We’ve picked the top four family-friendly things to do in Somerset near our Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa.

There’s so much waiting to be explored in the countryside, we wanted to help you plan your next UK holiday breaks with the kids. In our list we’ve got everything from indoor play areas to farmyard favourites, there’s something to do for the whole family.

Mendip Activity Centre

Where: Winscombe, BS25 5PQ / How far: 10-min drive / Pre-booking needed

A fabulous day out in Somerset with activities for all ages. Try out the unusual frisbee golf, test your skills with dry skiing or get your adrenaline going with tobogganing or kayaking. They also have a range of target sports, including axe throwing, air rifle ranges and activity archery, where you have to complete an activity course while shooting from a bow and arrow! You’ll also be able to learn about living in the woods with bushcraft and survival skills, as well as learning how to build a raft.

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Hope Nature Centre

Where: Trowbridge, BA14 9QD / How far: 1-hour drive / Pre-booking needed

The 15-acre centre is located in the picturesque Southwick Country Park and is a wonderful and peaceful nature centre, perfect for all ages. There are lots of farmyard animals waiting to meet you, you’ll be able to join in on the goat walks and enjoy the donkey meet and greets. The Land Train can take you on a tour of the whole centre, and you’ll be able to stop off and enjoy some breakfast or lunch at the on-site cafe.

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Court Farm Country Park

Where: Banwell, BS29 6DL / Haw far: 15 min drive / No booking

An all-weather attraction, there is something for all ages to enjoy on your day out in Somerset. There are two indoor play areas for all ages, a fantastical outdoor adventure play area perfect for older children, play barns for little ones, and exciting safari jeep adventures! Enjoy a tractor ride, meet the adorable animals and say hello to the friendly llama’s, cows, pigs, rabbits and magical red deer all waiting for you.

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Puxton Park

Where: Weston-super-Mare, BS24 6AH / How far: 20 min drive / Pre-booking needed

A perfect attraction for all ages and a fantastic family day out in Somerset. The older children will love the aerial climbing, all ages can enjoy the fast and furious slides. The whole family can get competitive with the mini-golf range, find your way around the maze and defend the giant fort! Enjoy a peaceful trip around the boating lake, while the little ones will spend hours in the JCB play diggers. Puxton Park also has two indoor adventure play areas, with a separate toddler area including a ball pool so the little ones and can run around to their heart’s content. Enjoy the friendly farm animal petting sessions throughout the day, and marvel at the daily flying display at the Falconry Centre, where there is also owl encounters available. There really is so much to discover for all ages at Puxton Park.

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Start planning your day out in Somerset and find out more about our countryside resort. Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa has everything you need for a self-catering breakaway, with a range of family-friendly facilities available, including an activity programme, an indoor heated swimming pool, and outdoor play areas. We have something for all ages to enjoy.

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We’ve listed the best 6 family-friendly attractions near our Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa for you to explore.

Whether you’re searching for a perfect soft play or endless animal adventures, we’ve got you covered for things to do with kids in Norfolk. Located in King’s Lynn, our Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa is the perfect base to explore the countryside, find your next adventure with the family-friendly facilities available, and discover the best days out with the kids in Norfolk.

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Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

Where: Norwich, NR9 5JW / How far: 40 mins drive / Pre-booking needed

Daughter and dad in front of life size fake TRex dinosaur. Daughter on dad's shoulders and both laughing.

A fantastic family day out, with something to do for all ages. Explore the 85-acre park with lots of play areas, indoor and outdoor, including the Dinomite with large slides, climbing nets, ball pools, and a two-level play area for under 5’s. Find the next T-Rex with the fun Dinosaur Trail where you can earn stickers. Venture to the Secret Animal Garden to meet some cute critters, including wallabies and Kune Kune pigs. There is so much more waiting for you.

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Wroxham Barns

Where: Hoveton, N12 8QN / How far: 1-hour drive / Pre-booking needed

The Barns have everything you need for a fabulous day out with the kids in Norfolk and is one of the most popular places to visit with rides, slides, and adorable animals. Visit the Piggery and meet the cute micro pigs, cheeky goats and see the wonderful Rabbit village. Jump as high as you can on the jumping pillows and race around the track in the Go-Karts, or find adventure on the pirate ship before testing your skills on the mini-golf course. You’re sure to have a fantastic day out here.

