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    Family holidays in August

    Family holidays in AugustPlaces to go in the school holidays

    By Mark Frary, Editor of 101 Family Holidays

    Looking for family holidays in August 2019? On this page you’ll find some great ideas both at home and abroad, whether you’re looking for a luxury break or a budget getaway during the school holidays. There are tips for families with children of all ages from babies all the way up to teenagers.

    Obviously, August is high season which means high prices and busy resorts, as well as high temperatures in the Mediterranean. However, you can still get a deal if you travel late. Depart the UK in the last week of August and you’ll find prices significantly lower. Or you could save money by choosing a less obvious destination, such as the Alps (which are beautiful in summer) or see our pick of the best self-catering options for families.

    UK family holidays in August

    On the glorious coast of Cornwall Sands Resort Hotel is superb for families with lots of activities for kids and family-friendly rooms. Check out the latest special offers. Also In Cornwall I recommend Gwel an Mor which has five star wooden lodges and its own wildlife centre. See the latest special offers.

    Or you could opt for a cottage in Cornwall – see this selection of 350 family-friendly properties and these baby-friendly cottages.

    The specialist company, Helpful Holidays, has a great selection of self-catering accommodation across Devon, including the gorgeous South Hams.

    Want to explore the countryside? How about one of these working farm holidays or you could sign up for a family activity holiday with PGL. We’ve found more than 200 dog-friendly cottages around the UK, along with these luxury family houses and cottages in the New Forest and some great cottages on the Isle of Wight.

    If you really want to be beside the seaside, try these cottages on the Northumberland Coast and these on the Norfolk coast.

    Ready for some real adventure? Join a small boat cruise in the Hebrides to explore remote islands such as Mull, Jura and Skye, where you can fish, swim, dive, set lobster pots, go kayaking, and view dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and otters.

    In the Channel Islands, the Merton Hotel in Jersey has everything that parents and children could wish for. The large suites and serviced apartments are perfect families with facilities that include an Aquadome (pools, slides, fountains, sauna and steam room) along with a superb outdoor pool complex, including a Flowrider where kids can learn to surf.

    Activities Abroad has a six-night activity holiday in the Lake District for children age 10 and over with hiking, rock climbing, scrambling, abseiling, canoeing and sailing.

    And if the summer holidays seem to be going on for ever, you could send them off to Kingswood Camps for exciting adventures from mountain karting to quad-biking. Great for building confidence and burning off energy!

    See our full guide to the best family holidays in England.

    Mediterranean holidays in August

    The Mediterranean is ideal for family holidays in August. Renting a private villa is a great option. I recommend the Greek islands of Corfu, Paxos and Lefkada, and gorgeous Kefalonia in the Ionians. I also like these villas at Pendamodi in rural Crete. See the latest offers.

    In Spain I’ve found some great villas in Mallorca and on the mainland in Catalunya (see the special offers). In the pretty town of Sitges close to Barcelona, these designer villas are great for families.

    Menorca works well for young families because the airport transfers are short and the island’s beaches and coves offer calm shallow water for paddling. Check out these villas.

    Croatia is a good choice if you want to stay on the coast. For example, Villa Mlini is within a short walk of sandy coves, bars and restaurants and you can take a ferry to nearby Dubrovnik, so a hire car isn’t necessary.

    If you’re looking for an alternative to the Spanish Costas, head to Galicia in the North for uncrowded white-sand beaches and a great collection of family villas.

    In France, the Dordogne is one of the most popular regions for British families. It’s a great area to explore with river kayaking, gentle cycling and pretty villages and châteaus to explore. See this selection of family villas in the Dordogne.

    If money is no object how about renting a luxury staffed villa with Scott Dunn, such as Quinta do Esperanca in the Algarve. Another option is Sir Richard Branson’s new Son Bunyola estate in Mallorca where three stunning villas are set in 680 acres of beautiful countryside. You’ll get your own private chef, along with a concierge service.

    If you’re on a budget take a look at Siblu, which has a selection of villages in France that have comfortable mobile homes plus large swimming pools, free children’s clubs and sports. See the latest offers.

