Activities, Destinations

Magical moments – the art of creating a magical family holiday

From rolling down hills to climbing up mountains, jumping in muddy puddles to relaxing in the warmth of a sunny afternoon, family time together builds bonds that last a lifetime. Add a little YHA magic to the mix and you have authentic UK adventures at affordable prices. But with so many places to visit where do you begin your adventure? Here’s where we can help.

Start with a story

Whether rooted in history, or created by your family, a story based in the landscape surrounding you creates an exciting context for your holiday. Think brave knights upon mighty steeds vanquishing dragons in caves, giants rolling boulders along the crest of the mountains, and pirates smuggling their plundered loot under the cover of darkness.

Tucked away in a cove on Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast, YHA Boggle Hole is nestled in an old smuggler’s cove. This converted mill is full of family-friendly adventures, from its environmentally friendly timber frame ‘Crow’s Nest’, to the cool and comfortable Quarterdeck café.

Turn your expectations upside down

Camping doesn’t have to mean shivering in a pop up two-man tent. Reclaim your connection with the great outdoors, but with better shelter from the elements, with a stay in our spacious bell tents, tipis and safari tents. We want you all to be happy campers, so in addition to having access to all of our hostel facilities including self-catering kitchens, lounge, and café bar, you can curl up with creature comforts including double beds, futons, solar lighting, tables, and en-suite bathrooms, depending on the experience you choose.

Discover your own hidden den

Few things are more exciting to a child than having their very own den. Whether it’s a pile of sticks carefully arranged in a wood, or a treehouse painstakingly crafted with offcuts and splinters, that den is a precious space of adventure and possibility.

Recapture that innate sense of wonder in the surroundings of a camping pod. These eco-friendly wooden creations are available at YHAs across England and Wales, and sleep up to two adults and three children, with power, heaters and snuggly bedding; a welcome retreat after a day of excitement.

Extend the invitation – the more the merrier!

Few memories have a deeper resonance than those that bring the entire extended family together. Rare though they are, these special occasions rekindle deep bonds and build new relationships that last a lifetime. So why only do it once in a blue moon?

Space, of course, can be an issue. Accommodating everyone from Great Auntie Dot to Archie the dog can be complicated and costly. But there are flexible options available. YHA Exclusive Hire allows you private use of an entire hostel, with enough space (and beds) for everyone. Offering great value and available from cottage to mansion size, all you need is an excuse to get together!

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