Go in summer half term week rather than Aug - it's a lot cheaper! There are plenty of nice locations for <£500 per week. e.g drive to France to save money on flights - that's what we're doing this year (last year, we had a staycation). Alternatively, prices go down at the end of Aug e.g Holland because the Dutch go back to school earlier than us and you can pick up a pretty good deal there too.
sorry - last one from me but the old Etap chain hotels are also really cheap, modern and each bedroom sleeps 3 - double bed with bunk bed over it so I can take ds's away on my own for the odd night. My brother lives in Leicester and the Etap there (think it's Ibis now) is £19 a night, so they're worth looking out for - the Etap website still works and they just let you know what the hotel is now when you search.
Ah - just seen from your profile that you're down South, so that campsite's probably not practical...
I agree that another option is day trips. I've got a week off at Easter with ds's but we're not going away anywhere. Instead we'll do a few day trips I think - we're close to North Wales so that's a day to Llandudno - with packed lunch so no big spends, and there are a few parks we don't often go to that will be on the list. Picnics + football and they're happy, especially if I can be bothered to take one or two of their friends with us
where abouts are you? I'm really hoping we get to try out this campsite this year: here It's cheap, on the beach, looks like the cafe's nice and it's also a farm - sorted..! Camping's great and if you haven't tried it before, try to borrow some equipment from friends before you buy a load of stuff - we were lucky to be able to borrow a friend's tent the first time we went, then once we had, I got a tent from ebay.
Kids that age love camping, they don't mind if it's wet. I hate it but did it when they were small and we were skint because they loved it so much. You just have to suspend normal standards of cleanliness and nutritious food. How much do you realistically have to spend? If we know we could suggest places.
Thats it really. It would be for me, dh, ds aged 8 and dd aged 2. We are very skint, have so much debt but I really don't think that the kids should have no holiday because of it but am trying to be responsible too. Any ideas would be very greatfully appreciated!!