Sunday 31 July 2022



Planning a vacation was much easier when your kids were younger. But now that they are tweens, they have their own thoughts about everything. When deciding on the destination for your weekend getaway, you cannot expect them to stay silent. They will always have something to say, which means planning your weekend trip can be tricky. 

Below, we've put together this list of weekend getaway ideas for families with tweens that your kids will most likely approve of.

  1. Yorkshire

Yorkshire is one of the largest and greenest counties in Britain. It's historically rich and was home to the Romans, Celts, and the Vikings. Its ample size means it no can offer many things to different families, including those with active tweens. 

Home to vibrant modern cities, classic seaside resorts, and vast areas of unspoiled countryside, Yorkshire is beautiful in a rugged kind of way. If your tweens love nature and adventure, they have every reason to love Yorkshire. It has three national parks, the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, and the Peak District, not to mention the Howardian Hills and Nidderdale, two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Your tweens will surely love exploring the Jurassic North York Moors in the northeast of Yorkshire. They will also have a great time at the North York Moors Steam Railway, which runs from Pickering to Whitby, a historic port and an epitome of a typical British seaside town. Also worth a visit in Yorkshire is the 18th Century state home of Castle Howard. It's where the film Brideshead Revisited was shot.

  1. The Cotswolds 

Dubbed the "Heart of England", the Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty home to picturesque villages and stately homes. Set amongst scenic rolling hills, it's an underrated destination ideal for family breaks and holidays. The Cotswolds is one of the best places for a staycation in the UK, so family bookers can relax when looking where in the Cotswolds to stay, as it’s well-suited for families with kids of all ages, including tweens. 

While in the Cotswolds, visit the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Tetbury. As one of the world's most spectacular gardens, it's a perfect spot to enjoy scenic walks all year round. It also hosts programs for child-friendly events, such as the annual Festival of the Tree in August. The event features giant tree carving, arts and crafts, and different activities for kids.

For exciting animal encounters, check out the longstanding Cotswold Farm Park. It's a conservation site for rare animal breeds, wildlife walks, horseback rides, and an opportunity to bottle-feed goats and lambs. You will find more exotic animals at the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Burford, while the Cotswold Falconry Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh is the place to discover different birds of prey.

  1. Cornwall

Cornwall has plenty to offer for fun family holidays with your tweens. It has several miles of beautiful coastlines home to secluded coves and stunning beaches, where you can enjoy surfing, swimming, sailing, and other water sports.

Head to Falmouth, where you can marvel at the stunning views from Pendennis Castle. Ride the ferry that will take you to St Mawes, home to a beautiful castle. The boat trips are enough to entertain your tweens. There are many family-friendly beaches around town, with shallow and clean waters, safe enough even for little kids. Like the other beaches in Cornwall, these beaches have water sports facilities and a lifeguard. Gyllyngvase Beach is also ideal for families. It has seaside cafes that open to stunning ocean views.

Spend a day at the Eden Project, an eco-attraction that you can visit any time of the year. The Lost Gardens of Heligan will delight your tweens, given its beautiful woodland pathways lined with interesting sculptures. 

  1. Scotland

For tweens who prefer to visit a place with stunning scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, Scotland is the place to be. Whether dogsledding at the Cairngorms, tracking the trails of castle ghosts in Aberdeenshire, heading out for an overnight stay at Auchteradar House in Perthshire or exploring dungeons in Edinburgh, Scotland can make for a perfect destination for a fun-filled family break. 

Scotland is home to many beautiful cities, but Edinburgh is the most beautiful among them, home to the famous Edinburgh Castle dominating the entire city. Glasgow, the second largest city, is also worth a visit. Offering a great mix of Victorian buildings and friendly locals, it is one of Scotland's most family-friendly destinations. 

Take your kids to the incredible Glasgow Science Centre, where they can take up workshops. Meanwhile, the Riverside Museum of Transport and Tall Ship is a fun place for kids to explore. Another spot you should not miss in Glasgow is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a mini museum for kids.

  1. London 

London is a wonderful place for family breaks. It has plenty to offer for families with kids, including those with tweens. There's more than enough to entertain everyone, starting with the classics, such as riding the iconic red London bus. There are also world-class museums, beautiful parks, and family-friendly cafes and restaurants. 

Begin your exploration at the London Eye, a must-see destination, which offers spectacular views of the River Thames, and the various landmarks of London, as far as Wembley Stadium. You will also find family-friendly attractions close to the London Eye, such as the London Dungeon and London Aquarium. It’s certainly worth getting the London Pass to enjoy discounts and make the most of all the family-friendly attractions in London. Escape the bustling cities by taking a boat trip from the London Eye to Greenwich and into the Thames Flood Barrier, taking you past the famous sights of London. 

In Greenwich, visit the Royal Observatory, a World Heritage Site and home to the Greenwich Mean Time and a planetarium. While you're here, experience a scenic gondola ride at the Emirates Air Line cable car that travels between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. You will find many other family-friendly attractions between Tower Bridge and the London Eye. Check out the Tate Modern, a modern art museum with a family zone that houses a great collection of books.

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