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Banham Zoo

Where: Banham, NR16 2HE / How far: 1-hour drive / Pre-booking needed

White Tigers relaxing in the zoo. One in the foregrand laying down and one behind laying down.

Discover over 2000 animals in this 50-acre award-winning attraction in Norfolk. Meet the breath-taking big cats, including tigers, cheetahs, and the stunning snow leopards. Head to ‘Eureka’, the subtropical house for a range of species waiting for you, including the two-toed sloth. Visit the Birds of Prey exhibition, where you’ll learn about the lives of these spectacular birds and see the barn owls and bald eagles fly over your head!

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Where: Hoveton, NR12 8JW / How far: 1-hour drive / Pre-booking needed

Let imagination run wild at one of the best kids’ activities in Norfolk. Venture to this award-winning forest adventure, where you’ll meet Swampy and his forest inhabitant friends. There’s so much to do, including exploring treehouses, running along jungle bridges, and finding your way through the sky maze. Take in the woodland along the enchanted river with a ride on the Bewilderboats. The attraction also has a range of scheduled activities for all ages, including puppet shows, fancy dress days, and storytelling events.

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Congo Rapids Adventure Golf

Where: Easton, NR9 5GA / How far: 40 min drive / No booking needed

Young lady playing mini-golf. Close up of her legs and feet and she bends down to pick the ball up near the golf course hole, with golf club in the foreground.

A great family day out at an 18-hole adventure golf course. The course is fantastically themed throughout, with obstacles including waterfalls, a volcano, a caged gorilla, a jeep and even a real-life airplane! Can you make it through the Congo?

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Wroxham Miniture Worlds

Where: Hoveton, NR12 8QJ / How far: 1-hour dive / No booking. Contactless payment only. No buggies or pushchairs on certain days.

An interesting day out at one of the most popular places to visit in Norfolk. The largest indoor modeling attraction at over 10,000 square feet is also home to some of the world’s largest railway models that are permanently displayed. The attraction is split into different zones for you to wander through, including the railway zone with models of all sizes, the doll displays, and a whole city made from Lego. You can also discover the UK’s top 100 toys exhibition, where you can see handbuilt dollhouses and vintage arcade games you can actually play.

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Our Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa is perfect for a self-catered breakaway in the countryside, where you can explore all the things to do with kids in Norfolk. We also have a fantastic range of family-friendly facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor splash zone, activity programme including archery, and lots of outdoor play areas for all ages.

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We’ve found the best dog-friendly beaches for you and your four-legged pal when you’re on your pet-friendly holiday to our Piran Meadows Resort in Newquay

Whether you’re searching for the best dog-walking areas with stunning scenery or looking for a full family day out with your pooch, these sandy beaches are the perfect place for you. Enjoy the summer sun and surf the waters of the Cornish coast with your dog when you visit these beaches on your pet-friendly holiday to Cornwall.

Fistral Beach

Distance from resort: 20 min drive | Postcode: TR17 1HY | Dogs allowed all year round

One of Cornwall’s most popular beaches, with a surf centre, cafes, surfboard and wetsuit hire company – there’s so much to do here. With such a vast expanse of golden sands waiting for you, you’ll love a dog walk or a day sunning yourself at Fistral Beach.

Crantock Beach

Distance from resort: 20 min drive | Postcode: TR8 5RN | Dogs allowed all year round

A large, golden sandy beach that’s perfect for getting away from the busy summer crowds. Explore Piper’s Hole cave towards the western end of the beach, which has carvings dating back over 100 years.

Holywell Bay

Distance from resort: 20 min drive | Postcode: TR8 5DD | Dogs allowed all year round

This a beautifully deceptive cove, hidden behind large sand dunes you’ll find a mile stretch of white sandy beach waiting for you. Holywell Bay takes it’s name from the hidden cave in the northern side of the cliffs, which you can explore during the low tide.

Watergate Bay

Distance from resort: 20 min drive | Postcode: TR8 4AD | Dogs allowed all year round

Ideal for long walks along a sandy beach during low tide. The Extreme Academy calls this beach home, offering surfing, kitesurfing, and kite buggying, you can also enjoy delicious food with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant on the beach front.

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Take a look at our list of top five dog-friendly beaches near Bude, Cornwall below, and enjoy a stroll with your four-legged best friend!

When you’ve found our perfect pet-friendly Cornish holiday spot at our beautiful Sandymouth Holiday Resort, the next step is to find the right sandy beach for you and your dog to explore. We’ve found all the nearest dog-friendly beaches near Bude for you and put them in one handy list, so you can explore the stunning Cornish coastline on your getaway.

