The best UK family travel destinations for every month of the year

At this time of year, I always start thinking about holidays. With Christmas behind us, the next break is much needed. During 2018, we probably won’t venture much further than the UK. And it’s easy to think that a UK holiday could be ruined by the weather. But whatever time of year you go, UK family travel bloggers have some suggestions for the perfect UK destination.

Tree on the Croome Estate with river in foreground reflecting the sunset and the tree

January

Ayrshire: “I’d suggest Ayrshire in January. It’s the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs and get out in to the fresh air. We just loved our rambles on the beach, cycling around distant islands and bowls of hot sticky toffee pudding as a treat afterwards.” Review – global mouse travels.

Edinburgh: “You can choose from Hogmanay, New Years, Burns night celebrations (the National Museum does family friendly versions), and the Christmas market is open until 7th January.” Review – have kids will travel.

February

Butlins, Minehead: “We loved Butlins in February purely because it doesn’t matter that the weather is dull and grey as there’s SO much to do inside. My daughter constantly asks when we can go back as she loved it so much.” Review – Twinderelmo.

March

Cornwall: “I would recommend Cornwall in March, particularly if you are travelling with a dog. There are some amazing beaches in the far South West of England but families with a pooch will find it difficult to access some of the most beautiful ones during the peak holiday season. Aside from the coastline, Cornwall has some brilliant family attractions and you’re less likely to be battling the crowds at Easter than in the summer.” Review – Tin box Traveller.

Peak District: “We love visiting the peaks in spring. There are so many beautiful walks that are perfect to walk in spring. There are also plenty of indoor activities for rainy days like visiting the national trust Hardwick Hall or Chatsworth House, good in any weather. And why not indulge in a Bakewell tart in the picturesque town of Bakewell??” Review – wandermust family.

April

Barmouth Bay, Wales: “The weather has always been good for us in April. Portmeirion is stunning and there’s loads to do, including beautiful beaches and walks.” Review – That British Betty.

May

Coombe Mill, Cornwall: “Living on a working farm and helping with the new baby animals was such a magical experience.” Review – Edspire.

Loch Ness, Scotland: “Warm and mostly dry and before the midges hit. We found so much to do from the Loch Ness monster, dolphins, battles and waterfalls to a Harry Potter train.” Review – My boys club.

Scottish Islands: “It’s the driest time of year in Scotland (from experience) and you can enjoy some amazing (and quiet!) beaches.” Review – Monkey and Mouse.

Scotland: “We visited Scotland in May and it was the perfect time. There were hardly any midges, the weather was perfect – it was dry for the majority of our road trip. We visited Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and Arisaig. The beaches were stunning, (we even managed to get in the sea!) it was relatively quiet too and so much to see and do. We loved every minute of our visit.” Review – Otis and us.

Perthshire, Scotland: “The weather in May was perfect for the duration of our holiday. The area is stunning and the self-catering accommodation we stayed in was second to none.” Review – Plutonium Sox.

A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Ross on Wye, Herefordshire: “We had a May break at Mad Dogs Glamping in Ross on Wye and if was lovely and quiet in a beautiful setting for spring adventures.” Review – side street style.

June

Weymouth: “All the fun of the seaside without all the crowds.” Review – Mum of 2.5.

Bridlington, Yorkshire: “We love Bridlington in June. It’s always warm enough to be out and about but you don’t experience the over crowding that July and August bring.” Review – our bucket list lives.

Lindisfarne, Northumberland: “It’s a part of the country I’d never visited before, but it was such a beautiful area we’ll definitely head there again. Whilst we were there, we spent a day on Lindisfarne Holy Island. This fascinating island has great historical significance and the coastal views are stunning.” Review – Plutonium Sox.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

July

Hoburne, Devon Bay: “The swimming pool, the entertainment and the sound of the steam train choo-chooing across the bay…” Review – Confessions of a crummy mummy.

Dorset: “We loved Dorset in July. The weather was perfect – hot and sunny, so we were able to go swimming in the sea, and have fab days out at places like Brownsea Island. The beaches are gorgeous in Dorset – a lot of them are shingle, but they are relatively quiet – even in the school holidays. We went to West Bay where Broadchurch was filmed, Brownsea Island, Weymouth and drove along Jurassic Coast Drive, stopping off at bays and beaches whenever we fancied. Everywhere we went, there were people swimming in the sea, people out and about on boats – it was honestly like being abroad!!” Review – Kiddieholidays.

August

Newquay, Cornwall: “For it’s variety of beaches and waves!” Review – My monkeys don’t sit still.”

Butlins, Bognor Regis: “It’s almost always sunny, right by the beach everything within walking distance and plenty to do for all the kids (plus very breastfeeding friendly!) we’ve been for the last 9 years in a row.” Review – The mummy toolbox.

