Last-Minute Getaways For UK Families

A presentation at Last-Minute Getaways For UK Families by Emma Young

Family holidays invariably demand a great deal of planning, budgeting and decision-making. When you’re in charge of a large family, spontaneity often feels like a thing of the past. However, throwing caution to the wind and ferrying your clan off for a last-minute trip could be the making of treasured life-long memories. 

Whether you’re after a half-term adventure or a weekend stop-over, here are some last-minute family getaway ideas to consider. 


Situated on the scenic North coast of Wales lies the beautiful Victorian town of Llandudno. Perfect for a last-minute staycation, Llandudno has something to offer for every member of your family. From clean sandy beaches, ideal for kite-flying and sandcastle-making, to a range of vibrant shops, bars and restaurants. Consider taking a trip to Bodafon Farm Park to meet a whole host of animal friends before hopping on the cable-hauled Great Orme Tramway to enjoy some spectacular mountain views at the 679ft summit. 


The quaint and quirky North Yorkshire town of Whitby has long been associated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, making it a pilgrimage for lovers of the Gothic novel and general aficionados of all things spooky. If your family enjoys a healthy dose of history and horror, this picturesque port could be the place for you. Stretches of golden sand and bustling narrow cobbled streets steeped in history make Whitby the ideal destination for those looking for a peaceful getaway with a mysterious twist. 

Center Parcs 

Center Parcs is the ultimate outdoor retreat that no amount of rain can spoil. With six locations dotted across the UK and Ireland, you’ll never be far from one of these excellent holiday villages. With an extensive range of indoor and outdoor activities suiting both adults and kids, including aerial tree trekking, adventure golf and archery, you can guarantee a great time for everyone. All Center Parcs villages offer last-minute deals so that you can plan a fun-filled itinerary at a discounted price.

Alton Towers

Nestled on the outskirts of the Peak District, not far from the quaint Staffordshire village of Alton, sits one of the UK’s most exciting theme parks. This world-famous resort is home to over 40 incredible rides and attractions, as well as three themed hotels, an indoor water park and even a luxury spa. Little ones can meet their favourite characters in CBeebies Land, while older kids (and big kids) can get their fix of excitement and exhilaration in one of the park’s 11 themed areas. 


If your family has ever taken a trip to the capital, take this as a sign. The historical and cultural melting pot of London simply cannot be covered in one day, so assign a long weekend to explore this remarkable city. Leave the car at home and take advantage of London’s complex yet handy tube system. Even if you live on the opposite end of the country, you could book airport parking in Glasgow, hop on a plane and arrive in London in little under an hour. 


You can’t beat a good old trip to Blackpool. The world-renowned ‘Vegas Of The North’ has been a staple of British holidaymaking for decades, with plenty of affordable accommodation options, attractions a-plenty and vibrant nightlife. Pay a visit to Blackpool pleasure beach to experience a thrilling selection of roller coasters or peruse one of the three historic piers. There is so much to do in Blackpool that you’ll have trouble fitting it all in! 

Matlock Bath

Often considered the Peak District’s answer to Blackpool, Matlock Bath offers a similar selection of amusement arcades and opportunities for outdoor escapades. Situated in the picturesque Derbyshire countryside, the bright lights of Matlock are juxtaposed with broad, rugged moorland and woodland valleys. Make the most of this remarkable scenery by taking a cable car to the Heights of Abraham, an award-winning hilltop park. 


Famed for world-renowned beaches and a rich maritime heritage, Cornwall is home to some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK, ideal for a short family break by the sea. Featuring soaring cliff tops, craggy coves and sandy Blue Flag bays, it is easy to see why Cornwall is favoured by surfers. Explore the rolling Cornish countryside and indulge in the local culinary favourites of sumptuous pasties and rich clotted cream.