UK breaks the whole family will enjoy

With May bank holiday and half-term just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to spending some quality time together in a perfect setting. The kids may at last get to enjoy reuniting with their grandparents, and parents may have some well-deserved alone time – with everyone creating treasured memories along the way.

Beach Break in Cornwall

Considered by many as the home of some of Britain’s best beaches, Cornwall’s treasure trove of golden swathes of sand deservingly makes it one of Europe’s, premier beach destinations. For a real local’s experience, search out Portheras Cove Beach (pictured). Located on Cornwall’s northwestern tip, the secluded cove doesn’t receive many visitors, due to its off the beaten track position, but this only makes it all the more rewarding for those making the journey.

Good to know: Surrounded by 97 acres of park and woodland, Clowance offers families an opportunity to relax in a bucolic setting, whilst being in easy reach of local attractions including Lizard Point, the Eden Project, several Blue Flag beaches and a clutch of characterful villages.

Fun for all in Tenby

Probably the most iconic seaside town in Wales, Tenby has become a popular seaside resort with several beaches to choose from. Meander through the maze of narrow streets, each with delightful cafes and quaint shops to be discovered. You’ll be spoilt for choice with three beautiful beaches in Tenby, each with its own character. One of the most photographed views in Wales, the north beach is the perfect spot for laying out your towel and catching some rays. The south beach is a dune-backed beach with plenty of space, whilst Castle Beach is a superb stretch of sand backed by the cliffs... be sure to check the tide times as the whole beach can disappear at high tide!

Good to know: Just a 10-minute stroll from the centre of Tenby, the bright modern Cambrie apartment offers up beautiful coastal views towards Caldey Island and Gower Peninsula from its private balcony. The two-bedroom apartment allows you access to the onsite indoor pool, sauna and gym, as well as the communal lawn area – ideal for summer days.

Spoilt for choice in the New Forest

This beautiful area of the UK is a haven for outdoor lovers with options for walking, cycling, camping and sailing. One of the attractions of the New Forest is its 43 miles of glorious coastline offering luxury sunset cruises, adrenalin rush rib rides and the south coast’s first water-skiing and wakeboarding cable system. There are over 140 miles of car-free cycle tracks and footpaths to choose from as well as plenty of cycle-friendly accommodation along the way. From shorter family-friendly routes to longer and more challenging itineraries which can be done over several days, there’s plenty on offer.

Good to know: Located in the Georgian market town of Lymington, Macdonald Elmers Court Resort is the perfect base for exploring the New Forest. The magnificent 23-acre country estate offers spacious accommodation, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools and a state-of-the-art spa giving you plenty of time to relax and unwind.

Relaxing family break in Dorset

Surrounded by forested countryside punctuated with vibrant wildflowers, Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat boasts one of Dorset’s most picturesque locations with sheltered coves and coastal villages nearby, there’s no shortage of options for a day out. The recently refurbished traditional wooden lodges feature contemporary décor and a private terrace area for enjoying long summer evenings in the peaceful woodland setting

Wareham Forest sits right on your doorstep or, for fun-filled family days out further afield, the Jurassic Coast is just a short drive away where you’ll find walking trails and a prehistoric ammonite if you’re fortunate. Back at your lodge, you’ll find all the facilities need to be self-sufficient: ovens, fridge freezers, cooking utensils, and a number of local stores to stock up on ingredients. With flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access you can stay connected throughout your stay and enjoy movie nights curled up on your sofa.

Good to know: All accommodation at Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is cleaned to high standards before every arrival; electrostatic sprayers have been introduced to disinfect and sanitise surfaces in the accommodations and communal areas.

Something for all in the Lake District

The Lake District National Park is widely known as one of the best places in the UK for walking and cycling as well as numerous other outdoor activities. From flat cycle paths and tarn walks to iconic mountain ascents, there is something for every ability. If you’re looking for extra thrills, try the Via Ferrata Xtreme in Honister, an adrenaline-pumping experience which takes you to a height of 2,066ft via a cliff-side adventure of iron ladders, steel cables and cargo nets. Expect some of the best views in the Lake District when you reach the top. There’s no shortage of lovely towns and villages to explore. Visit the bustling market town of Keswick or the peaceful town of Ullswater, the perfect starting point for those wishing to take on Helvellyn, one of the finest ridge walks in the world.

Good to know: The contemporary Linthwaite House is set in 14 acres of established gardens with stunning Windermere views. Stay in luxurious accommodation, with many of the bedrooms overlooking the lakes and gardens and dine in the Simon Rogan restaurant, featuring a menu of small plates and sharing dishes influenced by chefs around the world.


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