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Where to go with kids

Best places to take the kids

Where are you taking the kids this summer?

From the Mediterranean allure of the South of France to the attraction-filled streets of our very own capital – where will you be taking the kids on holiday this year?

South of France


Southern France has got it all, with the best of the Mediterranean weather, an absolutely gorgeous coastline and absolutely loads to do for everyone in the family.

It doesn't have to be fancy and expensive either as the South of France often tends to be. Save a few pennies and take the family to a Eurocamp resort where you can dial down the luxury in exchange for great value and oodles of fun for the kids. If sleeping in a tent isn't your bag, though the kids will probably love it, you can opt for a chalet or cabin instead. Whatever you pick, the pools, water slides, activities and proximity to the region's attractions will keep everyone entertained.

Outside of the resorts you've got historic cities like Avignon which are perfect for some wholesome educational fun. This medieval walled city is home to the Pont d'Avignon, a 12th-century arched bridge that only crosses half of the Rhône river – you'll need to listen to the French nursery rhyme Sur le Pont d'Avignon to get the full story.

Pont d'Avignon



The Netherlands is just a little hop across the channel and reachable by ferry or train if you're an eco-conscious traveller, or you can drive if you want the freedom of your own car.

It might not be the most obvious holiday destination, but it's ideal for families looking for something other than a typical fly-and-flop beach holiday. And it's great for a shorter break too. Head to the coastal region of Zeeland where, in summer, you can stretch out on a beach or take a bike ride through the country's famously flat countryside. Or make the most of a stay in Utrecht, Amsterdam's quieter, more family-friendly sibling.

It also boasts charming canals and is ideal for getting around by bicycle. Plus it's perfectly positioned for exploring the rest of the country, whether you want to absorb some of Amsterdam's important history or see the windmills the country is famous for. The town of Kinderdijk is the best for this, with 19 UNESCO-protected windmills dating from the 18th century. They were originally built to pump water from low-lying land into canals and reservoirs so it could be reclaimed.

Windmills at Kinderdijk

A Disney Cruise

A winner for absolutely everyone. Board in Southampton and cruise down to Spain or choose a fly cruise and sail more exotic waters instead – Disney Cruise Line has itineraries all over the world. They even have their own private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay which is frequented by Captain Jack Sparrow and other Disney favourites.

Of course, the destination isn't the most important part of a Disney cruise when you've got Elsa, Black Panther and Captain Hook on board with you. Head to one of the pools or restaurants, or leave the kids with Woody and Jessie while you relax in one of the adult-only zones.

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Tenerife is a wonderful destination for families. Whether you want an all-inclusive resort holiday or to get out exploring nature there's loads to choose from.

The most popular resorts are in the south of Tenerife – a nice short hop from the airport. Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje are all firm favourites, with white sandy beaches and some excellent family activities nearby.

Playa las Americas is a great choice if your kids are slightly older as it has more of an energetic scene – there's water sports, karaoke and a great beach.

Los Cristianos is a bit quieter and calmer, and is really popular among families. The beach boasts plenty of activities for kids and lots of restaurants to choose from at night.

Costa Adeje is the best choice if you're looking for exciting days out – it's near the famous Siam Park which the whole family will love.

A beach in Tenerife



If we're being honest, you don't really need to leave the country to have a nice break – especially if the thought of herding small children through an airport fills you with stress.

Stay home and head out and about on day trips or take an extended break to somewhere like Somerset, home to the fascinating cave systems of Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge which kids will absolutely love. Or go on an adventure to Longleat Safari Park and take your car through the monkey enclosure (wave goodbye to your wiper blades) and take the ferry onto the lake to feed the sealions. Or see how long it will take you to solve Britain's biggest maze. Tip: don't do this at the end of the day as they stop letting people in an hour or so before the park closes!

Pop to the capital for a day (and night) and discover the magic of the Warner Bros Studio Tour and learn about the magic behind the Harry Potter films, or catch a family-friendly show on the West End.

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