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Winners in Social Care Awards

We are proud to announce that we are the winners of the Best Family Life Enrichment NPO in the GHP Social Care Awards 2021. Social Care is an unsung hero of healthcare, operating almost behind the scenes to help all those who need it. Over the last year, that need has only grown greater. GHP... Read more »
Higgidy Helping Hand

Higgidy offer a helping hand

We are delighted to have teamed up with our friends at Higgidy and their Higgidy Helping Hand project to send goodie bags to families who have sadly missed out on a Family Holiday Association break this year. Over the next week or so, the many families who we had to disappoint due to the impact... Read more »
Midnight at Lucas Bay

Author donates £1 for each book sale

Author and charity supporter Lee Pennell has published her latest novel titled “Midnight at Lucas Bay” and for the first three 3 months £1.00 will be donated to The Family Holiday Association for every book sold. The book is an adventure story for 9 – 14 year olds – narrated against a backdrop of the stunning... Read more »
Sand dunes and beach

On the road to recovery

After months of lockdown and social distancing we are all in need of the joy and hope a break offers. The pandemic and its impacts have forced us, like so many others, to make tough decisions to navigate continuing uncertainty. To manage the loss of income from events like the London Marathon, we scaled back... Read more »
My Prudential Ride London

Prudential RideLondon goes virtual

The first ever virtual edition of Prudential RideLondon – the world’s greatest festival of cycling – will take place on 15 and 16 August (the event weekend) to celebrate cycling and raise funds to help save the UK’s charities.   The Family Holiday Association, like many other charities, has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19... Read more »
Seaside coast

Marine and coastal areas linked with better health and well-being

A Defra study shows that exposure to marine and coastal environments has positive effects on human health and well-being. A new study suggests that exposure to coastal environments can play a significant role in boosting human health and well-being, due to the ‘therapeutic effects’ marine and coastal landscapes have. In England, 271 million recreational visits... Read more »
Family Holiday Association

An update for supporters

As the country continues to ease lock-down measures imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel and tourism is starting to make a tentative return. From today (4 July) families in England are allowed to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation which includes self-catering cottages and apartments, caravans with their own bathroom facilities, hotels and... Read more »
Canvas Holidays

Canvas Holidays announces Charity Partners

European outdoor holiday specialist Canvas Holidays have announced their charity partners for 2020/21 which includes continuing their longstanding support of the Family Holiday Association. Canvas will also become an official partner of the NHS Charities Together in the UK, a charity dedicated to supporting the NHS. They fund research and development and purchase state-of-the-art technologies and... Read more »
Give Them A Break

Charity to administer holiday fund for key workers

Give Them A Break (GTAB) is a new nationwide, not-for-profit campaign to thank key workers across the UK for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. It launches to the public today (Thursday 4 June) with a call for donations to its charity fund, which will be used to make thousands of holidays and days out... Read more »
2.6 Challenge

Take on the 2.6 challenge

Be a home hero for the Family Holiday Association On Sunday 26 April, a country wide fundraising campaign is launching called The 2.6 Challenge. Taking part is easy. All you need to do is to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. This could be something as simple as pledging to run or ride... Read more »
Family Holiday Association

A message to our supporters

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Family Holiday Association has taken the difficult decision to furlough around 70% of the workforce effective from 1st April and are now operating with a skeleton staff. Our mission is to enhance the quality of family life for parents and children who experience disadvantage by giving families a... Read more »
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Charity partner at BTTS and British Coach Tourism Awards

Family Holiday Association is delighted to be the official charity for the 2020 British Coach Tourism Awards The two day show takes place on the 25th & 26th March at the NEC in Birmingham, and is attended by hundreds of tour operators, group travel organisers and travel trade professionals. There will be talks and keynotes... Read more »
Long Term Impact Report

Report highlights the long term benefits of breaks

The enduring positive benefits of breaks, particularly for struggling families, are highlighted in a new report from the Family Holiday Association. The research demonstrates the lasting impact a break away from home can have on challenges facing families such as isolation, mental wellbeing and poor school attendance. The research surveyed families between six and fourteen... Read more »

Family days out donated by Keetoo

Keetoo, part of The Vimal Group, have teamed up with the charity to give struggling families the chance to have days out in London and visit some of the city’s top attractions. The Keetoo app allows vistors to visit two London attractions, and Keetoo will be donating family days out every month to the charity.... Read more »

Spear Travels fundraising to adopt a caravan!

