NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies from this website.
I understand
More Info

With an extra bit of planning before you set off on your adventure, it gives the chance to ensure you have everything covered on your break, whatever the weather. Take a look at these handy tips to make the most of your self-catering holiday in the UK.


Holidays are a great time to relax, get the family together and experience a range of exciting activities in unique destinations. Opting for a self-catering break also gives you a choice of settings which don’t tie you down to a set itinerary or activities that start and end with the accommodation. Discovering new places, trying new things and sampling local foods are just some of the best things about holidaying away from the hustle and bustle of big resorts. Also, if you decide to take your four-legged friends, there are plenty of accommodation options so they can join in the fun too. 

Take a look at these handy tips to make the most of your self-catering holiday in the UK.


Research local attractions

Exploring the local area during your stay offers a great day out and new experiences on your holiday. Take the time to visit attractions you wouldn’t necessarily get near home; as these unique and interesting day’s out will offer everyone a memorable time and a break from the norm. Researching local attractions, heritage sites and landmarks also offers you an alternative if the weather takes a turn for the worst, as enjoying an indoor activity takes the stress out of an impromptu rainy day. 



Take a range of games with you

Holidays are the perfect time to get together and enjoy traditional family games. This is particularly good if your accommodation has a garden or a communal lawn area. Why not challenge the family to a game of rounders, or perhaps take some garden boules to enjoy a pleasant activity in the sunshine? Board games and party style games will always give you a chance for some friendly competition and plenty of laughs. 



Pack your wet weather gear

No-one likes being caught out when the weather turns a little soggy so taking your wet weather clothing is a must for self-catering stays in the UK. If you’ve got the essentials with you, you needn’t worry about doing all the things you planned, as your outdoor clothing will help you stay dry so it doesn’t dampen your spirits. 



Take a cookbook

Self-catering accommodation is usually packed with everything you need for a comfortable stay but as you’re probably going to be cooking quite a bit in your temporary pad, taking a cookbook could be a great idea. It’s a chance to try out new and exciting meal ideas that the whole family will love, and gives you an excuse to shop in the local area and indulge in some delicious treats to accompany your family meal. 



Pack beach towels

Most properties will provide towels during your stay, but they often specify they are for use only in the accommodation. No-one wants to be charged for ruining bath towels from a trip to the seaside so make sure you take beach towels for those days by the sea.



Plan downtime

No holiday would be complete without some well-deserved downtime, and these opportunities are ideal for reading that book you’ve been meaning to finish or relaxing in front of the TV with a great film. Although holidays are perfect for exploring and discovering new places, they are also an ideal time to relax and enjoy your new surroundings. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, why not opt for self-catering accommodation with a hot tub or swimming pool so you can add that little bit of luxury to your stay too.



Don’t forget the dog bed

If you’re taking your furry pals on holiday, it’s important to take their familiar belongings especially their dog bed. Although excited to be joining in the fun, they may not settle, especially in the evening unless they are sleeping in their own bed. As with the family enjoying activities on holiday, dogs also want to join in the games so taking their favourite toys or treats will offer them some amusement too. 


For more information or to book self-catering accommodation in a range of beautiful destinations across the UK visit  


In association with 

Share on