Five UK family breaks to enjoy the summer sun

When the sun comes out it makes us all want to jump on a plane and go on holiday. But if you don't have any holidays booked in, these UK weekend breaks will add a bit of excitement to your summer.

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When the sun comes out it makes us all want to jump on a plane and go on holiday. But if you don't have any holidays booked in, these UK weekend breaks will add a bit of excitement to your summer.

Whether you’ve got really little ones in the family or a couple of teenagers, these UK weekend will keep everyone happy during the school summer holidays. And with the sunny weather outside, you'll feel like you're off to the Algarve.

UK weekend breaks

Best for: UK adventure holidays

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales

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This part of Wales is the country’s most beautiful section of coastline, making it great for outdoor UK weekend breaks.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a haven of Azure Ocean, craggy, dramatic cliffs and soft yellow-sand beaches.

Read more: 12 best family days out in North Wales

But days don’t just have to be spent by the sea – spend them in the ocean and get active. Eco-lodge and adventure centre Preseli Venture is the best place to get your fix, with kayaking options, coasteering tours and surfing lessons.

Walk the Wales Coast Path for some truly exceptional views, and stop in at one of the many pretty fishing villages – the Ship Inn in Fishguard is an idyllic place for a seaside supper.

Best for: UK culture holiday


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One of our favourite UK weekend breaks. There’s nothing quite like a theatre show to get the whole family talking, and London has something to suit everyone.

Read more: 12 best family days out in London

Come for a family weekend break and you can also hit the museums (the Science Museum is a great place for hands-on fun) and take in some of the city’s iconic sights.

By night, enjoy a family-friendly show such as The Lion King, Aladdin or Wicked.

Best for: UK educational holiday


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Most people head for the coast when planning UK weekend breaks, but look inland and you might be surprised.

For starters, the West Midland Safari Park makes a glorious day spent with animals. Just a 45-minute drive away, the Black Country Living Museum is a real gem.

This huge outdoor living museum is famous for its role in Peaky Blinders, but a day here is far less dangerous than the show makes out – the family-friendly attractions include canal cruises on historic barges and tours down replica coal mines.

And the chips here are some of the best in the region, cooked in flavoursome beef dripping!

Birmingham itself is excellent for families, with plenty of accommodation options and some great museums. Don’t miss the Mini Museum for little ones.

Best for: UK seaside holiday

Hastings, East Sussex

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Hastings has all the fun of a traditional seaside town, with loads of history thrown in.

The beach is pebbles rather than sand, but that won’t stop you enjoying the seaside – at its upper end is a working fishing beach, where huge boats sit ready to go out the next morning. Nearby is the Jerwood Gallery, an exceptional arts centre.

There’s a fantastic pier, renovated in 2016, and of course the arcades – get your pennies out and spend an hour playing old-school games, or have a go at crazy golf on the seafront.

Beyond the beach area, Smugglers Adventure is an interactive exhibition in a cave system where pirates hid their loot, and funicular railways are a thrilling way to get up the steep cliffs to enjoy the sea views.

Best for: UK festival weekend


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Edinburgh is the ultimate festival city, with over 10 different celebrations throughout the year.

From the most famous comedy and theatre festival in August – the Fringe – to the Storytelling Festival in October and the Science Festival in spring, almost every month has events for adults and kids alike.

Read more: 12 best family days out in Scotland

Plus, you’ll get the chance to see the impressive Edinburgh Castle and climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano.

Nearby, head to Dynamic Earth for an interactive, immersive journey through our planet’s history.

If you’ve got teens who are partial to shopping, Princes Street is perfect for a little retail therapy. And don’t miss the fantastic museums across the city.

Aleesha Badkar
Lifestyle Writer

Aleesha Badkar is a lifestyle writer who specialises in health, beauty - and the royals. After completing her MA in Magazine Journalism at the City, the University of London in 2017, she interned at Women’s Health, Stylist, and Harper’s Bazaar, creating features and news pieces on health, beauty, and fitness, wellbeing, and food. She loves to practice what she preaches in her everyday life with copious amounts of herbal tea, Pilates, and hyaluronic acid.