Spear Travels have pledged to raise £10,000 throughout 2020 as part of our ‘Adopt a Caravan’ initiative, covering the costs of running one of the charity’s caravans for a year. The Family Holiday Association owns a number of caravans, located at holiday parks around the British coast. They play a crucial role in giving struggling... Read more »
Shades Day supported by Host Unusual

Host Unusual to support charity Shades Day in May

Travel website Host Unusual have teamed up with the Family Holiday Association to become the first national sponsor of the charity’s Shades Day fundraising and awareness day in May. Host Unusual will be providing a package of support for Shades Day through their digital channels which will allow the charity to multiply their promotional reach... Read more »

A record year at the PATA Christmas Lunch

We were delighted to be invited to be the official charity at the 2019 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Christmas Lunch. Held on the 12th of December at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in central London, it was a fantastic event and PATA’s biggest Christmas Lunch to date. Charity patron Alison Rice said a few words... Read more »
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Another successful year for the ScotSpirit Breaks

Scottish families receive breaks through inclusive tourism programme 485 struggling families received a vital break last year thanks to the generosity of Scotland’s tourism industry, VisitScotland has revealed today (7 January 2020). The ScotSpirit Breaks, a nationwide programme coordinated by the Family Holiday Association, with the support of VisitScotland, has continued to help people across... Read more »
British Travel Awards 2019

Joan Laurance honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Family Holiday Association co- founder Joan Laurance has posthumously been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 British Travel Awards. Joan passed away earlier this year on February 23rd at the age of 98. British Travel Awards’ chairman Roger Allard and finance director Chris Photi presented the award to Joan’s daughter Pauline Laurance and... Read more »
Great York Ghost Search

Charity benefits from Great York Ghost Search Success

A record £5000 has been raised for charity as a result of the Great York Ghost Search event which took place throughout the city over the Halloween period. Extended to a three week season, the family-friendly trail saw 26 illuminated ghost lamps hidden in shop windows across the city which were then auctioned off to... Read more »
12 days of giving

£120,000 | 120 charities | 12 days

Nominate the Family Holiday Association and we could benefit from £1,000 from Ecclesiastical Insurance. Ecclesiastical Insurance have once again launched their 12 days of giving, designed to provide vital funding to charities by donating £1,000 to 120 charities over 12 days in the run up to Christmas. How it works: To be in with a... Read more »

10 years of support with Canvas Holidays

Last week, we visited Canvas Holidays at their head office in Dunfermline, to formally thank them for raising £100,000 over the past 10 years. Since the partnership between Canvas Holidays and the Family Holiday Association began back in 2009, the incredible funds raised have helped around 450 families struggling with terrible circumstances, to have a... Read more »
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New Chief Executive Announced

We are pleased to announce that Kat Lee has been appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Family Holiday Association. Kat is joining from Girlguiding, the UK’s largest charity for girls and young women. As Head of Youth Programmes she has spent the last six years leading the successful transformation of the organisation’s... Read more »

The Great York Ghost Search!

Hidden around the city of York are 26 Ghost Lamps and Mini Ghosts and we need your help to find them. We dare you and your family to take up the challenge of finding all the ghosts for the chance to win some spooktacular prizes, thanks to York Dungeon – the home of Halloween. Go... Read more »

Trip for a Trip to Brighton

We recently organised a group trip to Brighton for the day, funded by Responsible Travel who support the charity through their Trip for a Trip scheme. Responsible Travel documented the trip in the form of a short video, below.. Talking about the trip, Sophie Pearson from Responsible Travel said: “There was a clear blue sky... Read more »
Holiday Park & Resort Innovation

Official charity at industry show

We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity of the Holiday Park Resort & Innovation Show which returns to The NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th November. As Europe’s leading event in the holiday park industry, it is dedicated to providing the country’s most ambitious holiday park and resort owners and... Read more »

Pass on something wonderful this Remember a Charity Week

Now in its 10th year, this week is Remember A Charity in your Will Week (9-15 September). We are proud to be joining over 200 charities across the country to celebrate all the amazing individuals who support us by leaving a gift to charity in their Will. Currently only around 6% of us do this.... Read more »
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Blue Badge Guides help to discover hidden London

We were delighted to welcome a record number of teams to our ever popular  Treasure Trails recently, created in conjunction with our friends at the British Guild of Tourist Guides (Blue Badge Guides). This year we decided to do things a little differently and held three different walks over three different evenings in July. All... Read more »

Canvas Holidays celebrate raising £100,000 in 10 years

Since the partnership between Canvas Holidays and the Family Holiday Association began back in 2009, the incredible funds raised have helped around 450 families struggling with terrible circumstances, to have a much-needed short break at the seaside, or local day out. Canvas Holidays would like to say a huge thank you to all their customers... Read more »

New research shows Brits love to caravan!

