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10 Fun Mini-Breaks For The Whole Family

2021 is the year of the ‘Staycation’ – are you planning on a UK holiday over the summer holidays?

If so, you could get a great deal with a ‘Family Days Out’ package from Best Western Hotels & Resorts! These packages include a hotel stay, access to wonderful attractions suitable for the whole family, breakfast per paying adult as part of the Breakfast On Us’ deal* included in most packages, and some other goodies – now that sounds like the perfect staycation. From a personal perspective, I got married in a Best Western Hotel in 2019, so I can say from experience that the hotels and staff are wonderful – worth every penny!

We asked the mummies and daddies over in our private Facebook community about their summer plans – a whopping 97% have told us that they’ll be staying in the UK for their summer holidays and mini-breaks this year! Some of them told us…

Rebekah: “We have already had a holiday in the UK but we will hopefully be having a staycation (in terms of a days out each day for a week) during the summer. This has always been a staycation to us (staying overnight at home with days out each day) as a holiday in the UK is still a holiday!”


Aimee: “We will be trying to visit family and friends for day trips… a summer of reconnecting making the most of parks, woods and forests.”

We took a look at what YOU could be enjoying over the summer holidays, and here are our favourites!

Our Top 10 Best Western Mini Breaks…

Twycross Zoo & Hotel Break Package

Twycross Zoo is a great day out for the whole family! You could stay at the Best Western Appleby Park Hotel in Appleby Magna, which is near Tamworth in the West Midlands, 3 miles from the zoo. It is also a stones throw from Drayton Manor theme park, and in the National Forest where you can also visit places such as Conkers, Rosliston Forestry Centre, Swadlincote Ski Centre, the National Memorial Arboretum, and much more. As a local to the area, I can vouch for just how much fun you can have in the National Forest!

Your package would include overnight accommodation and entry to the Zoo for two adults, with child supplements and family room supplements available – you’re making a huge saving with the 2 free adult tickets! More information on the additional supplement prices can be seen here*.


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Chatsworth House & B&B with Dinner Stay

Chatsworth House is a breathtaking heritage attraction and is full of curiosities for children (and adults) with an interest in history. The grounds are vast, with so many opportunities for an adventure. You could also take time to explore the nearby peak district with this package – this would be great for nature-loving children!

This package will give you a night at the Derby Mickleover Hotel from the Best Western Premier Collection, and 2 tickets for Chatsworth house per room booked, with dinner on one night and bed & breakfast. This hotel has sumptuous facilities to take advantage of too!


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Heath Court Cambridge Bike Explorer 2021 Package

Cambridge is a stunning part of the UK – why not take a cycling break, if you and your family enjoy long scenic bike rides? Their family rooms are big and spacious as are their bathrooms, so you’re sure to be comfortable too. Nearby are National Cycle routes 11 and 15, weaving through Suffolk and Cambridge from the hotel! You can then take quiet country roads and off-road pathways on a 22 mile ride each way from Heath Court hotel – this would be an epic day out for a sporty family!

Your package will include accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, as well as a snack pack and route guide to take with you on your journey. You can also top up your flask with pure filtered still water as part of the ‘Refill Revolution’ available at the hotel, more information is available on the Best Western app.


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Heath Court Cambridge Walk & Explore West Sussex Package

If you’re not into cycling but fancy visiting Cambridge and enjoying nature, the Walk & Explore package could be the one for your family instead. Located near to Newmarket racecourse and surrounded by beautiful scenic views, walking families would have a fantastic time with this package! Nearby, you can find plenty of local walks – Devils Dyke and the Three Churches being popular.

Your package comes with a guidebook of local walks, B&B accommodation, plus a packed lunch for your walk! This hotel is also dog friendly, so your family furry friend can tag along.


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Roker (Sunderland) Cycle & Explore & hotel

The home of Bump, Baby & You, the North East coast is truly an underrated gem of the UK – this package would be great for families who enjoy bike rides on coastal paths, stunning views and breathtaking beaches, as well as friendly locals! I’ve personally stayed in this hotel for a night and can vouch for what a superb hotel the Roker Hotel is – it is full of character and charm, with the coolest decor I’ve ever seen.

Your package would offer dinner, bed and breakfast, and the hotel will also provide a packed lunch for your day of riding and can also store your bike at the hotel. Just ensure you let the reception know your arrival time in advance, and pre-book your dinner as evening dinner reservations are sought-after.


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Roker Walk & Explore the North East Coast & hotel

If you’re not so much into cycling, the Roker Walk & Explore package could be perfect for your family. The hotel is right on the seafront, with breathtaking views and walks mere metres from the front door. The accommodation in this package is dinner, bed and breakfast, and the package includes a packed lunch for the day of walking. The hotel can also provide you with maps! As before, make sure you let the hotel know your arrival time and pre-book your dinner as evening reservations in the gorgeous restaurant are popular.


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Mosborough Hall Hotel Cycling Package

Mosborough Hall is a stunning, historical setting, surrounded by beautiful grounds and in close proximity to the Peak District, perfect for our nature-loving families! If you love being active, this is the mini-break for you.

Your stay would include a delicious three-course dinner per adult, a full English breakfast per adult, one packed lunch per adult for your day of walking, saving your family a fortune on food for the day! There is also secure overnight storage for bikes at the hotel. The hotel can also give you advice and route maps if you’re unsure where to start on your adventure.


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Mosborough Hall Step into The Peaks Package

Mosborough Hall is seriously beautiful. Your little ones will think they’re staying overnight in a fairytale castle… how magical!

This package includes an overnight stay, a three course dinner per adult, a full English breakfast per adult, and one packed lunch per adult. This is a massive saving as I’m sure you’ll agree, the cost of food on holiday puts a big dent in your spending money! You’ll also get a map of local walking routes.


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North Yorkshire Rambling Package

North Yorkshire is full of gorgeous scenery, country walks and things to do for families! Why not check-in at the Croft Hotel in Darlington for 2 night Ramblers Break?

This package includes dinner on your first night per adult, a full English breakfast both mornings per afult, a packed lunch on one day of your stay (per adult), as well as a local walk information pack to help you to plan your adventures! It’s important to note that dinner reservations and packed lunch bookings must be made on arrival and that this package requires a minimum of one day advance booking!

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Marks Tey Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, Colchester Dogcation Package

For families with a furry friend, we know that some of the previous packages mention being dog-friendly, but Marks Tey hotel has taken it to the next level with their ‘Dogcation’ package!

Marks Tey hotel has vast open grounds for strenuous walks with your family and pooch, and you could also visit local dog-friendly attractions like Constable Country, Beth Chattos Gardens, Lower Castle Park, Dedham Vale Vineyard, Leiden Earthworks, St Botolph’s Priory and the vast choice of dog-welcome pubs open locally. Please note that this package requires a minimum of 3 days advance booking!

This package includes one breakfast per adult, a bed, treats and bowls for your pooch, odour & stain remover, anti-bacterial spray and cleaning essentials for one dog per room. Handy!


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Which package is your favourite? We can’t decide!

If you’re determined to make some beautiful memories with your family this summer, the Best Western Hotels & Resorts packages could help you to have the time of your life, without costing the earth.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts have really ticked all of the important boxes when it comes to a great staycation; value for money, quality of hotels, and fabulous customer service. We hope that you all have a wonderful summer filled with adventures!


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