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Last minute weekend away in UK - Tips please

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k4mi Sun 23-Mar-14 12:35:10

We've decided on a last minute weekend away this coming weekend for a birthday treat. DH and I and our 2yr old DD. I've looked at Centre Parcs but seems pricey (last minute still £500+) Ideally we need somewhere within 2hrs drive time of SE London which I know limits things but we can't go until Friday evening. I saw Bluestone in Wales which looks good but over a 4hr drive. Price not a huge concern but would prefer to keep at least the accommodation under £300ish. DD would obviously enjoy swimming / soft play but that's about her limit, cycling would also be good. From our side we aren't fussy, ideally perhaps a pool / spa and maybe a nice country pub close by. Not interested in entertainment really. Has anyone found a hotel that's family friendly or a holiday park that's nice and not feels countryside-ish and not too busy? I guess we would prefer to keep ourselves to ourselves a bit so perhaps self-catering is an option but there's not much to keep DD occupied that way..? Anyone have any tips?

JeanSeberg Sun 23-Mar-14 18:11:07

How about a seaside town? Sorry my geography's not brilliant but somewhere Essex/Kent/Sussex Coast?

Creamycoolerwithcream Sun 23-Mar-14 18:23:50

Sandy Balls holiday park could work for you.

JeanSeberg Sun 23-Mar-14 18:25:29

You've got to go just for that name !

Creamycoolerwithcream Sun 23-Mar-14 18:58:06


JeanSeberg Sun 23-Mar-14 19:03:14

Looks like a great suggestion and you can ask stop people on the way for directions by saying 'I'm looking for Sandy Balls'.

<v childish>

dingit Sun 23-Mar-14 19:07:35

We live in same area and often go down to Bournemouth. We stay in the travel lodge just as a base ( cheap and cheerful) and go out from there. We take Tesco vouchers and eat at Prezzo one night. You can also stop in the New Forest which is fantastic, try a village called Burley.

MomOrMum Sun 23-Mar-14 19:22:22

We're trying a place in the New Forest called Balmer Lawn soon, which sounds good on paper.

k4mi Mon 24-Mar-14 09:02:48

Sandy Balls looks great but fully booked this weekend unfortunately. I'll take a look at Balmer Lawn though. Thanks. Still checking the Centre Parcs website every 5 mins to see if it's been reduced ;-)

BlueChampagne Mon 24-Mar-14 16:00:34

This is just outside Rye; might fit the bill?

dingit Mon 24-Mar-14 18:29:46

If you don't mind channel crossings, look at centre parcs Europe, ours Easter break is half price of uk!

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