Caravan holidays are on the rise – 39% of UK adults have been on a camping or caravanning holiday in the past three years ending October 2018. Safeguard has carried out in-depth research to uncover Europe’s favourite destinations for caravanning. Safeguard have analysed 5 data points for each country including the number of caravan sites,... Read more »

The day we set sail with ABTA Lifeline

Back for a sixth consecutive year, on a sunny (and not so windy!) day in July, 11 teams took to the Solent for our popular regatta. This year we joined forces with our friends at ABTA Lifeline, a charity set up to help colleagues in the travel industry when they need it most – from... Read more »
Responsible Travel

Equality for travellers with access requirements is a myth

Responsible Travel’s new report argues that the industry must step up. Activist travel company, Responsible Travel, has revealed the latest chapter in its manifesto for the future of tourism which reports that the travel industry is failing people with accessibility requirements, leaving vast swathes of our global society behind. Everybody needs global accessibility. 1 in... Read more »

Charity Patron John Carter says everyone deserves a holiday

Featured as part of the Daily Mirror ‘Give Kids a Seaside Smile’ summer campaign. Read more about the appeal on the Mirror online here. “I want to ask you about your holiday – the one you’ve just had, the one you are about to take or, maybe, the one you’re enjoying now. Do you think you... Read more »
Daily Mirror

National newspaper supports charity with summer appeal

“Ask anyone for their favourite childhood memory and they often say a trip to the seaside. “We remember building sandcastles, braving the cold seawater and the donkey rides. But while millions of families will soon be off on their summer hols, thousands of children will be denied that chance.” So say’s Jason Beattie at the... Read more »
Family at Southend-on-Sea

Tourism Sector Deal must mean accessibility for all

The Family Holiday Association welcomes the new Tourism Sector Deal announced today by Prime Minister Theresa May and specifically the Government’s ambition to make the UK the “most accessible tourism destination in Europe.” Included in the deal is a firm commitment to accessibility for disabled visitors. The charity now calls on the government and industry... Read more »

The ‘Ticking Clock’ of missing out on making childhood memories

With summer holiday season nearly here; many families will have already booked their break away. However, latest research shows a holiday is an unaffordable luxury for many hard working families, and that missing out is having a negative impact on mental wellbeing. Research published today (18/6) by Nottingham Civic Exchange (NCE) on behalf of the... Read more »
Transpennine Express

TransPennine Express partner to offer free days out

TransPennine Express (TPE) has teamed up with the charity to give disadvantaged families from across the North a chance to explore some of our great cities or enjoy a trip to the seaside. The train company will be providing complimentary travel to applicable families to towns and cities across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, with journeys... Read more »

Kids Pass adopts a caravan as part of new partnership!

Kids Pass have chosen the Family Holiday Association as their official charity partner and have got involved with our ‘Adopt a Caravan’ initiative, pledging to cover the costs of running one of the charity’s caravans for a year. The charity team were delighted to visit Kids Pass this week to present an official Caravan Adoption pack... Read more »

New caravan at Trecco Bay Holiday Park

We’re delighted to announce that the charity has just purchased our first caravan in South Wales. We have expanded our offering of breaks by buying a caravan at Parkdean’s Trecco Bay Holiday Park, located just outside Porthcawl; our first van located in South Wales. The caravan was purchased as the result of a donation made... Read more »
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New partnership with Beach Events & Solutions

The charity is thrilled to have been chosen as the official charity partner of the country’s leading urban beach specialists. The seaside has always been at the heart of the charity and can be traced back to our humble beginnings, over 40 years ago. The charity was established after founders Joan and Patrick Laurance were... Read more »

The Group Company adopts a caravan for 2019!

The Group Company has become the second company to get involved with the charity’s ‘Adopt a Caravan’ initiative, pledging to cover the costs of running one of the charity’s caravans for a year. The Family Holiday Association owns a number of caravans, located at holiday parks around the British coast. They play a crucial role... Read more »

London Bridge City teams up with charity

The Family Holiday Association is delighted to have been chosen as the official charity partner of London Bridge City. London Bridge City encompasses the half mile of river frontage along the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, and covers a total of 21.5 acres of space. It’s a vast and lively mixed-use environment which... Read more »
Joan Laurance

Family Holiday Association founder Joan Laurance dies

It is with great sadness that we announce that Joan Laurance, founder of the Family Holiday Association charity, has died at the age of 98. Without Joan, and her husband Patrick, there would be no Family Holiday Association. Since 1975, her compassion, sense of public spirit and unstoppable determination have enabled thousands of families to... Read more »

