Stratford upon Avon for a family mini break

Stratford upon Avon is a town situated in the West Midlands in the county of Warwickshire. It is famous for its medieval history and was home to the famous play writer, William Shakespeare. It is the perfect place for a mini break with family or friends and has a number of interesting places to visit.

If you fancy taking a step back in time, why not visit the places around the town linked to William Shakespeare such as the house he was born in or his wife, Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

Not far away from Stratford upon Avon is Warwick where you can find the fascinating Warwick castle. The castle was original built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and is now open to the public to explore. There is a number of things to do inside the castle and outside and if visiting without young children, the dungeons is a must. Even if the weather isn’t great, there is still plenty to do inside the castle, with walkthroughs and exhibits in a number of rooms. Warwick castle is lee than 10 miles away from Stratford upon Avon and there are often buses that run to and from the two towns.


Family get away in the snow

If you are looking for a wintery holiday this Christmas but don’t fancy hitting the slopes skiing or snowboarding, then there are still plenty of other activities that you can do and places to visit full of festive cheer. Europe has a number of places that are fantastic for winter trips away and with flights costing so little, these getaways won’t break the bank either.

Why not head out to Bruges, where the whole city is now classed as World Hertitage. Once you arrive there it is easy to see why, with its cobbled streets and ancient canals and historical buildings, this city is a place that fascinates many. If you have children with you, then you may want to take a trip to the chocolate factory, Choco-story. Here you can learn all about how chocolate is made and have a go yourself. Even if you don’t have children, this is still an enjoyable trip for adults too!

You can pick up direct flights from London to Bruges for under £70 at the moment making it a very affordable trip and one you will remember for a long time to come.


Can city breaks abroad be suitable for a holiday with children?

If you have always fancied scouring the streets of Bangkok or shopping till you drop in New York, you may feel that you cannot do this with your children. Often people worry about taking children to a big city abroad but if planned correctly it can be perfectly safe and enjoyable for everyone. If you have children then you may not want to stay in hostels or just find a place to stay on the day, so you will need to do plenty of research and make plans in advance. You should consider where you want to visit and where is nice to stay that is in close proximity to cut down on walking time.

With regards to food, most popular tourist destination will server English food or food that you will be used to and you are more likely to find this in the city’s than in the quieter areas. The street food is often amazing, but be careful if allowing your children to try some as their stomachs may be more sensitive than yours and it may make them feel a little ill.





Looking to travel around with your family?

If you have always fancied travelling around from place to place but fear that now you have kids, this is not possible, then think again. Many families are now choosing to go travelling together and having a lot of fun in the process. Obviously if you have small children, then you may have to do a little more planning and often the first few trips are quite stressful, but once you get to know what to expect and what you need to bring, family travel can be amazing.

You need to think about where you are going to stay. You may still chose to stay in a hotel to give you that little bit of down time and comforts that you may be missing or you may chose to get back to nature a bit. Many families who travel choose to stay in a tent, pitching it up and taking it down each day to allow them complete freedom of where and when they go. It is also one of the cheapest ways to travel around although you may have to think about security and safety with children, especially if you are going to be staying in a place you know little about.

You could even opt to stay in your car, especially if you have one that the seats fold down in to turn in to a bed. This again will give you complete freedom in your travel but may not offer the comfiest night’s sleep.



A UK break to an adventure centre

Holidays do not always have to be at the beach or going abroad. Many parts of the UK offer fantastic holiday packages to families looking for a little adventure. If your are the type of family that do not like sitting around on the beach or lazing by the pool, then an adventure holiday camp could be perfect for you. Places such as Arthog is Wales offers fantastic adventure activities for families, school and other groups that include rock climbing, orienteering, zip wires and much more. Activities can often be booked as a day package or as an extended package where you will stay overnight. If you want to combined your holiday why not opt for the day package and then move on down the coast of wales and stop in a hotel or on a camp site to continue your holiday by the beach.

These types of holidays mean that no one will be complaining they are bored. You get the thrill and excitement of an adventure holiday along with the relaxing side of a beach holiday.

Packages usually start from around £50-£60 for half day and £90-£100 for a full day of activities.