Zebra on safari, Kenya
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Zebra on safari, Kenya

Reviews of active and adventure family holidays

Whether your passion is culture (pyramids and sphinxes in Egypt, for instance, or the ancient civilisations of Jordan), nature (perhaps elephant-riding in search of tigers, or whale-watching) or outdoors activities (including extreme sports such as bungee-jumping and whitewater rafting), our expert reviews of active and adventure holidays for families both in the UK and around the globe aim to inspire your wanderlust and guide you in finding the right experience for you and your kids – one that has the potential to be life-changing for you all.

The Best Bubble Holidays for 2020 and 2021

Africa & Middle East, South Africa, Asia, Thailand, Australia & Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Cyprus, Finland, Lapland, Indian Ocean, Latin America, Costa Rica, North America, United Kingdom, England, Cheshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Scotland, Argyll, Wales, Snowdonia
We share the top contenders for family holidays far from the madding crowds.

A Family Adventure in South Dakota, USA

North America, USA
Rhonda discovers the wildlife and wild spaces of the Midwestern state with its rich Native American history and famous monuments.

A Family Break at Forest Holidays Cropton Cabins, North Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Rhonda and family venture into ‘Gruffalo’ territory.

30 Amazing Family Glamping Sites around the UK

Europe, United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Jersey, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, New Forest, Kent, Lancashire, Norfolk, Staffordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire, Scotland, Perthshire, Wales, Pembrokeshire
We round up the best places around the country offering 'camping for softies'...

Best Places for Surfing and Bodyboarding with Kids in the UK

United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Guernsey, England, Cornwall, Devon, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Berwickshire, Wales, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire
We look at the finest spots in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to take the family on a surfing break.

A Family Camping Break in Pembrokeshire, Wales 

United Kingdom, Wales, Pembrokeshire
Rhonda and crew seek out some blissful isolation – and some coasteering action – in a remote spot right on the coastal path.

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A Family Holiday in Southern Iceland

Iceland
Rhonda and family discover that Iceland isn’t a place that you can simply tick off your bucket-list.

Best Places for Canoeing and Kayaking with Kids in the UK

United Kingdom, Channel Islands, England, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Manchester, Merseyside, Liverpool, Northumberland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
We share the top spots to take to the water in England, Scotland and Wales, from lochs dotted with deserted islands to the open sea.

Best UK Walking and Hiking Destinations with Kids

United Kingdom, England, South East England, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, New Forest, Kent, Somerset, Suffolk, Sussex, Eastbourne, Yorkshire, Scotland, Wales, Snowdonia
We look at great walking and hiking spots in England, Scotland and Wales with kids of all ages, from tots in child-carriers to reluctant teens.

A Family Break on the Isle of Man

United Kingdom
Rhonda Carrier and family walk goats, brush up on their mountain-biking skills and spot seals on the British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea.

Best Places for Cycling and Mountain-biking in the UK with Kids

United Kingdom, England, South East England, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Dorset, Kent, Norfolk, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
We round up the best places around the UK to take your kids cycling or mountain-biking, whether for a day out for a short break.

Best Adventure Holidays for Families

Explore our choices of the best places to take your family on an adventure holiday

Best Adventure Holidays for Families with Toddlers

Take a look at our favourite options to take your toddlers on a family adventure trip

Best Adventure Holidays for Families with Young Children

Browse our choices of the best adventure holidays for families with young kids

Best Adventure Holidays for Families with Teens

Explore our hand-picked selection of adventure holidays for families with teenagers

Best Theme Parks for Families

United Kingdom
Enjoy our carefully chosen selection of the best thrill-seeking theme parks for the family

Best Active Family Holidays for Mixed Ages

Browse our array of the best active holiday for families of all ages

Best Active Family Holidays for Infants and Toddlers

Enjoy our range of the best active family holiday for infants and toddlers carefully selected for you

Best Active Family Holidays for Young Kids

Browse our array of active family holidays for young kids, hand-tailored by us, for you

Best Active Family Holidays for Teenagers

Browse our selection of the best active family holidays for the kids aged 11+

Best Luxury All-Inclusive Family Holidays

Enjoy our selection of the best-luxury all inclusive family holidays

Best All-inclusive Budget Family Holidays

Europe
The best all-inclusive budget holidays for your family, carefully chosen by us

Best Summer Sun Family Holidays for Teens

Our favourite choices of summer fun for teenagers, chosen by us, for you.

Best Holiday Parks for Babies and Toddlers

Europe
Our favourite holiday parks for babes and toddlers, hand picked for you.

Best Winter Sports Luxury Family Holidays

Europe
Our careful choice of the best winter sports luxury family holidays for the family.

