Family Friendly Staycations

Just because summer has packed her suitcase and flown south for the winter, there is no reason to believe that the holiday season is over. As sweater weather arrives in the UK, there’s never been a better time to explore our great country.

Home is Where the Holiday is

If the kids have taught us anything, it’s that mischief and adventure can be found anywhere – no need to dash off to expensive attractions or on transatlantic flights. Swerving the queues at the airport in favour of a family friendly holiday closer to home is not a compromise. England has so much to offer and a pub staycation is all about low-key, zero-pressure relaxing. No frills, pomp or circumstance. It’s all about revelling in the unique sensation of having absolutely nowhere to be. No timeframes or strict parameters, no rushing whatsoever. Even nap time can go frivolously out the window.

Tis the Season

Autumn is the best time of year for adventure and exploration; collecting conkers, splashing in puddles (best paired with wellies) rambling over Ditchling Beacon and excitedly spotting the sheep. Snuggling up in the bar by the fireside afterwards, getting toasty with a hot chocolate for the little ones and a bottle of Malbec for the grown-ups. Hearty seasonal food designed to satisfy your family and pleasantly warm your cockles.

Food Glorious Food

Holiday mealtimes are occasions with a dress code. Children finally wearing the lovely things their grandparents bought, before they swiftly grow out of them. Slipping into your Sunday best for an early candlelit dinner in the restaurant. Dog at your feet. Family time spent selecting exciting new foods to try, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, but always an experience. Making memories.

Adventure at Every Turn

Taking the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of your children. A jaunt along Brighton pier can feel so daring, spending pirate gold on the 2p machines in the arcade. Holding hands on an amble across the South Downs. Examining every leaf they thrust under your nose and cowering in fear at their menacing stick swords. How fantastic to wander with nowhere to be?

And so to bed – happily tired after a day of exploring. Sleepover den escapades for the little ones, whilst you luxuriate in a cool, clean super king with all those extra pillows ….oh, and no alarm for the next day. Bliss.

So, it seems that all you need is an overnight bag and a spot of bravery. Throw in your chunky knitwear, scoop up an armful of toys for good measure – oh, and don’t forget the wellies.