scotland is beautiful Donna and its one of a few places my 2 ask to go back time and time again x

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