Make memories this summer: Five of our favourite family holiday ideas for 2023

Last updated Mar 31, 2023

It's that time of year again, the clocks have changed and (whisper it) we're heading away from the cold, dreich weather and summer feels that little bit closer.

We don't doubt some of you are already booked up and summer plans have long been in the diary, however for many others it's around this time holidays come to the forefront of family discussions.

If you're seeking some inspiration for this summer here are five of our top suggestions - from bucket list stateside adventures to sun-soaked beach breaks.

Visit the Legoland Amusement Park in Billund

There's good reason Billund is a dream holiday destination for many families - and it's got a lot to do with the legendary Legoland Amusement Park. The attraction is one of the most visited in the whole of Denmark and it's home to fun rides and incredible models - including the must-see Miniland.

A trip to Billund also opens up access to the WOW Park play and amusement area. This is set in a park in the middle of the forest and boasts ziplines, suspension bridges and treehouses. And with outstanding hiking and walking routes, what's clear is that there's never a dull moment here.

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For fun in the sun it's all about Izmir

Loaded with hidden treasures Izmir is nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Aegean' - and there's tonnes of fun for families in this city, which is one of the oldest in Turkey.

Make a splash at the waterparks in the Bay of Izmir, see the animals at Izmir Wildlife Park, and hire a bike and enjoy the miles long safe cycle lanes.

For family fun think Izmir.

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Go Orlando for theme parks and thrill seeking

You've probably heard, Orlando is the place to be for rollercoasters, theme parks, waterparks and other fun-packed attractions. A trip of a lifetime - and one you'll not forget in a hurry - if it's a stateside adventure on your agenda this summer.

Located at the heart of the Sunshine State, highlights include the iconic Universal Studios, science museum and the towering 400ft observation wheel at ICON Park. You've also got top class beaches, parks, shopping and nightlife for those who'd rather relax than ride rollercoasters.

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Beach bound? Skiathos is shore to be top of your list

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With more than 60 different beaches - including the world-famous Koukounaries - this Greek island is the place to be if it's sun, sea and sand you're seeking for your summer holiday.

The warm temperatures and amazing landscapes make this a top summer destination if you're looking to kick-back and relax in the most picturesque surroundings. Why not head out on a boat trip and visit the beach where 'Mamma Mia' was filmed!

You can fly direct or add Athens to your trip and combine your island getaway with a visit to the Greek capital.

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Pitch up at one of Europe's top campsites for the great outdoors - and take a day trip to Paris!

And if it's your in-tent to go camping why not pitch up at La Croix du Vieux Point on the outskirts of Paris. Fly direct to the French capital and you'll be on-site around an hour after landing.

Here you've got a range of fun activities - indoor and outdoor pools, mini-cars, trampolines and pony riding to name but a few - while also enjoying easy access to the city of Paris and the many top attractions found there.

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Flying for all the family - our top tips

For some families – particularly those with young children – arriving at the airport for a flight can be quite daunting.

However it need not be a stressful experience, and we're always on hand to help with whatever you need.

Read our handy guide for families here.

(Don't forget - we've got a dedicated family lane at security!)

Picking up some essentials at the airport?

If you're looking to pick up a pre-flight bargain or a holiday essential once you arrive at the airport then you're in luck.

We have an extensive selection of retail options on offer to passengers, selling everything from designer clothes and electronics to sunglasses and suitcases.

Find out what we've got on offer before and after security here.

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