There's nothing more magical than seeing the excitement on your child's face when you tell them you're going on a family break, and with 'staycations' becoming more and more popular, there's more choice now than there's ever been.
Holiday Extras pride themselves on offering less hassle and more holiday and we know it can be a minefield trying to decide when and where to go, that's why we've packed this page full of ideas for UK breaks that will bring smiles to all the family.
From the thrills and spills of the rides at Legoland to the breathtaking scenes of The Lion King Musical on the West End stage, we have got you covered. Book your attraction and hotel in one package with Holiday Extras to not only save some money...but your valuable time too!
Theme Park Breaks
Upgrade your family favourite theme parks with an overnight stay
A firm, family favourite day out is without a doubt a day at a theme park, and let's face it, we have a great choice of theme parks here in the UK. So why not extend the fun by turning a day out into a family short break by pairing your theme park tickets with a hotel.
For a day full of fun of laughter, adrenaline and adventure, a theme park has it all. Many of the UK parks have something for all ages too so whether you have keen teens or toddlers in tow, the parks cater for all. As do the hotels, to continue the fun and make your stay that little more special why not treat yourself to a themed room in an onsite hotel.
Our Top 4 Theme Parks + Hotel
Legoland Windsor - Legoland Windsor is an absolute must! With 12 themed lands, the resort is packed full of fun and adventure for all ages. Head to Duplo Valley to keep the little ones happy and if you're there on a hot day make the most of the splash park. Lego City is for all ages with a Driving School, Deep Sea Adventure and a Haunted House Monster Party. Be dazzled in the newest zone, Mythica, where you will find the UK's first flying theatre ride. End the day exploring Miniland where you can take a look at the amazing model scenes from around the world built using nearly 40 million Lego bricks!
You can extend the stay by booking into the Legoland Hotel where you can choose a fun-themed room, or package your Legoland tickets with a nearby hotel. Pop your preferred dates into the search above and see what offers we have available.
Chessington World of Adventures - Chessington is packed full of adventure! Get your fill of adrenaline with over 40 rides and attractions to choose from, including the brand new Croc Drop, a jaw-dropping new ride for 2021. The little ones will love the Gruffalo River ride and The Room on the Broom Magical Journey...as well as the Zufari...where you travel off-road as you journey into Africa.
Extend the fun with an overnight stay at a hotel of your choice. For the ultimate sleepover, stay in one of the resort hotels and enjoy a choice of Standard or Themed rooms, or sleep under the stars in your very own Explorer Glamping tent! There are also some great nearby hotels on offer that will suit every budget. Book with Holiday Extras to save on your short break to Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
Address: Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE
Alton Towers - No top three list of UK theme parks is complete without Alton Towers appearing in it. With so many nail-biting rides and an entire Cbeebies Land, Alton Towers has been designed for both adrenaline junkies and tiny tots. Dare to ride the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster, Oblivion, or if you'd prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground why not visit Sharkbait Reef.
You can turn this fun packed day into a short break very easily by choosing to stay in one of the amazing accomodation choices at Alton Towers, including: Woodland Lodges, the CBeebies Land Hotel, Alton Towers Hotel, Splash Landings Hotel or the Stargazing Pods or package your Alton Towers tickets with a nearby, partner hotel that suit all budgets.
Paultons Park - A trip to Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World makes a great family break! Paultons is home to over 80 exciting rides and attractions, featuring 5 themed worlds including in the world's premier and largest Peppa Pig World. Paultons Park is packed with exciting roller coasters, family-friendly thrill rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, water splash parks and there's even a wonderful collection of animals.
Paultons Breaks is the Official Short Breaks Provider for Paultons Park and at Holiday Extras we're providing recommendations for the best family break package which includes tickets to the theme park, combined with an overnight stay at a top hotel nearby. Plus you can enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast!
Address: Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire
London City Breaks
A jam-packed trip to the capital paired with a top London hotel
A weekend break to London is exciting for all the family. The attractions are endless and really do cater for everybody. Be it a trip to one of the many museums, a stroll around botanical gardens or seeing the city from the Thames on a river cruise, with such a variety of attractions, you're spoilt for choice. And just getting to these fabulous places on a red bus, venturing on the underground or in a black cab is exciting for children of all ages.
Take a look at a couple of our favourite, hassel-free options below that will make booking your stay in London easy peasy and at prices that are sure to make you smile.
