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Summer Weekend Breaks with the Kids

Entertaining the kids throughout the summer holidays can be a tricky and expensive task, and that’s before you even factor in taking the time off work! Why not take the pressure off and spend some quality time on a short break in the UK, with up to 35% off all UK breaks across our 28 magnificent properties? These long weekends can be as fun-packed as you want them to be. Explore the local area of your chosen destination with hundreds of activities taking place across the summer.

We’ve put together a list of things to do in five locations across our Hallmark Hotels range. With so many family-friendly activities, you’ll be spoilt for choice at all our locations! Also, you need not worry about feeding time for your little ones, we’ve got that sorted with free food and ice cream for the under 12s at every one of our hotels. Does it get much better than that? Probably not.


Hotels in Carlisle

Regularly voted one of the happiest cities in England, Carlisle is a fantastic location for families on a weekend break. Check-in at the Hallmark Hotel Carlisle and visit the nearby Lake District and a selection of other award-winning attractions.

Aviation Museum

Carlisle Aviation Museum

The Solway Aviation Museum houses a collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts. Entrenched with British history and artefacts dating back to the post-war era, this is a great way to engage and encourage the little budding engineers in your family.

Carlisle Castle

Hotels near Carlisle Castle

Less than a ten-minute drive away from our Hallmark Hotel Carlisle sits Carlisle Castle. The perfect place to get outdoorsy and indulge in your favourite picnic treats with views over the castle.


Hotels in Manchester

Manchester’s skyline displays a diverse range of architectural styles. Ultra-modern buildings and Neo-Gothic structures combine in a city that’s always buzzing with new and exciting things to do.


Hotels in Manchester

If it’s an activity focused break you’re after that takes into consideration more of your kids’ interests, why not break at one of our Manchester hotels? Hallmark Inn Manchester South is located in Southern Manchester, incredibly close to all of the city’s amenities and MediaCityUK home of CBBC. If your kids are between six and 11-years-old, this interactive tour is one that will definitely excite them.

Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

Hotels near Old Trafford

Have you got a footie fanatic amongst you? Why not venture off to Old Trafford to see behind the scenes. Balance the day by looking round the onsite museum, which is full to the brim with famous trophies and club memorabilia. If there’s room for extra time, how about an afternoon indoor karting? An adrenaline rush for the most competitive of families.


Hotels in Derby

With the kids in tow, it can be a difficult task finding somewhere to go that caters for the littlest of people. That’s why staying in the heart of England at one of our three Derby-based hotels can help, there’s plenty of local things to do, all of which are within a small drive away.

Gulliver’s Kingdom 

Whatever the weather, you can enjoy your weekend at Gulliver’s Kingdom. Set in a stunning hillside location, this unique theme park is home to log flumes, tower slides and a variety of thrilling rides children of all ages will love.

Heights of Abraham

Hotels near the Heights of Abraham

If outdoors, history and education is more your thing, then why not head down to the Heights of Abraham in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales? Situated in a quaint village with picturesque countryside and rolling hills for miles, immerse yourself in the outdoors this summer. Arrive by cable car for maximum enjoyment of the hilltop park and a guided underground tour of the show caverns.


Hotels in Bournemouth

Fancy a weekend at the coast? With three southern coastal Bournemouth hotels, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If it’s a chilled break with the kids you’re after, you can relax down at one of the many local beaches. There’s plenty to do nearby if you’re feeling more adventurous.


Hotels near Oceanarium

A fun but educational visit to Bournemouth’s aquarium can give you exclusive exposure to some of the most incredible sea creatures. The ultimate all-weather activity to get everyone involved.

Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland is a perfect way to spend your day being entertained with all types of attractions, including the Ghostly Galleon, Runaway Train, Battle Boats, pony rides, plus much more. If the weather has taken a turn for the worst, because you can never be too sure in British summer time, there is an indoor play centre for kids of all ages to enjoy!


Hotels in Cambridge

Cambridge is famous for its rivers, museums, art galleries and historical walks. Bursting with culture, there are plenty of things to see and do for the whole family in this beautiful city.


Punting in Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge is one of the best ways to sightsee your way through the city, and relaxing it is too. The versatility to depart at any time via a designated departure spot is perfect for you and your family.

Wandlebury Country Park

Hotels near Wandlebury Country Park

Do you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get outdoors? Just a few miles south of Cambridge lies Wandlebury Country Park. A beautiful retreat situated in 110 acres of woods and grassland. The perfect place for a picnic!


Don’t forget, in every one of the mentioned locations, we have at least one hotel with leisure and spa facilities so even on the rainiest of days you can stay in, indulge and have all the fun! So go ahead and book for up to 35% percent off your weekend getaway!


Written by FatMedia