Best Pet-and Child-Friendly Campsites and Holiday Parks

Europe
The very best pet-and-child-friendly resorts for the kids, and your families pet.

Best UK Baby- and Toddler-friendly Resorts

United Kingdom
Our range of the best UK baby and toddler friendly resorts in the UK.

Best Toddler-friendly Holidays in Europe

Europe
Enjoy our selection of the best toddler-friendly holidays in Europe

Best Winter Sports Resorts for under-5s

Europe
The best winter sports holidays for families with very young kids, hand tailored by us, for you.

Best Europe Family Holiday Resorts with Kids Clubs

Europe
Enjoy our selection of family holiday resorts with kids clubs in Europe

Best Family Holiday Resorts with Kids Clubs for Teens

Europe
Enjoy our array of family holiday resorts, that include kid clubs for teens

Best Baby and Toddler Self Catering Family Holidays

Europe
The best self-catering family holidays with babies and toddlers, hand selected by us, for you.

Best self-catering family holidays with young children

Europe
We have selected the best self-catered places for families to stay in the UK and Europe.

Best Ski Holidays with Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Europe
Enjoy our selection of ski holidays for kids younger than 5

Best Ski Holidays with young Children

Europe
Explore our favourite family ski holidays for families with young children.

Best Winter Sports Holidays for Families with Teens

Europe
Browse our selection of the best winter sports holidays for families with teens.

Best Farmstay Family Holidays in Europe

Europe
Our favourite European farmstays for the family, carefully selected by the team.

Best Luxury Farmstay Family Holidays

The finest luxury farmstay family holidays, carefully tailored for the family.

Best Camping Holidays and Holiday Parks for Families with Teens

Active camping holidays for the families with older kids, carefully chosen by us, for you.

Best Camping Holidays for Families with Babies and Toddlers

Europe
The very best baby-and-toddler-friendly campsites tailored for the family.

Best Holidays with Swimming Classes

Browse our selection of holidays with swimming classes

Best Family Holidays with Watersports Lessons

Europe
Our selection of the best water-sport holidays to enjoy with the family

Best Family Holidays with Tennis Lessons

Our selection of family tennis holidays carefully selected for you.

Best Family Holidays with Surfing Lessons

Europe
Our favourite places for the family to learn to ride waves hand picked for you.

Best Family Holidays with Golf Lessons

Explore our selection of the best family golfing holidays around the world.

Best Theme Park Breaks

Europe
Explore our hand-picked selection of family-friendly theme parks to get everyone's heart pumping.

A Peak District Family Break

Derbyshire
Rhonda and boys enjoy one of Derbyshire's family-friendly cycling trails from a welcoming youth hostel base.

13 Thrilling Places to Find Fossils and Dinosaur Remains

Egypt, North America, Canada, USA, Florida, United Kingdom, England, Dorset, Isle of Wight, London, Shropshire, Yorkshire, Wales, Pembrokeshire
Georgina digs deep to uncover the world’s most fertile fossil and dinosaur-bone hunting grounds.

Best Family Holidays with Water-sports Lessons

Crete, Netherlands
Our hand-picked recommendations for resorts and holiday villages where learning water sports is part of the fun.

Best Family Holidays with Football Classes

Dominican Republic, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Crete, Halkidiki, Sardinia, Tenerife, Hampshire
A hand-picked selection of hotels and resorts which offer football classes

Best Places to Stay with Swim-up Rooms

Croatia, Crete, Montenegro, Ibiza, Mallorca, Riviera Maya
Our favourite family-friendly places to stay with private pools in wonderful destinations around the world.

A Teen Trip to Iceland

Europe, Iceland
Our travel agent Julie's eldest children take their first solo holiday in and around Reykjavik.

A Family Ski and Snowboarding Holiday in Arc 1950, French Alps

Europe, France, Rhone Alpes, Savoie, Arc 1950
Rhonda and sons find the ski-in ski-out self-catering resort perfect for Easter on the slopes.

A Wild Camping Holiday with Kids in Scotland

Scotland
Andrew and his teenage kids taste the heady freedom of camping on the Isle of Skye

A Review of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Disneyland California

Mallorca, North America, USA, California, Southern California, Los Angeles
Rhonda rides Han Solo’s iconic starship at Anaheim’s much-anticipated, billion-dollar Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A Family Holiday at Mark Warner’s Paleros Beach Resort, Greece

Greece, Europe
Rhonda checks out the family activity holiday specialist’s new purpose-built resort.

A UK Family Break in the National Forest, Derbyshire

Derbyshire
Rhonda and family discover the Rosliston Forestry Centre with its family-friendly cycle routes.

