Ten of the best: Family holidays for Easter

Who wants to spend the entire Easter holidays stressing out at an airport? Delays, strikes, queues... forget it! We've picked our top ten no-fly breaks for the family to enjoy - and not an airport security scanner in sight...

Ten of the best no-fly Easter holiday breaks
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Ten of the best: Family holidays for Easter

Head for the hills on a walking holiday in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, where the family can enjoy guided walks on the Vale of Usk, Pen-y-Crug Iron Age hill fort, Pen y Fan ridge or the summit of Sugar Loaf. Stay in Nyftha Country House, which has an indoor pool, croquet lawn and extensive gardens, along with evening entertainment such as giant Jenga and Wii competitions.
Seven nights' full board, from 9 April, costs £509 per adult (saving £50), with up to two children (11-17 years) sharing with an adult paying £280 each, while under-11s stay free, with HF Holidays.

London's cosmopolitan country estate, The Grove in Hertfordshire, is hosting a special four-day family Easter weekend, featuring a packed timetable of traditional pastimes and dynamic activities for kids of all ages. As well as a range of games consoles and craft sessions, The Grove offers a kids' club, urban beach and a premier-sized football pitch.
The weekend break costs from £310 per room per night, b&b, including all activities, with The Grove.

Take to our inland waterways and explore all the UK has to offer at a relaxed pace - including attractions hosting Easter events, wildlife-spotting on traffic-free towpaths and family-friendly canalside pubs. Choose from more than 500 top-quality craft, leaving from 40 bases around the country - you can even load your bikes on the roof and bring the family dog on most boats. All canal boat holidays include steering tuition before you set off.
A week's boat hire over Easter, leaving from Tardebigge and exploring the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the Stourport Ring, costs from £665, with Drifters.

Families can grab an Easter deal in northern France, when they stay at Camping le Ranolien in Perros. Situated on Brittany's pink granite coast, the holiday parc has beautiful sea views and a superb pool with waterslides for the kids and spa and indoor pool for a little parent pampering. Then there's plenty of evening entertainment to keep the whole family amused.
Seven nights, starting before 28 April, costs from £199 per family of four, staying in a standard two-bedroom mobile home, including return P&O ferry crossing, with Canvas.

Explore the ancient routes of the original Lakeland pack ponies across the Cumbrian fells on a walking and camping holiday that follows in the tracks of the animals that once transported everything from whisky to wool across this stunning landscape. After an introduction to your ponies, they'll carry your load  - and your lunch - as you walk alongside, between the different campsites that will be your home-from-home each night.
From £230 for two days for a family of four, including lunch hampers, maps and route directions, with Lakeland Pack Pony Holidays.

Families can indulge themselves this Easter with a range of breaks from Luxury Family Hotels at their properties around the UK. At Woolley Grange, near Bath, the Jacobean manor house will come alive with entertainment from the Sunshine Clowns, and activity sessions including circus skills, game challenges and storytelling -“ topped off with a visit from the Easter Bunny. Meanwhile, pooped parents can put the new spa to the test.
An Easter break at Woolley Grange costs from £140 per room, per night during selected dates over the Easter holidays and children stay free when sharing their parents' room, with Luxury Family Hotels.

Chic west London property the Chiswick Moran Hotel has teamed up with Kew Gardens to create a package that allows families to explore the world-famous gardens in springtime. Explore the glasshouses, climb the tree-canopy walk and enjoy a range of Easter activities including chocolate-making, craft workshops and an Easter egg hunt.
The Kew Family Package costs rom £139 for one night's b&b (for two adults and two children under 12) in an executive family room, free in-room movies and entrance to Kew Gardens, with Moran Hotels.

... but it might as well be. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the Isles of Scilly are an inviting destination for a family holiday at Easter. And St Mary's Hall Hotel, an elegant, refurbished townhouse, is just a short walk from the white beach of Porthcressa and the town's own stretch of fine sand. There's even unlimited boating included in your stay. The hotel is accredited with a Sustainable Restaurant Award, so the family will enjoy a seasonal menu created from ethically sourced ingredients.
Prices start at £100 per adult per night and £50 per child for half board (high tea for children), sharing a family suite, including Easter eggs and unlimited fruit juice, with St Mary's Hall Hotel. Free flights from Land's End are available if you book a five-night break. Call 01720 422316 quoting Easter 12.

Taking a ferry can be a blessing with kids, so why not head off on a five-night break to explore the town of Hamelin in Germany and retrace the fairy tale of the Pied Piper? Explore the pretty medieval town and enjoy a boat ride up the river to visit the legendary Rat Catcher's House and spot the evidence of the piper throughout the town.
Departing from Newcastle on 21 April, this five-night break costs from £331 per person, half board, including two nights on ferry travel in an en-suite cabin, three nights' half-board hotel accommodation and coach transfers, with DFDS.

There's a whole host of new attractions to enjoy at the Chesil Vista Holiday Park in Weymouth, which was refurbished last year, including a three-storey soft play area, a revitalised entertainment programme and lots of Easter holiday activities. Kids can take part in falconry events, archery, an Easter Egg Hunt and a Pirate Parade.
Prices for an Easter Mini Break start from £295, for five nights from 5-10 April, with Chesil Vista.


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