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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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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.

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.

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: Beddgelert Cabins

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

Darwin Forest Country Park

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

Les Ormes Holiday Resort

Jersey
Villas, cottages and lodges ideal for active families, close to the beach and with a golf course and an indoor pool, on Jersey.

The Grove Hotel

Hertfordshire
A 5-star luxury family-friendly country-house hotel just outside London, with a spa, outdoor pool and kids' club.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

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

Citadines Apart'hotel Trafalgar

London
Apartments in a great location near Trafalgar Square, London, perfect for large families and each with a kitchenette.

Peninsula Hotel

Guernsey
A family-friendly hotel with a heated outdoor pool, playground and spacious bedrooms in north-west Guernsey.

Vazon Bay Apartments

Guernsey
Apartments and bungalows close to a beach on Guernsey's west coast, with an outdoor pool and playground.

Ladram Bay Holiday Park

Devon
A family-run option handy for the Jurassic Coast, with fabulous facilities including a private beach and outdoor splash zone.

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.

The Merton Hotel

Jersey
Jersey hotel with top-class facilities including a subtropical pool, combined with attentive staff, good food and comfortable rooms.