Forest Holidays to Provide a Free Holiday Each Week for Families in Need

Award-winning UK cabin holiday company Forest Holidays has today announced a new partnership with our charity. The partnership sees Forest Holidays providing 52 back-to-nature breaks for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring such as severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence. Research from families who... Read more »
Joan Laurance

Happy Birthday Joan
Inspirational Founder turns 98

Everybody associated with the Family Holiday would like to wish our co-founder Joan Laurance, a very happy 98th birthday! Joan and her husband Patrick, who died in 2008, launched the Family Holiday Association as a national charity in 1975. Several years earlier they had been struggling to cope with the loss of a daughter who... Read more »

Charity to be official charity partner for National B&B week

The Family Holiday Association is delighted to be partnering with online booking specialist, eviivo, for National B&B week taking place from 18th -24th March. The week will celebrate and raise awareness of the hard work of the British independent accommodation sector and follows the success of the inaugural National B&B Day in 2018. This year,... Read more »

Thousands of children given “life changing” breaks

An initiative which has given 1,100 vulnerable families, including 2,369 children, a “life-changing” short break in Scotland is transforming Scottish tourism, VisitScotland says. The ScotSpirit Breaks, which enters its fourth year in 2019, is a nationwide social tourism project coordinated by the national tourism organisation and the Family Holiday Association . Around 100 industry partners,... Read more »
TUI Care Foundation

TUI Care Foundation supports the Family Holiday Association

Giving a break to 7,000 struggling families in the UK The Family Holiday Association has become one of the first UK charities to be supported by the TUI Care Foundation. The five year agreement is designed to provide over 7,000 struggling families with a vital day out or short-break holiday – directly benefiting over 16,000... Read more »
CLIA Cyclists

CLIA UK & Ireland members send 358 struggling families on a trip

Fundraising efforts by CLIA UK & Ireland’s members and supporters will mean that 358 struggling UK families will be able to go on a precious day out at the British seaside or local tourist attraction. CLIA UK & Ireland partnered with Family Holiday Association, a non-profit organisation who has provided breaks for UK families with... Read more »
Kent & Herts Tourism Awards

Special Tourism Awards in Kent & Herts

The Family Holiday Association were delighted to present special awards recently at both the Kent and Herts Tourism Awards to recognise on-going partnerships between the charity and local visitor attractions. In Kent, Maidstone-based Kent attraction ‘Kent Life’ picked up the award. It was presented by John Kinnear, Head of Programmes at the charity, who commented “We... Read more »


The Family Holiday Association has today released a teaser video for their Christmas Advent-ures online advent calendar which starts tomorrow. Christmas Advent-ures is the charity’s online advent calendar. Each day between the 1st and 24th December a new door will be available to open on their website to reveal a short video featuring a unique... Read more »
The Big Give Christmas Challenge

One donation – twice the impact with The Big Give

Double your donation NOW at no extra cost to you! Click here to go directly to The Big Give Christmas Challenge and help achieve our fundraising target. The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a unique opportunity to make your donation have double the impact! Whatever you can afford, donations made online via The Big Give Christmas Challenge... Read more »

Our new supporters at Towan Valley

We are delighted that Towan Valley have recently started supporting the charity, by offering breaks for our families at their park in Cornwall this year. So far they’ve provided breaks for 10 families including a group from Pete’s Dragons suicide bereavement support charity. A family on one of the breaks at Towan Valley said: “The... Read more »
John McDonald

Chief Executive John McDonald to leave after 17 years

The Family Holiday Association’s chief executive, John McDonald, has announced that after 17 years in post he will be leaving the charity at the end of December. John McDonald, who joined the charity in 2001 after spells with Oxfam, ORBIS International and the Brain & Spine Foundation, said “It has been a privilege to be... Read more »
Scottish Public Sector Awards 2018

ScotSpirit Breaks shortlisted for top award

The ScotSpirit Breaks, a Scotland-wide project coordinated by VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, and the Family Holiday Association, has been nominated for the prestigious 2018 Scottish Public Sector Awards in the Third Sector Partnership category. Launched three years ago, the jointly led initiative aims to make tourism more inclusive and deliver tangible benefits to the... Read more »
Hoseasons Go One Better

Hoseasons set to raise £10,000

Team members at Hoseasons in Lowestoft have braved a skydive, taken on the Tour de Broads cycling event and tackled a Tough Mudder, with more plans to climb Snowdon and hold their own Golf Day later this month in their efforts to reach their £10,000 fundraising target. The product team at Hoseasons are taking on... Read more »
Alison Rice

Alison Rice: Helping to answer life’s biggest questions

Travel journalist and broadcaster Alison Rice has been busy answering some of life’s biggest questions, explaining the difference a legacy gift can make to children and their families, struggling with terrible circumstances, who are in desperate need of a break away from home. The activity is part of Remember A Charity Week, 10-16 September, which... Read more »
Remember A Charity Week

