Take a break from the daily routine by packing in a micro-adventure – we’ve picked eight of our favourite short breaks plus experiences that you and the family can try for under £300.
Pilot a boat along the Norfolk Broads
To experience the best of the countryside and see wonderful bird and plant life, try hiring a little boat to gently sail through Norfolk’s waterways. It’s a great way to explore away from the towns and roads, and is excellent for spending time with the family. See if you can spot a kingfisher or simply sit back with a glass of something cold and enjoy the scenery.
Where to stay: Haven Wild Duck, 3-nights from 16 June starts from just £225.
Get the experience: Broads Tours hire boats from £18 per hour.
Mountain biking for all capabilities
If you’re looking for excitement, steep climbs, swift drops and fast-paced fun, try mountain biking the 7stanes trails in the dramatic Scottish landscape of Kirroughtree. Kirroughtree is world-renowned and has everything from gentle family routes on forest roads to a technically challenging singletrack. What’s more, if you bring your own bikes, all it will cost you is your parking – £3 for an all day ticket.
Where to stay: Haven Craig Tara, 4 nights from 11 September from just £239!
Get the experience: the 7Stanes trails are free to ride, you simply pay for parking.
See the UK’s most amazing light show
For a little old-fashioned seaside glamour, you can’t beat Blackpool. And what better time to visit than in September, when the Blackpool Illuminations are lighting up the town using over one million bulbs?
Where to stay: Haven Marton Mere, 4 nights from 18 September from £233!
Get the experience: entry to Blackpool Illuminations costs from £9.20 per persom
Bounce through a cathedral sized canyon
If you’re after a fun day out that all the family can enjoy whatever their ages, trampolines are bound to keep everyone entertained and leave the kids thoroughly worn out as a bonus! Based in what used to be a Victorian mine, Zipworld is full of exciting challenges at all levels, including four new slides that are the height of two double decker buses.
Where to stay: Haven Greenacres, 3-nights from 6 Oct starts from £159!
Get the experience: Zipworld tickets from £25 per person.
Take the family to hunt for fossils along the Jurassic coast
For a more relaxed activity, why not try scouring the beaches of Dorset for hidden gems? If it’s fossils you’re after, Dorset is the place to visit – the beaches are the best in the country for fossil hunting. What’s more, there’s always the chance that you might find something really rare that ends up being immortalised in a museum.
Where to stay: Haven Littlesea, 3 nights from 9 June starts from £249!
Get the experience: free at beaches along the Jurassic coast.
Trek the Tramway Trail in Cornwall
If you’re looking to explore the Cornish coast, there’s no better way than by foot. There are so many stunning paths to wander down and areas of natural beauty to discover. One of Britain’s best walks, the Tramway Trail in Cornwall is an 11-mile coast-to-coast trail following two early horse-drawn tramways used to transport tin and copper.
Where to stay: Haven Riviere Sands, 4 nights from 12 June from £250!
Get the experience: trekking the Tramway Trail is free
A taste of Britain at Aldeburgh Food Festival
Sample the delicious delights of the best of English food at the Aldeburgh Food Festival in Sussex. With beautiful countryside and sandy beaches, what’s not to love for a weekend away? Pack your sunglasses, a good book and get ready to enjoy a relaxed seaside break and some tasty treats to boot.
Where to stay: Parkdean Resorts Kessingland Beach, 3 nights from 22 September starts from £109!
Get the experience: adult entry to Aldeburgh Food Festival costs £8 per day
Splash round an alpine water park in Scarborough
For a really wet and wild weekend, take your kids to the Alpamare water park in Scarborough. Not only are there some fantastic beach resorts where you can indulge in all the traditional seaside activities: sandcastle-building, arcades, ice creams and fish and chips on the beach – but the fantastic water park is a great day out where you can enjoy the rides and then relax in the onsite spa.
Where to stay: Parkdean Resorts Cayton Bay, 3 nights from 9 June starts from £179!
Get the experience: Alpamare tickets cost from £19 per person.
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