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It's time to think about holidays again! Now that you know your term dates, and inset days, let the planning commence


Holidays should be full of fun and laughter, but sometimes you'll find yourself pulling your hair out before you've even booked anything! Summer might still seem a far way off, but with busy schedules, planning holidays seems to be a job for a super planner.

Do you stay in the UK? Do you go abroad? Are you visiting family? Sun? Snow? Somewhere familiar? Somewhere new? The list of questions goes on and on and on. Just remember, all the planning will be worth it!

Holidays with children

With all of these decisions, it's nice to know that there are a lot of websites out there aiming at making your holiday planning a whole lot easier. Be it helping you choose a hotel that caters to families or a cottage that lets you bring the family pet, one of these sites will prove invaluable. We've included a range of our favourite sites, some focus on the UK, while others have widened their scope as far as Europe and even worldwide.

Child Friendly Cottages Child Friendly Cottages

Focused on Cottage accommodation in the UK and France and great for those wishing to pack lighter!

All of their properties are guaranteed to have a cot, highchair, bath and/or baby bath, microwave, washing machine/laundry facilities, heating, parking close by and buggy access. Other amenities vary from site to site.

If you are looking for a cottage break and don't like the idea of paying an agency fee, check out Child Friendly Cottages.

Tots to TravelTots to Travel

Need to know that someone has visited the holiday homes they advertise? Then look no further. With a team of reviewers, this site covers France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK.

While some of these properties aren't for budget travelers, they have numerous locations with lots of bedrooms making this a great place to look if you plan on traveling with the whole family or another family!

Baby-Friendly Bolt Holes

Baby-Friendly Boltholes is a great all round site that covers holidays worldwide and allows you to search by very specific criteria! Looking for a room with more than one cot, or a cottage with stair gates? Baby-Friendly Bolt Holes will help you find it.

Including parent advice, holiday product reviews and special offers, it offers the whole package for parents willing to spend a little more on their holidays.

Away With the Kids

While focusing on Holidays in the UK, Away With the Kids does have a section for those looking for a more exotic location. Offering a wide range of properties, this site has a variety of options to fit most budgets.

Away with the Kids also offers a search of family friendly restaurants, days out and an impressive number of discount offers in the areas you are looking to stay.

Small Families

Single parent? Struggling to find a holiday for you and the kids? Small Families offers personalised tours for single parent families, with an element of luxury. If you are looking for holiday that caters to your needs, rather than having a life of its own, look no further.

Whether its summer sun or winter snow, this ATOL bonded operator has the answer.

Centre ParcsCentre Parcs

When all else fails, and you know you want to go somewhere that's a home away from home, Centre Parks provides all the amenities you need to know you are on holiday, with an element of relaxation all within the UK.

Centre Parc holidays provide activities for kids and peace of mind for adults.

Visit Wales

Visit WalesIf you are looking to take the family to Wales, this site has everything you need to know. Budget accommodation (everything from cottages and B&B's to camping), museums to visit, free days out, and places to eat, are all just a click away. If you are looking for an affordable stay-cation in Wales, this site is invaluable!

101 Holidays

Are you at a total loss, and want some suggestions?

Holiday ideas with Kids

If so, William and Sally have over 100 suggestions for you.

From a Working Farm Holiday to a Villa in the South of France, this list includes something for every budget and even stretches the imagination!

If your brain is in overdrive, this is a great place to start your research and get planning from there!

Image References

  • Cottage with lush green landscape - Tredethick - supplied by Child Friendly Cottages
  • Child in Pool - Tots to Travel
  • Visit Wales Image © Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales
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