Helping to answer life’s biggest questions; Remember A Charity Week

This week we are joining forces with 200 other charities up and down the UK to launch Human – the world’s first charity-powered search engine. The activity is part of Remember A Charity Week, 10-16 September, which sees hundreds of charities come together to encourage people to leave charitable gifts in Wills and, by doing... Read more »

Donate when you shop with Amazon Smile

Donate to the charity when you shop with Amazon, at no extra cost! How does Amazon Smile work? When you shop via the Smile website, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the cost of your purchases to your nominated charity. It’s just the same as shopping on the regular Amazon site, and you’ll pay the same prices... Read more »

It’s round 2 for the CLIA Cycle to the Ball!

This December, Giles Hawke will be heading up a team of intrepid cyclists from the cruise industry to take on an 80-mile cycle challenge to the CLIA Winter Forum. Making up the team will be Tony Roberts and Robbie White – who are back for a second year – and Bernie Carter, Stuart Leven, Dave... Read more »
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British beach breaks bust stress, says research

New research reveals that a holiday to England’s coast could significantly enhance both your relationships and general sense of well-being. In a Holiday Trends survey conducted by independent research consultancy BDRC, 80 percent of holidaymakers on a domestic seaside escape claimed that it had brought them closer together, while 78 percent agreed that the holiday... Read more »
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Shopping and fundraising site launch first smartphone app

Raise free funds for the Family Holiday Association with your every day shopping Shopping and fundraising website Give as you Live has launched its first smartphone app, on iOS. Shoppers can sign up to Give as you Live through the app and choose a charity to support. They can then shop through more than 4,300... Read more »
Tesco Bags of Help

Are you in the London ‘SE’ postcode in July or August?

We are delighted to be part of the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme during July and August. Until the end of August, customers shopping at 17 Tesco stores in South East London will have the opportunity to vote for the Family Holiday Association with the chance that the charity could receive up to £4,000.... Read more »
Welsh Government

Fining parents ‘has no effect on school absence in Wales’

Fining parents for taking children out of school in term time in Wales has had no effect on overall absence rates, a recent review has found. It shows the number of unauthorised family holidays actually increased after fixed penalty notices were introduced in 2013. The review recommends changing the current system. The Welsh Government, which... Read more »

Partnership with Visit York goes from strength to strength

Since they started supporting the Family Holiday Association, Visit York, a part of Make It York, have raised over £6,000 for the charity. Visit York’s partnership with the Family Holiday Association has been strengthened by the announcement that the charity will be the official partner for the Visit York Tourism Awards in June. This is the... Read more »
Philippa Harris

Philippa Harris joins as Chair of Trustees

We are delighted to announce that travel professional Philippa Harris has agreed to become our new chair of trustees. She will take over from travel journalist and broadcaster Alison Rice who has held the post since 2012. Philippa brings with her a wealth of experience from the travel sector. During her career she has held senior... Read more »

Charity to receive proceeds of new Breakfast Cookbook

A new cookbook, featuring the extraordinary variety of breakfasts served by Britain’s B&Bs has been launched by eviivo, who are donating the proceeds to our charity. Buy the cookbook here. The recipes, which include the traditional alongside the exotic and unusual, include award winners and shortlisted entries from the annual eviivo B&B Awards. Recipes range... Read more »

Shortlisted in Better Society Awards with TUI UK & Ireland!

The charity is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted with our longest-standing corporate partner, TUI UK & Ireland, in the ‘Partnership with a National Charity’ category in the Better Society Awards 2018. Together we created the ‘A Millions Smiles’ campaign with the aim of generating £1 million over two years to help us achieve... Read more »
Families helped

4,137 families helped in 2017

In 2017, the Family Holiday Association provided vital breaks to 4,137 struggling families. This was the second year running that the charity have been able to help over 4,000 families with a day trip or short break away from home. More than 9,000 children and almost 7,000 adults benefited with nearly two thirds having a... Read more »

South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2017/18

The best of the West’s travel and tourism businesses were announced on Thursday 1st February in the Arena at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay, where we were the official charity. This year’s event was hosted by BBC news presenter Victoria Graham and a heart-felt opening address was given by travel journalist and Family... Read more »

ScotSpirit Breaks aim for another record year

Scottish tourism industry gathers to launch third year of Social Tourism project Over 50 key players from across Scotland’s tourism industry met in Edinburgh to launch the 2018 ScotSpirit Breaks. The event, held at the Hilton Carlton Hotel, saw businesses from as far as the Highlands join Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and... Read more »
Family Holiday Association