A Family Cruise Holiday in the Hebrides, Scotland

Europe, United Kingdom, Scotland
Rhonda sees wildlife galore and discovers sustainable communities on a family-friendly cruise around Skye and the Small Isles.

A Kids' Day Out at Elemental UK Beach Club, Cornwall

Cornwall
Rhonda Carrier waves her sons off on coastal adventures at Swanpool Beach in Falmouth.

A Family Break in Alderney, Channel Islands

Channel Islands
Rhonda and crew canoe over Roman ruins and sleep in a Victorian fort on the remote island of Alderney.

A Family Break in Annecy and its Mountains, France

Haute Savoie, Rhone Alpes, France, Europe
Catherine and family enjoy the Haute Savoie capital and nearby peaks in the summer months.

A Family Adventure in Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Malaysia, Asia
Rhonda tries out jungle activities including wild swimming, a torch-lit swamp walk and a visit to an aboriginal settlement.

A Family Break on Sark, Channel Islands

Channel Islands
Dea and kids find a magical spot for everything from coasteering to sheep-racing.

A Family Holiday at Mark Warner’s Phokaia Beach Resort, Turkey

Aegean Region
Rhonda takes a look at the active holiday specialist’s Turkish offering.

A Family Canoe-Camping Trip in Algonquin Park, Ontario

Canada
Our adult travel-writing competition runner-up takes her family on a digital detox in Canada's great outdoors.

A Family Ski Holiday in the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area, French Alps

France, Rhone Alpes, Isere, Alpe d'Huez
Rhonda discovers a charming, peaceful and good-value spot for skiing with kids.

A Family Adventure Holiday in Egypt

Hurghada, Red Sea, Luxor, Cairo, Egypt
Nick and family enjoy an overnight train ride along the Nile and a river journey by traditional felucca.

5 Great Ideas for Christmas Family Holidays or Breaks

Caribbean, Turks and Caicos, Europe, Salzburg, Brussels, Denmark, Paris, Rhone Alpes, Lapland, New York, Cornwall, London
Inspiration for taking the kids away for the festive season, whether to visit Santa, hit the ski slopes or bask in the sunshine.

Top 15 Family Rail Journeys Around the World

Morocco, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Sicily, Turkey, Istanbul, Mexico, Peru, Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Scotland
Georgina scours the globe for the best family adventures by train.

A Family Break in Mexico City

Mexico
Dea and kids get to grips with horrible history in the Mexican capital.

A Foodie Family Holiday with Sapori & Saperi, Tuscany

Italy, Tuscany
Rhonda and her boys go on a 'gastronomic adventure' in the hill country north of Florence.

Best Family Volunteering Holidays in the UK and Abroad

Africa & Middle East, South Africa, Asia, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Finland, Greece, Romania, Latin America, Costa Rica, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Pembrokeshire
Rhonda hand-picks voluntourism breaks with kids around the globe.

Going on a Bear Hunt in Kuhmo, Finland

Finland, Europe
Tracey and her son Angus go in search of real-life teddy bears.

A Family Break at Retallack Resort & Spa, Cornwall

Cornwall
Abigail and family make a splash at the five-star self-catering holiday village.

A Family Break at Sands Resort Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

Cornwall
Rhonda and family check into – and check out – the award-winning child-friendly hotel.

An All-boys’ Surfing and Sightseeing Holiday in Cornwall

Cornwall
A visit to Magwan Porth awakes in teenage Patrick Cook a yearning to become a surfer dude.

An October Half-term Holiday at Levante Beach Resort, Rhodes

Rhodes, Greece
Rhonda and her boys have a blissful late break in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Top 10 Places to Learn Survival Skills with Kids

North America, USA, California, Northern California, San Francisco, United Kingdom, England, Devon, Kent, Sussex, Scotland
Georgina roots out the best children's and family bushcraft and survival courses.

A Family Ski Holiday in Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, French Alps

France, Rhone Alpes, Savoie
Rhonda finds a great-value, child-friendly and very French resort with a short transfer time.

Top 25 Destinations for Spotting Marine Animals with Kids

Pembrokeshire, Wales, Scotland, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Florida, USA, Canada, Argentina, Seychelles, Azores, Malta, Lapland, Greece, Bahamas, New Zealand, Fiji, Zanzibar, Oman, Egypt
Georgina casts her net for the best places to spot whales, dolphins and more.

A Family Sailing Holiday on the Norfolk Broads

Norfolk
Our cycling expert and his teenage family leave their bikes behind in favour of a boating break.

