THE BEST FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES
The summer holidays are almost over, so your ideas for keeping the kids entertained are likely to be running low. But that’s where we come in… We’ve got plenty of ideas to keep the kids on their toes, Kigu-style!
You’ll find some amazing countryside and awe-inspiring coastlines waiting to be discovered right here in the UK. Here are some of our favourite picks for a family-friendly Kigu expedition:
WHERE TO GO?
The Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most popular destination breaks for people across the UK, and is home to the UK’s largest national park. A great starting point for your family adventure is Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre, where they can guide you on the best places to go and important things to see and do like archery, sailing on the lake and exploring Windermere by bike on the adventurous Bike Boat. Peter Rabbit fans young & old won’t want to miss a trip to Ambleside – a town located at the head of Windlemere – where Beatrix Potter’s home is situated. 2016 also marks the 150th anniversary of her birth, so there are lots of special events and activities to look out for.
Famous for its dramatic cliffs and magnificent views, Cheddar Gorge makes for a perfect summer family outing. If you want to remain central, Cheddar Gorge can be explored on the open-top bus tour, or for a more active alternative why not climb the 274 steps up to The Lookout Tower? Here you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views and one of the most stunning walks in England. Any trip to the area isn’t complete without a visit to the magnificent Cheddar Caves. Gough’s Cave is the most famous, and one of the most beautiful caverns in the world and for younger visitors, Cox’s Cave is ideal; kids will love following ‘The Crystal Quest’ around the mirrored pools.
English Riviera, Torquay
Head South-West to Torquay, situated at the heart of the English Riviera. This beautiful location is a good pick for families and is a great base for exploring Devon. Stop by Torquay Harbour, Devonshire’s own bustling port, or for something a little different to do on your trip, why not pay a visit to Paignton Zoo? With over 2,000 animals across 80 acres, you’re sure to be in for a really wild time and kids will love getting to meet their favourite furry friends up close. For extra excitement, little ones can even dress as their most-loved animal with our kids Kigu onesies!
Go west and you’ll discover Norfolk’s premier seaside resort – Greater Yarmouth. With all the charm of a traditional seaside trip, you’ll also be greeted with more than 15 miles of sandy beaches within the Greater Yarmouth area, which means plenty of space to relax – or take a dip in the cold English sea if you’re feeling brave! For an adrenaline filled day out, Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park is just a short drive away, offering thrilling rides, family fun and kids rides, making it perfect for all ages.
KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY!
Keeping the kids occupied during the summer holidays can be tough enough and long journeys can make things trickier. Packing well will ensure you have a trouble free trip, and hopefully some very happy little ones!
Our packing checklist might come in handy if you’ve got a long car journey ahead of you:
1. Blanket or Kigu to help little ones settle
2. Tissues & plasters – in case of emergencies!
3. Cute and comfy neck pillows for napping on route
4. A long list of games; you might think you can make Eye Spy last for ages, but it will end sooner than you think…
5. Travel sickness pills, because it’s better to be safe than sorry
6. Snacks, sweets and drinks (our animal backpacks make the perfect lunchbox)
BE A KIGU CAMPER
Family camping holidays are always a favourite and staying in the UK can be a cheaper alternative to going abroad. There are plenty of options that offer great value for money. Here are the top holiday parks and campsites offering something for every budget:
For a convenient and cost effective trip, ‘Away With The Kids’ offer a variety of accommodation options to suit your holiday needs, and work with numerous sites in the UK, so you can find the perfect getaway location for you. To keep costs down, their camping sites are ideal for getting stuck in pitching up your tents. Then to make the camping experience more adventurous, pack your Kigu Sleeping Bags and matching Adult and Kids Onesies.
Best of Both
If you’re afraid of the dark, or sleeping in a tent is your worst nightmare, why not opt for a glamping getaway? Go Glamping are a good place to start, allowing you to hunt for your ideal location and perfectly matched sleeping environment. You will still be immersed in nature, but with a little more comfort, and the cost is still kept down.
Parkdean Holidays offer the best of both at a reasonable price, with 24 sites around the UK. You can choose a cottage, caravans, camping and many more to make for a perfect British holiday. Prices range from £320-£550 for a caravan for 4 people for 2 nights.
Center Parcs hosts 5 sites up and down the UK and includes a range of indoor and outdoor activities while offering independent and unique lodges to stay in. Prices vary, but for 2 adults, 2 children and 3 nights away you’ll be looking at between £700 – £900.
For a summer getaway with a bit of luxury Forest Holidays has 9 spots to choose from in the UK, and has an on-site hot tub, in-cabin spa treatments and a range of other relaxing activities that can be pre-booked. These short UK stays can range from £900-£1100 for 2 adults, 2 children and 3 nights.
TRY YOUR HAND AT SEA SPORT ACTIVITIES
A British holiday near the coast wouldn’t be complete without having a go at some sea sports. There are plenty to choose from, so whether you’re looking for high adrenaline or smooth sea cruising there will be an activity for you. The Extreme Academy is a specialist school for sea activities, and is located in Cornwall. They host surfing, body boarding, kitesurfing, waveski, hand planing and stand-up paddlesurfing, from half day inductions, hiring and lessons.
- Watergate Bay, Newquay
With two miles of golden sand backed onto cliff and caves, Watergate Bay is a winner with kids and adults.
- Saunton Sands, North Devon
Head west to North Devon and the beaches become even more beautiful. This 3-mile stretch is popular amongst surfers and families. Robbie Williams is also a fan of Saunton Sands – you might recognise it from his ‘Angels’ music video.
- West Wittering, Sussex
This open stretch of sand overlooks the Solent and Chichester harbour, and low tide reveals an abundance of little pools for paddling – ideal in the English summer when you fancy dipping your feet to cool off.
- Botany Bay, Kent
Botany Bay in Kent is perhaps one of the UK’s prettiest beaches, with a 660ft curve of sand backed white cliffs. If you’re brave enough, the water is safe for swimming and there are lots of rock pools for the kids to see what they can spot.
There are so many towns and cities waiting to be explored right on your doorstep. If you’re heading off to enjoy a UK mini break with your Kigu in tow, don’t forget to share your best photos with us at @KiguCrew or with #KiguCrew!