Five Group Holidays that Guarantee a Good Time
Published: Friday 10th Oct 2014
Written by: Alice de Courcy-Wheeler
If you are heading off on holiday as a group you want to know that you will be guaranteed a good time. Regardless of whether you are a family or a group of friends, there are destinations to suit all types of interests. From festivals and culture to active holidays and relaxing breaks, here are five group holidays that will ensure everyone enjoys themselves:
Get active in Pembrokeshire
If you are an active group you are guaranteed a good time in Pembrokeshire where you can try no less than 15 adventure activities. If you are trying something new, head for one of the many activity centres in the area where qualified trainers can guide you. Home to Britain’s only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is known for its sheltered estuary waters and secluded bays which make it perfect for rock-pooling, windsurfing and kayaking, while the spectacular 186 mile long Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail is ideal for walkers and cyclists who like to combine exertion with wonderful scenery. On some of the wider beaches, you can horse ride, paraglide or race across the sand on a power kite.
Festivals in Norfolk
If your group enjoys festivals then the Norfolk is the place to head for, where there’s a calendar of family-fun events throughout the summer. The coastal resorts of Cromer and Sheringham hold summer carnivals while the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival is the biggest of its kind in the country and includes themed weekends at Holkham Hall on the north Norfolk coast. Just inland the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Britain's first arts festival which began in 1772, offers something to please all artistic tastes. Great Yarmouth’s Maritime Festival in September, which celebrates the town’s seafaring connections, includes flotillas of tall ships and sea shanties a plenty. The town also hosts the Out There Festival of Street Arts and Circus later in the month – expect light shows, acrobatics and much more besides.
Chill out in in South-East Cornwall
If your group simply wants to relax and unwind, then they could head for south-east Cornwall to take it easy. Time slows down in this wonderful part of the country dominated by green rolling countryside, moors and coastal villages, inlets and creeks. Boats are big here, and there are all sorts of boat trips you can take. Visitors can hire canoes and explore the creeks and coves in silence, or if they don't fancy the water head for Bodmin Moor for solitude, folklore and wild walks. At Minions, visitors can explore a World Heritage site celebrating Cornwall’s rich mining history, while at Looe there are golden sands and rock pools, as well as great pubs where you can buy a pint and just watch the world go by.
Dorset for a top family break
The wonderful county of Dorset is the place to go to guarantee a great time with your family. The coastline is a glorious mix of rugged rock formations like Durdle Door or golden sands found at resorts like Weymouth and Swanage. Fossil hunting on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast at beaches such as Lyme Regis and Charmouth is also a great family activity. With eleven National Nature Reserves to visit in the county, Dorset is great for getting the children out and teaching them about wildlife. The county is home to many reptiles and migrating birds and a boat to Brownsea Island on Poole Harbour will take you to the home of one of the last remaining colonies of red squirrels in England.
Culture in the Lake District
If your group is interested in culture then you will certainly enjoy a holiday in the Lake District. Iconic English figures from the arts world such as Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth had strong connections with the area, and there is a chance to learn about all three while on a break here. Those interested in Beatrix Potter can visit the Armitt museum in Ambleside to see 400 of the author’s original drawings and watercolours, and Dove Cottage in Grasmere or Wordsworth House in Cockermouth are the places to go to learn about the life of the Romantic poet. Ruskin’s home at Brantwood is beautifully situated overlooking Lake Coniston, and is a treasure trove offering insights into his involvement with the Arts and Craft Movement.