Written by Jennifer Dawson. Photos by Jelleke Vanooteghem.

If you need a breather from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, then consider planning a family holiday this year. For your destination, look no further than the UK as there are lots of places and attractions to go to that your entire family will enjoy.

If you have a baby or a young child, the thought of travelling with your little one may seem like a challenge, but with some careful planning, it can be done. In fact, a survey reveals that young families with at least one child under five took the most UK holidays in 2016.

Travelling with your children has many benefits as it can bring your family closer together and kids get to absorb knowledge, try new food, and adapt socially during your trip. This year, try planning a child-friendly holiday in the UK by following these helpful hints and tips.

Go on a practice run

If this is your first time to take your child on a holiday, it may be a good idea to do a practice run first by going on a day trip. This is recommended if you want to have stress-free and enjoyable holidays in the future.

Going on a day trip can give you an idea on how to prepare for your child’s needs and it also lets you know what sort of activities your little one enjoys.

Plan a child-friendly holiday in the UK

You can visit child-friendly UK attractions such as Bewilderwood or Norwich which are both in Norfolk, or the Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre in Suffolk. There are lots of activities that your child can do in any of these places, ensuring that he or she has an enjoyable day.

Plan a weekend getaway

Once your family has gone on several successful day trips, you can start planning a proper weekend getaway.

You may be tempted to pack lots of bags to anticipate your child’s needs, but you can scale down by bringing multipurpose products and decanting items such as shampoo and body wash into smaller bottles. Bring 3 extra sets of clothing for your child and if your little one is still in diapers, make sure that you’ve packed enough for the trip.

For the weekend, consider staying at a seaside town such as Blackpool or head to Alton Towers and check into one of the resort hotels there. If your family loves locations or activities related to Harry Potter, head to Northumberland where you can find Alnwick Castle where many of the scenes from the movie was filmed. It’s also where you can find beautiful beaches and cosy cottages where you can stay.

Going on a holiday with your family can be one of the best things that you can do to strengthen your bonds this year. Plan a child-friendly vacation and have fun in some of the best places in the UK.