[copyright]Enjoy the summer holidays whatever the weather in the UK.[/copyright]
[copyright]Enjoy the summer holidays whatever the weather in the UK.[/copyright]

Summer Sun Family Holidays in the UK

You can’t guarantee sunshine in the British summertime – but then you can’t guarantee it anywhere! And there’s such a huge choice of fantastic family-friendly places to stay in the UK that many people wouldn’t think of going anywhere else in the main school holidays.

But on the basis you might well encounter some none-too-friendly weather, it’s worth having contingency plans for rainy days. Often this will be built in to your accommodation choice – part of the attraction of UK holiday parks, holidays villages and campsites is that they have indoor swimming pools and other covered facilities, as do a good number of hotels and resorts. Many also have crèches, kids’ clubs and teenagers’ ‘dens’ providing indoor activities and entertainment when required. 

Another popular option is farm-stays, providing fresh air, the chance to go wild in the great outdoors and the opportunity to help with tasks such as milking and egg-collecting – all things that don’t depend on the sun actually making an appearance. Or there’s that great family favourite, cottages – the choice is huge, but finding one with a games room is a wise idea.

And do remember that even when the weather isn’t scorching, you can get badly sunburned in the UK just as you can elsewhere. Take precautions for both your kids and yourself.

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Summer Sun places to stay in United Kingdom

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Sands Resort Hotel & Spa

Cornwall
A classic child-friendly property on the Atlantic coast, with indoor and outdoor pools, an adventure playground, and a spa.

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.

Polurrian on the Lizzard

Cornwall
A quintessential child-friendly seaside property on the lovely Lizard Peninsula, with an indoor pool and a spa.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

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

Watergate Bay Hotel

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

Woodland Holiday Homes at The Cornwall Hotel, Spa and Estate

Cornwall
Luxury self-catering holiday homes set within woodlands, and just a short drive from several beaches.

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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.

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

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

Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Cornwall
Family-friendly farm-based holiday resort in rural Cornwall where daily tractor rides to feed the animals are high on the agenda for kids.

Haven Berwick

Northumberland
Stunning clifftop location and excellent 5-star facilities.

Haven Perran Sands

Cornwall
A holiday park on the Cornish coast, with direct access to a fabulous beach and its own surf school.

The Merton Hotel

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

Lunsford Farm

Sussex
A luxury glamping farm experience on the East Sussex coast, with farm tours and fishing lessons top of the bill.

Cottages in Cornwall

Cornwall
Family-friendly rentals in country and coastal locations.

La Barbarie Hotel

Guernsey
A converted country barn on Guernsey with family suites, an outdoor pool and an award-winning restaurant.

Crowhurst Park Lodges

Sussex
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.

Westhill Country Hotel

Jersey
A family-run property on Jersey in extensive grounds and close to the beach, with activities and facilities suitable for the whole family.

Bannatyne Hotel - Durham

County Durham
Ideal for a short break or stop-over when exploring north-east England, offering great value for money and comfortable beds.