    Another great option is this collection of hotels with water parks around the Med, with kids clubs, all-inclusive deals, family rooms and flights from across the UK. Check out the free child places and school holiday offers. has handpicked some outstanding family hotels and apartments. It recommends renting a designer apartment in a European city – it’s often cheaper than staying in a hotel, but offers more freedom, space and privacy. You could stay at a loft in Paris, a canal boat in Amsterdam, a stylish apartment in Lisbon or a designer home in Barcelona.

    If you’re looking for a hotel in the Mediterranean, check out the stylish child-friendly Almyra in Cyprus. In Puglia, in the south of Italy, I recommend this selection of family hotels including the award-winning Borgo Egnazia.

    Maybe you have happy memories of parties in Ibiza before children arrived? If so, head to the stylish new Nobu Ibiza Bay Hotel just two miles outside Ibiza Town. It has lovely sandy beach, spa, yoga pavilion, fitness centre and beach club – plus a free club for kids aged 4 to 14.

    In Greece, I really like Sani Resort, a classy beach haven that caters to kids of all ages. There are three hotels – Sani Beach Club, the luxury Sani Asterias Suites and the all-suite Porto Sani Village. If you want an upmarket all-inclusive at sensible prices, check out the stylish new IKOS Olivia.

    Also in Greece, the Westin Resort Costa Navarino has really worked out how to please kids of all ages with its powder white sand beaches and endless facilities including water slides, bowling alley, adventure playground, two golf courses, mountain biking, open air cinema and water sports from paddle boarding to scuba-diving.

    Sardinia has amazing beaches, along with gorgeous hotels including Forte Village and Chia Laguna Resort. The French island of Corsica has a wonderful selection of hotels, villas, apartments and residences.

    If you’re a single parent, check out this range of beach holidays. Most popular destination in August is Lanzarote along with the five-star Alexander Beach Hotel in Crete.

    We’ve also found some great single parent activity holidays including glamping breaks in tipis and wigwams and ‘bucket and spade’ resorts in Majorca. Their August holiday in Pembroke, on the Welsh coast, is an annual favourite.

    Stop off for a swimCycling in FranceSailing with the kidsSurf Club Vassiliki

    Family activity holidays in August

    If your kids enjoy riding bikes, why not consider a self-guided family cycling holiday in an unspoilt region of Europe. Your luggage is transported each day for you, and there’s a friendly family hotel (usually with a pool) at the end of each day. Our top recommended destinations are Mallorca and Catalonia.

    Join a flotilla sailing holiday in the Mediterranean – sailing in a group from port to port – and your whole family can learn to sail. If you feel the need to learn the ropes first, book a two-week Stay and Sail Holiday with a week’s tuition followed by a second at sea.

    Another option is a Mediterranean beach club such as Mark Warner’s new Phokaia Beach Resort in Turkey. It has a range of water sports and Kids Clubs from ages 2 – 17 (see the special offers).

    For a more exclusive adventure, take the children on a guided gulet cruising holiday along the coast of Italy, Greece, Croatia or Turkey. You’ll be on a traditional Turkish gulet which is perfect for visiting deserted coves and swimming in clear seas. A guide will show the family around local cultural sites.

    If you want a big all-singing, all-dancing ship packed with activities for children, check out these Family cruises.

    Working farm holidays for childrenSpectacular-scenery

    Family holidays in the countryside

    You could take an independent family walking holiday with Inntravel, where you walk from hotel to hotel with no fixed itinerary as your luggage is transported for you. Popular destinations include Spain’s Catalan Coast and the Italian Dolomites.

    Or do something similar with Headwater which has a range of independent family activity holidays featuring cycling, walking and canoeing in AustriaFrance and Spain. You can either stay in a single hotel – somewhere small and characterful – or hop from one hotel to the next with your luggage transported along the way.

    If you’re travelling with a large family or group of friends, you could rent a chateau in the French countryside – for example, Chateau Joncaises in the Lot Valley sleeps up to 16. See the latest special offers.

    In the Alps I recommend Inghams which has a great range of summer activity holidays in the lakes and mountains with great-value prices. Best places to stay include Morzine and Chamonix.

