I was chatting to a friend recently who told me that their winter holidays had gone on hold since having children. This struck me as a crying shame because so many companies do cater for children. So I’ve done a bit of research and here are my top five family friendly winter holidays. With everything from skiing, to visiting Santa in Lapland, to UK short breaks there’s something for everyone.
1. Mark Warner Ski Holidays
Mark Warner are well known for their first-class provisions for children, and their family friendly winter holidays are no exception. Mark Warner provide childcare for children aged 4 months and upwards. In the creche, children can sledge, build snowmen and ride the cable cars. From four years upwards, Mark Warner provide a ski school as well. More information and booking is available on their website.
2. Inghams Winter Inspiration
I don’t really know where to start with Inghams. They are ski specialists with creches, ski kindergarten and ski schools. You can combine your family ski holiday with a trip to meet Santa and they even do free children’s places on their scheduled flights.And what’s more, you can take family friendly winter holidays with Inghams to Lapland to visit Santa. The experience just sounds absolutely magical. If your children are a bit old for visiting Santa but skiing isn’t your thing, Inghams offer various other options such as a wildlife adventure, a ride on the Polar Express or a trip to see the Northern lights. For more information on all their winter holidays, check out their website.
3. Show and Stay
For me, winter holidays aren’t all about going abroad anymore. One of the best winter trips we’ve had with the girls was going down to London for a few days before Christmas. We went to Winter Wonderland, shopped and soaked up the Christmas magic. It’s also great to combine with a trip to Warner Brothers’ Hogwarts In The Snow. Now the girls are a bit older though, I’d love to go back and take in a Christmas show as well.I love the idea of Show and Stay – they sort out your show tickets and accommodation. They’ll even book your train tickets for you if you want them to, saving you up to 50%. There are some great shows on at the moment including A Christmas Carol and The Snowman for a wintry theme. You can visit their website for full information and booking.
4. Rural Retreat
There’s nothing better in the winter than sitting by a log fire, looking out of the window at a beautiful, bleak landscape. Then venturing outside for a dog walk or snowball fight. We’re lucky in the UK that there is an abundance of holiday cottages to rent in rural locations. We had an amazing break at Blairmore Farm in Scotland earlier this year and I can’t think of anywhere better for a family friendly winter holiday.To book a break somewhere fabulously rural and unique, try Rural Retreats. Their upmarket, luxury accommodation is perfect for a winter holiday for all the family. You can even bring pets along to some cottages. More information and booking on their website.
The other company providing a wide range of holiday cottages is Sykes Cottages. Their cottages are in both rural locations and cities. You can choose from locations throughout the country and many of them are pet friendly. Visit their website for more information and booking.
5. Park Resorts
A caravan may not be the natural choice for a winter holiday, but don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it. Many years ago I lived in France for a year. During that time I had some friends who lived in a tiny caravan and we all thought they’d be freezing when it came to winter. Surprisingly, they were warmer than anyone because their snug little den was so cheap and easy to heat.
Park Resorts have caravan parks in traditional holiday spots all over the country. These parks have excellent facilities including indoor swimming pools, bars, playgrounds and entertainment. The facilities are still there during the winter – but the prices fall dramatically. You could get a three night break for up to six people in an idyllic coastal location for under £80. A seven night break for the same number of people would still set you back less than £140 and you can even bring pets. For more information on their sites and to book, visit their website. For more tips about what’s on this winter, check out my post about West Midlands Christmas Days Out.