How To Enjoy Your UK Holiday & Create Great Memories

More and more families and couples are choosing to take their next holiday in the UK.  Over the last few years, after spending many holidays abroad, I’ve really come to appreciate the benefits of taking a UK holiday.  We have an exceptionally beautiful country, that millions flock to every year as tourists, so lets join them and explore what the UK has to offer.

Widemouth Bay

How much of the UK have you seen during the time you have lived here?  It dawned on me that I have actually seen very little of our country, and I’ve been working hard to rectify this.  I was bowled over by what Liverpool had to offer, and we had the most amazing time in Wales this year but there is still so much to see.

I also appreciate how precious the family holiday can be.  Having that quality time with your children is so important, and we get so very little of it, especially when we have school and work to think about.  I wanted to share with you what we have learned about taking a great UK holiday, that keeps everyone in the family happy so you can make those magical memories too.

Think About Your UK Holiday Budget

Widemouth camping 1

As you may already know, when it comes to what we spend on a family holiday, my husband likes to keep the budget pretty tight.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great holiday, and when booking in the UK you can get a lovely family break at a very reasonable cost.

When you book a holiday abroad, the cost can soon mount up when you start thinking about getting to the airport, parking the car, flights, accommodation and any extras you need.  When you book a UK holiday, you can focus all of your available budget on the important elements of your holiday.  Having more to spend on your accommodation, food, days out and entertainment is going to keep everyone happy, even my husband.

You Can Still Get Away from It all

Port Isaac

A lot of holiday makers are under the misconception they can only leave their day to day life behind them by jumping on a plane and getting as far away from the UK as possible.  If you live in a city, you can soon forget what beautiful scenery this country has to offer.  Lots of caravan holidays in Cornwall boast amazing scenery and are next to some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever explore.

You can enjoy both peace and quiet and incredible views with John Fowler Holidays to recharge your parent batteries, and help the family enjoy the best of the outdoors.  With a short walk to the sea, you can be building sandcastles straight after breakfast if you stay at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park.  That’s going to get the day off to a great start isn’t it.

sandcastle on beach

Learn Something New

There comes a point when children need a bit more from a holiday than just sand, but you still don’t have to go abroad to get it.  If you pick your holiday accommodation wisely, you can have a treasure trove of places to visit and things to do.

Bude offers families a wide range of water sports for all different abilities.  If your children want to have a go at surfing, what better introduction than riding the famous waves off the North Cornwall coast.  You can sign them up for expert lessons and they will be mastering the board before you know it.  What a great skill to have and amazing memories to take away from their holiday.

girl surfing

Do you take UK holidays?  I’d love to hear where you love to visit.

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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. July 28, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Great blog post! It’s easy to take the beautiful scenery for granted when you live here, but there really is some amazing sights. I’m lucky to live in Cornwall!

  2. July 28, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Our budget isn’t stretching further than the back garden this year, but I love holidaying in the UK. I find travel so stressful, so knowing I’m not *too* far from home is a big help!
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  3. Dean of Little Steps
    July 28, 2016 / 11:22 am

    We’re thinking of just staying put in the UK this summer. Went on a long holiday abroad this year, so thinking of just doing something local now 🙂 After all, there are still loads of places to discover, even just around Cornwall.

  4. July 28, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    We love UK holidays. Just getting away for a few days is fun. I am looking forward to going somewhere in the UK this holiday. I always leave things till the last minute though..

  5. July 28, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    We’re only just discovering the delights of the U.K. My folks used to travel the world before having me so staying in the UK and holidaying here is convenient now. However as soon as I’m old enough to remember my holidays will be going abroad 🙂 the best of both worlds hopefully xx
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  6. July 28, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I do love to explore new places in the UK and there is so much to see and do, although I also love my holidays abroad for the sunshine. I like to be greedy and do both x
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  7. July 29, 2016 / 6:57 am

    I must admit since starting my #take12trips travel challenge, I have been jetting all over the world and hardly ever in the UK. I know I am missing out so for next year, it will be all about exploring this beautiful island of ours
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  8. Ella Ivoire
    August 2, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    I loved this article! Uk is so much more that London!! And it’s so damn pretty!!

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