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UK summer holiday breaks for the family

Looking for the perfect break with the family? There are plenty of destinations that make for the best UK summer holiday breaks. Below are our top picks for a brilliant staycation where you can explore the hidden gems of England and Wales over the summer holidays.

Get your surf on

Boy surfing on the beach in Cornwall

Surfing can be an enjoyable sport to learn so why not visit Perranporth’s Surf School this summer? Perranporth is known to be a ‘bucket-and-spade’ family holiday resort; and surfing is a great activity for all the family to enjoy, from 7 years old and upwards.

The surf school is located on the beach, so you couldn’t be any closer to the waves, ensuring your experience of learning to surf is certainly memorable.

YHA Perranporth is situated close by, so a fun day out with the family can easily be turned into a memorable UK summer holiday break.

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Visit a theme park

Rollercoaser Ride

The summer holidays are the perfect time to plan a visit to a theme park, our favourite being Alton Towers. For the adults and teenagers, there’s the classic coasters like Rita, The Wicker Man and Oblivion. Tiny tots can enjoy CBeebies Land and the In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride.

With YHA Ilam Hall situated close by, you don’t have to worry about the tiring car journey home. A perfect holiday choice for the whole family.

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Safari park fun

Two lions at a zoo in the UK

Knowsley Safari Park boasts about having the longest safari drive in the UK. Covering an incredible five miles, you’ll see everything from the brilliant lion pride and mischievous meerkats to buffalo and zebra. Don’t forget the best part – you can go around as many times as you like! On the foot safari visit sea lions and tigers.

There are amusement rides for the little ones to enjoy and you can even take the family out rowing on the lake for a bit of well-earned peace and quiet.

With YHA Liverpool Central being a short car journey away, it’s the perfect opportunity to book the ultimate fun packed summer holiday.

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Happy hiking

Lake District National Park fells

Why not put the iPads away and hit the Lake District trails with your kids? The Lake’s really does have something for everyone when it comes to walking – including those with little legs.

Spend the summer days climbing rolling hills, exploring quaint villages and taking in remarkable views which the little ones will love. The Lake District is an unforgettably beautiful and magical destination especially in the summer for walkers of all ages, with gentle hill walks for young walkers starting out and of course the major mountain challenges for older families.

With many YHA’s located in the Lake District, why not book a stunning summer retreat for you and your loved ones? It will certainly be the best UK summer holiday break.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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