Charity seeks new trustees

The Family Holiday Association is seeking a new Chair of trustees and a Treasurer trustee to join its board. The charity is looking for dynamic, diligent and experienced individuals to help lead our organisation through an exciting period of growth. The charity is in a strong financial position and has recently set a new strategy... Read more »
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Applicants sought for research project

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded funding to a research project to look at look at the impact of breaks on struggling families. This prestigious funding has been awarded to Nottingham University Business School in collaboration with the Family Holiday Association for an ESCR Doctoral Studentship to investigate the impact of breaks... Read more »

Official Charity at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards

We are delighted to announce that we are the official charity of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2017/18. The Awards celebrate the crème de la crème of tourism businesses in the South West region highlighting excellence across 25 different categories, including the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ award. The black tie event will be... Read more »
Honister Cumbria

Inner-city schools to get national park trips

The Family Holiday Association has welcomed the Government’s recognition that too many children live in families that rarely get to experience the benefits of trips away from their immediate environment. As part of the Government’s 25-year plan to protect the environment unveiled yesterday, Teresea May announced plans for thousands of extra inner city children to... Read more »

Scottish press report on success of ScotSpirit breaks

ScotSpirit Breaks, a scheme coordinated by VisitScotland and the Family Holiday Association, was launched last year to help families on low incomes enjoy a much-needed getaway. This year, the number of families getting a holiday through the scheme was up an amazing 67 per cent, with the number of firms donating accommodation, transport, meals and... Read more »
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ScotSpirit breaks celebrate record year

Scotland’s Social Tourism project enjoys unprecedented success Over 420 struggling families have received a vital break thanks to the outstanding generosity of Scotland’s tourism industry VisitScotland has revealed today. The ScotSpirit breaks, a nationwide project coordinated by the national tourism organisation and the Family Holiday Association, have built on the success of 2016 with a... Read more »

2018 Charity of the Year at SVM

We are delighted to announce that SVM have made us their 2018 Charity of the Year. For the past three years, SVM Consulting Engineers have appointed a ‘champion charity’ that they support throughout the year through a variety of activities. As 2017 comes to a close SVM have turned their attention to us as their... Read more »

You shall go to the ball!

CLIA deputy chair and Family Holiday Association Ambassador, Giles Hawke has put out a call for fellow cyclists in the industry to join him and cycle to the CLIA Cruise Forum on Thursday 14th December. Joining Giles to take on the challenge and cycle a round trip of 90 miles to and from the forum will... Read more »
Open for 2018 applications

Open for applications for short breaks on brand new system

We have been busy over the summer updating our website and application systems and we’re excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for 2018. The new system streamlines the booking process, showing referrers the best available breaks matched against the family details provided. It also creates a single view of all applications made, alongside... Read more »
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on poverty published

UK Poverty 2017 highlights that overall, 14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. This is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million live in families where at least one person is in work. Over the last... Read more »
The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017

One Donation, Twice the Impact

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is on NOW! Between Midday today (Tuesday 28 November) and Tuesday 5 December, donations made to our project via will be doubled at no extra cost to you! Donate NOW! Our aim this time is to raise £8,000 from individual donors (which will be doubled to £16,000).  Precious memories... Read more »

Royal Caribbean UK & Ireland announces charity partnership

The Family Holiday Association is delighted to have been chosen as one of Royal Caribbean’s official charity partners for its ‘Go the extra mile to make eyes smile’ campaign. Royal Caribbean UK & Ireland will be supporting the Family Holiday Association by organising a variety of different extraordinary fundraising activities and events for staff to... Read more »
The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Double Your Donation at no extra cost to you!

We are excited that the Family Holiday Association has again been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. The challenge is a unique way to to make your donation have double the impact! Donations made to our project via will be doubled during the campaign. If you would like to support our... Read more »
Great York Ghost Search

York’s ‘most-haunted’ status celebrated with ghost search

In celebration of its status as Europe’s most-haunted city, The Great York Ghost Search has been taking place over the last couple of weeks with hundreds of ghost hunters on the streets of York. The new free, family friendly walking trail has seen ghost hunters seek out twenty six individually-designed custom made ghost lamps during... Read more »

Last week of the season for families going on a break

Our 2017 season comes to an end this October half term, with the last families of the year experiencing a much-needed break away from home. The season began back in March and since then we have helped many families to have a short break or day trip, many for the first time in their lives.... Read more »

Supported charity at the Elman Wall Directors’ Summit

The Family Holiday Association are delighted to have been the supported charity at the recent Elman Wall Directors’ Summit held at the Emirates Stadium in North London. The event is the annual gathering of Elman Wall clients and guests, inviting 200 owners and directors of UK tour operators, leading leisure retail agencies and TMCs. Attended also by... Read more »
Charity Times Awards Winner

