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Fab Family Friendly Places to Visit in England

Fab Family Friendly Places to Visit in England


As part of English Tourism Week (5th – 13th March 2016) I’ve teamed up with a group of travel writers to put together an English Tourism blog carnival. This means that as well as featuring our three family friendly places to stay, I’m also linking to the top three favourite places to visit in England as chosen by other travel writers too to bring you a really useful family guide to outings and holidays in England. If you’re planning a visit to Yorkshire, London or the South West you’ll find ideas for family-friendly seaside attractions, favourite National Trust properties, English Heritage sites and castles and lots more besides. First up my round up of family breaks in England which all offer accommodation for families of five or more!


Places to visit in England - Trevella Park


Caravans can provide great base for a family of five, but I think finding a park you like is as important as staying in good accommodation. As we live in the South West, Cornwall has long been an attractive UK holiday destination for us and Trevella Park which is in a countryside setting close to Crantock Beach and Newquay offers a good range of facilities and attractions nearby as well as plenty of wide open spaces where our children can just indulge in good ol’ wholesome creative play. We loved the ranger activities, proximity to beaches and Trevella’s outdoor swimming pool. Read my comprehensive review on Trevella Park here.


Places to visit in England - Woodovis Caravan Park

My next pick is Woodovis Caravan Park, which is located within 14 acres in the Tamar Valley. Again the park’s in a rural setting but there’s plenty to amuse the children with on site family friendly facilities including an indoor heated pool, children’s play area, outdoor table tennis, games room and a Petanque court. We all enjoyed ordering and devouring freshly baked-to-order bread and water-walking in the heated indoor pool was a much talked about favourite for my boys.
Check out the full Woodovis review here.



Moorland Garden Hotel room DartmoorThe Moorland Garden is a luxury hotel which makes a good base for exploring the untamed splendour of Dartmoor National Park and Plymouth’s natural harbour. On entering the hotel grounds the rugged landscape magically recedes, making way for attractively manicured gardens and extensive lawned area.The hotel’s simple facade offers few clues to the quality of the internal decor but every bedroom in the hotel has a slightly different garden inspired design. We loved the fabulous restaurant food, beautiful decor and our adjoining rooms with interconnecting doors – perfect for our family of five.
Lots more info and a video review on Moorland Garden Hotel here

Now for more inspiration, check out these top family travel bloggers’ recommendations:-

Ting from My Travel Monkey looks back at her top three favourite National Trust’s sites in the South East of England, which not only combine majestic historic houses, but breathtaking gardens and landscapes. Fantastic day outs for the whole family.

From castles to yurts, over on A Residence Penny shares three awesome places to stay with the family in Warwick, Somerset and the Lake District

Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos shares her favourite educational but fun family days out. Featuring Warwick Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Blists Hill Victorian Town

Sam from North East Family Fun shares her top three English Heritage properties to visit with kids featuring Stonehenge, Bolsover Castle and Hadrian’s Wall

Helen at Actually Mummy tells us about three great days out for families in London.

Karen at Mini Travellers shares 3 Child Friendly National Trust properties to visit with Kids near Chester.

Yorkshire Girl, Jo Addison, shares her favourite family days out in her home county.

Over at Mums do travel, Gretta focuses on South East England in her post about the attractions of London, Kent and the Isle of Wight.

Erin from Yorkshire Tots shares three family adventure trails in Yorkshire where you can follow in the ‘footsteps’ of Stickman, re-tell the story of the Room on the Broom, and enjoy tunnels slides, bridges and beams on an amazing welly walk.

Cathy at MummyTravels heads to the coast with three of her favourite family-friendly seaside attractions in Devon, Cornwall and Brighton, including the chance to spot giant octopus and be an Elizabethan explorer.

Alison, Helen, Penny and Katie pick three of their favourite cool places to take kids, glamp at the zoo,  hire a beach hut or be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.

Thanks for reading our roundup of favourite family friendly places to visit in England. I wonder where English tourism week might take you!
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  • Daniella 10/03/2016, 20:43

    The Garden hotel looks fabulous, you have a great round up of places here.

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche 10/03/2016, 14:24

    I have such fond memories of caravan holidays with my family when I was a kid, you can’t beat all spending time together in a great caravan park 🙂
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  • Slummy single mummy 10/03/2016, 14:15

    We live in the south west and love to go away fro weekends, so we are always on the look out for lovely places nearby. Thanks for the tips Jane!
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  • susankmann 10/03/2016, 13:58

    Great tips on places to visit. I’ve never been down the south of England it is quite far with little ones, but must check it out x
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  • JuggleMum, Nadine Hill 10/03/2016, 11:03

    Great round- up! I’ve heard of Trevella before but it’s good to hear from the travel blogging experts where they think is good to take a family! You can’t go too far wrong with a recommendation!
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  • Erin - Yorkshire Tots 08/03/2016, 11:10

    We haven’t tried a caravan park yet but I think the kids are getting big enough to really enjoy one. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Helen @actuallymummy 07/03/2016, 13:57

    I keep hearing so many good things about Trevella. I’m totally going to make an effort to visit this summer.
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  • Sarah Christie 06/03/2016, 14:49

    Moorland Garden Hotel looks beautiful, do you know I have never been to Cornwall, it is on our list to do next year, I know the boys would just love it x

  • Cathy (MummyTravels) 04/03/2016, 19:29

    I love the look of that hotel on Dartmoor – what a gorgeous room, and such a fabulous wild place to explore. I can imagine how practical a caravan is for larger families too, I’m lucky that there’s often just me and my three-year-old to squeeze in and she doesn’t take up a lot of room yet!
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  • Mums do travel 04/03/2016, 19:14

    Devon and Cornwall have so much to offer families, and these look like great places to stay.
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  • Samantha Rickelton 04/03/2016, 17:17

    Thanks for sharing these – we plan to visit the South West in the next few years and I always look to blogs for recommendations.

    It is FREEZING cold today in the North East and that picture of the outdoor swimming pool reminds me that Summer is just around the corner! Yeah!
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  • Ting at My Travel Monkey 04/03/2016, 14:23

    I must admit, we’ve never stayed in a caravan – well my hubby did as a child! I like the idea of it though, all snuggled up inside. Caravan parks are a whole new ball game now though. Pools and excellent facilities are perfect for the whole family
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    • Jane Batt 04/03/2016, 16:09

      We’ve stayed in a fair few caravans now as they’re so handy particularly for larger families. We’ve stayed in some which are really luxurious too.

  • Jo 04/03/2016, 13:37

    I love Cornwall and the SW, and we’ve just started staying in caravans more now as they give us more space and flexibility than a hotel room. It’s great to get some more recommendations of family friendly places to stay in the SW.

    • Jane Batt 04/03/2016, 16:07

      Thanks Jo and caravans are usually much more affordable for bigger families aren’t they? Thanks for the lovely feedback

  • Penny 04/03/2016, 12:38

    It makes such a difference when a place is well designed for a family of 5 doesn’t it! Although we are 4, we stayed in a brilliant hotel in Norfolk which really made me see what a difference a great design makes. Love the sound of all that outdoor play and great food!

    • Jane Batt 04/03/2016, 16:05

      Many UK hotels don’t have interconnecting rooms or allow more than four people in one bedroom due to health and safety so we just can’t stay there unless the husband and I are prepared to sleep in separate rooms! That’s why I’m always keen to promote places which can accommodate our whole family and these rooms were gorgeous and spacious.

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