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Active Family Holidays in the UK

With heaps of fantastic destinations within easy reach of your doorstep wherever you live, and with staycations usually exerting less of a demand on your wallet than going abroad, the UK is far from second-best when it comes to active family holidays. For instance, you don’t have to go to Portugal, Morocco or further afield for surfing – Cornwall is just one of the places where you can take to the waves in the UK. In winter you can (sometimes) ski in Scotland, while increasingly family-friendly cycle routes and amenities mean you can rent a cottage, strap your bikes to the rack and head off for an active holiday at very little cost.

Many holiday parks all over the country have a huge array of activities on site, from climbing walls to bike hire, while the popularity of Center Parcs holiday villages is testament to the huge market for breaks where all the family can have fun trying out new activities and old favourites.

Find inspiration in our features on UK family activity holidays and read about our latest UK family activity holiday deals with partners including: 
Hoseasons Go Active: UK holiday parks with activities for all ages.
PGL Family Adventures: Budget-friendly all-inclusive activity holidays.
Real Family Holidays: Nature-based all-inclusive holidays in scenic locations.


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Peebles Hydro

A traditional hotel with spacious grounds which embraces modern family holidays - there's a kids club, indoor pool and loads of activities for all ages (both on-site and nearby) plus a spa and gin distillery!

Forest Holidays: Deerpark Cabins

Escape from a busy world to the tranquillity of Deerpark in Cornwall. Choose from a bundle of extras to make your break perfect for you. Unwind and relax or explore and discover.

Forest Holidays: Blackwood Forest Cabins

Just one hour from London, these cabins are perfect for a tranquil break, with activities on-site and Winchester, the New Forest and other attractions nearby.

Forest Holidays: Thorpe Forest Cabins

Environmentally friendly, luxury cabins in the depths of Thorpe Forest with a choice of extras to a perfect break for the whole family.

Forest Holidays: Forest of Dean Cabins

Escape from everyday life in one of England's most amazing forests, with a stay in a luxury cabin. Choose to relax and enjoy the peace or try out one of many activities on offer.

Forest Holidays: Delamere Forest Cabins

New, from November 2020, at Delamere Forest, discover a wide range of cabins in peaceful woodland, with lots to do for the whole family.

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Forest Holidays: Sherwood Forest Cabins

Luxury cabins nestled in Sherwood Forest, with a bundle of activities to choose from - there's something for everyone.

Another Place, The Lake

A stunning lakeside property in Cumbria offering everything from watersports to camp-fire dining, and with a top childcare service from newborns to pre-teens, and dog-friendly too.

Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Family-friendly farm-based holiday resort in rural Cornwall where daily tractor rides to feed the animals are high on the agenda for kids.


Perfectly positioned to spot wildlife and get involved in nature, this all-inclusive activity centre is ideal for families with young children,


An all-inclusive activity holiday centre perched on a mountainside in the Lake District.

Margam - South Wales

Low carbon footprint centre in southern Wales offering a great value all-inclusive holiday option with plenty of outdoor activities.


All-inclusive activity holiday centre in the heart of Snowdonia, suitable for the whole family.

Dale Fort

An historic building and the stunning coastline setting makes this all-inclusive activity centre a top choice for families visiting Pembrokeshire.

Malham Tarn - The Yorkshire Dales

The perfect mix of activity and nature takes place at this all-inclusive holiday centre in The Yorkshire Dales.

Millport Centre - Isle of Cumbrae

Located off Scotland's west coast, this island-based all-inclusive activity centre makes for a fun family holiday experience.

Juniper Hall

South East England
All-inclusive holiday retreat in Surrey suitable for all the family with experienced tutors leading some creative outdoor activities.

Start Bay

Organised activity holiday run by experienced tutors on the south Devon coast, including survival skills and learning about local wildlife.

Forest Holidays: Cropton Cabins

Holiday cabins on the North York Moors, with plenty of family activities and experiences including horse riding, zip wire and forest skills.

PGL Little Canada

Isle of Wight
Perfect for watersports, this family activity centre has its very own creek.