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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 PGL Family Adventures - budget-friendly all-inclusive activity holidays.


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Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia

Check-in to the Hilton, right beside Adventure Parc Snowdonia, and enjoy an action-packed holiday. Sign up for surfing, paddleboarding, a high ropes course and more.

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!

PGL Osmington Bay

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

PGL Little Canada

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

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.

Auchrannie Resort

Family-friendly hotel on the Scottish Isle of Arran has everything a family could wish for, for both action and relaxation, with plenty of fresh air thrown in for free.

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PGL Barton Hall

A brilliant choice for a UK family activity holiday, with an outdoor pool, dry ski slope and watersports lake.

PGL Caythorpe Court

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

PGL Liddington

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 Boreatton Park

Enjoy adventures, learn new skills, challenge each other and make new friends at this fantastic family adventure centre in Shropshire.