With so many attractions to choose from London is a great family break for those looking for adventure. Holiday Extras have teamed up with Go London to bring you the London Explorer Pass, book today alongside your family-friendly hotel for the complete London city break package. Up to 60 attractions to choose from, you can skip the queues and save money whilst doing so.
Treat yourself and take in London from a viewpoint like no other!
Almost twice as high as any other view over the city, the view from The Shard is breathtaking, the kids will love spotting famous landmarks just as much as you. This is the cherry on top of any London trip.
Book your tickets and package with a great, nearby hotel to set you up for the perfect city break!
Enjoy a breathtaking West End show followed by a stay in a top London hotel
We're sticking with London. A trip to see the sights of the UK's capital alone is amazing, so adding tickets to see one of London's spectacular shows and witnessing the joy on your child's face as their favourite characters light up the stage, will make your city break simply magical! The hardest decision will be deciding what show to see, here's a few of our family favourites:
The Lion King The Lion King - The cast of The Lion King will transport you to the magestic plains of the Serengti as the stage bursts with colour and energy. Follow Simba's adventures along with Timon and Pumbaa, his trusted sidekicks. The Lion King musical is perfect for all the family.
Matilda - Award-winning Matilda is one for all the family, this fun-filled musical will have you on the edge of your seat with excitement as you embark on the journey of an extraordinary little girl who does everything in her power to change her destiny.
Wicked - This magical stage show will whisk you to the wonderful world of Oz as audiences explore life two years before Dorothy and her house land in Oz. Experience the unlikely yet profound friendship of Glinda and Elphaba and watch as they ultimately fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Band A Tickets to Disney's The Lion King plus a 4-star London hotel stay from only £102 per person!
Our package includes:
Band A tickets to Disney's The Lion King
An overnight stay at a nearby 4* London hotel
Delicious breakfast at the hotel
Tuesday to Friday night stays. Performance time of 19:30 on Tuesday - Friday nights 7th Sept - 26th Nov 21 (excluding 25-29th October)
From £102pp (based on 2 sharing) 4* Holiday Inn Regents Park including breakfast
Harry Potter World Short Breaks
A perfect family break for all you Muggles
If you and your family are Harry Potter fans, and let's face it, who isn't? Then a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter or the Warner Bros. On Location Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition is an ABSOLUTE MUST!
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to stroll through the iconic Hogwarts™ Great Hall? To discover the magic behind how Harry Potter and his friends fly? To taste the Wizarding World's favourite drink, Butterbeer™? then the Studio Tour really should be at the top of the list for your family time away.
The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition is a must for families who love the film series. Feel like you've stepped into the sets of the Wizarding World as you journey through the memories of the 10 years spent creating filmmaking magic in a display of behind-the-scenes images.
Take a look at the magical packages available below where you can pair your attraction tickets with an overnight stay in a great family-friendly hotel of your choice.
Just a little over an hour on the train from the centre of London
The average visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is around 3 and a half hours, although you can spend all day there should you wish, so grabbing a great deal on a hotel stay means you can take in all the magic at your leisure and still have time to enjoy the sights around the city in the afternoon/evening or the following day. No crafty spells required - just book with Holiday Extras!
The brand new Harry Potter attraction takes fandom to another level
A must for fans who love the film series. This new attraction journeys through 10 years of memories making film magic in a display of behind-the-scenes images. The Photographic Exhibition will take you behind the camera of key and the most memorable moments in the films, from Harry's first day at Hogwarts™ through to the Battle of Hogwarts. It really is a spectacular day out.
Step back in time and treat your family to a unique stay at one of the UK's castles.
Can you imagine the look on your children's faces when you tell them they're going to stay in a castle! You and your family will feel like royalty with a short break in one of the unique accomodation choices.
The UK is stepped in history and what better way to explore than choosing to visit a castle as your next family adventure. Experience over 1,000 years of jaw-dropping history, myth and adventure! Perfect for all of the family, a trip to a UK castle has something you will all enjoy, from adventures with Zog to live horse-back battles, openair cinemas and the Changing of the Guards, we can guarantee you won't want to leave...unless of course you have chosen to stay in one of the rooms within the castle's towers, or a a uniquely themed lodge.
"On that trip I learnt something very important. Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I’d forgotten England even existed."