Short breaks and weekend escapes for families with Forest Holidays.
Short breaks and weekend escapes for families with Forest Holidays.

Short Breaks for Families in the UK

The UK is bursting with short-break options with kids, whether it be family-friendly hotels in London or cosy country cottages, some with games rooms and/or swimming pools, plus baby/toddler equipment if required.

Family short breaks and weekends away are a great means of escaping from routine between longer holidays without having to travel too far or spend a lot of money. We’ve brought together our favourite short-break destinations in the UK with children of all ages, from country-house hotels, seaside and lake retreats in holiday hotspots including Cornwall, Devon, the Channel Islands and the Lake District and city breaks in London and elsewhere, to glamping and farmstays.

Browse our options or check out our special offers or exclusive discounts with some of our favourite short-break partners:
cottages.com: family-friendly properties in England, Wales and Scotland, with the best discounts for our newsletter subscribers (sign up at the bottom of this page).
Luxury Family Hotels: relaxed country houses with family amenities and childcare.
Feather Down Farms: glamping holidays on working farms.
Bluestone National Park Resort: Pembrokeshire holiday village with lots of family facilities.
Hoseasons Go Active: holiday parks with lodges and plenty to do on-site.

Short break places to stay in United Kingdom

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Peebles Hydro

Scotland
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

Cornwall
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

Hampshire
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

Norfolk
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

Gloucestershire
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

Cheshire
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

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

Forest Holidays: Keldy Cabins

Yorkshire
Whether in a sunlit glade or a woodland hideaway, a Keldy Cabin is a perfect base from which to explore all that the North York Moors National Park has to offer.

Forest Holidays: Strathyre Cabins

Perthshire
On the shores of Loch Lubnaig, Strathyre is a gateway to the Highlands - the perfect base to enjoy a host of outdoor adventures or to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery - and look out for some rare wildlife too!

Forest Holidays: Beddgelert Cabins

Snowdonia
Luxury cabins dotted through woodland in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy hiking, cycling and some great ranger-led activities.

Tattershall Lakes Country Park

Lincolnshire
This Lincolnshire holiday park offers luxury self-catering accommodation at great value, with an aquapark on the lake, high ropes course, bike hire and watersports.

YHA camping, glamping and cabins

United Kingdom
A fantastically varied selection of quirky and unusual family accommodation around England and Wales, affordable to families with kids of all ages.

Sykes Holiday Cottages

United Kingdom
Traditional townhouses in the city, lakeside lodges nestled in the beautiful countryside or cottages packed with character dotted along the coast.

Original Cottages

United Kingdom
Select from more than 4000 holiday cottages around the UK in coastal and rural locations, with child- and pet-friendly options.

Another Place, The Lake

Cumbria
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

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

The Ellingham Cottages

Guernsey
A collection of 12 family holiday cottages in gardens, close to a watersports beach and a harbour town with duty-free shopping.

Alder Country Park

Norfolk
Dog-friendly family holiday park in rural Norfolk with luxury lodges, an on-site pool and within easy drive to the coast, city and the famous Broads.

Orielton

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

Blencathra

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