Family breaks guide

 

There’s fun for everyone in our guide to eco friendly family minibreaks across the UK 


London family breaks


base2stay 
Kensington, West London
Mid range
New concept apartment hotel aiming to satisfy the eco-traveller

A great base for families making it easy and practical when travelling with children. Rooms have mini-kitchens, flat screen tvs with free internet and games, and they sleep up to 3 or 4, some have bunk beds, and there’s no extra charge for babies’ cots. Plus it is conveniently located for visits to the major museums.


East of England family breaks


Center Parcs Elveden Forest 
Near Thetford, in the Suffolk brecklands
Leading holiday village with serious environmental designs

Elveden Forest opened in August 1989 with the same winning formula - exceptional leisure facilities set in a stunning forest environment - as Center Parcs’ three other UK holiday villages. There are 11 restaurants and bars and six shops mainly located in a covered Piazza which is linked to a Balinese themed Subtropical Swimming Paradise - with indoor and outdoor interconnecting rivers and pools, canyon ride, flumes, rapids, wave machine and lagoons - plus Sports Plaza.


West of England family breaks


Bedruthan Steps Hotel **** 
Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall, overlooking the ocean
Deluxe
Family friendly hotel that’s a pioneering environmental award winner

This hotel has been welcoming families for over 40 years. All ages of children are welcome to join in the fun with plenty to keep them busy – indoor and outdoor play areas, daily entertainment, heated pools and Ofsted registered clubs. Parents can relax and unwind in the adults only lounge bar and ‘Space’ and enjoy the spa, tennis courts and gym.


Center Parcs Longleat Forest 
Near Warminster, Wiltshire
Leading holiday village with serious environmental designs

The smallest of the four Center Parcs villages this is located in 400 acres of woodland in a corner of the Marquis of Bath’s Longleat estate. There are exceptional leisure facilities set in a stunning forest environment with 12 restaurants and bars and six shops. The Plaza is home to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. The Roman-themed Aqua Sana spa features Finnish and Tyrolean saunas, a Turkish Hammam, Greek herbal bath, Japanese salt bath and Zen garden and much more besides.


East Midlands family breaks


Center Parcs Sherwood Forest 
Near Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, in the heart of “Robin Hood” country
Leading holiday village with serious environmental designs

The first of the Center Parcs villages to open in the UK. The Subtropical Swimming Paradise also features a thrilling family raft ride, “Grand Cascade”. There is a Nature Centre where guests can learn about the flora and fauna, 11 themed restaurants and bars, six shops and more than 80 different indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities. Children and teenagers can be entertained at the Time Out Club.


North West England family breaks


Center Parcs Whinfell Forest 
Near Penrith, Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District
Leading self catering holiday village with serious environmental designs

Among the most popular short break destinations in the country Center Parcs is renowned for its stupendous range of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities. Its signature feature is the glass covered structure in the village centre housing the Sub Tropical swimming paradise with its indoor and outdoor interconnecting rivers and pools, canyon ride, flumes, rapids, wave machine, lagoons and spas. There is also a lake, the Balinese style Aqua Sana spa and live entertainment. The village has 7 shops, bars, and a choice of 12 restaurants for those who don’t fancy cooking.


Wales family breaks


Bluestone 
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales
Self catering holiday village committed to minimise its environmental impact

Bluestone is set in 500 acres of glorious countryside around a newly-built but traditionally-designed Celtic village with facilities perfectly suited for families and short breaks. A highlight is the Blue Lagoon, a water park featuring the UK’s biggest indoor boogie wave, flumes, bubble pools, a lazy river ride and interactive wet play areas. Guests can also enjoy The Well, a spa with saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and 15 treatment rooms. Then there’s the Landsker Sports Club with its state-of-the-art Nautilus gym; Y Tafarn, the village pub, three restaurants, a wine bar and a range of shops.