Fundraising Team of the Year

We are delighted to have been awarded the Fundraising Team of the Year Award at the prestigious Charity Times Awards. The awards entry focussed on our hugely successful 40th Anniversary activities during 2015/16 which resulted in more contacts, more income and ultimately more families being helped than ever before. Having set ourselves the target of raising the... Read more »
Holiday Park & Resort Innovation

Official charity of Holiday Park & Resort Innovation

We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity partner for Holiday Park & Resort Innovation 2017, the show designed to help put holiday businesses on the map. Many of the short breaks we provide to struggling families each year are in caravans by the British seaside. Indeed we own 16 caravans of... Read more »
Family holidays rescued by corporate supporter

Family holidays rescued by corporate supporter

Following the sudden loss of one of the charity’s holiday caravans earlier this summer, a number of promised family holidays were under threat. The caravan, based at a holiday park in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, had to be taken out of service unexpectantly due to wear and tear and a replacement had to be found... Read more »

Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland announces charity partnership

CLIA and the Family Holiday Association launch campaign ‘What a Difference a Day Makes’. On Sunday 10th September, Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, announced they will partner with the Family Holiday Association over the coming year with the aim of raising enough funds to send... Read more »
Last Pirate FM

Jingle success in Remember A Charity Week

As Part of Remember A Charity Week, the Family Holiday Association were one of five lucky charities to have their jingle recorded by legendary DJ Emperor Rosko and played on Last Pirate FM. The jingle, in the form of a limerick, was written by Katie Rushmer whilst on work placement with the charity. Great job... Read more »
Cardinal Cormac Murphy

Charity Patron Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor dies at 85

The former Archbishop of Westminster and Patron of the Family Holiday Association, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has died at the age of 85. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who died on Friday at 15:35 BST, had cancer. He had been seriously ill in hospital since his health took a “defining turn” in August. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor became the 10th Archbishop... Read more »

Charity’s work featured on BBC Radio 5 Live

This Bank Holiday weekend, BBC Radio 5 journalist Lesley Ashmall interviewed a family on a caravan break in Hastings. The Family Holiday Association is delighted to have been featured on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive on Monday 28th August. Journalist Lesley Ashmall travelled to Hastings to interview a family on a caravan break in Hastings... Read more »
charity times awards

Family Holiday Association shortlisted for a Charity Times Award!

The Family Holiday Association is excited to announce that it has been shortlisted for Fundraising Team of the Year in the Charity Times Awards 2017! The entry is based around the 40th Anniversary celebrations which comprised targeted campaigns and fundraising activities to honour this remarkable milestone. The concept of the campaign was for all of... Read more »
Lady Mary Mumford

Thanksgiving Service for Lady Mary Mumford

The Thanksgiving Service for our Life President, Lady Mary Mumford, 15th Lady Herries of Terregles, took place on Monday 14th August, following her death in April. Lady Herries (also known as Lady Mary Mumford) was President and latterly Life President of the Family Holiday Association for more than 20 years. She was a passionate supporter of our... Read more »

Adults earning more than the national average still struggling

Working families who feel they’re ‘just about managing’ to pay their bills and make ends meet, have an average household income of £34,500 according to research by a new think tank – the Nottingham Civic Exchange (NCE). Launched today by Nottingham Trent University in partnership with the RSA, the new think-tank is set to explore... Read more »
TUI UK & Ireland Thomson First Choice

Smiles all round as TUI UK&I raises over a million

In May 2015 TUI UK & Ireland, the parent company of leading holiday brands Thomson and First Choice, unveiled its fundraising campaign ‘A Million Smiles’, which challenged colleagues to raise £1 million over 2 years to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its chosen charity, The Family Holiday Association. Today the company has revealed it has... Read more »
Lady Mary Mumford

Paying tribute to Life President Mary Mumford

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Life President, Mary Mumford, 15th Lady Herries of Terregles, who passed away peacefully at her Scottish home on 7th April. Lady Herries (also known as Lady Mary Mumford) was Life President for the Family Holiday Association for more than 20 years. She was... Read more »
Betty Bettesworth

Artist Becky Bettesworth supports Seaside Walk Week

When we started searching for an image to support the North Cornwall walk during Seaside Walk Week we came across the work of Becky Bettesworth and loved it! We are delighted that Becky has agreed to let us use one of her paintings to help promote the event. Seaside Walk Week takes place between 22... Read more »
Holiday Autos

