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5 Overlooked destinations for a family holiday in the UK

UK Holiday

We have always been big believers of their being plenty to see and do right here in the UK and love a good staycation, plus with the value of pound looking fairly weak in 2018, many people have found that going abroad for holidays is getting very expensive. But there is some good news in the fact that we have a huge wealth of brilliant places to visit so there is no need to travel far for you to enjoy a truly memorable time. If you are thinking of holidaying with your family in 2018, here are five very different locations that are all perfect for adventure and fun this year.

Camber Sands

If you’re looking for a truly classic holiday destination that gives you the chance to visit somewhere brand new, why not visit Camber Sands? Found in East Sussex, the town of Camber is famous for this beautiful beach that stretches for miles. With lifeguards over the summer months, Camber Sands is also surprisingly quiet during the majority of the year so you can enjoy a very relaxed atmosphere.
Only a little way down the road from Hastings, there are a range of great attractions nearby including the Miniature Steam Railway and the Drusillas Park zoo.

Seaside holiday

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has been on our bucket list for a while and this year we are hoping to tick it off as I know like many my kids love to hop onto a ferry, it really feels like an adventure and that you're leaving the mainland. The small island is easy to explore by car, has plenty of historical sights and activities to see and do as well as the stunning coastline. If your looking for a real frugal getaway there is plenty of camping and glamping options on the island.


Cornwall remains one of Britain’s absolute premier tourist destinations, and for good reasons, as it's home to lovely beaches and charming towns, and it gets some of the best weather you’ll see anywhere in the British Isles. But if you’re looking for somewhere brilliant to stay, Truro makes for a lovely base. It’s the only city in Cornwall and has a great selection of restaurants and things to do.

Of course, staying here makes it easy to get around to the best that Cornwall has to offer. There’s a cathedral here to visit as well as the very worthwhile Royal Cornwall Museum. But you are also a stone’s throw from the coast including the resort town of Perranporth and St Ives.

Seaside holiday


Blackpool is somewhere we hadn't considered before but after reading some positive reviews over the past year our interest has been peaked. One of the most famous seaside resort town, Blackpool is known for being great fun for families. The well-known Blackpool Tower has been standing since 1894 and has been drawing in tourists since it was built. The town today has a huge range of activities and attractions that can keep a family entertained for days.

If you’ve got any thrill-seekers in the family it’s definitely worth spending some time at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The theme park is home to Big One, which was the world’s fastest and tallest roller coaster when it was launched in 1994, as well as a huge range of fantastic modern rides.


Conwy is a stunning choice if you are looking for a family holiday steeped in both history and wonderful natural beauty. This small walled town in North Wales packs a big punch in terms of adventure and fun for families of all ages.

Perhaps the most memorable site on the holiday will be the majestic Conwy Castle. This UNESCO World Heritage Site enjoys a backdrop of Snowdonia and the River Conwy. It was built Edward I in the 13th century and remains impressively well preserved today – a real treat for children and adults.

Welsh Castles

I hope you enjoyed my little list of some more unusual, fun and family-friendly places to go on holiday in the UK this year, of course there are many more I could add to this list but the main thing is to go out and explore what is on your doorstep this year. 


  1. Camber is my neck of the woods, but we tend to stay away in Summer as it can get so busy. I'd love to go to Conway, its not somewhere I've really heard of before but that castle looks amazing. Mich x

  2. Ok so this is going to sound quite bad but I live in Cornwall and I've never been to Truro! I'll have to make sure we check it out this summer. I love Camber Sands too - such a gorgeous beach!

  3. Great post this. I've always wanted to go to the Isle of White. Maybe one day!

  4. I agree, there are so many diverse and interesting places in the UK, you could holiday here for years!

  5. These are all beautiful places, but Camber sands, and anywhere in Cornwall would be my preferred choices....stunningly beautiful

  6. I used to love a staycation in the UK. I'd also love to visit the Isle of Wight one day as I've heard so many good things about it!

  7. I've always wanted to visit the Isle of White! I've heard it has loads of great kid's activities too so will def have to get there one day! x

  8. I loved visiting Cornwall. Wales is on my places to visit list, we would love to explore the castle x

  9. I would love to visit Blackpool with the family. Heard so many good things about the place.

  10. I love Blackpool, we try to go every year. I have never tried the other places before. All sound great :)

  11. Camber Sands is a dream family holiday destination! I am thinking of visiting it in August, since is beautiful and not too far away form London :) x

  12. There are some lovely destinations there, I would love to Conwy, I have read about that before and it sounds gorgeous

  13. We love Blackpool . There is so much to do , if you have a merlin pass it’s even better :)

  14. Conwy is on my list for this year and cannot wait to visit in June. We have just done the IOW too


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