    For older children, try these activity holidays in Spain or take a look at Borgo Scopeta Relais, a gorgeous country retreat near Siena that has lots of family facilities.

    Get over to Sweden or Norway for spectacular coastlines, outdoors adventures, Scandi cool and midnight sun. This family adventure in Norway includes a stay in an alpine lodge, an exciting musk-ox safari, river rafting, canyoning, horse riding and rowing on the fjords.

    Long haul family holidays in August

    This can be a great time of year to spread your wings and go long haul. Unlike in Europe, you won’t pay a premium for travelling in the school summer holidays, and lots of places enjoy good weather in our summer.

    The Caribbean is popular in August. Take a look at these family holidays in Antigua. The all-inclusive Beaches Resorts has well-equipped and stylish hotels in Turks & Caicos, plus Negril and Boscobel in Jamaica.

    It’s a great time of year to enjoy the sunshine and glamour of California. This California Classic road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the Anaheim theme parks is a great introduction with the option to add-on stays elsewhere in the USA. For more of an outdoors adventure, opt for this San Francisco, Yosemite & Lake Taho self-drive.

    Japan is a non-stop whirl of excitement. Children of all ages love the high-tech, neon-lit cities where they can discover the home of manga comics, anime, Hello Kitty and Tamagotchi. Ride the bullet train, visit a Samurai castle and explore the wooden buildings of ancient Kyoto. See more family holidays in Japan.

    Sri Lanka is great for kids and August is the low season – you might get some rain showers, but they are usually short and sharp. There is so much to see and do – and great beaches. This Classic Sri Lanka packs in all the key sights plus an elephant safari.

    In Central America, Belize is exotic and unspoilt yet easy and safe. This two-week family group tour in July and August is packed with exciting wildlife encounters – howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans and parrots – plus the chance to climb ancient Mayan temples, sleep in jungle lodges, and snorkel and swimming in the Blue Hole National Park.

    Perhaps you want to teach your kids a more profound lesson how privileged they are? Try one of these amazing family volunteering holidays where you can work with local people or spend a few days on a wildlife conservation project in exciting destinations such as Costa Rica, Zambia and Thailand. Download a free guide to making your holiday more meaningful.

    Kenya is one of the best African destinations for families in August. Try this amazing 12-day wildlife and beach family safari. Or this Kenya Migration Family Safari which includes three nights in Rekero Camp, sleeping in comfortable family tents.

    If you don’t want take malaria tablets, go to South Africa where you can view the Big Five in malaria free safari reserves such as Madikwe and Pilanesberg, both well known for their excellent children’s programmes.

    Madagascar is great to visit in August: children can track lemurs on foot at night, take a whale-watching trip, enjoy stunning beaches and explore a pirate cemetery. This lemur tracking safari is a great introduction.

    America awaits the adventurous. How about the freedom of the road on a motor home holiday or taste the life of a cowboy on a resort ranch.

    It’s the dry season in Borneo – the best time of year to visit. This is a great destination for adventurous kids, combining orang-utans, rainforest, tribal culture, hiking and beaches. See this selection of family itineraries.

    It’s also a good time to visit Thailand where I recommend these family adventure holidays. Head to the steamy south for a Beach and Jungle Adventure, or go to Northern Thailand for lower temperatures and hill tribe encounters, river rafting and a hot air balloon ride.

    Indonesia is fast emerging as one of the most exciting destinations for adventure family holidays. Try sailing, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, water-skiing, snorkelling and scuba-diving. A 14-day tour of Java and Bali includes an elephant-back adventure, horse-riding, white-water rafting and a volcano trek.

    Few destinations in Asia are more thrilling than Vietnam – a vibrant, welcoming country with bustling cities, colourful temples, white-sand beaches and exciting street food. It’s low season in July, so not too crowded.

    Or push the boat out and enjoy the Maldives where you’ll find a surprising number of family-friendly resorts.

    Find more family holiday ideas, and holidays for teenagers.

    When is the August Bank Holiday?

    In 2019, the August Bank Holiday falls on Monday 26 August.

    Last updated: 16 November 2018

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