Sandymouth Bay

Distance from resort: 5 min walk or 5 min drive | Postcode: EX23 9HW | Dogs allowed all year round

Super close to our resort, this beautiful sandy beach is only a five-minute walk away from your holiday home. The walk to the beach is quite steep and is not suitable for buggies or wheelchair users. Around two miles long, the beach is mostly pebbles during high tide but stretches out to golden sands during low tide.

Summerleaze Beach

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: EX23 8HN | Dogs allowed all year round

A very popular beach with it being only a five-minute walk away from Bude town centre, but because of the vast size of this beautiful beach, it very rarely feels crowded. Popular with surfers, in particular, there are quite powerful waves here, so please take care if swimming. You’ll also find a fabulous sea-water bathing pool, which is protected from the swells and perfect for all weathers. You could also enjoy the Bude Tidal Pool, which provides sheltered swimming all year round! A fabulous family day out can be had at Summerleaze Beach.

Breakwater Beach

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: EX23 8HN | Dogs allowed all year round

Across the town from Summerleaze Beach, behind the breakwater (hence the name), is this pretty, quiet, shingle beach. Surrounded by grassy cliffs and open to the Atlantic Ocean, the waves are very powerful here. But you’ll enjoy a peaceful stroll with your fur buddy.

Northcott Mouth Beach

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: EX23 9EL | Dogs allowed all year round

A fabulous expanse of sandy beach waiting for you to explore.

Widemouth Bay

Distance from resort: 20 min drive | Postcode: EX23 0AH | Dogs allowed all year on Black Rock & South Beach. Restrictions on the main beach: no dogs from 15th May to 30th Sept, between 10am and 6pm

Two miles of open sand to explore, Widemouth Bay was recently awarded the Blue Flag Award. Known for the fascinating rock formations, called ‘The Bude Formation’, this beach is not to be missed. Popular with surfers as it is exposed to the Atlantic swells, the beach also has a range of cafes, public toilet facilities and free parking!

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Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach dog walk or a full family day out with your best four-legged friend, we’ve found the best dog-friendly beaches in South Cornwall for you

When you book a holiday to Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat in South Cornwall with your pooch, walking on the golden sandy beaches is surely at the top of your list! All Cornwall’s beaches are dog friendly, although some do have certain restrictions during the summer months. We’ve put together our top four choices for you in this list, so you’ve got your pick of the best dog-friendly beaches in South Cornwall.


Caerthillian Cove

Caerthillian Cove on a sunny day, during high tide, with clear water washing over the rocks.

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: TR12 7JX | Dogs allowed all year round

A pretty rocky inlet behind Lizard Point, this little cove is popular with bird watchers all year round and has an abundance of wildlife and perfect picnic areas.

Housel Bay

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: TR12 7NU | Dog restrictions: no dogs from 1st July – 31st August, between 10am and 6pm

A beautiful hidden cove at the bottom of craggy cliffs. A wonderful place for a wander with white sand and turquoise water. Be careful, as you can become cut off during high tide.

Polpeor Cove

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: TR12 7NU | Dogs allowed all year round

Very close to Lizard Point and the above Housel Bay. This stunning cove is dominated by the Old Lizard Lifeguard Station, with dark grey sand and beautiful blue water – a truly picturesque place for a stroll with your dog.

Kennack Sands Beach

arial photo of Kennack Sands

Distance from resort: 15 min drive | Postcode: TR12 7LT | Dogs allowed all year on the Eastside. Restrictions on the main beach: no dogs from 1st July to 31st August between 10am and 6pm.

A popular family beach, Kennack Sands is sheltered from the wind by being on the eastern side of Lizard Point. It’s also popular with surfers and has some interesting World War II defenses still standing along the east side of the beach.

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Are you looking to catch some waves in Dorset? Well, worry not, as we’ve done the legwork to highlight the top 5 places to surf in Dorset, so you don’t have to!

Whilst surf in the UK is far from consistent, it more than makes up for it in diversity! With five surfing schools and lots of places to hire boards dotted along the coast, Dorset is a great place to learn. Locations in Dorset may not be considered the best, or most reliable surf spots in the UK, but the county’s natural offshore reef means that waves form well even without a great deal of groundswell. Dorset can therefore offer great surfing in the right conditions that can cater to both experienced and novice surfers.

1. Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay is something of a legendary place on the south coast. It is home to some of the best waves in the country and is nestled amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Jurassic Coast. It is well known as both a surfing venue and a windsurfing hotspot and is also where the renowned custom board shaping and repairs company, K-Bay, derived its name. To get to Kimmeridge Bay you need to pay a small toll, and then you can park just a minute’s walk from the slipway (you may have to pay for parking).

The wave itself is a very consistent long mellow reef break that favors left-handers. The surf is usually best in the winter months, and it works best in offshore winds from the north. It is worth noting, however, that the beach shares a border with a military firing range, and there have been reports of shells landing out to sea. Therefore remember to take heed of the red flag, as you could encounter a lot worse than rough seas!

2. Bournemouth Beach – the pier, and at Southbourne

A popular spot due to its close location to the town, Bournemouth Beach has fun, beach-break peaks with sandbars anchored by the pier. The Eastside is the most popular spot, with left-handers heading back into the pier and faster rights leading down the beach. There are more peaks on the west side without the SW wind protection. On a solid SW groundswell and N wind, there are decent barrels for the taking. There are also a number of surf schools on the beach, making Bournemouth Beach a perfect place for beginners. In the summer months it can often be crowded, and competition for waves can be tough. On sunny summer days where the beach is heaving, you are probably better off visiting another of the places on this list!

3. Highcliffe Beach

With views facing out across Christchurch Bay and the Isle of Wight, Highcliffe Beach is a popular resort beach as well as a surfing destination.

The surfing itself is pretty variable, as it is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right – it can often be a bit slow and crumbly. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here, and northerly winds are favorable. The wave itself tends to receive a relatively even mix of groundswells and wind swells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides good left and right handers on its day, although Kimmeridge and Bournemouth beach is arguably more consistent.

4. Durlston Point

Perfect to visit if you are staying at Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat, Durlston Point is a variable point break located in the shelter of some imposing limestone cliffs off Durlston Head. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here, and ideal winds are from the west, although there is some shelter here from southwest winds. Wind swells and groundswells are in equal measure, and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The best time to surf is around low tide.

Although the site is a bit hit and miss, when conditions are right, Durlston Point can provide some of the best point break waves that the UK has to offer, however, these days are extremely rare, and there are many more consistent places in the vicinity. There are relatively few surfers here, even on good days, however, beware of rocks and rips, if you are inexperienced I would recommend Bournemouth Beach as a better spot to build your confidence.

5. Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Habour Wall in the South Coast of England is a quite exposed point break that has unreliable waves, which are best during winter months. Despite not being renowned as a surf destination, Lyme Regis does offer up some decent surfing conditions. Plenty of reefs make for predictable breaking sets and easy paddle-outs. There are safe sand-bottomed smaller waves close to the harbour in the bay right through to the punchy reef wedge, thus there is something for everyone. Whilst Lyme Regis isn’t on the map for the serious surfer, as long as you are willing to get out there and enjoy it, you can still have plenty of fun!

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2021 is the year of staycations, so whether you’re planning for an adventure family-friendly break, or a relaxing getaway you’re in the right place!

With travel abroad a little more complicated these days, there’s never been a better time to start exploring the UK. Britain is home to an amazingly diverse landscape just waiting for you to explore. You can enjoy sandy beaches, discover hidden woodlands and hike up mountains all in one day (if you’re really keen!). You really can discover so many things to do for all the family, perfect adventures for couples, or a pet-friendly getaway all with our stunning range of UK resorts.

Whether you’re looking where to go for a staycation or you want to start planning and trying to find the type of best staycation you can find, we’re here to help! With holiday locations all over the country, you can create your perfect staycation anywhere in the UK, below we have listed the most common types of getaways with resorts we think would be fit for you.

family staycation ideas

pool tables and bowling alley indoors at cheddar woodsIf you’re looking for a fun-filled family getaway with little ones our North Wales resorts are the perfect place for you. Offering day and night-time entertainment, your little ones will love spending time learning party dances and playing in the indoor heated swimming pool. Our Sandymouth Holiday Resort in Bude, Cornwall, is also perfect for little ones, with a fantastic pirate ship play area, outdoor splash zone, and an indoor soft play area coming soon, your little ones will never struggle for things to do in this kid-friendly staycation resort!

