If you were hoping to go abroad this year and now you’ve left your summer hols booking a bit late - fear not.

There are still plenty of options out there for a memorable family break.

We’ve done the hard work for you and found some excellent alternatives to a bricks-and-mortar stay.

Try a glamorous tent, a fun campervan or a canal boat.


Haven Seton Sands Holiday Park, East Lothian

Park with activities including bungee trampolining, a 9-hole golf course and indoor pool, with views over the Firth of Forth.


Touring pitches available, August 1, 7 nights £363.30

Narrowboat from Falkirk to Edinburgh

Seven nights on a two-bedroom boat exploring the Union Canal, with some of the UK canal network’s best views and including the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift.Diesel is extra and costs around £10 per day


Availability: July 17, 7 nights, from £1,899

Glamping at Balnab Whithorn Farm, Dumfries & Galloway (


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Glamping at Balnab Whithorn Farm, Dumfries & Galloway

Canvas lodge with private outdoor shower with optional extras such as a BBQ or private chicken coop on a farm in one of the UK’s only two gold tier’ Dark Sky Parks, with little light pollution perfect for star gazing.


Availability: 7-night stays available in August, £1,349. Shorter stays also available.

Motorhome from Kelty, Fife

A six-berth fully equipped motorhome with TV and bike rack, to explore Scotland starting from Kelty near Edinburgh.


Availability: July and August, 7 nights, £1225

Narrowboat from Falkirk to Edinburgh

Manchester to Edinburgh by campervan

Nomad motorhome for four people with a living area, kitchenette, bathroom and sleeping area, picked up in Manchester.


Availability: July and August, 7 nights, £1264

South East

Polesden Lacey

Camping at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Campsite within the 1,400 acre grounds of the National Trust Polesden Lacey Estate in the Surrey hills.


Availability: Selected dates in July and August, £60 per night (minimum 2 nights)

Camping at Bentley Estate, Sussex

Located on the 700-acre Bentley Estate on the edge of the South Downs National Park and close to the seaside.


Availability: Selected dates in July and August, £60 per night (minimum 2 nights)

Camping at Henley Estate, Oxon

Campsite situated on the River Thames and a short river walk to the town of Henley-on-Thames.


Availability: Selected dates in July and August, £60 per night (minimum 2 nights)

Ready Camp Cambridge

Ready-prepped safari tent with real beds and creature comforts on a glamping site at Great Shelford on the outskirts of Cambridge.


Availability: July 19, 4 nights, £312.


The Gathering Camp, Ash Farm, Dorset

Camping at Pylewell Park Estate, New Forest

Campsite with sea views just outside the harbour town of Lymington in the heart of the New Forest.


Availability: Selected dates in July and August, £60 per night (minimum 2 nights)

Glamping at Glastonbury Hill Farm, Somerset

These ’tented cottages’ have wooden floorboards, comfy beds and wood stoves as well as showers and private toilets, on a farm with views over the Somerset Levels.


Availability: August 23, 4 nights £810

Glamping at Hidcote Manor Farm, Gloucestershire

Canvas lodge with ensuite shower and flushing toilet at a 300-acre National Trust Farm near Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds.


Availability: August 9, 4 nights, £850

Pod with hot tub, Brokerswood Holiday Park, Wiltshire

Air-conditioned superior pod with outdoor hot tub within 80 acres of woodland and close to attractions such as Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park.


Availability: July 16, 7 nights, £1,199

The Gathering Camp, Ash Farm, Dorset

Two sleeping huts each with a double bed around a central living hut and a wood-fired hot tub.


Availability: August 9, 4 nights £1820


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Jesters Shepherd’s Hut, Hill Farm, Warwickshire

A shepherd’s hut on a working family sheep farm, with a separate hut for making tea, a fire put for barbecuing and an outdoor shower among the trees.


Availability: August 15, 5 nights, £775

Trentfield Farm, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Camping and caravanning pitches on a riverside site near Lincoln, Sherwood Forest and Sundown Adventureland.


Availability: July & August, £22 per night


High Life Canal Cruise, Chirk, Wrexham, Wales (


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High Life Canal Cruise, Chirk, Wrexham, Wales

A four-night canal cruise on a 4-bedroom boat departing from Chirk and crossing the 39m high Pontycysllte Aqueduct, the highest canal aqueduct in the world. Diesel is extra and costs around £10 per day


Availability: August 27, 3 nights, from £1,249

North West

Narrowboat on the Bridgewater Canal, Cheshire

Ideal for families trying a canal break for the first time, the 26-mile route from Acton Bridge to Lymm and back with only one lock to navigate. Diesel is extra and costs around £10 per day


Availability: August 28, 3 nights, from £1,099.

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Yurt in Cayton Village, North Yorkshire

Spacious yurt with reclaimed timber king-sized bed, two single beds, BBQ station and free Wifi, close to beaches, Scarborough and North Yorkshire Moors.


Availability: August 15, 3 nights £407


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MegaPod at West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Fully self-contained pods in a calm woodland with no Wifi for ‘digital detoxing’, close to a recreated Anglo Saxon village.


Availability: July and August, 4 nights, £480.

Boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads

The UK’s largest nationally protected wetland and of the UK’s most popular boating destinations, some cancellations mean holiday cruisers are still available.


Availability: Brinks Tempo 6 berth cruiser, July 20, 7 nights, £2235

Tatershall Lakes, Lincolshire

2-bed caravan or 6-person safari tent in a park with outdoor lido and indoor pool, plus a lake for water skiing and wake boarding.


Availability: August 9, 3 nights £626 (caravan), July 30, 3 nights £434 (safari tent)

Beachcomber Holiday Park, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Caravan sleeping 7 people on beachside park with outdoor heated pool, tennis court and sports bar.


Availability: August 2, 4 nights £726

White Horse Holiday Park, Southrey, Lincolshire

Brand new lodge with private tub on the banks of the Witham River and close to Blue Flag beaches, country walks and seaside resorts of Skegness and Cleethorpes.


Availability: During July, 3 nights £330, 5 nights £780

Hanworth County Park, Lincolnshire

Camping and toking pitches, clamping pods and lodges with private hot tub in 42 acres of parkland on the outskirts of historic Lincoln.


Availability: Throughout summer, camping from £12/night, touring pitches from £23/night, clamping pods from £40/night, lodges sleeping up to 8 from £343/night. Use code LEISURE21 to save up to £100.

Camping at Rand Farm Park, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

Camping pitches on popular Lincolnshire children’s farm with animal barn, tractor rides and adventure playground.


Availablity: July 23, July 30 and August 6, 2 nights £175.