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On the beach at Southend-on-Sea.On the beach at Southend-on-Sea.

From action-packed weekends of adrenaline sports to lazing in the lap of luxury at country house hotels, from mucking in on working farms to exploring some of the world's most exciting cities, short breaks and weekends away are a great way of staying sane and entertaining the kids in-between longer holidays and of taking a well-earned break from routine.

Find inspiration for short breaks and city breaks in the UK, Europe, North America, and Africa and the Middle East. Or see our special offers and latest deals with short break partners:
Forest Holidays: lodges (some with hot tubs) in wooded locations with on-site activities, some led by nature rangers.
Dream Lodge Group: Family-run firm offering upmarket retreats, some with hot tubs, in coastal and countryside settings.
Luxury Family Hotels: Relaxed county house retreats with childcare and other family amenities including child-friendly spas.
Hoseasons Go Active: Activity-packed holiday parks, some with lodges.
Guernseytravel.com and Jerseytravel.com: family short breaks on the ever-popular Channel Islands.
Cottages.com: Family-friendly rentals all over the UK and Europe. 
Center Parcs Europe: Holiday villages with waterparks and on-site activities galore, from cycling to watersports. 

See also our favourite themepark breaks with partners Alton Towers Holidays, Chessington Holidays, LEGOLAND Holidays, Warwick Castle Breaks and Disneyland Paris.

Offers

Alton Towers Holidays
Alton Towers Holidays

Kids go free on Alton Towers Resort short breaks

From £55pp including peak dates

Sandy Balls Holiday Village

May Half Term breaks from £405 per family

Spend Whitsun in the New Forest

Bluestone Wales family holidays
Bluestone National Park Resort

Save 10% when you book your Bluestone family holiday online

Discount off their best available self-catering rate

Recommended Partners

Pierre & Vacances

Short breaks and great value getaways for families in Europe.

LEGOLAND Holidays

Theme park breaks where kids often go free.

cottages.com

Self-catering coastal and rural holiday cottages around the UK and Europe.

Short Break Favourite

Crieff Hydro, Perthshire.
Heaps of on- and off-site activities, from high ropes and a waterpark to spa treatments, plus golden beaches within easy reach…

Short Break Feature

A Short Break at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey.
Rhonda and sons go out of Africa at the themepark, zoo and safari-themed hotel.

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