For older children, our beautiful Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa in Somerset, Piran Meadows Resort in Newquay, Cornwall, or Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa in Norfolk, are perfect. With fun adventure activities on the resort to enjoy, there will always be something for them to get stuck into, as well as fabulous local areas to discover.

All these resorts are full of family-friendly activities to enjoy, as well as the perfect family staycation location with a swimming pool, so you can relax and take a dip with your little ones, or watch them play while relaxing on the beds. All our locations are surrounded by beautiful local areas, from woodlands and countryside to explore to golden sandy beaches waiting for sandcastles to be built.

the perfect couples staycation

If you’re looking for a couples getaway, we have you covered! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break in the countryside or a beach getaway, our resorts have one-bed accommodation perfect for the ultimate holiday with your better half.

Couple sat together on Mullion Cove looking out to the oceanFor the perfect rural romantic staycation take a look at our new breathtaking Rivendale Lodge Retreat, in the Peak District. Explore the local area, enjoy endless cycle rides or walks through the truly outstanding landscape, with high peaks and winding paths waiting for you. Truly relax and unwind in your own hot tub, while enjoying a delivery meal from our beautiful restaurant. A country escape is on the cards for you at Rivendale.

If you’re looking for a beach getaway, Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is the ultimate romantic staycation, with all accommodation being one-bed beach huts and only a step away from the beach it’s a stunning location for a holiday. Our pastel-coloured beach huts have everything you need for a romantic break, luxurious beds, bathrooms, stunning views, and a selection of hot tubs – you’ll love exploring North Devon, with endless beaches, watersports, sunbathing, or walks to discover.

For a romantic city break, our Bath Mill Lodge Retreat or brand-new Stratford-upon-Avon Lodge Retreat is the perfect destination for you. Bath Mill is only a 20/30 minute walk from the bustling city centre where you can explore the Roman history and see the thermal baths in the middle of the city, enjoy high tea at the famous Pump Room, and visit the fabulous Victoria Park. Our brand new Stratford-upon-Avon Lodge Retreat will be opening its doors later this year but is sure to be a favourite for city fans, located only a short drive from the city center where you can discover all things, Shakespeare. Book tickets at the RSC to see some of the world-famous Bard’s most famous plays, learn more about his life and how he lived by visiting the historic sites of his home. There is also endless countryside to explore if you holiday here.

your hot tub staycation

couple sat in a hot tub at Norfolk WoodsFor a truly relaxing time on your getaway, there really is nothing better than a staycation with a hot tub. Most of our locations have a hot tub range which can choose from, when booking look for our ‘premier’ range to make sure you book a hot tub.

Imagine coming back to your lodge after a long day wandering the woodlands or climbing mountains and slipping into your hot tub. Letting your muscle soak in the bubbles and heat while taking in the peaceful atmosphere and nature around you. There really is nothing better.

Or, spend your whole holiday break in the hot tub (in short bursts, of course, remember to be safe, they do get hot!). Wake up every morning and enjoy a dip, take lunch out on your decking, wait for an hour or so and jump back in! A hot tub staycation is an ultimate way to relax and unwind.

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discover with your best fur-buddy

Woman and her dog walking through a forestAll of our Darwin Escapes locations are pet-friendly, meaning the whole family can enjoy a holiday break away!

Staycations with dogs are a brilliant way to discover new areas, going on endless wanderings, searching out hidden forests and lost lakes in the country or running along the beach and jumping in the sea…you’ll have unlimited fun!

Our own Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat has a dedicated dog wash area – so you can explore the stunning Lake District with your buddy and not have to worry about those muddy paws! Keswick Reach also has a spa for you to relax in after a day of exploring, the Copper Fells Restaurant & Bar, with delicious food and locally distilled spirits. You’ll love spending your staycation in Cumbria and discovering everything the UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer!

No matter the type of staycation you’re searching for, here at Darwin Escapes we have the location to suit your needs, and we can’t wait to see where you’ll go!

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Have you ever wondered what the real benefits are to owning your own holiday home? Well here they are.

Owning your own holiday home comes with a host of benefits for the whole family and there may be some you’ve never thought of before, so we thought we would list them all here for you!

regular family time

You’ll get to spend a lot more time together as a family, from regular weekend breaks to full school holidays. There is something for all ages to enjoy on your regular holidays, whether that’s a children’s entertainment program for the younger ones, or an onsite spa, offering Aromatherapy Associates treatments. Or you could enjoy a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool, or maybe you can relax in sauna or steam room. We really do have something for everyone to spend regular family time together.

guilt-free relaxation

Imagine sitting on the sofa, kicking back and watching the football, or your favourite movie, but there’s a little nagging guilt eating at you to get up and clean, hoover the stairs or do the washing. Does that sound familiar?

