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Fun Times for Children in the Summer Holidays


Every parent shares the mixture of joy and trepidation at the prospect of a long summer keeping the children entertained and happy.

While being bored from time to time helps to develop a child’s creativity, it’s also super important to experience new things as a family.

At Hallmark Hotels, we understand the worth of family time. Our 26 nationwide hotels are located in areas where there is always something interesting to explore with your crew.

Full of opportunities for adventure, here are a few ideas on how we can help you have fun with the kids this summer holiday.

Take them to explore a castle

The UK is home to many incredible historical sites, including impressive castles. Some are ruins, some are still intact, but all are worth a visit. Soak up the atmosphere, explore an ancient time, find the stories, and become kings and queens of the castle for a day.

If you’re staying at Hallmark Hotel Carlisle during the summer, you can take your family to visit Carlisle Castle. It’s 900 years old and steeped in history. You also have Hadrian’s Wall nearby as well as Birdoswald Roman Fort, so you can spend a couple of days discovering British history on the actual sites where it all happened.

If you’re at one of our Hallmark Hotels in Chester, make sure you visit Chester Castle, one of 20 castles in the county of Cheshire!

Visit a zoo

Going to the zoo is a brilliant family day out and children of all ages will get so much from seeing exotic animals and learning all about them.

Chester Zoo is an award-winning zoo and the second most popular tourist attraction in the UK for a very good reason. Meet incredible animals, learn about conservation, and find species you’ve never heard of!

Chester Zoo is less than 4 miles from Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester, so our gorgeous brick and stucco Italianate hotel is the perfect base for a summer break in the North West.

Head to the beach

We’re lucky to be an island because this means that no matter where you are in the UK, the coast is never far away! And one of our favourite beach towns has to be Bournemouth.

With so much to do for families, Bournemouth is a great place to take your kids on a staycation holiday and soak up some sun and seaside fun.

The town boasts seven long miles of golden sandy beaches, along with a plethora of exciting things to do like surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking as well as the mighty RockReef Activity Centre.

Make the most of your time in Bournemouth by staying at one of our two seaside hotels: Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton and Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth East Cliff both offer stunning views of the beach and skyline. Palm trees and blue seas aplenty, you’ll feel like you’re abroad.

Go walking somewhere beautiful

Once again, the UK is a great location for walks with so many picturesque and stunning spots to discover, from national parks to moors, forests, and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We are blessed indeed.

When staying at Hallmark Hotel Gloucester, you have the gorgeous Cotswolds on the doorstep, a magical place full of picturesque villages and lush countryside.

The Peak District National Park is a spellbinding place with so many walks and cycle routes to enjoy with the kids. Our Hallmark Hotels in Derby are an excellent base for a walking holiday in the Peaks with your family.

Finally, you can’t beat the Lake District when it comes to stimulating scenery. It’s a landscape that has inspired countless painters, poets, writers, and romantics the world over.

Located on its doorstep, Hallmark Hotel Carlisle is our nearest hotel to this enchanting part of the country. There are many different ways to explore the Lake District with your family, so make sure you ask our staff about the best things to do during your stay.

Explore a forest, climb trees and build dens

There’s nothing like escaping into the woodland with your children and just letting them run around, exploring, collecting sticks, enjoying the cooler air and smell of the trees.

The Forest of Dean might be one of the most famous woodland areas in the UK. Explore it in depth while staying at Hallmark Hotel Gloucester.

You can enjoy attractions such as Go Ape, where you can swing from the treetops and enjoy exhilarating climbs and views that the kids will love!

A particularly magical area of woodland in the Forest of Dean is Puzzlewood; an intriguing place to take the kids as it’s full of imaginative play areas in a completely beguiling woodland setting, which is said to have inspired JRR Tolkien’s mythical forests of Middle Earth. Its charm has also been used as a backdrop to film things like Dr Who, Merlin, and Jack the Giant Slayer!

Spend a day at a big theme park

Why not take your little daredevils for a day of scream-inducing thrills at a big theme park full of rides that make your knees weak just looking up at them?

Places like these make a brilliant day out for the whole family: you can enjoy rides, immersive 3D experiences, a family lunch, take lots of playful pictures, and make great memories. 

One of the most famous theme parks in the UK is, of course, Alton Towers, a mere 40-minute drive from Hallmark Inn Derby.

If you’re at Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome, the mighty Thorpe Park isn’t too far away so the adventurous will have a field day!

Stay with us this summer

We hope that these ideas will give you inspiration to plan a fun UK-based holiday with your brood this summer, as there’s plenty to do and see, there’ll be no cries of ‘I’m bored!’.

Take advantage of our Summer Break deal and save up to 35% on the price of your accommodation. Pick one of our 26 hotels and book your summer break today.

 

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