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Five reasons for a family holiday in the UK

In recent years, family holidays taking place right here on these fine shores have enjoyed a renewed interest in both travel agents and through online search volume. It is an effect of the recession, no doubt, that more and more parents looking to save money on a family getaway are, very wisely, making the most of the great coastline and countryside around us.

As holidays abroad become more head-ache-inducing, and indeed more costly as those ?budget? airlines turn out to be less budget than we thought, companies such as Park Resorts are instead offering family holidays UK wide in static caravans, camping sites and parks across Britain and dotted along some of its most picturesque coastal spots.

One of the parts of the UK benefiting from a growth in media attention and tourism is Essex. With excellent beaches, close proximity to London and attractions for art lovers, bird lovers and food and drink lovers alike, it has long been a caravanner?s haven and it looks to be enjoying another good year in 2012.

Clacton-on-Sea is a wide stretch of coast that is host to a range of holiday parks and quieter locations that can cater to different types of families ? from those who prefer the non-stop activity-filled waterpark and games room kind of life, to those who are looking for tranquillity and time to themselves.

With about an hour or so travel from the capital, and easy access from the South East in particular, Essex is a great representative for the East Coast. A little further north is East Anglia and the Norfolk Broads, also home to excellent canal and long-boat holiday options, containing delightful spots like St Ives, full of charm.

For those who like a really outdoors-y holiday, the coast of West Wales is a must. A bit of a longer commute unless you?re coming from the South West, it is nevertheless a blustering, beautiful delight for family holidays, with excellent coastal walks, beaches and holiday and activity options.

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