Have you ever considered planning a getaway for your children to enjoy with their grandparents? Travelling with grandparents is a great alternative to the conventional family holiday, giving children quality time with their elders while releasing you from the dreaded annual leave battle that occurs during school breaks! With Easter just around the corner and subsequent half-terms in sight, there is no better time to pass the holiday baton over to your parents, helping them plan a trip together with their grandkids.
Amongst the other holiday options with grandparents, camping or ‘gramping’ is a fantastic way for families to get together, enjoying the great outdoors while sharing a tip or two about outdoors survival! From camping to caravanning, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoors holiday destinations for grandparents travelling with children or teens:
Where: Blackwell in the Peark, Derbyshire
What you should know: Located close to the Peak District, it is a great chance to show children one of the most picturesque locations in the UK!
Why you should do: Head to Bakewell, a nearby village and show children the origins of the much loved treat, the Bakewell tart! Visit the animals in the many surrounding local farms, including the one where you are staying or get active and head to the Monsal Trail- a newly opened cycle facility.
When should you go: From 7th June onwards there are many local events such as the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, the Peakender Festival and the Chatsworth Country Fair. Learn more on its website.
Where: Norfolk Broads National Park
What you should know: This camping and holiday destination is nestled within wooded wilderness, yet is a stone’s throw away from Norwich and Great Yarmouth if you fancy some more ‘urban’ entertainment! With eight camping areas to choose from, this is a large and well-equipped holiday destination!
What you should do: Packed with facilities for all ages, there is plenty to do including tree-houses to explore, tennis courts to enjoy and zip-wires for action-packed adventures. This campsite also produces its own guide to days out in the surrounding area, giving the entire family plenty of fun, free options to choose from.
When should you go: It opens in Easter until October, making it the perfect choice for a last-minute getaway during the Easter break, or to round off the long summer with a camping trip in September.
Where: Windermere, Lake District National Park
What you should know: There is no camping at this site however, touring caravans and motor homes are welcome. For a little more luxury, self-catering accommodation, holiday homes and lodges are also available.
What you should do: This Park is conservation orientated, meaning there is lots of wildlife to discover. Test children’s bird and floral knowledge while you take in the scenery around the park or for something more fast-paced, there is an abundance of cycling trails to enjoy. Of course, a trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter, bringing the local wildlife to life!
When you should go: If you don’t mind a spot of rain when hiking in the countryside then Hills Oaks Caravan and Lodge Park is the perfect destination, all year round.
What you should know: With fun bell-tents or a ‘glampervan’ for hire, this is a campsite with a comfortable difference!
What you should do: Hire a fire pit, toast marshmallows and tell spooky tales around the campfire, while teaching children the basics of how to start a fire with wood in the first place! If you don’t fancy cooking your own food, there are many fun catering activities hosted at this site such as chicken rotisserie nights and Kentish afternoon cream teas. Kids can also watch a movie under the stars with the outdoor cinema nights on offer.
When you should go: This campsite is only open during August, so save this one for summer!
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