Whitby, Yorkshire: “We love a visit to Whitby any time of year but it’s a perfect place to visit in August. It’s full of character, history and charm. All against the backdrop of the stunning Whitby Abbey. On a warm day we can spend hours on the beach playing in the sand, taking a donkey ride, or eating fish and chips from paper. Toward the end of August, the Whitby Folk Festival is on and there are loads of free, live street performances.” Review – Yorkshire Tots.

Dumfries and Galloway: “There are fewer midges than further north in Scotland, and summer’s a great time for exploring the Galloway Forest Park’s 373 square miles of unspoilt beauty. Wild rabbits, red kites, deer and even badgers and hedgehogs are fairly easy to spot at this time of year. The Scottish Alternative Games – the Lowlands’ answer to the Highland Games – are held at the beginning of the month, in New Galloway, where you can watch locals battling it out with a gird ‘n’ cleek, or heaving tractors along using their bare hands. The area’s a bit of a hidden treasure, and even in August, it still feels quiet, calm and very peaceful.” Review – the pigeon pair and me.

Kielder Forest, Northumberland: “This is the perfect destination for disconnecting from technology. There’s no phone signal for miles around, so the whole family is forced to put down their devices and get back in touch with nature instead.” Review – Plutonium Sox.

Kielder Forest Northumberland UK | Kielder is the most remote village in England. From here, you have easy access to Kielder forest and Kielder Water manmade lake. The forest is the perfect place for mountain biking even with young children. The area is dog friendly and a great place to see wildlife and get back in touch with nature. But look out for the rain and the midges!

September

St Ives, Cornwall: “We love St Ives throughout the year, but our last trip in September was just perfect. You still have great weather and can enjoy the beach, but without the crowds of high summer.” Review – Hot pink wellingtons.

The Cotswolds: “The Cotswolds in early autumn are so beautiful. Take long country rambles and explore the pretty villages. And Autumn’s crisp evenings are perfect for cosying up in a country pub.” Review – untold morsels.

The Isle of Wight: “The perfect place to go with both children and dogs. So many places are dog friendly and there is plenty for children to do. It’s a stunning island and we could happily live there.” Review – Plutonium Sox.

A family friendly holiday to the Isle of Wight with recommendations for places to go with the dogs

October

Centerparcs: “Centerparcs in October was perfect for us! The weather wasn’t great but having that autumnal feel was quite magical and we were still able to walk around in the woods without getting too cold or wet!” Review – Me, him, the dog and a baby.

Bosinver Cottages, Cornwall: “Autumn in Cornwall is less crowded than the summer months but there is so much to do. We lucked out with the weather and had blue skies and crisp, dry days mainly.” Review – Hello baby blog.

Peak District:  “The whole area looks stunning in the autumn.” Review – five adventurers.

Thursday photo 155, the day we ran with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill

Snowdonia: “We went to Snowdonia and Portmeirion this October and loved it because it was so quiet and peaceful.” Review – side street style.

Blackpool: “I’m sure you’ve all heard about Blackpool illuminations, maybe it was from your parents talking about turning the lights off like it was mine. They really are pretty spectacular and worthy of a visit, your little ones will be in awe! Lights aside, there is so much to do, you’ll be hard pressed to fit it all into a weekend.” Review – Have kids will travel.

November

Centerparcs: “I love Centerparcs in November for Winter Wonderland. The whole place has lights, decorations and is SO festive. There is Father Christmas’ Grotto and REAL REINDEER!” Review – Katy Kicker.

Bluestone, Wales: “Bluestone is great in November. Each booking gets free entry into the Kingdom of the Elves which has a new story each year. Our son loved it. The visit to Santa and Mrs Claus is brilliant and the icebergs in the Blue Lagoon swimming pool were great fun. There’s a lot more and they really think of everything to make a Christmas visit magical.” Review – Battlemum.

A review of a UK holiday in Bluestone Wales - UK travel

The Lodges at New House Farm, Sussex: “We stayed at The Lodges at New House Farm in November but any winter month would be great as all lodges have log fires. You get a delicious warm pastry basket delivered each morning and in the Summer, there is an outdoor pool and hot tub (which will be covered for all year use soon).” Review – Emmy’s mummy.

Christchurch and the New Forest: “To make the most of the last bit of autumn as the leaves are dazzling.” Review – Have kids will travel.

December

Bluestone, Wales: “This is a perfect place for December. Even if South West Wales doesn’t seem that appealing in Winter, Bluestone is full of Christmas cheer as it turns into the Kingdom of the Elves. Packed with festive program , an indoor fun pool and activity centre it’s fun for all ages.” Review – Zena’s suitcase.

