where to take teenagers for a w/end break we can all enjoy?

(31 Posts)
triplets Mon 19-Nov-12 00:03:49

Had an awful year and dreading Christmas. Would like to get away between Christmas and New Year. Prob in UK has dh has cancer. Not CP, something abit different..................any ideas please?

NatashaBee Mon 19-Nov-12 00:36:45

New forest? Go ape nearby so the kids can do treetop climb and Segway, lots of cottages with nice walks/ pubs nearby so not too strenuous if your DH isnt feeling up to much. Salisbury also nearby with shopping for the kids and nice and scenic.

triplets Mon 19-Nov-12 23:43:43

Hi, we did Go Ape in Sherwood Forest in Aug, they didn`t really enjoy it andit was mega expensive! Also NF is lovely but it makes me sad as we used to go there every Oct half term wih my son Matthew who diedsad

NatashaBee Tue 20-Nov-12 00:32:10

Sorry sad sounds like you have had a lot on your plate, hope you find somewhere good to go to get away from it all and have a lovely Christmas.

achillea Tue 20-Nov-12 00:51:19

What sort of things do you all like to do?

fortyplus Tue 20-Nov-12 00:58:19

London? Museums and art galleries, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square all free, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Ice skating at Somerset House, HMS Belfast, theatres etc

York, dungeons, vikings, buses, trains, shopping, castles, eating smile

VestaCurry Tue 20-Nov-12 01:04:01

A city break eg London, Edinburgh, Liverpool (some brill galleries and other stuff there since it became European City of Culture a few years back), or Bath.

ash6605 Tue 20-Nov-12 01:12:04

Hoeseasons do some lovely city apartments, sure they have one in York. They also have log cabins, cottages etc done with hot tubs. Sounds like you all need a break sad

ash6605 Tue 20-Nov-12 01:21:26

No idea why I mentioned York specifically! blush

triplets Tue 20-Nov-12 23:30:51

Thanks everyone. What do we like doing? Well we all love animals, they are never happier if they can find a pet to play with! We love forests and have stayed in log cabins wiht hot tubs which is bliss for me and dh but now "boring" for them. My dh gets tired very quickly so 2/3 days in a city would be too much for him. We dream of one day going back to our dream destination, America. Our last proper holiday, the last time we flew was Aug 2007. We took off to California and toured for a month! We all had such a fab time....................then he became ill. So need something where the kids are occupied and we can relax.

achillea Tue 20-Nov-12 23:58:11

Sorry to hear about your loss.
Would dh be able to cope with a cruise?

triplets Wed 21-Nov-12 23:03:55

yes we have thought of that, would love to try one. He used to be an engineer on P&O so we get sent cruise offers but they are usually too expensive for 5 of us. The trio would be a good age now to send them off on their own on a ship!!

Ponders Wed 21-Nov-12 23:10:55

would it be worth contacting P&O to see if they could do you a special price, under the circs, as he used to work for them?

cece Wed 21-Nov-12 23:12:49
1978andallthat Wed 21-Nov-12 23:18:43

Brighton?

achillea Thu 22-Nov-12 11:53:13

Do they like horses?

www.northfieldfarm.co.uk/

triplets Thu 22-Nov-12 22:49:45

Thank you all for your suggestions, we are not really into horses I`m afraid. My head is buzzing with a lot of stress atm, would just love to be somewhere warm and relaxing............a hard brief with the 15yr olds and not much cash!

reddaisy Thu 22-Nov-12 22:56:47

We had a weekend in Bristol recently and it is amazing. The zoo is great, there is an amazing interactive museum called @Bristol which would be fun for everyone, an aquarium, the SS great britain, the theatre and lots of parks. cafes, shops. I have been on a lot of short breaks and I would recommend Bristol to any family. I hope you find somewhere.

reddaisy Thu 22-Nov-12 22:58:01

It isn't warm though I have to admit that. I hope things improve for your DH.

iamjustapoorboy Thu 22-Nov-12 22:58:22

Sorry about your dh being ill. sad I agree that Bath and Brighton are both great ideas; Brighton probably has more free stuff going on for teens than Bath.

(Don't want to hijack, but mind if I just ask Achillea if Northfield Farm is a personal recommendation? Looks great for horse lovers?)

triplets Thu 22-Nov-12 23:25:46

Are you a Simon and Garfunkel fan..I adore that song smile

iamjustapoorboy Thu 22-Nov-12 23:54:19

Yes! I so loved that song all my life! And all the others as well.

VestaCurry Fri 23-Nov-12 01:49:50

What about a cottage or house somewhere lovely which had a pool and a games room for the teenagers? I have seen them when I've been doing holiday searches - most companies let you specify if eg you want a pool. They aren't necessarily cheap but probably work out at a similar price as a city break for all of you by the time you factor in visits to various places. Take a slow cooker to make some easy one pot meals?

1978andallthat Fri 23-Nov-12 06:23:08

Would a cheap package deal for 5/6 days work?eg Tenerife?

achillea Fri 23-Nov-12 11:18:35

I suggested the horses thing (not a personal recommendation, poorboy) because you mentioned that they like animals. How about talking to your family, writing a list of priorities and a budget and then we can see how to help?

I don't know about you but organising holidays takes me hours and hours, quite an exhausting process in itself, especially when you have to consider everyone's needs and it's all your fault if it's not right. If you get the others involved they can take some responsibility?

cece's sporty link looks ideal - a cheap version of centreparks, but it all depends on what you call cheap!

iamjustapoorboy Fri 23-Nov-12 16:08:12

Thanks, Achillea.

OP, just remembered that Drusilla's Zoo is near Brighton, if you go there - like all zoos it's not ever so cheap but it is nice.

triplets Fri 23-Nov-12 22:44:38

Well, the trio are insisting they don`t want to be away for Christmas Day/Boxing Day. Trouble is they say that, we will be here on our own, no family here this year. I lost my lovely Mum in July and can`t bear the thought of it all atm. I have been looking forward to this coming w/end as my dh and I are going to his nieces 40th party in Hertfordshire and staying o/night in a hotel. My brother was having the two boys and my dd was staying with a friend. Well, one of my boys has been in bed all day, temp, dizzy generally unwell, then tonight the friends mum phoned to say my dd can`t stay as her dd has the bug too! So feeling abit fed up, I get exhausted shuffling everyone around! If I could find a nice cottage that had a pool and maybe a hot tub that would be bliss. Tried forestholidays but they have nothing left at any location for the w/end of the 28th. Its the worst time to try and go away!!

Iamjustapoorboy Fri 23-Nov-12 23:20:09

Oh, no. You poor thing, you have got so much to contend with. Wish I could help more. sad

BNmum Wed 28-Nov-12 21:50:46

I'm afraid i haven't got a hot suggestion but we escape to Lower Mill at Cotswold water park every year and find it's the ideal place to unwind and recharge the batteries. It's beautiful and a lovely safe environment for the kids who can swim on site, play tennis and cycle (there's also parks and tramplines for the younger ones). The onsite spa would be lovely for you and hubby to swim, use the sauna or have a treatment. There's some lovely gentle strolls around the site and fab country pubs to enjoy. I can't wait to go back there. Good luck in your search!

triplets Fri 28-Dec-12 23:45:26

Well we are still here! Since I last posted I have had the Norovirus, took me a full 10 days to recover! So now I am still looking for ideas for a w/end in Jan their 15h birthday, and half term in Feb and poss the summer hols. Looking for something really different in Europe or England!

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