Top 10 Places to Meet Santa Around the World

Melbourne, Finland, Paris, Lapland, Sweden, New York, Birmingham, Berkshire, London, Yorkshire
We take a tour around the globe in search of the best places to meet Father Christmas.

12 Reasons to Take the Kids on a Family Adventure Holiday in Jordan

Jordan
Rhonda rates the Middle Eastern nation as an unmissable family destination.

A Summer Family Holiday in St Johann, Austria

St. Johann
Joe Cook, aged 13, and family experience what the Alpine resort has to offer in summertime.

‘Spectre’ Locations to Visit with Wannabe James Bonds

Morocco, Austria, Rome, London
We travel round the world in the company of the world’s best-loved secret agent.

Cycling with Kids in the Austrian Lakes

Austria, Salzburg, Salzburg
Sarah Ebner and family explore the spectacular Salzkammergut region on two wheels.

A Summer Family Break in the French Pyrénées

Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Rhonda takes her 12-year-old son on an astronomical and wildlife adventure in the mountains of southern France.

A Review of Kielder Water Lodges, Northumberland

Northumberland
We check out the family-friendly delights of the Kielder Lake region.

A Family Surfing Break in Guernsey, Channel Islands

United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Guernsey
Rhonda discovers a surprising family-friendly surfing destination within a short hop of the UK mainland.

An Interview with Globetrotting Children's Author Damian Dibben

Venice, Rome, Italy, China, Egypt
The writer and Kids in Museum patron talks about his travels and how they have inspired his novels.

A Mum-and-Son Break at Lakitira Beach Resort, Kos

Kos, Greece
Rhonda and her 10-year-old get in the swim at the popular Greek resort.

A Family Break at Costa Caribe Waterpark, PortAventura, Catalonia

Barcelona, Costa Dorada
Rhonda and sons check out the the Spanish theme park's aquatic attractions.

A Family Holiday in Vietnam

Vietnam
Dea and kids find that the delights of this fascinating Asian country lie in the details.

A Family Day Out at Go Ape Tree Top Junior Suffolk

Suffolk
A wobbly Gemma takes her little monkeys into the treetops.

Best Products for Family Adventure Holidays

Angelina recommends the best products to keep all the family fresh and energized on adventure holidays.

An Easter Ski Holiday at Chalet Hotel Christina, La Plagne

La Plagne, Savoie, Rhone Alpes, France
A mother and daughter late-season ski trip in the French Alps.

A PGL Family Multi-Activity Holiday at Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Shropshire
Rhonda and family rate PGL’s flagship site.

Best Products for Family Walking Holidays

USA, Canada, Talloires, Morzine, Haute Savoie, Ardèche, Ardeche, Hautes Alpes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, St. Johann, Tirol, Kaprun, Austria, Asia
Angelina Villa-Clarke hunts out the best products to keep you on the move.

A PGL Family Adventure Holiday from a Disabled Child's Perspective, Shropshire

Shropshire
A disabled teen rates the famous family activity holidays.

A Family Break at Oakdene Forest Park, Hampshire

United Kingdom, Hampshire, New Forest
Andy and family rate the active holiday village in the New Forest.

Rosie Millard's Top Tips for Family Travel

Words of wisdom on travelling with kids from the journalist, broadcaster and author.

A Family Adventure Holiday in Egypt

Egypt
Georgina and family go off-road in the Sinai.

Family Travel Writing Competition Runner-up: Costa Rica

Costa Rica
A travel-writing competition runner-up gets a taste of 'real living'.

A Christmas Break with Kids in Saariselkä, Finnish Lapland

Lapland, Finland
Rhonda and son experience the chills and thrills of a Lapland holiday.

A Single-parent Holiday in Sri Lanka

Asia, Sri Lanka
Georgina and son go off the beaten track for wonderful wildlife, eco camping and more.

An October Half-term Family Break in Jordan

Jordan
Georgina and son discover history with a vengeance in the compelling Arab nation.

North Africa Family Holidays: Morocco, A Teen’s-Eye View

Morocco
Our Travel-Writing Competition winner in the teens category.

A Family Hot-Air Ballooning Trip in Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkey
Our travel-writing competition winner in the under-13s category relives an unforgettable experience.

UK Family Holidays: The Isle of Mull With Kids

Highlands
Our Travel-writing Competition winner in the adults category.

An Interview with Ben Fogle About Family Adventure Holidays

North America, Tanzania
Take the Family catches up with the adventurous traveller and dad of two.

A Family Break in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Switzerland
Rhonda and son experience the high life of the Swiss Alps.

Europe Family Holidays and Breaks: Cycling in the Languedoc

Languedoc-Roussillon
Fiona enjoys a family bike outing French-style, complete with wine…

Family Activity Holidays: Diving with Kids

Phillipines, Bali, Indonesia
Theodora relives the awe – and the anxiety – of her son’s first scuba-diving experience.

