Need a family holiday but don't want to blow the budget? Our guide to cheap family holidays will help you plan a relaxing break, without worrying about the cost, whether you want to stay near home or head further afield.
Cheap family break ideas at home and abroad
Whether you want to hide away in the Yorkshire hills or head off to a Bulgarian beach, there are plenty of options for your choice of the best destinations to get more bang for your buck.
Get a budget family break in Yorkshire
If you're looking for family holiday deals then staying in the UK can certainly be easier on your wallet. Yorkshire leaves you with plenty of family-friendly options, from spending days at the beach to hiking in the hills. Holiday cottages near the North York Moors National Park are perfectly placed for an outdoorsy family adventure, with forest and woodland to wander through, family-friendly cycle trails to speed down and, for older kids, there's climbing, kayaking and other adventurous offerings. Beachside frolics can be had at former smuggler hotspot Robin Hood Bay, which is great for rockpooling; while Scalby Bay offers fossil hunting and a sandy beach ripe for building sandcastles.
Take a cheap holiday with the kids in Pembrokeshire
Wales is perfect territory for budget family breaks. Pembrokeshire, right on the southwest tip, has a glorious, uncrowded coastline and wild countryside that offers everything from low-key relaxing to adrenalin-raising outdoor fun. Holiday homes by the Pembrokeshire coast allow for plenty of low-cost or free activities such as swimming, beachcombing, rock pooling and coastal walks. Or, you could head further inland for countryside biking and hiking trails and visit medieval Carew Castle or Castell Henllys, a reconstructed iron age fort. Those of a more adventurous bent can try sea kayaking, surfing or climbing .
Take a budget family holiday in Tenerife
Spain is hugely popular with the British when it comes to family holiday deals. Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, provides a dramatic volcanic landscape, a balmy climate year round and a chilled-out way of life that ensures even the most stressed parents will leave the island rejuvenated. Whether you choose an apartment or a villa rental, you'll be close enough to enjoy the island's gorgeous beaches, which range in flavour from volcanic black to yellow gold. Lively Playa de las Americas is well loved by families thanks to its shallow waters, soft sand and numerous water sports on offer, while beaches near the atmospheric 15th-century town of Garachico are quieter and filled with local life.
Take the kids on a good-value break to Brittany
Both good value and close to home, Brittany is a top destination for cheap holidays with kids. This beautiful corner of northwest France has around 2,800km of coastline so you won't be short of beaches, whether you want to relax on the sand, get out the bucket and spade or take to the waves for a surf lesson. Holiday lettings get you close to the countryside too. Away from the coast you'll find green hills, forests and plenty of biking and hiking trails. And mini history buffs will be in their element here - you'll find forts, castles and walled medieval citadelles that look as if they're right out of a fairytale.
Get a budget family deal in Bulgaria
Bulgaria might be off most people's radar, but it's one of the best value destinations in Europe and only a short flight away from the UK to boot. Holiday rentals close to the Black Sea coast will put you in the vicinity of lively seaside holiday resorts complete with sandy golden beaches, plentiful family-friendly activities and warm summer temperatures. Head for the dramatic Balkan mountains, though, and you'll meet a holiday of a different kind, with mountain biking and hiking for the kids and mineral spas for the adults. And, from December to April, Bulgaria's ski resorts have some of the cheapest family skiing in Europe.
A visit to Marrakech won't break the bank
Marrakech is about as exotic as you can get a short flight away from the UK and it's fantastic value too. There's masses to do here, from hanging out among the food stalls, street performers and snake charmers of the Jemaa El Fnaa, the main city square, to looking for bargains in the labyrinthine souks. If you need a little time to relax after all that action, both kids and adults can visit traditional hammams; or you could take a caleche (horse-drawn cart) to the serene Majorelle Gardens, just outside the medina. Holiday lettings can put you in an authentic riad in the centre of the action, or further out of town among the palm groves.