Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Get your wellies: 4 easy breaks in the British countryside

Nothing is more fun than time away with the family. Leaving the doldrums of everyday life behind for a short while and taking the children on a mini adventure can create a sense of fun that is missing when your days are spent feeding the washing machine and making the beds.

However such trips can be costly and for that reason rarely taken, but if you hunt around it is possible to find cheap weekend breaks in the UK where you can pop on your wellies, take the children by the hand and get out to explore.

The Lake District

Anywhere in this beautiful setting works for children; you can delight them by visiting Bowness on Windermere and taking them into the Magical World of Beatrice Potter. They will love meeting Mr Fox and seeing Peter Rabbit’s garden and then young and all can relax with a nice cup of tea and cake in the fabulous tea room. Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, Brockhole on Windermere offers activities for all ages with its tree top adventures and indoor soft play area.

The Lakes can be explored by foot, have rocks overturned by tiny hands, and mysteries invented and magical games played by the stunning lakes. Easy to get to by coach, rail or car, Cumbria sits just by the M6, making this tourist spot simple to access.

Henley On Thames

A beautiful market town set in leafy Berkshire, this small town set amongst stunning countryside is a fantastic place to spend a short break. The River and Rowing Museum will engage the children and grownups with the history of Henley and of course the stunning 3D display of Wind in the Willows. Henley is less than ten miles from Reading and close to the historic city of Windsor. If you have extra budget and really fancy treating the family Legoland is only a short drive away and is filled with thrills, rides and magical shows for everyone in your party.

Crantock, Cornwall

Slightly further away for many, situated on the north Cornish coast, it offers an elegant setting from which to explore the crooks and crevices that Cornwall has to offer. Much of Crantock sits within National Trust protected land, and has coves that are fantastic for exploring with small ones. With Newquay just round the corner and a host of family orientated farms and play areas within a twenty minute drive, Crantock is a beauty spot for all.

New Forest

You can be overwhelmed with choice for where to base yourself in the sprawling woods of the New Forest. Spreading from Hampshire to Wiltshire this beautiful location offers a real adventure to families. Many choose to explore by bike and revel in spotting wild ponies crossing their paths. If the rain threatens to spoil your weekend you can seek cover in the National Motor Museum, home to Del Boy’s Robin Reliant (and a few cars once driven by James Bond, whoever that is). Alternatively if you are lucky enough to see sun - or don’t mind getting wet - treat the children to a horseback ride through the forest; it is one they will never forget.

It is easy to get to the New Forest, either by car or train. Brockenhurst station is the busiest and easiest to access and it situates you right in the heart of the New Forest.

Featured Post - About the author: Jane Blackmore is a freelance writer, editor and blogger. Not known to enjoy staying at home she likes to spend her spare time climbing trees with her children, falling off bicycles into muddy puddles and sitting by an open fire playing scrabble in the evening.

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