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Overview

Grabbing some sun in the British summertime is much easy than chasing some winter rays – who knows, you might even be lucky and enjoy some in the UK itself! But the world is totally your oyster when it comes to summer sun – stay as close to home as France or fly right to the other side of the world. 

Our only caveat is that with younger children, you should aim for gentle sun rather than intense heat, making it better choose closer options. It’s also great with any age of kids not to have to travel very far – whether flying or taking the ferry/car or train, summer sun is accessible without your having to subject your kids to long flights and the risk of jet-lag.

Beach-based holidays are a classic family option for the UK summer holidays, offering sun, sea and lots of scope for sandcastles. In a growing market with a lot of providers increasingly attuned to families’ needs, you can choose from luxury resorts and hotels with kids’ clubs, watersports and other amenities, to simple coastal campsites, meaning that a spot of summer sun is a possibility for family holidays on all budgets.

Offers

Alpine Elements family activity holidays
Alpine Elements - Activity Holidays

Active holidays in the French Alps from £495pp

With Alpine Elements this summer

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Thomson family holidays
Thomson family holidays

£120 off summer holidays to Spain with Thomson

Use our discount code online

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Pierre & Vacances
Pierre & Vacances

Up to 20% off summer holidays with Pierre & Vacances

Book early - self-catering in Europe, inc. July + August

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Pierre & Vacances

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Thomson

Family beach resorts in the Med and worldwide More

Club Med

Family-friendly beach hotels in the Med and beyond More

Tips

Remember that sunburn in childhood can double the chances of skin cancer in adult life. Keep babies less than 6 months old out of direct sunlight. From 6 months, liberally apply a SPF15+ sunscreen every 2hrs when outdoors, even if it’s cloudy (a ‘broad-spectrum’ brand with a 4/5-star rating, formulated for babies’ and children’s skin). Use waterproof formulations in or around water, but reapply it after they’ve towelled themselves.
 
Invest in UV-protection garments and perhaps also a portable UV-protection pop-up tent for shade, outdoor feeding and changing.
 
Take particular care between 11am and 3pm anywhere the sun is shining, even if it doesn't seem strong.
 
Wear cool cotton clothing and hats (with wide brims, plus under-chin straps if necessary). When in the sun for prolonged periods, ensure kids wear long-sleeved top and trousers, and apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, backs of hands, and feet.
 
Be wary of reflective surfaces, which can bounce back up to 85% of the sun’s damaging rays – not just water, but also sand, snow and even concrete. Buy your children good-quality wraparound sunglasses as soon as they can wear them.
 
Ensure a constant supply of fluids – take an insulated cool bag to the beach, filled with mini juice cartons and bottles of water (if you're self-catering, put them in the freezer before going out).
 
For more advice, see Cancer Research’s SunSmart campaign.
 
See also our features on the best sun products for mumsdads and kids.

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Summer Sun Favourite

Sensatori Resort Mexico, Riviera Maya
Luxury in Mexico doesn't come any better than these stunning suites with kids' club and beach yoga.

Summer Sun Feature

A Review of The Westin, Costa Navarino, Peloponnese
Rhonda and son feast and flop at the luxury Greek resort.

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Offer of the Week

Elounda Bay Palace, Crete
10-nights in Crete during the school summer holidays for just £5744. Includes flights and half board accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children.

Poll

What do you remember most clearly about your childhood holidays?

Long days on the beach
38%
Long journeys by car or plane
22%
Making new friends
17%
Spending more time with parents
23%

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