- southern UK, holiday location ideas with a 2 and 4 yo
wife and i have just returned from a few days in a holiday cottage in Stow on the wold, cotswolds. first holiday we’ve managed in about 5 years as the thought of going away with a heavily pregnant wife or a 1 yo didn’t appeal! this trip was just few days to see how we got on but we all loved it and learnt a few things like… cottage works well for us, cottage in the village not a remote hamlet is handy for walking to shops or pub, entry into attractions with the whole family gets costly….and then chances are the toddlers just want to play on the swings/slides and even penguin feeding time seems lower down the priority list, wife and I are happy and relaxed if kids are and we are somewhere pretty and relaxing. We fancy another trip away this summer now though and I’m after a few ideas. we are based in south London and the girls can cope with ca journeys as far as grand parents in liverpool but shorter is better. I’m thinking maybe the seaside, the girls could be happy for days making sand castles and exploring rock pools if the beach has them. I have thought Selsey/Bognor regis /worthing or a pretty village up to 15 ish miles away from a beach, or further towards kent, eastborne, hastings, folkstone, broadstairs, margate, whitstable or even up to suffolk coast as my mum is essex so could break the journey and go a teenie bit further, so perhaps as far as lowestoft. we just need a bit of prettyness for me and the wife to feel relaxed, and a nice beach for the 2 girls, plus ideally a fall back place to visit or 2 for bad weather days. Oh and looking to go mid september if we can find somewhere, so hopefully still warm but after the hecticness of the school holidays. Any suggestions on places would be great! thanksPosted 6 days agomogrimMember
wife says no flights yet.
I live in Spain, my parents are in the UK – we’ve been flying with the kids* since they were babies. It takes a bit more planning and forethought but it really isn’t that much of an issue, no worse than taking them on the train or bus.
*kids: eldest has just flown to Romania to a music festival with some friends, and youngest has disappeared on the bus with friends… how time flies 🙂
Edit: I appreciate that your wife doesn’t want to, and you don’t think it’s worth the time arguing over. But she’s still wrong, albeit a wise man won’t risk telling her that 😀Posted 6 days agonixieSubscriber
Flights aren’t as bad as you think. We flew to Perth, WA with our youngest as her first flight (2).
Cottages do work well with young ones. As above around Swanage/ Isle of Purbeck is really nice. We stayed in a nice cottage in Corfe castle a couple of times which I’d go back to. Lots to do around there.Posted 6 days agon0b0dy0ftheg0atMember
IOW, ferry crossing is over before you know it, even on the “slow” crossing of ~1 hour. Decent odds of warm temps in September and you can hire a bike to climb from Ventnor esplanade to Down Lane (the biggest climb in Hampshire) before they wake each morning. 😉Posted 6 days ago
absolutely agree mogrim. pick your battles to win the war!
description of the IoW ferry as ‘an adventure’ has changed the frowny face to an ‘ooh!’ gleeful face…that’s an option!
swanage to portland is an area i know well from clipping bolts (sport climbing), should have thought of that myself!Posted 5 days agoportugeezerMember
Agrew with the Hampshire Forest posts.Posted 5 days ago
New Forest , cost , Bournemouth Poole, Lymington area is great.
I moved down to the coast near Lymington 3 years ago, when the sun is shinning there is no place like it, lovely forest, great beaches , and this side not too busy.
Plus you can hire bikes in places like Burley and go out on the trails in the New Forest.
that looks lovely! a bit too too far to go to cornwall though i think. maybe in the future.
just been looking at cottages in swanage, definitely a strong option. I’ll probably fell a twinge of nostalgia/missing the single and sportier life at the thought of the climbing nearby but hey ho.Posted 5 days agomidlifecrashesMember
franksinatra is right, it’s worth going further, and everyone will cope with a little planning of the jorney.
In the meantime, East Kent is actually very good and has plenty to keep you busy for a week or so. Sandy beaches and coves running round from Whitstable to Sandwich Bay, shingle along past Deal ,then sand again. Margate for kiss me quick hats, donkey rides, weird tunnels, the Scalextric/Hornby/Airfix place, Art at the Tate place. Castles at Deal, Walmer and Dover, naval history at Chatham( a bit off piste). Off road bike circuits(and rental) at Betteshanger, and pretty much all of it connected by the nort Kent rail line which loops round the coast and up to London.Posted 5 days ago
I ‘might’ agree she needs to up her game, but I’m not going into battle on this one. I know my wife. TBF i also know my two girls and both suffer in the heat, both fair skinned and just get really grumpy if its hot hot, so I doubt they would enjoy south of france or spain etc. We do want to do a week somewhere warm next easter time, and with a pool, and try an up the eldests swimming abilities…. she isn’t a great listener and her weekly swimming lessons are making slow/erratic progress…largely depending on which teacher has turned up tbf. Anyway, somewhere abroad hot hot in the summer and the two girls won’t enjoy it. the cotswolds was brilliant. the uk is lovely if the weather is good. As the answers here have confirmed, plenty of options and I think we’d enjoy a week in any of them. Swanage is perhaps my favorite right now, but IoW is temptng …its taking me back to when i was little and holidays in suffolk or broadstairs were fab.Posted 5 days agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
most of what I did as a kid has been mentioned already, but…
Broadstairs for rockpooling in Joss Bay or Botany Bay (or one of them)
Hasting for the caves and then off to Camber Sands
Margate for the beach and Dreamland (if that ever came out of bankruptcy?)
A ride on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Camping somewhere near Pevensey or Alfriston with trips to places like Drusillas etc.
I reckon I’d have been up for fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, but we never went there. But we did so Stonehenge, Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor etc. on one trip to Cornwall.Posted 5 days agomikertroidMember
Just come back from 5 days camping near Swanage. Managed SUPing & Kayaking at Studland, lots of hiking, snorkelling at Kimmeridge, Sailing in Poole (member of a club there). And its only 30 miles away.
Back to sandbanks today for Sandfest! ☀️😎🎛🔊🔊
The list of things to do in bad weather is good nearby too. None of the traffic and hassle of Cornwall. The only downside is the summer surf is non existent!Posted 4 days agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
When our two were about that age we went to Lulworth and stayed in a roughly 60s/70s era bungalow that was on one of those cottages4u type of websites. Lovely place if it’s still there.
Very pretty, far enough out you didn’t get sucked in to the car park chaos at the bottom and close enough for a walk.
Striking distance for Monkey World and day trippable to Weymouth – aquarium and beach.
It’s one of those rare places that I think we’ve been to twice.
A lot of Suffolk’s beaches are pebbly until you get up to Yarmouth/Lowestoft. Aldeburgh, Southwold and that area are pretty as is Orford and bits of the Shotley peninsula.Posted 3 days ago
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