A review of a UK holiday in Bluestone Wales - UK travel

Northumberland: “A cottage break in Northumberland is perfect over Christmas – roaring fires, brisk coastal walks on unspoilt beaches, fish and chips in the car looking out to sea, winter wildlife and country pubs to hide away in.” Review – North East Family Fun.

UK holiday destinations | It is easy to rule out a staycation in the UK because you worry that your holiday may be ruined by the weather. But so many parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are perfect for a family holiday at any time of the year that I asked top UK family travel bloggers to share their recommendations for whereabouts in the UK to stay every month of the year. Happy travelling! #UKTravel #familytravel #familyholidays

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30 Comments

  1. January 12, 2018 / 10:00 am

    LOVE this! So much love for UK stays. I am pleased to see there is SO much love for Scotland too. Imagine taking the children to their very own beach. Not another soul there. Heaven.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • monsterid January 13, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      It does sound utterly perfect. I do hope that we’ll make it to Scotland again this year.
      Nat.x

  2. January 12, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Ooh, I really want to go to Lindisfarne! It looked so beautiful in your post. Great collection. Nat. What a selection of amazing places to visit!

    • monsterid January 13, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      You’d love it Nell, such a beautiful place.
      Nat.x

    • January 16, 2018 / 11:04 am

      Great to revisit this as part of #familytraveltips. We’re visiting the Peak District in the autumn, so it’s great to read about it.

      • monsterid January 17, 2018 / 11:07 pm

        Thanks Nell, I look forward to reading about your adventures in the Peak District in the Autumn.
        Nat.x

  3. January 12, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I’m feeling very inspired for the year ahead. Thank you so much for including me. Cotswolds in autumn is a must.

    • monsterid January 13, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you for your contribution! We love the Cotswolds at any time of the year.
      Nat.x

  4. January 13, 2018 / 12:15 am

    A great round up with so many destinations and options. Delighted to see Coombe Mill feature too. Spring on the farm is my favourite time.

    • monsterid January 13, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      I bet spring on the farm is utterly amazing, perfect for children.
      Nat.x

  5. January 15, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    What a great list of places – some I should imagine are just fantastic all year round. Minehead in February is great too as they do an adults only break which we thought was great. I really need to get our holiday sorted for this year I usually have by now.

    • monsterid January 15, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Oh wow an adults only break sounds great fun! I haven’t got anything booked either for this year, definitely need something to look forward to!
      Nat.x

      • January 16, 2018 / 7:48 am

        Yeh it was good even though it was a rock weekend and I don’t like rock!

        • monsterid January 17, 2018 / 11:08 pm

          Praise indeed, maybe that should be our next little jolly??
          Nat.x

  6. January 16, 2018 / 8:58 am

    This is a great list of places to try out. Like yourselves, I think we may be doing some UK travel this year, should be fun! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 17, 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Lovely, there are some fabulous places to see. Happy travels!
      Nat.x

  7. January 16, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    An amazing round up of places to visit in the UK throughout the year. Will definitely be checking some of these out. We’re off to Scotland this year but April not May, hopefully the weather will be kind! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 17, 2018 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure the weather will be kind to you in April, I love Scotland so much. Hoping we’ll make it there this year too.
      Nat.x

    • monsterid January 17, 2018 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you, I’ve never been to Centerparcs, I keep reading how brilliant it is and really want to go!
      Nat.x

  8. January 20, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Cant beat a UK holiday. We are heading to the Scottish Highlands at Easter and cant wait. So many places we still havent explored…think I need to add some to our list! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 20, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Perfect, I would love to get up into the Scottish Highlands this year, can’t wait to follow your travels.
      Nat.x

  9. January 20, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    So many great places to visit in the UK, it’s great that every month there’s somewhere new to go. Lots of mentions of Cornwall too, I wouldn’t mind heading down that way one day! 🙂 x

    • monsterid January 21, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      That’s a long way for you, it’s beautiful though, well worth the journey.
      Nat.x

  10. January 22, 2018 / 6:30 am

    This post is so incredibly useful for anyone planning a trip to the UK!!! I wish we were going there soon so we could use all the fab info!!! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 22, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Thank you Ariana, I hope you make it over to the UK sometime to check out some of these fab places!
      Nat.x

  11. January 27, 2018 / 9:10 am

    ahh I’m so glad to see the Peak District on more than one month 😉 my favourite place <3 #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 28, 2018 / 10:07 am

      I haven’t spent enough time in the Peak District, this has bumped it up my list of priorities of place to visit.
      Nat.x

  12. January 29, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    It’s really lovely to have opinions of where is best to go when. I wouldn’t have thought about winter UK places ( perhaps due to our fine weather)but it seems there are some wonderful options out there!

    • monsterid January 29, 2018 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks Carrie, I quite like getting away during Winter to some of the place with entertainment on site like Bluestone, it breaks up the Winter a bit!
      Nat.x

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