Family fun the affordable way

You may dream of a magical fortnight of quality time with your family – but do you want to spend the other fifty weeks of the year working flat out in order to fund it? Why not consider these affordable family holiday ideas.


Pitch a tent: Holidaying under canvas has enjoyed a renaissance in the last decade. With the rise of ‘glamping’, even the most basic of campsites have had to raise their game to attract families, be it offering farmhouse breakfasts, allowing open fires or rating highly on the eco-friendly scale. Gwithian Farm in Cornwall is not just a favourite of ours but of the Guardian and the Telegraph, both rating it highly in their top family campsite lists. Sitting seven miles along the coast from the buzzing town of St Ives, it is only a ten-minute walk (through magnificent sand dunes) to the most beautiful of Cornish beaches. Excellent facilities such as the family-friendly pub over the road, the family bath and shower rooms, the delicious cream teas, the friendly goats that enjoy being fed, and the visits from the fish and chip van make this a great family holiday spot.

Bunk up for a week: If your family want to enjoy an active and sociable holiday, staying in a bunkhouse can be the ideal solution. They offer basic but comfortable and warm accommodation, excellent facilities for dealing with wet and muddy coats and shoes, well-equipped and welcoming communal spaces – and are usually found in the most beautiful of locations, such as the stunning glacial Ogwen Valley. Use this bunkhouse as a base from which to explore North Wales and all that it has to offer families – including mountains, castles, forests, bike trails, and the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere.

Drive around Europe: Hire a campervan and go on a grand tour, being masters of your own time and direction. Take in what interests your family – theme parks, kayaking, city tours, out of the way restaurants – and drive on past anything that doesn’t. Your kids will talk about this adventure for years to come.

Upgrade your home (from home): Renting a large, grand or swanky house can become tantalisingly affordable when you team up with another family. The Big Domain specialises in accommodation that sleeps large numbers all over the world; have a look at their website and see just how close to luxury your joint holiday pot can take you.

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