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Keep teens (and tweens) happy on a UK cottage holiday!

Keeping everyone entertained on a family holiday or short break can be a challenge. Especially when it comes to teenagers (and pre-teens for that matter)! Here are some things to think about when it comes to keeping your teens (and tweens) happy on a UK cottage holiday.

Tweens, teens and adults will love the games room in this Yorkshire Holiday Cottage

This fabulous games room will keep everyone entertained

Make sure there is WIFI in the holiday cottage

OK so it probably goes without saying that a teenager without WIFI isn’t going to be a happy teenager. While it might be tempting to cut them off from the online world it is probably better to have some sort of compromise in place.

Making sure your holiday cottage has WIFI will keep everyone happy!

Making sure your holiday cottage has WIFI will keep everyone happy!

Making sure there is WIFI in the cottage will mean they can get their fill of Facebook, YouTube videos and Netflix – even if it is only for an allotted time each day.

Space for everyone


Teenagers can relax in this snug at Rowan House – there’s a Playstation to keep them entertained!

Another way to stop arguments is to ensure there is a second living room or snug where teenagers (or parents) can get away for a bit. If there is a television / music system / DVD or games console in here than even better. No arguments over what to watch on TV is always a winner with me!

Enjoy a soak in the hot tub at Green Barn near Richmond

Enjoy a soak in the hot tub at Green Barn near Richmond

Outside space is also important. Look out for a holiday cottage with outside seating, BBQ facilities and best of all, a hot tub! Everyone can relax and enjoy their UK cottage holiday.

Anyone for a game?

Games can come in many different formats and are a great way for families to get together and keep everyone entertained. From a competitive board game to an x-box challenge, who doesn’t love a family games night.

Some family friendly holiday cottages even come with a dedicated games room, so you could set up a pool tournament or table tennis challenge! Perfect for keeping teenagers happy on your UK getaway.

Check what attractions are nearby

It’s always a good idea to try and plan some activities for the holiday and make sure everyone gets an input.

Dalby Forest Segway

There’s plenty of things to do throughout Yorkshire from Segway and Tree Top challenges at Go Ape to thrilling rides at Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land.

Keep teens entertained with a trip to Lightwater Valley

Other favourites include Forbidden Corner near Middleham and York Dungeons. Plan ahead and everyone in the family will have a great time on the cottage holiday.

Explore the great outdoors

Some of the best days out are completely free of charge – such as exploring Brimham Rocks, Malham Cover or Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales.

Family playing among limestone rocks, Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales National Park

A bike ride is a great way for everyone to burn off some energy and see lots of the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside and you can’t beat the views from climbing up Roseberry Topping in the North York Moors.

Nurse Cherry Cottage in Swaledale

Outdoor activities to try in Yorkshire range from Alpaca Trekking in the Yorkshire Dales to kayaking and canoeing.

Take a picture with the Whitby whale bones - the backdrop is gorgeous

Everybody loves a day at the seaside and Whitby is always a firm favourite – especially when a day trip comes with fish & chips and an ice cream.

Retail Therapy

If your teen or tween prefers a day browsing the shops then climbing up Roseberry Topping, there’s plenty of places in Yorkshire for a spot of Retail Therapy.

Yorkshire's Top 10 Tea Rooms from Gorgeous Cottages

York and Harrogate both have a great mix of high street chains and independent boutiques and you can always stop at Bettys afterwards for a spot of Afternoon Tea – perfect for a special treat!

Broaden their horizons

Theres plenty to explore in the North York Moors

Get out and explore the North York Moors

There’s lots of culture and history to explore throughout Yorkshire with interesting stately homes, art galleries and historic remains.
Some places to try include Castle Howard in the Howardian Hills, Burton Agnes Hall in the Yorkshire Wolds and Bolton Castle in the Yorkshire Dales.

Burton Agnes Hall is a family-friendly attraction in the Yorkshire Wolds

There’s also lots of artisan food producers and talented chefs in this region – it’s well worth visiting a food market or trying out one of the fabulous gastro pubs and restaurants. You never know you could spark something in your teen or tween that could lead to a future career!

Discover the wow factor open plan kitchen.

Take a look at our range of family-friendly holiday cottages in Yorkshire. If you need any help booking the ideal holiday cottage for your family, give the Gorgeous Cottages team a call on 01642 263 249.

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