20 BEST Winter Breaks For Babies & Toddlers
When the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, there’s nothing better than making the most of the winter months, and booking an impromptu winter break where you can enjoy family time together. These are our top picks of the best winter breaks for babies and toddlers.
#1. Oakdene Forest – Dorset
Retreat to a cozy lodge, caravan or luxury house at Oakdene Forest Park in Dorset for the ultimate winter break with a baby or toddler. Some of the lodges even have their own hot tubs – perfect for stargazing on a cold wintery night! This woodland park is set on the edge of the Hurn & Avon Forest with plenty of open spaces and woodland walks on the doorstep. Dorset’s sandy beaches are close by and Peppa Pig World is just 30 mins drive away. There’s plenty for toddlers at Oakdene Forest including a fab outdoor play area and an indoor swimming pool. The park runs festive weekends on a Friday evening throughout December with fun-packed entertainment including party dances and games.
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#2. Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall
Tredethick Farm Cottages is an amazing place to stay with babies and toddlers at any time of the year, but in winter, the farm is transformed into a cozy haven where families can snuggle up and enjoy the empty Cornish beaches. Most of the cottages have toasty log burners, and there is a magical hot tub garden which is perfect for relaxing and star gazing on a winter evening. The undoubted highlight of the holiday for the children is the daily animal feeding, which takes place whatever the weather! The three gentle ponies, gives rides to the children twice a week straight after animal feeding. There are plenty of things to do at Tredethick whatever the weather. Choose from a dip in the indoor swimming pool, letting off steam in the indoor soft play (hot chocolate and daily newspapers for parents!) or even building sandcastles inside in the play barn. And when the sun comes out, there is a balance bike track and outdoor play park for little ones.
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#3. Knowle Farm, Devon
Set in 44 acres of idyllic countryside, Knowle Farm is ideal for a winter break with babies and toddlers. There is so much to do at Knowle Farm including driving cars on the toddler race track, meeting the friendly farm animals or playing in the play barn with over 1500 balls! Plus, the cottages are just a 30-minute drive away from Devon’s famous sandy beaches – perfect for a bracing walk in the quieter months! The 4* cottages at Knowle Farm have all been lovingly converted from barns whilst retaining their original features. All the cottages have wood burning stoves and Freesat TV (CBeebies!). Toddlers will love taking a dip in the indoor swimming pool or taking a walk through the guinea pig / rabbit enclosure.
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#4. Bluestone National Park Resort, Wales
Bluestone is a 5* holiday park in Pembrokeshire, south west Wales set in a forest with luxurious lodges, a spa and an indoor waterpark. Toddlers will love getting stuck into activities and entertainment such as singing and dancing, storytelling, puppet shows, mini beast hunts and pond dipping. There’s also a Hobbit and Fairy’s Secret Village for toddlers to explore! The indoor Serandome brings the outdoors inside and has a water play area and sand play area where little ones can play whatever the weather.
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#5. Crieff Hydro, Scotland
Crieff Hydro is a baby and toddler friendly resort in Perthshire with a hotel and over 50 self-catering lodges, apartments and cozy cabins. Winter is a great time to visit Crieff as you can enjoy winter Perthshire mornings, long walks, roaring fires and enjoy loads of gorgeous comfort food served from one of the resort’s eateries. Indoors there is a swimming pool complex and onsite cinema and all stays receive two hours of FREE daily childcare sessions for 2-12-year-olds. There are loads of outdoor activities at Crieff Hydro including pony riding, a giant fort, go karts, zipline and jumping pillows
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#6. Darwin Forest, The Peak District
Darwin Forest is a 5* holiday park with luxury lodges close to Matlock Bath and Bakewell in the Peak District. It is one of the UK’s top holiday parks with 47 acres of woodland to explore as well as an indoor swimming pool, Little Monkeys play centre, activity den, playground and loads of fab places in the local area to visit. There are a variety of lodges at Darwin Forest ranging from Classic lodges through to lodges with hot tubs. Don’t miss a visit to the children’s farmyard at Chatsworth House.
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#7. Blackwood Forest, Hampshire
Blackwood Forest in Hampshire has 60 woodland forest cabins including cabins with hot tubs and stunning forest views just over an hour away from London. The Forest Retreat is where you can hire bikes, and book activities such as Mini Forest Rangers where little ones can learn about plants and trees, play games and make forest crafts. There is loads to do with babies and toddlers in the local area including Peppa Pig World!
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#8. Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire
Tattershall Lakes is a lakeside holiday park in Lincolnshire with amazing facilities for babies and toddlers. There is a small lakeside beach, aeroplane themed playground and load of amazing activities for babies and toddlers such as Pirate Play, Superhero Academy, pottery painting and nature rangers. Plus, there is an outdoor swimming pool and indoor splash zone.
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#9. The Lakeside Hotel, The Lake District
Imagine a winter break in the Lake District! Long walks, boa trips and a cozy hotel to return to on a night! The Lakeside Hotel is located on the quieter side of Lake Windermere, and is next door to the Lakes Aquarium and Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. There are also more than 10 boat cruises departing from the lake so you can explore other resorts on the Lake such as Bowness and Ambleside. The Lakeside Hotel has 8 Family rooms which can accommodate up to 3 children, and some of them have a second internal bedroom with bunk beds. Toddlers will also love having a dip in the hotel’s 17m swimming pool.
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#10. Ribby Hall Village, Lancashire
Ribby Hall Village is a 5* holiday village 10 minutes drive from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. There are fantastic facilities for babies and toddlers, including a baby and toddler swimming pool, slides and toys, an indoor soft play area, outdoor adventure playground and Woodland Trail. here are loads of activities for babies and toddlers too including Messy Time, Character Party Time, feeding the ducks at the village pond and Toddlers Tumble. Parents can take a break too and relax in the Spa, have a massage, play golf or visit the gym.
