School Summer holiday inspiration

Posted on July 16th, 2019

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetIt’s that time of year again, the school Summer holidays are almost upon us and while children are counting down the days until they have 6 whole weeks of freedom from the classroom, parents may be wondering how to keep the kids entertained for so long!

Sometimes it can be hard to think up new and exciting forms of entertainment each day, especially those which don’t break the bank so we’ve tried to put together a list of activities to inspire you this Summer.


Take a seaside trip – Kids love the beach! Pack up a picnic and get some lovely sea air for the day. Enjoy digging in the sand, paddling in the sea and maybe even a fairground ride or two!

Go fruit picking – This is a brilliant activity for children and adults alike and there’s nothing like a lovely punnet of freshly picked strawberries to enjoy afterwards!

Visit a park –  you may be a regular at your local park but how about looking for other parks in your area? Children (well, the younger ones at least!) can be surprisingly easy to please and seeing a new set of play equipment fills them with excitement. Or stick to your local park, meet up with other friends who have children, bring a picnic and each bring a toy or activity such as a cricket set, a football or a frisbee.

Go for a walk – while this idea alone may not over inspire kids, there are many ways to encourage a good old walk. For example, try a woodland nature trail; write a list of items to spot along the way such as a certain type of leaf, a squirrel, a bridge…the list is endless!

Go to a farm park – UK farm parks have alot to offer for a family day out and generally feature both indoor and outdoor activities,  along with options to either buy lunch there or bring your own picnic.

Make ice lollies – If you’re constantly getting asked for yet another ice lolly, why not make your own healthy ones and get the kids involved. There are so many yummy combinations you could make; here’s one idea we love: chop up a variety of fruit (we like strawberries, mango, and blueberries), add to lolly moulds in layers and fill with coconut water or fruit juice. A refreshing treat and an activity at the same time, win-win!

Baking –  This is something children always love and it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, some simple biscuits which they can decorate are sure to put a smile on their faces. An added bonus is that it’s quite a calming activity and teaches them about weights and measurements at the same time. Shhh just don’t tell them they’re learning! 

Visit a theme park, zoo or museum  – while these kinds of attractions can sometimes add up for a family, once or twice throughout the holidays they can be a great treat and easily provide a full day of entertainment for all. Some will offer certain discounts, such as a percentage off admission or free admission for a child with a paying adult. A quick internet search will bring up these types of offers; vouchers can also often be found in tourist information leaflets in a local leisure centres or hotel receptions, for example. Also, a surprising number of UK museums are in fact free to enter and will only ask for a voluntary contribution towards its upkeep.

Visit a splash park or outdoor pool –  Kids love splashing about in water and on a hot day, this is a great activity to keep them cool.

Visit a water park – These are often associated with holidays abroad, however, the UK does in fact have a number of indoor water parks which can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas for the upcoming break but if you feel the whole family needs a complete change of scene, it’s not too late to book a last-minute cottage! Visit to search for current availability.

However you choose to spend the holidays, we hope you have a fantastic Summer!

Book Now For October Half Term!

Posted on September 19th, 2016

It may not seem like two minutes since the school summer holidays but the October half-term break is just over a month away! Sometimes entertaining the kids at home can be challenge so why not book a cottage break for the family and enjoy a change of scene? Below are just a few examples of the self-catering holiday properties that are currently available to book for half-term.


No 5 Murton White House, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England. Self-catering holiday property.

No 5 Murton White House

No 5 Murton White House, a terraced barn conversion, is situated three miles from England’s most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed so is ideal for exploring sights both in Northern England and Southern Scotland. It sleeps up to six. Property reference: SC2542.






Lee Shore Woolacombe, Devon, England. Self-catering holiday property.

Lee Shore

Lee Shore is 1 of 4 cottages which lies on the coast of North Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is located between the coastal villages of Lee and Mortehoe, close to sandy beaches and is also in reach of Ilfracombe, Woolacombe amongst other popular locations. It sleeps up to six. Property reference: HC41812






Moray Mirth Cottage, Portknockie, Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Self-catering holiday property.

Moray Mirth Cottage

This detached property lies in the popular coastal village of Portknockie in Firth and sleeps up to six people. Moray Mirth Cottage is a 2 minute walk from the harbour and provides a lovely base from which to explore this stunning part of the country. Property reference: SC11293.






Egret, Milford Haven, South Wales and Pembrokeshire, Wales. Self-catering holiday property.


Egret, a semi-detached cottage, sleeps up to six and is situated in Black Bridge near Milford Haven. It overlooks a tidal estuary and features a waterside patio. The property provides a great base for a family holiday, with the beaches and lovely Pembrokeshire towns being within easy reach. Property reference: SC27038.






Whether you want a break in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, a city or a coastal break, a cottage with a log fire or a hot tub, or even the option to bring the family dog along, you’re certain to find a property which takes your fancy. So get searching the Remarkable Holidays website and book now for October!

Summer 2015 – Keep the kids happy

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

The summer holidays are upon us and with weeks of kid’s activities and entertainment to organise, it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you out no matter what your budget is and no matter what the weather is like.

Build A Den
Inside: With the supervision of a parent or guardian, kids could use pillows, bed sheets and a few chairs to build their very own den.
Outside: Again with supervision from a parent or guardian, children can use old or hard wearing bed sheets and (if you have one) a washing line to drape the sheet over.
Kids will love having a den in the garden or in the living room, as they can escape reality and enjoy a good book or come night time, a spooky ghost story.

Teddy Bears Picnic
Inside/Outside: A few sandwiches, some carrot sticks, a yoghurt, an apple and a nice cool drink all laid out on a blanket makes the perfect setting for a teddy bears picnic.
The guests of honour will of course be your child’s teddy bear(s) and they will need a plate setting out just like everyone else. Taking a meal away from the usual setting of the dining table can really stir your child’s imagination, and who knows this might be your chance to introduce (or re-introduce) healthy snacks to their diet.

Treasure Hunt
Inside/Outside: Create a map which will lead your children to hidden treasure (individually wrapped sweets) that has been stashed away in your home or garden, but only after they have solved your riddles and followed your clues.
Kids will love the adventure and you can even have some fun with the map, add in some clues that are educational to get their brains into gear even though they are not in school.
From everyone here at Remarkable Holidays, we hope you have a fantastic summer!

School Summer Holidays 2013!

Posted on July 23rd, 2013

Looking for ideas to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? Why not have a day out to one of the many UK theme parks? Here are a few of our suggestions:


  • Lightwater Valley – Ripon, North Yorkshire
  • Flamingo Land – Malton, North Yorkshire
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Lancashire
  • Alton Towers – Staffordshire
  • Thorpe Park – Surrey
  • Legoland – Berkshire


Alton Towers


May Half Term 2013

Posted on April 20th, 2013

The May Half Term school holidays will soon be here so why not browse our range of self-catering holiday accommodation and book yourself a break. There are; cottages in the Yorkshire Dales, log cabins in Dumfries & Galloway, villas in Tenerife, plus many more holiday properties in top destinations.

Search and see!