If you’re anything like us then you’ll always be on the lookout for new holiday inspiration that is family orientated but still brings the wow factor for us grown-ups too. The travel industry is open and and whilst you take to find somewhere that fits your criteria, both for scenery and safety, we caught up with Laura Riley, the Altrincham mum who set up Little Clogs Holidays along with an Amsterdam based friend. Holland and Belgium were not even on our radar, but after a sit-down with Laura and doing some of our research, these countries might just the perfect family holiday destinations we visit next!
Why Holland and Belgium?
When you mention Holland or Belgium, most people think about hotel city breaks or party weekends, rather than family holiday destinations. However, these are some of the most child friendly countries in Europe with some of the cleanest and safest sandy beaches, beautiful woodlands, national parks and lots of fun family days out. The Netherlands, in particular is awash with fairytale references with its Efteling theme park and its Hansel and Gretel pancake house, and is the birthplace of some iconic childhood characters, such as Miffy the rabbit! These are small countries which means you are never far from the famous cities and everywhere is a doable drive away. They are also very quick and easy to get to from the UK and whilst the flight is under an hour it is just as easy to drive to these destinations.
Where to Stay
We’ve got that covered! Little Clogs features a collection of the most child friendly accommodation options in Holland and Belgium which are all set in beautiful nature. These range from glamping farm holidays to excellent holiday parks with accommodation including bungalows, safari lodges, treehouses and wellness villas. On most holiday parks there is the option of booking accommodation with special features for children such as toys, games, pull along carts and child sized furniture, cutlery and crockery. The parks have been selected for their toddler friendly pools, play areas and accommodation, but in many cases, they are also ideal for older children with kids clubs, sports, waterslides and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities.
The farm holidays offer a relaxing escape from everyday life where children can interact with their favourite farmyard animals and maybe even enjoy a ride on a real tractor. Accommodation is luxury glamping tents, all set in beautiful scenery with lots of space to run around and play whilst mum and dad put their feet up.
With travel looking like it’s back on the cards, why not go somewhere a bit different, and somewhere you can get to easily, without the need to fly?
Beekse Bergen safari lodges
Efteling gnome house
A farm Holiday
Landgoed t Loo lake pully