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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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Forest Holidays: Sherwood Forest Cabins

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

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: 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: 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.

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.

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Landal Darwin Forest

Located in the Peak District, this holiday park provides activities for those looking to relax or for the more active.

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.

Watergate Bay Hotel

A great family hotel, especially with older kids and teens who can take advantage of the excellent local surfing tuition.

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Stylish hotel for family holidays and breaks in Cornwall, ultra-child-friendly and also eco-friendly.

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.

Piran Meadows Resort and Spa

An active holiday park with plenty of exciting things for families to do on-site as well as being just a short walk from the beach.

Crowhurst Park Lodges

The award winning conservation park is full of various lodge type accommodations which vary with facilities including outdoor hot tubs and verandahs with garden furniture.

PGL Osmington Bay

A good-value family activity centre in countryside close to the coast, offering both water- and land-based sports.

Malham Tarn - The Yorkshire Dales

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

Dale Fort

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

Finlake Holiday Resort

An award-winning self-catering holiday park with a fabulous leisure complex and fantastic choice of activities including archery, body zorbing and a high ropes course.

PGL Little Canada

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

Margam - South Wales

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

Crieff Hydro

A vast Scottish estate including riding stables, activities such as bushcraft and woodland combat, and its own cinema, plus free childcare. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or a range of self-catering lodges.