Even though it might not be summer, that doesn’t mean you and the family have to hibernate until the next one comes around. Day trips don’t depend on warm weather; there’s a lot that you and your family could be experiencing beyond the end of your street. Sure, Britain might not seem like much on the surface but don’t take your home for granted. There’s a lot to explore on our quaint little island (and beyond, as we’ll discuss later).
And you don’t always have to book time off work for a family holiday either. Weekends might not be as long as we’d like but those 2 days each week could be spent doing something with the family that feels like a mini-holiday. And the beauty of a day-trip is that it only requires one free day, of course. Still, knowing that you want to hit the open road on some exciting adventure is only half the battle. If you want some ideas for the next fun family day trip then here are just a few pieces of inspiration.
Head to Cornwall.
Believe it or not, the UK boasts some beautiful coastlines. Its seaside towns might not be quite as popular as they were fifty years ago (before British tourists loved to jet off to foreign places on their holidays), but there are still some coastal spots that boast stunning landscapes and quaint little towns. Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places on the southern British coast. Whilst it may not be sunny all year, it’s certainly one of the warmer spots in England (being as far south as one can get in this country). Even when the sun isn’t shining, you and your family could still have fun spending the day lounging on some pretty beach or even surfing. There’s never any shortage of waves on the windy British coast.
Admire the countryside of Buckinghamshire.
One of the most beautiful places in the UK is Buckinghamshire. It boasts some stunning countryside that you should certainly make the center of your road trip through this intriguing county in South East England. You should try out the Aston Martin driving experience whilst you’re there so as to spend your day in Buckinghamshire cruising along beautiful country roads. Of course, the countryside isn’t all that this stunning county has to offer. Buckinghamshire has a lot to offer in terms of its culture and history.
The quaint Bekonscot Model Village & Railway is an iconic model village in Buckinghamshire. It’s also the original model village. That would be impressive in itself but the model also spans an acre of land (that’s an acre in real-world terms and not in a scaled-down sense). It’s remarkable that a hobby led to the creation of such a pretty model containing well-detailed houses, lakes, farms, and a railway connecting the whole thing together. Your children will love it just as much as you do. It’s definitely the perfect place at which to stop on your journey through the gorgeous Buckinghamshire countryside.
Take a day-trip to Paris.
If you feel as if you and your family have seen all the best spots in the UK before then maybe you should venture a little further on your next day trip. Europe isn’t quite so distant as you might think when you look at a map. Take a trip through the Eurotunnel or on a ferry and you could be in France within a couple of hours. Paris is definitely the perfect place to start for a day trip from the UK because you can pack an entire week’s worth of holidaying into a single day. It’s a dense and incredibly romantic city. From its cobbled streets to exquisite restaurants, there’s so much culture to soak up in the capital of France. You need to try out some authentic French cuisine whilst you’re there; a real croissant and a pain au chocolat are both foods that just knock any fake imitations out of the water. Your family will love a day trip to Paris but the kids might not be able to go back to British versions of French food afterwards (be warned).
Buy tickets to a theme park.
If the kids have had their fill of museums and other day trips that are rich in culture, history, and other educational elements then perhaps it’s time to give them a kid-friendly day trip. You’ve tried your best to give them an enriching one-day holiday in the past but they want fun. They want theme parks. Luckily, Britain has some great ones on offer. You should really head to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Only ride the Big One if you’re brave enough; it’s Europe’s tallest rollercoaster.