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How to Have a Relaxing Summer Holiday with The Kids

Heading off on a staycation with small children can fill even the most experienced parents with dread. From figuring out what to pack to thinking of ways to keep children entertained en route, it’s not easy.

We have pulled together a step-by-step guide to make your summer holiday with your little ones as relaxing as possible.


Look out for family-friendly offers

Here at Five Lakes, we know how important it is to keep the children entertained, which is why we offer a Zoo Family Break for you and your little ones. Not only will such offers provide you with fun activities to enjoy as a family but they will also give you an indication that the hotel itself is child-friendly, crucial to a seamless family trip away.


Choose a hotel to suit your needs

When travelling with a family, we understand that room size and dining options for fussy eaters are sometimes just as important as luxurious spa facilities or a well-stocked bar. You are likely to be looking for a Colchester hotel with a swimming pool or wide open spaces, both of which we can offer you at Five Lakes.We have Standard Double bedrooms – equipped with Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities – perfect for families – and we also have spacious Village Rooms which provide that all-important home away from home feel and can accommodate much larger families.


Look out for things to do in the area

It is important to plan your trip to ensure there are going to be a variety of activities in the surrounding area to occupy the children – a hotel with a swimming pool just won’t cut it every day! Luckily, Colchester in the summer is a hub of activity and there are lots to see and do during your stay! From Bourne Mill and Fingringhoe Wick to Leisure World and Castle Park and Gardens, Colchester is full to the brim with outdoor family fun! Clacton-On-Sea is also in close proximity to the hotel and, of course, provides the perfect opportunity for fish and chips on the seafront and a day spent spotting seagulls!


Plan for the wet weather!

The Great British Summer has a habit of letting us down, so it is also important to not rely on outdoor activities to keep your little ones entertained. Aside from the swimming pool and acres of outdoor space that we have here at Five Lakes, Colchester also offers a range of indoor activities for your family to enjoy including the Natural History and Holly Trees museums and ‘Go Bananas’ soft play.


Figure out how you’ll get there

It’s important, when travelling with children, to figure out how you will get to and from your destination. Five Lakes rests in close proximity to Colchester, which has regular links to and from London via train and is a few minutes from the A12, making it easy to find us by car.


Time for You

Although it is important to enjoy fun with the family, your staycation will also provide a welcome opportunity for you to relax. Whether you are looking to play a round of golf or sink into luxurious comfort in our relaxing spa before enjoying a cold drink at the end of a long day’s activities, we have everything right here at Five Lakes to ensure that your needs, as well as your child’s, are met with comfort and warmth.


When it comes to heading off on holiday with your family, choose Five Lakes for comfort and fun.

Ready to book your holidays with your little ones? Book directly or call us on 0871 423 4821 to book your family room.