Last-minute summer holidays with the kids

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last minute family summer holidays

From European ferry rides to camping out under the stars, here are some ideas for family-friendly holidays this summer

Left it until the last minute to book a break? It’s not too late – there are plenty of places where you can make the most of summer with a family holiday.

With summer just around the corner (it officially begins on 21 June), thoughts are naturally turning to summer holidays. If you haven’t already booked your holidays and are suddenly thinking, “Where shall we go?!” then don’t worry, there are still plenty of options available...

Seaside holidays to continental breaks

Hoseasons seaside holidays

When you look back at your childhood, what brings back the best memories? It’s not going to school or staying in watching telly at the weekend, is it? Some of our fondest childhood memories come from time spent away with the family, when holidays seemed to last forever.

Hoseasons specialise in family getaways, and offer up to 21,000 different UK and European breaks, from lodges and log cabins (complete with hot tubs) to state-of-the-art boats to traditional seaside caravan resorts.

European camping parks

family camping holiday in europe

Imagine being able to let the kids out of your sight, knowing you don’t have to worry about traffic. That’s part of the reason why holiday parks have been ballooning in popularity recently.

From northern France to the Italian islands, there is a wide range of parks around Europe to choose from. It’s an affordable option that delivers a real get-away-from-it-all experience, allowing parents and kids to chill out and have fun in safe, child-friendly places that offer up plenty of opportunities for the family to enjoy spending time together.

Ferry holidays

Ferry crossing to Europe

Taking the ferry across to Europe can be a cost-effective way of taking the whole family on holiday. It also means you have the option to bring your car, instead of cramming everything into your luggage and hiring one when you get there.

Brittany Ferries offer Boundless members up to 10% off their routes to both France and Spain, or 5% off a choice of ferry-inclusive holidays that include self-catering cottages, villas, chalet campsites and hotels – plenty to choose from if you’re booking last minute.

Forest fun

Whitemead Glamping Pods

Getting back to nature is good for our souls as much as it’s good for our health. With the increasing stresses of life, it’s more important than ever to unwind in nature and spend time with the family. Staying in the woods, far away from civilization, offers loads of activities for kids (and adults) including stargazing, woodland walks, building dens and spotting wildlife.

At Whitemead Forest Park in the Forest of Dean, you can live that life by setting up camp or staying in one of the log cabins or glamping pods. There’s also an indoor pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi, alongside a wide range of activities and entertainment.

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