Well a holiday home gives you an escape and offers guilt-free relaxation so you can relax with your favourite movies or pop to the bar and enjoy a drink while watching the footy, all guilt free. And you can really enjoy the time you spend with your children, having fun instead of worrying about what chore you need to do next. There’s no little voice nagging at you when you’re on holiday.

brand new areas to explore

Darwin Escapes has 8 beautiful sales locations all only a short distance from the surrounding local areas, meaning your holiday home is the ideal base to explore some fabulous new areas! Owning your own holiday home means you don’t have to cram all your exploring into one week, you can take your time and explore all the historic castles, family activity centre or the best surfing spots in the UK. Owning a holiday home opens up a whole new world of discovering the UK’s most beautiful destinations.

fabulous facilities on your doorstep

All 8 of our ownership destinations are home to fantastic facilities, from beautiful hydrotherapy pools and onsite spa, to indoor heated swimming pools and children’s entertainment programmes. Your home away from home could be minutes away from a spa offering Aromatherapy Associates treatments, a fully stocked bar, Bistro restaurant serving mouth-watering meals, as well as offering a great Go Active+ programme which includes rock climbing, mini jet-skis and archery! Imagine having all that on your doorstep!

a fantastic community

When you become an owner with Darwin Escapes, you’ll join a friendly community where your children will make forever friends and so will you. Parks often have fun days and events for owners to gather, including the anticipated annual Owners Ball event, as well as those regular drinks at the bar with your new neighbours.

Owning a holiday home opens the door to a brand new lifestyle for you and your family. Darwin Escapes have 8 unique destinations offering holiday home ownership, from spectacular North Wales to the picturesque Devon and Cornwall seaside locations. Each of our destinations offer something different, with fabulous facilities to take advantage of and breath-taking surroundings to explore.

If you’d like some more information about owning with Darwin Escapes, call our dedicated Ownership Team on 01745 858010 or talk to an advisor via our Live Chat service.

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We all know that British weather is a little unpredictable, you can go out with your biggest coat on and it’ll be 15 degrees, or pop out to the shop in a jumper and it feels like it’s -20 degrees! But there is nothing worse than being stuck inside on a rainy day with nothing to do…well we’re here to help!

We can guarantee you most things your Darwin Escapes break away, fantastic facilities, glorious accommodation, super-friendly service and more, but we can’t guarantee the weather for you. So whether you’re relaxing on the south coast or searching for adventure up north, we thought we would put together the ultimate list of things to do on a rainy day with your children!

All our resorts are the perfect escape away, with stunning accommodation waiting for you and lots of family fun to be had, even on those rainy days. Our list can be done anywhere, if you’re struggling for things to go at home or searching for ideas while on holiday, our accommodation has everything you need for a self-catering break away in the UK and comes ready for all occasions – even bored children on rainy days.

Start planning your activities with our ideas below:

1. get out the board games

family of 5 sitting on the floor playing board games

So this isn’t ground-breaking we know, but you can’t beat an old-faithful! Board games have been entertaining families and children of all ages for thousands of years (maybe don’t quote us on this).

Whether you’re looking for brain teasers like Scrabble, Boggle, or Articulate, where you can sneak in a little education for those little ones. Or if you’re looking for something thrilling like Buckaroo (yes, we really get thrills when that donkey bucks!). Test your detective skills with Clue, get old school with Connect 4, see what happens with the Game of Life or you could settle in for a lengthy game of Monopoly and try not to have an argument.

The choices of board games are endless these days, so this is a great choice a rainy day activity that gets everyone away from the screens!

2. get baking

African father and son have fun in the kitchen cooking and baking together

This one will require a little clean-up, but there will be so much fun had you won’t mind!

Little hands love baking and the list of tasty treats you can create is truly unlimited. Start with the ever-popular fairy cake (we dare you to try and not lick the bowl!), or be a touch more adventurous and maybe try your hands at homemade pizzas! Just Google some pizza recipes and see how easy it really is, pick your favourite toppings and make your perfect pizza each! Or opt for some easy biscuit recipes and cook up some chocolate chip cookies to taste. Or for something with little fuss, you can do the always popular corn flake cake, where all you need is chocolate, and cornflakes!

