Have you done a mega-budget holiday in the uk? HOW?

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eisbaer Thu 27-Jun-13 05:52:55

Had hoped to get away with no holiday this year, but sons are realising most people are doing something over the big break. Just wondered if there were any good websites/ways to allow a very very cheap seaside getaway for us, even for 2 nights? Tell me how you did it! I just looked at caravan websites, they're a fortune for 3 nights even. thanks

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Silverlace Thu 27-Jun-13 06:11:22

Have you tried the Owners Direct website? As it says you book direct with the owner of a cottage/caravan etc and it works out a lot cheaper than going through an agency and they are often flexible with dates for short breaks.

If you want to risk it leave it until.the last minute and then ring round you may get a good deal.at a b&b or hotel.

My friend wanted a cheap break so put a message on Facebook and a friend of a friend has let her have their caravan for next to nothing so you could also try that.

Good luck, I hope you find something. It drives me potty the way holidays go up so much in the summer.

eisbaer Thu 27-Jun-13 06:17:40

Great I'll look at owners direct. Just been looking at last last minute caravan rental and they are much cheaper in Cornwall and places like that. Was looking in Scotland before. Ironic, given the weather! I'll post anything I find

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Salbertina Thu 27-Jun-13 06:20:40

Yes camping and houseswap

Silverlace Thu 27-Jun-13 06:29:36

Have you looked at Pembrokeshire? Lovely beaches, lovely countryside and lots to do but less busy than Cornwall.

Curlyfrizzball Thu 27-Jun-13 06:35:18

Slightly risky, but we bought a holiday on eBay this year - some great last minute deals on there!
Alternatively, a Travel Lodge near a beach to use as a base, just for a couple of nights? Food might get quite expensive that way though.

eisbaer Thu 27-Jun-13 06:36:48

House swap interests me- did it take long to set up? Any websites recommended?

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nkf Thu 27-Jun-13 06:37:11

Yha. Basic but friendly. You can cook your own meals.

MojitoMagnet Thu 27-Jun-13 06:39:40

Do you have a stash of tesco clubcard tokens? these can be used for breaks at hotels and Butlins for an almost-free break if you have enough.

eisbaer Thu 27-Jun-13 06:48:12

Looking into eBay and yha- would never have thought of either! Thanks

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huddyblell Fri 28-Jun-13 13:49:03

What sort of budget are you looking at? May have a few ideas but would be good to know what your top budget is

BrianButterfield Fri 28-Jun-13 13:55:37

Try breakfreeholidays.co.uk - they often do the Sun holiday type deals but without having to collect tokens or anything. They have some Haven breaks on for cheap at the moment.

fanoftheinvisibleman Fri 28-Jun-13 13:58:52

Depends what you class as budget I guess but we always go May half term and never pay over £400. It doesn't help you this year but you usually save money by booking before end of january

YourHandInMyHand Fri 28-Jun-13 14:01:48

Could you borrow a tent and go camping?

I second YHA or Travelodge too. Both good for cheap breaks.

Wallison Fri 28-Jun-13 14:04:12

YHA is expensive now!

christmasmum Fri 28-Jun-13 14:06:51

I've done a few house swaps and they've all been great and FREE!! I used the NCT site figuring everyone would have children and it's worked out well. No need to take toys with us and some really good places to visit. Also, makes you tidy your own home which is nice to come back to... It's quite a lot of work in the week before but that's the only downside.

PatsysPyjamas Fri 28-Jun-13 14:10:40

We are having a holiday in another family member's house while they are abroad somewhere more exotic! Costs nothing but the travel and we will have a great time.

Yha is also a good option. I've been to two recently and both were just as nice as a budget hotel, plus they had lounge and games room, and you could cook your own meals. The kids thought this was all dead exciting and for us it was nicer than being stuck in our hotel room after dinner.

City breaks can be a good idea as often there are loads of free museums to explore.

apatchylass Fri 28-Jun-13 14:26:21


I've found you 4 nights in August here for under £300.

Upsides of the place:
It's stunning - set in woodland with a ruined stately home and a ruined martello tower, red squirrels, rabbits, and the most beautiful beach in England (sorry Holkham Bay but it is!) About 7 miles of soft white sand, great rock pools, great beach combing.

Shop that sells home made ice cream.

Also has a small but lovely playpark and a basic swimming pool, kids club disco etc in high season.

And there's a nature reserve with a bird hide and lake.

Staff are really friendly, caravans are clean, the silver one is spacious and the bronze is fine. (We go there quite a lot! smile ) If you look in lower season you can get a four night break there for £69 - even at Easter or half term.

Downside - it's really very VERY quiet there. No shops, nothing to do except play and go down to the beach - but that could be a good thing if you want to spend no money.

Tip: shop at Asda in Ashington before you arrive, as the camp shop hasn't much choice and is really expensive.

apatchylass Fri 28-Jun-13 14:28:49

Forgot to say, if you go by car, then you can visit the gorgeous Bamburgh castle and Alnwick castle where they filmed Harry Potter. DC are open mouthed at going to Hogwarts.

flipchart Fri 28-Jun-13 14:36:55

I agree that the YHA's aren't cheap anymore.
They used to be great if you were on a budget but now it works out quite expensive to stop in a family room.

When we didn't have much money we used to use the Travel Lodges and Premier inns. Premier Inns are really good value as the breakfast is a reasonable cost and kids 15 and under eat free.

I've also left it until the very last minute. Literally an hour before we have set off to book a late availability cottage.

fanoftheinvisibleman Fri 28-Jun-13 14:37:16

apatchylass that is where we went at May half term! Beach is indeed lovely. We had to pay £50 for the dog but still came in around 400 for a week.

Amble nearby was lovely for an afternoon mooching and ds loved Walkworth castle and the gardens at Belsay.

apatchylass Fri 28-Jun-13 21:02:18

It's gorgeous isn't it? And there's loads to do in Northumberland, or you can just stay on the beach.

I didn't know dogs were extra. There were loads of lovely dogs around when we last went up there.

Dysgu Fri 28-Jun-13 21:30:49

I second NCT Houseswap. We have done several house swaps and they are some of the best holidays my children have had, according to them. It costs about £30 to join the NCT and then you can access the site for free and contact people online.

check it out here

I tend to look at the blog posts or the most recently added photos - looks like there are lots of people looking for this summer still.

I would swap but we are off to Scotland for the first half of the summer holidays and are very excited about going from one end of the country to the other.

Other than travel to the swap (and the tidying up - which I see as a good thing!) it costs no more than being at home. Use of kitchen, fridge, freezer, washing machine (so not bringing all the laundry home!) and the children just love playing with others' toys and sleeping in others' beds.

As easy as being at home but more fun!

fanoftheinvisibleman Fri 28-Jun-13 22:10:15

It was was worth every penny apatchylass, he loved it. Especially when he managed to find a puffin head on the beach and screamed off with it whilst he tried to dive on him!

Yes, it is beautiful. And so much to look at. We took out English Heritage membership whilst there and took full advantage.

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