Happy families

Looking for holiday fun this summer? Check out some of the best alternative getaways around…

Glamp it up
More than just a theme park, Chessington World Of Adventures now offers a glamping experience, allowing you and your little explorers to have a sleepover with a safari spin. Located within the park itself, you can enjoy dinner in the Explorer’s Outpost restaurant with plenty of extras, including fast-track access to all rides for the first hour of the day.

A one-night break starts from £149 for a family of four. Visit chessington holidays.co.uk for more information.


Wonderful Waterways
If you’ve ever fancied your chances as a sailor, then this is the holiday for you. Learn how to skipper your own narrowboat along the waterways of the UK, where you’ll be taught how to manoeuvre your craft and, of course, how to negotiate those tricky locks. Everything you need is on board – kitchen, bathroom and free Wi-Fi.

A three-night break for a family of four costs from £795. Visit hoseasons. co.uk for more information.


Cruise Control
Enjoy the high life at sea on a cruise ship. A brilliant way to keep costs down is to swap the typical Caribbean cruise for a destination closer to home like the Canary Islands. Sail away from Southampton on the family-friendly Britannia (B616). On board, you’ll find tons of entertainment including four pools, a spa, children’s clubs, theatre shows, films, bars and even a nightclub.

A 13-night Canary Island cruise costs from £999 per adult for an inside cabin. Visit pocruises.com for more information.


Flamingo Fancy
Located in Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire, Flamingo Land is a theme park, holiday resort and zoo all in one. There’s loads of rides to keep the thrill-seekers satisfied, wildlife aplenty and also a golf course, pool and gym. Plus, during the May half term, they’re hosting their Party In The Park concert with X Factor winner Ben Haenow. Tickets available online for only £10.

Prices start from £339 for a three-night self-catering break in a four-berth holiday home. Visit flamingoland.co.uk for more information


28th July 2016
Written by Vanessa Margetts