If you are among the families caught up in the backlog of passport applications, then don’t despair. You can still enjoy a great holiday by staying in the UK or sailing over to Jersey. Take a look at the options in our Top 10 no-passport holidays.
If you’ve said ‘ciao’ to your hopes of staying in a luxurious Italian villa, why not try the sumptuous lodges of The Sherwood Hideaway. With a range of new woodland lodges complete with outside hot tubs looking across to the famous forest, plus a luxury spa on its doorstep, visitors are guaranteed a taste of la dolce vita.
A three-night short break in a Woodland Rustic lodge at The Sherwood Hideaway starts from £899 for up to four people sharing. See Sherwood Hideaway
Now that les chateaux and the beaux villages of France are out of reach, discover the coastal castles and culture of Scotland’s south west. Turnberry Holiday Park on the Ayrshire Coast is close to perfectly-preserved Culzean Castle and the Robert Burns National Heritage Park, plus dramatic coastal routes, mountain bike trails and Loch Doon, Scotland’s largest inland lake.
A four-night short break from August 11 starts at £226, saving £56, for up to eight people staying in a three-bedroom holiday home. See Turnberry Holiday Park
Who needs airport queues and the high-rise hotels of Spain’s Costas when there are sandy beaches and classic seaside towns dotted along the Yorkshire coast. From the UK’s first spa town at Scarborough to Hull’s award-winning aquarium The Deep, families are spoiled for choice.
Sand le Mere Holiday Village near Withernsea overlooks the Yorkshire coast. Seven nights from August 8 starts from £506 for up to six people sharing a two-bedroom holiday home. See Sand Le Mere Holiday Park
and the Yorkshire Dales
The ‘Grand Depart’ through Yorkshire of this year’s Tour de France, is boosting cycling holidays. HF Holidays is offering a four-night tour in the Yorkshire Dales, taking in Skipton, Threshfield and Cracoe – part of the stage 1 route. Daily cycling distances of between 22 and 29 miles.
Starting September 6, the cost is £425 per person, including full board at its Newfield Hall Country House at Malhamdale (above), the cycling programme and the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ cycling leader. Bike hire is available at a supplement or guests can bring their own bikes. See HF Holidays
You can travel on just ID. Condor Breaks is offering three nights at the three-star Mayfair Hotel, a short walk from the beach, from £219pp. Offer includes return ferry travel from Weymouth or Poole and three nights’ B&B from June 27. See Jersey Tourism
HolidayCottages.co.uk have more than 1,900 self-catering properties across the UK and you can take your dog to 1,100 of them. They are offering £140 off a five-star seven night stay at Klondyke Barn in Tavistock. The converted detached barn is on the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley and offers a fantastic base for touring both Devon and Cornwall with the moors offering superb walking and riding facilities.
Price for seven nights from June 21 is now £410 for four people. See HolidayCottages.co.uk
Hoseasons’ Go Active Breaks offer a huge range of activities – including tennis – at 18 flagship holiday parks across the UK, with professional coaching available in a number of different sports. Talacre Beach at Prestatyn in North Wales is beside miles of golden sand dunes and beaches and the park has a huge selection of activities for all the family, from archery to paintballing, fencing to raft building – even a circus workshop. Accommodation is in lodges and caravans, some with hot tubs.
A week in the peak summer period for a family of eight was £425 and is now £209. Go Active Breaks activities are charged as taken. See Hoseasons
Hastings Hotels has a four and five star properties across Northern Ireland so get on your bike and ride at the recently refurbished Ballygally Castle on the Antrim Coast, where the Giro d’Italia swept past recently, or take part in a Cocktail Masterclass at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
The ‘Ride the Road they Rode Package’ staying at Ballygally Castle starts from £77.50 per person a night based on two sharing.
Shake it up with a Cocktail Masterclass at The Europa Hotel, Belfast from only £25pp. B&B at The Europa from £55 per person based on two sharing. See Hastings Hotels
For the ultimate in glamping, chic award-winning Sandy Balls Holiday Village has a new range of unique Camping Pods in the heart of the stunning New Forest.The funky timber Pods let you sleep under the stars without the hassle of putting up a tent or the discomfort of a bed on the ground.The Pods are set in Sandy Balls’ 120-acre estate. Onsite facilities include a Cycle Centre and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Four nights from £199 for four people. See Sandy Balls
Within easy reach of Ambleside and Hawkshead, 17th century Birkwray Farmhouse sleeps six and during July and August costs from £1,195 a week (£199 per person). A few minutes’ stroll from the country pub in the hamlet of Outgate and slightly further to the famous Drunken Duck Inn, the cottage combines ancient beams and nooks and crannies with smart, contemporary furnishings and oak floors.