If you’re on holiday with us here at Darwin Escapes, you’ll find your fully-fitted kitchen (oo-la-la) in your holiday accommodation fully stocked with everything you need for a baking session with your little one, from pots and pans to chopping boards.

3. make a den

little cute Asian girl playing under the table in a den, with pillows, duvets and blankets

A really clever and simple idea for endless fun with imagination on a rainy day.

Another old faithful, you can make your den as simple or extravagant as you wish. Go old school with pillows on the floor, a sheet over the table, and snacks. Up your game a little with a tablet or some books for a cosy little getaway inside your living area, or go all out and drape some fairy lights over, put all the cushions and blankets on the floor, create a door out of sheets and set up your tablet and tasty treats for the ultimate movie time!

If you don’t want movie time, you can get the imagination going with endless games. Pretend your in Neverland with Peter Pan and hiding from the Pirates, or pretend your the Pirates looking for Peter. You could be in a castle waiting for your knight in shining armour, or you could be getting ready to kick your own way out of the fairytale tower and rescue yourself! There are so many possibilities waiting for you!

4. drawing games

little girl colouring with pencils at the table and smiling

All you need is a pen and paper for hours of fun for this underrated rainy day activity!

Children and adults of all ages love colouring and creating, whether you’re 8 or 58, put a pot of colouring pencils and a fresh sheet of paper in-front you and you’ll spend hours creating your very own little scene! Challenge yourselves to create the best house or castle, let little ones create their favourite scenes and then spend the next hour guessing what it is (is it a dog or a heart? it’s beautiful either way!).

You can also try some great games including an old school game of noughts & crosses (how many rounds can you win in a row?) create your own battleships grid and place your ships for a bit of strategic playing, or even have your own version of Pictionary!

You’ll have hours of laughter with each game, and for the little ones, a good educational game like hangman will help with spelling. Plenty of opportunity for sneaky teaching with fun with this rainy day activity for kids.

5. dance off

mother, father and little girl dancing in the living room

Burn off all that extra energy and dance like no one is watching (because no one is!)

Put on your favourite upbeat tunes and start boogying (is that what they say nowadays?). Create a playlist or for the ultimate thrill put your music on random and see what hidden songs you’ve forgotten you had (is there some NSync hidden in there?).

Challenge yourself to see who can dance the longest, or play a good old game of musical chairs or musical statues. Make it more challenging with an obstacle course of pillows and blankets, or simply just have a really good dance off and pick a judge, and don’t forget to up the game with some epic lip sync battles!

6. make a scrapbook

grandmother and granddaughter doing crafts together and creating scrapbooks

You don’t need a lot for this one!

Although this sounds like a lot of work, you actually don’t need a lot at all. You can use magazines, newspapers or photographs (if you have them handy) and sellotape to create a fabulous scrapbook! Use coloring pens and pencils, colourful paper or toilet rolls and put all the pieces of paper together to make your own scrapbook.

You can choose themes and create a scrapbook for each one such as pets, holidays, favourite books or movies. Choose your own theme and create a fantastic scrapbook with your little one.

7. have a fashion show

girl dressed up in mums clothes, with bowler hat on and hiding her face in the hat

Loads of laughs to be had with a fantastic fashion show.

Stretch a sheet out on the floor, set some chairs alongside it, if you have fairy lights dangle them across the chairs and you have yourself a very cosy-looking catwalk! Put on some music for ambience and strut your stuff.

The children can dress up in their fanciest clothes, or dress up in your clothing, or create your best superhero outfits out of bedsheets and make logos on sheets of paper.

8. toilet roll crafts

handmade toilet roll crafts, flowers, bunnies and little characters

Now the panic buying of toilet rolls is over, you may have a lot of empty toilet rolls hanging around the house ready for some fun crafts!

All you need for this is colouring pens or pencils and toilet rolls, if you really want to go fancy you can use glitter and glue! There are limitless little characters you can create with empty toilet rolls. Try your hand creating a little farm filled with animals, make cows and pigs and even make the farmer!

If you really wanted a challenge, why not create a fairy house? Google toilet roll fairy houses and make your own adorable abode for Tinkerbell and her pals, this really is one of the most fun and creative rainy day activities.

Those are our top picks for rainy day activities with your children. Hopefully, we have helped to brighten up those cloudy skies and have given you some inspiration for fun activities you can do whether you’re at home or with us at one of our stunning resorts.


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