[copyright]Enjoy the summer holidays whatever the weather in the UK.[/copyright]
[copyright]Enjoy the summer holidays whatever the weather in the UK.[/copyright]

Summer Sun Family Holidays in the UK

You can’t guarantee sunshine in the British summertime – but then you can’t guarantee it anywhere! And there’s such a huge choice of fantastic family-friendly places to stay in the UK that many people wouldn’t think of going anywhere else in the main school holidays.

But on the basis you might well encounter some none-too-friendly weather, it’s worth having contingency plans for rainy days. Often this will be built in to your accommodation choice – part of the attraction of UK holiday parks, holidays villages and campsites is that they have indoor swimming pools and other covered facilities, as do a good number of hotels and resorts. Many also have crèches, kids’ clubs and teenagers’ ‘dens’ providing indoor activities and entertainment when required. 

Another popular option is farm-stays, providing fresh air, the chance to go wild in the great outdoors and the opportunity to help with tasks such as milking and egg-collecting – all things that don’t depend on the sun actually making an appearance. Or there’s that great family favourite, cottages – the choice is huge, but finding one with a games room is a wise idea.

And do remember that even when the weather isn’t scorching, you can get badly sunburned in the UK just as you can elsewhere. Take precautions for both your kids and yourself.

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Summer Sun places to stay in United Kingdom

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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.

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.

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park

Isle of Wight
A popular choice near a sandy beach, with a heated outdoor pool, outdoor evening cinema, bike hire and lots of activities.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

Jersey
A luxury campsite within a famous animal park in the family-friendly Channel Islands.

Luccombe Hall Hotel

Isle of Wight
A comfortable option in Shanklin on the south-east coast, with indoor and outdoor facilities for all the family and direct beach access.

Wambrook Farm

Somerset
Glamping site in Somerset, with a collection of family-friendly canvas tents complete with beds, shower room plus chicken coop on-site.

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Woodland Park Lodges

Shropshire
Luxury lodges in a woodland setting in rural Shropshire; ideal for walking, cycling and family fun.

Brockwood Hall Lodges

Cumbria
Luxury lodges with options sleeping up to 8 people on the edge of the Lake District.

Hidcote Manor Farm

The Cotswolds
Situated within National Trust land, this family glamping site is perfectly located for exploring The Cotswolds.

Moor Farm

The Cotswolds
Luxury glamping family holidays in the Cotswolds don't come much better than this; enjoy the countryside whilst just a short drive from the city.

Hillside Farm

Wales
Just minutes from one of the beach beaches in Europe; this glamping site in southern Wales is ideal for families with young children.

Mill Farm

Sussex
Located in the South Downs National Park, this family glamping site makes for a peaceful rural family holiday, where the kids can feed the animals and enjoy the great outdoors.

Gambledown Farm

Hampshire
Family-run farm in Hampshire, with luxury canvas tents, play area for kids and chicken coop for hire - perfect for your breakfast eggs.

Cottages with games rooms

England
Family-friendly cottages in England (plus some options further afield) with a games room – ideal for holidays with older kids.

Baby- and Toddler-friendly cottages

England
Self-catering cottage holidays especially suitable for babies and toddlers in England, Wales and Scotland.

Cottages with swimming pools

England
Self-catering holiday cottages in England with indoor/outdoor swimming pool options. Plus options for Wales, Scotland, France, Italy + Ireland.

PGL Liddington

Wiltshire
Within the Wiltshire countryside, this activity centre for families is ideal for short breaks or longer holidays and offers 22 fun-filled family activities.

PGL Caythorpe Court

Lincolnshire
With 23 different activities suitable for adults and kids, this is one of PGL's most popular centres, located in Lincolnshire.

La Collinette Self Catering

Guernsey
A choice of apartments and cottages with access to the family-friendly facilities at the on-site sister hotel.

Westhill Country Hotel

Jersey
A family-run property on Jersey in extensive grounds and close to the beach, with activities and facilities suitable for the whole family.