A Family Holiday at the Sea Garden Resort, Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum Peninsula, Aegean Region, Turkey
Nine-year-old Joe Cook and his dad Andy (43) give their verdicts on the Aegean Coast resort.

White-water Rafting in Indonesia with Kids

Indonesia
Theodora and son get an adrenaline buzz in the highlands of Sulawesi.

A Family Cycling Break in Suffolk

Suffolk
Deborah and crew load up for family biking holiday

Wild Swimming with Kids in Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Languedoc-Roussillon
Lily and her kids go river-dipping in the Hérault.

A Family Break at the Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

United Kingdom, England, Cornwall
Rhonda and son take to the waves with a surfing lesson at a family-friendly hotel on the Cornish coast.

A PGL Family Adventure Holiday, Torbay, Devon

Devon
Rhonda and clan sample an adrenaline-fuelled break at Barton Hall.

Fabulous Father's Day and Year-Round Dads’ Breaks

Europe, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Andalucia, Barcelona, United Kingdom, England, Devon, London, Shropshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Yorkshire, Wales, Pembrokeshire
Rhonda checks out the best solo and family breaks for fathers, for Father's Day or all year round.

Island-Hopping in Greece with Kids

Crete, Santorini, Greece
Theodora revisits a childhood holiday from the perspective of a parent.

A Family Holiday in St Kitts, Caribbean

St Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean
Emma and daughter discover a kids’ haven on one of the region's smallest islands.

A Family Break at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Lake District

Cumbria
Rhonda rates a family holiday that doesn’t forget that parents need a break too.

Top 25 Eco-friendly Places to Stay with Kids in Africa and the Middle East

Africa & Middle East, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar
Rhonda hunts down the best eco safari lodges and other environmentally friendly lodgings for families.

Choosing a Santa Holiday in Lapland

Lapland, Finland
How to see the wood for the pine trees when it comes to booking a trip to the home of Father Christmas.

Top 10 Destinations to See Birdlife with Kids

Africa & Middle East, South Africa, Dubai, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Spain, Costa Rica, USA, Florida, Orlando, Birmingham, Norfolk, Pembrokeshire
From barn owls to quetzals and hummingbirds, Georgina shares the best places to introduce kids to winged creatures.

A Family Trekking Holiday in Nepal

Asia, Nepal
A trip to the Nepalese foothills with young kids opens up a new world of family travel for Andrew and his happy band.

A Family Canoeing Trip on the Hérault River, Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon
Fiona and her son use paddle-power to discover an astonishing region of France.

Best Treehouses, Glamping & Unusual Camping Sites in Northern France

Brittany, Ile de France, Loire Valley, Normandy, Pays de la Loire, Picardy
Rhonda rounds up the top spots for luxury camping with your family in Normandy, Picardy, Brittany, the Loire, the Ile de France around Paris and Champagne-Ardenne.

The Best Family Safaris

Kenya, Cape Town, Zambia
There’s only one real way to see wildlife and bring ‘The Jungle Book’ to life, and that’s on safari.

Family holidays: Japan: a Teen’s-Eye View

Japan
A trip to Japan from a teenager's perspective

Family holidays: Island Hopping in the Charente Maritime

Poitou Charentes
Ideal for sea-side loving families

A Christmas and New Year Family Holiday in Brazil

Brazil
Rachel McLeod and family head to South America for the festive season

A Family Boating Holiday in Northern Germany

Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Germany
Andrew takes to the waters of the Mecklenburg Lakes with his teenage daughter.

Summer family Pyrenees holiday: Hiking and Walking with Kids

Hautes-Pyrénées
Teresa introduces her kids to walking in the mountains.

Family Holidays: Near-Disasters With Kids

North America, Latin America, Asia
The perils and delights of travelling with youngsters.

A Family Campervan Break in Skegness, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire
Jos takes his grandkids motorhoming to the great British seaside.

A Single-Parent Family Adventure Holiday in Tunisia

Tunisia
Judy lures Joe into the desert in search of 'Star Wars' destinations.

A Family Holiday in Antigua, Caribbean

Antigua, Caribbean
We experience first-hand the fun for families on this fabulous island.

Family Holidays: Cycling in the Poitou-Charentes

Poitou Charentes
Teresa Hardy finds out how her young family enjoy cycling and camping

A Single-Parent Outdoor Activity Holiday in the Brecon Beacons, Wales

United Kingdom, Wales
Judy and Joe enjoy a sociable holiday including zipwiring and climbing.