Whatever the size of your budget is, family holidays are a much looked forward annual treat. Family life is so busy, with work, school and the various after school clubs and commitments, that there’s nothing better than taking a break together for some quality family time. Choose from this list of top five family summer holidays and you can’t go far wrong – just don’t forget your swimming trunks!
If money is tight a trip abroad might be out of reach, but that doesn’t have to mean that your family holiday will be less fun. While the UK can’t guarantee glorious sunshine, and the British beaches might not boast the most golden sands, there’s a lot to be said for a traditional seaside break!
If you’ve got under 10’s then you can’t really go wrong with Butlins. Whether you choose the Skegness, Bognor or Minehead resort, you can expect a packed programme of fun activities, included in the upfront cost of your holiday, to keep the kids occupied from start to end.
The Skegness resort unveils a brand new swimming complex for summer 2013, so why not treat your little fish to a new pair of swimming trunks available at George at ASDA for splashing around in style? George at ASDA has Star Wars, Angry Birds, Spiderman, Cars and more to choose from.
Center Parcs is another family friendly gem in the UK. Active families can enjoy a wide range of sports and activities, from kayaking to fencing. While you might not be near the coast, the forest settings offer plenty of opportunities for fun and exploration, and the resorts boast their own mini lakeside beaches, so you don’t have to miss out on building those summer sandcastles.
While many of the activities are paid for, swimming is included in the price on Center Parcs, so make the most of it by spending lots of time in the pool.
If you do have the budget to jet off to climes that are guaranteed to be sunnier, Salou in Spain makes a fantastic base for families to visit the PortAdventura theme parks. Ride the rollercoasters in the theme park and spend a day splashing around in the waterpark, for amazing family fun in the sunshine.
Lake Garda, Italy
Time for a wildcard – Lake Garda in Italy. This idyllic lakeside retreat has lots to offer active families, with walking, swimming, watersports, boating and mountain biking opportunities galore. Kids of all ages will also love Gardaland, one of Europe’ most popular themeparks.
No list of top family holidays would be complete without the big one, Orlando Florida. The themepark capital of the world is a paradise for kids, with Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and the Universal Studios parks being just a selection of all that awaits.
To cool down between the main parks, spend a day in the Wet’n’Wild Waterworld, or one of the two Disney waterparks – just don’t forget your Disney swimmers! George at ASDA has 'Cars' and 'Toy Story' swimwear shorts for boys and Minnie Mouse costumes for girls.
However big or small you family holiday budget, there’s no need to scrimp on the fun factor! Choose the fantastic family break to suit your pocket.