School is out and the 6-week summer holidays is officially here! If you are thinking you can’t afford to take your family away for a holiday because prices are so inflated during this time, then read on, because we’ll show you how to have a cheap family holiday in Wales for £150 (or less).
You don’t need to go on a far-flung trip to have a good time this summer. Leave out the worries about sorting out passports and enjoy a cheap family holiday in Wales instead. There are plenty of affordable places you can go to for a couple of days to relax, get away from the stresses of daily life plus spend quality time with the kids.
And the best part is that they’ll only cost £150 or less for a family of four!
The most expensive part of any holiday is usually the accommodation. Hotels tend to be very pricey this time of year, so we would recommend looking around for self-catering accommodation.
Renting holiday cottages and apartments directly from the owners offer you the opportunity to stay at some really unique places. Plus it also provides the extra space, flexibility and the facilities you’d need as a family, such as a kitchen to make your own meals, washing machine/dryer, internet connection, your own garden etc.
Here are two examples of the holiday accommodation we were able to find online.
There is a 2-bedroom cottage in Powys on room-letting website AirBnB available for £106. This is for a 2-night stay between 24 to 26 August 2016 for 4 people. The cottage is located on a working farm near the Brecon Beacons National Park.
We also found a really quirky place, Haven Pod, which is an eco-friendly cosy floating pod located in the Neyland Yacht Marina in Pembrokeshire National Park. A 2-night stay between 17 to 19 August costs £138 for 4 people.
Tip: Don’t forget to read the reviews and fine print before you book! Bring your own food or buy ingredients locally to prepare your own meals to keep costs down. If you don’t drive and find it a bit hard to get to the holiday accommodation, you could try asking the home owners if they’d be able to pick you up from the nearest train/bus station. Most would be willing to for a small fee or out of goodwill.
Online coupons and deals
Although holiday parks and hotels are typically very costly this time of year, sometimes they do run special promotions with online discount merchants. Gaining more popular are cash-saving websites such as Groupon, LivingSocial and Wowcher, to name a few.
Here are two examples of some holiday deals we were able to find through them.
A family of four could stay at a 1-bedroom caravan at a holiday park in Prestatyn on 29 July for 3 nights at the cost of £99. We also found another deal which would allow up to 8 people to stay at a caravan in Llandudno for 4 nights for the price of £95.
You’d need to sign up to these websites to receive daily updates on deals available. There are also plenty of options for holidays elsewhere in the UK apart from Wales.
Tip: Before you buy a travel deal, always read the reviews about the property and ring them first to check if rooms are available for dates you intend to stay. There’s nothing worse than paying for it and realising nothing’s available for the dates you want!
Camping or glamping
Children often find camping a real adventure and it can be a really affordable way to spend a few nights away.
Youth Hostels Association (YHA) in Brecon Beacon has a woodland area you could pitch a tent in, with access to toilets, hot showers, running water and meals. A 3-night camping holiday here would cost a family of four £108.
If you don’t already own a tent and don’t want to buy one, YHA also has camping pods you could stay in. The YHA in Manorbier (Pembrokeshire) has large camping pods big enough for 4 people to sleep in, and are available at from £59 per night, where you have full access to the self-catering kitchen, toilets, showers etc.
Apart from YHA, many farms and activity centres in Wales also offer camping and glamping facilities.
Tip: Don’t feel that you need to buy a pricey brand new tent, you could try to borrow one from friends or look for a cheap second-hand one online. Choose a campsite that would offer you easy access to modern facilities.
Know of any other great holiday bargains out there this summer? Share them with us in the comments section!
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