Going on a family road trip around the UK is a great opportunity to spend quality time together and make memories that will last forever. With loads of free activities, fantastic countryside and buzzing cities, you’ll find plenty for you and your kids to do.

 

But a road trip requires careful planning – especially when you’ve got energetic children to entertain. To help your family adventure go smoothly, we’ve gathered some top tips for making the most of it. Check them out:

 

  1. Plan your route

 

Traffic in the UK can be terrible. At rush hour, there are hotspots all over the country for congested traffic. Knowing where and when to avoid can help you plan a route with minimal delay. So do some research and plan your stops wisely. Where possible, avoid being on the roads at the busiest times.

 

However, do plan for the worst and pack things for the kids to do if you get stuck in an unavoidable traffic jam. You don’t want to be playing I-Spy for hours.

 

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  1. Visit places for free

 

National parks, museums, galleries, and heritage sites are just some of the places kids can go free. In addition, paid-for attractions often offer deals for kids to go for cheaper or free with a fully paying adult. You can easily make the most of your road trip by choosing things to do which don’t cost much.

 

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  1. Go to a festival

 

The UK has some great family-friendly festivals. You won’t regret planning one into your road trip. Some of the larger festivals, like Latitude and Glastonbury, attract loads of families every year and have dedicated areas and activities for children. But there are a number of smaller festivals almost completely orientated around kids throughout the UK.

 

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  1. Pack well

 

The weather is a huge talking point in the UK, probably because it’s so unpredictable. Make sure you pack flexible outfits for your family – even in the summer, you might need some thicker socks and a jacket to protect you from the elements.

 

Equally, don’t be surprised if the sun comes out when the forecast predicted rain. To make the most of your adventure, you’ve got to have different layers ready for whatever the day throws at you.

 

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Sources

UK Survival Guide

50 great days out in the UK

Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017

The Ultimate Road Trip Packing List For Families

 

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