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#11. The Macdonald Forest Hills Resort, Loch Lomond
The Macdonald Forest Hills Resort is set in landscaped gardens and woodland sloping down to the shores of Loch Ard – ideal for exploring the magnificent Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. There are one, two and three bed apartments and an indoor swimming pool, Spa and Sauna. There’s also a children’s play area, outdoor chess/draughts board, football pitches, a pitch n putt and outdoor tennis courts. Rafters Bar and Bistro is perfect for families as it has a more relaxed atmosphere and serves high quality, family friendly dishes – the ideal place to relax after a swim or a busy day exploring the Trossachs!
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#12. Home Farm Cottages, Norfolk
Home Farm Cottages is a collection of 20 baby and toddler friendly holiday cottages in North Norfolk, which are just a short walk from the beach. There are loads of things for babies and toddlers including an indoor swimming pool, outdoor play area, and a brand new indoor soft play just for pre-schoolers! The seaside resort of Cromer is just a 20 minute drive away, and the village of Weybourne with its village shop with tea room and family friendly pub is a 5 minute stroll away.
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#13. Finlake Holiday Resort, Devon
Finlake Holiday Resort is set in 130 acres of beautiful Devon countryside on the edge of Dartmoor just 30 mins from the sea. There are amazing leisure facilities at Finlake which toddlers will love including an indoor swimming pool, waterslide and indoor splash park. There’s also an outdoor play area, nature trail and soft play to keep boredom at bay on rainy days! There’s a wide range of toddler friendly log cabins for you to choose from, including stunning Scandinavian-style lodges set in beautiful Devonshire countryside. You can even add travel cots, stair gates and high chairs to ensure you’ve all the essentials you need.
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#14. Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Fancy reliving the days of Robin Hood on your next UK holiday? The toddler friendly log cabins here are actually set within the historic Sherwood Forest, home to the myths of Robin Hood. Little explorers will find lots to interest them in the park, as there’s an on-site bug hotel, bird feeding platform and woodland trail. Plus, the play area for 1-5 year olds will be ideal for toddlers. Head further into Sherwood Forest and you’ll discover the legendary story of Major Oak, an ancient tree that’s at least 850 years old! Plus the park is just 3 miles away from the fabulous brand new RSPB Visitor Centre in Sherwood Forest!
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#15. Griffon Forest – Flaxton, York, Vale of York
All of the toddler friendly log cabins with hot tubs here are set within the 100 acres of naturally beautiful woodland that make up Griffon Forest. There’s a network of walking and cycling trails that weave through the woodlands, while you’re welcome to simply relax at the on-site, family-friendly restaurant. You’ll enjoy unwinding at the cosy log cabins, and they have the option to add travel cots and highchairs too. Take time out on the timber decking, or venture out to the city of York to visit the National Railway Museum and York’s Chocolate Story.
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#16. Landal Kielder Waterside, Northumberland
Kielder Waterside is an award-winning holiday park with luxury self-catering forest lodges, an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, restaurant and bar and the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre. It is set on the stunning shores of Kielder Water which is ideal for forest walks, cycling or simply just running around. Families can take the Osprey Ferry across the lake, let off steam in the playground or take part in the fab activities for children aged 3+ – Little Tikes, Pirates Adventure or Little Archers is sure to be a favourite with little ones!!
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#17. Calcot Manor Hotel, The Cotswolds
Calcot Manor is a former farmhouse near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, which has been transformed into a luxury baby and toddler friendly hotel. Situated in over 200 acres of rolling English countryside, Calcot Manor has large family rooms with separate bedrooms for children, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, biscuits and luxury aromatherapy products. Toddlers will love the indoor swimming pool, and the outdoor swimming pool in summer. The Playzone is an Ofsted registered creche for younger visitors, which is fully equipped with arts and crafts, educational toys and games. Outside there is a pirate play ship, natural trail, mini football pitch and loads of space to run around and explore.
Parents can book a beauty treatment in the Calcot Spa or relax in the hotel’s own pub with the papers. The Conservatory restaurant serves locally sourced seasonal food nightly. Parents can make use of the free baby listening service or book a baby sitter.
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#18. Macdonald Elmers Court Resort, The New Forest
Located in the market town of Lymington this magnificent 23-acre country estate is the perfect base for families with babies and toddlers wanting to explore the New Forest. The Isle of Wight ferry is just a 5 minute walk away from the resort and Peppa Pig World, Marwell Zoo and Southampton are also close by. There’s two heated 15m swimming pools – one of which is outdoor surrounded by palm trees and sunbeds. Plus there is a large lawn to run around on, views over the marina so plenty of opportunity to spot boats and a children’s play area. There is a wide variety of accommodation at Elmers Court ranging from studio apartments to 2 and 4 bedroom lodges and cottages.
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#19. The Ickworth, Suffolk
The Ickworth is a great choice if you are looking for a baby and toddler friendly hotel in in the countryside. It is set in 1800 acres of National Trust parkland in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and is a member of the Luxury Family Hotels group. The Ickworth Estate is perfect for cycling around and bikes are provided free of charge by the hotel. There is also an indoor swimming pool, Fairy Garden, complimentary childcare and a family friendly dining. Parents can make use of the free baby listening service and enjoy an adults only meal in the restaurant.
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#20. The Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore
The Hilton Coylumbridge is a baby and toddler friendly hotel in the Scottish Highlands. This resort style hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a Fun House with a large soft play, ball pit and slides and tunnels set over 3 floors. There is nightly entertainment including a children’s disco, and family friendly dining. The hotel is in a perfect location to explore the Cairngorms. Entry to 2 local attractions is included in the price of your stay.
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