Holiday Autos become a charity partner

Holiday Autos, the world’s leading car hire comparison website, has today announced the Family Holiday Association as its preferred charity partner for 2017. Holiday Autos aims to help the charity in raising funds and awareness for the important services it provides. Announcing the partnership, Lauren Gourley, Head of Brands, Product & Content at Holiday Autos... Read more »

Season begins with first families going on a break

Our 2017 season starts in March with 23 families going away in the first week, providing a much-needed break away from home. 12 of the families going away will be staying in caravans we own located at different holiday parks along the British coastline. The locations include Combe Haven near Hastings, Devon Cliffs, Presthaven in North... Read more »

Friends in Scotland and Flanders

As part of the ongoing relationship between VisitScotland and the Family Holiday Association, charity Director John McDonald and Programme Manager John Kinnear attended a round table event in Glasgow on Tuesday (24 January) to discuss the development of social tourism in Scotland. Also in attendance were Abellio, ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions), Calmac Ferries... Read more »
Record number of struggling families awarded a break in 2016

Record number of struggling families awarded a break in 2016

More than 11,000 children and almost 8,000 adults benefited from a few nights at the British seaside or a simple day trip. Just under half had a family break together for the very first time, with a third of children enjoying their first ever visit to a beach. Family Holiday Association research found that virtually... Read more »
Family Holiday Association

First offers of the season sent out

Over the last couple of weeks, offers for short breaks have started to be sent out to families via their referrer. These first offers are for breaks at seaside holiday parks throughout the country, offering our families a much needed and often life changing break away from home. We start taking applications in November, but... Read more »
Le Tourism Social le Monde

Our European links stretch back over almost 20 years

The charity has benefited from exploring the wide range of ways in which various countries on the Continent support struggling families to access the benefits of a break away from home. The support from various countries and agencies has been critical to our success in raising the profile of our work here in the UK.... Read more »

Partnership with VisitScotland featured on Reporting Scotland

In 2016 the Family Holiday Association’s partnership project with VisitScotland saw over 250 struggling families get a short break or day out away from home. The project made a significant difference to the families who benefited and was featured on Reporting Scotland and local BBC Radio, as well as Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio 5 live... Read more »
The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Double your donation at no extra cost to you!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge will commence at 12 noon on Tuesday 29 November – #GivingTuesday It is the perfect opportunity to make a donation to the Family Holiday Association and double the amount we receive, at no extra cost to you. And, of course, doubling your donation means twice as many families can benefit... Read more »

Vote for us in the Charity Film Awards

Voting for the Charity Film Awards has now closed. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.   Our video Sara’s Story has been nominated for the Charity Film Awards. The video tells the story of Sara, who is just five-and-a-half years old, and how the lives of everyone in her family changed when her mum became... Read more »
Holiday Parks Innovation

Holiday Park and Resort Innovation

We are delighted to be the official charity at this year’s Holiday Park and Resort Innovation Show. Holiday Park and Innovation is the trade event to support growth & success in the Holiday Park & Resort industry. Following its successful launch in 2015 the Holiday Park Innovation Show returns again to the NEC Birmingham on... Read more »
ChariTable Bookings

ChariTable bookings – Giving tastes good

Restaurant go-ers can now make their next reservation through the ChariTable Bookings website or the iOS app, to raise money for charity. Users can choose from a growing list of over 4,500 restaurants across the UK, and for every diner in the party £1 will be donated by the restaurant, to a charity of the user’s... Read more »

Save the date for Shades Day 2017

Friday 19th May is Shades Day, the date when we encourage everyone to wear their sunglasses for the charity, whatever the weather! Shades Day is the closest Friday to the UN’s International Day of the Family, and the day we recognise that thousands of struggling UK families who never enjoy even the simplest break away... Read more »

Breaking Barriers – partnering with VisitScotland

Seventy families facing some of the toughest challenges life can bring will be able to enjoy a day out thanks to a new partnership between VisitScotland, the Family Holiday Association and Scotland’s tourism industry. After an appeal by the national tourism organisation to visitor attractions, transport companies and other public bodies, over 300 people from... Read more »
Rural Economy

Social Tourism could stimulate the rural economy

The Family Holiday Association has submitted evidence to the UK parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee for their newly launched inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England. The charity highlighted the recent Department for Work and Pensions’ Households below average income report that asked people with a... Read more »
Views of Everest from Kala Patthar

Heather and David scale great heights to raise funds

Earlier this year the Family Holiday Association joined forces with travel adventure company Exodus to offer two people the chance to take part in a once in a lifetime trip to Nepal. They would be taking on the infamous trek to Everest Base Camp in order to raise money for two charities – the Family... Read more »
Lasting legacy

Wise words leave a lasting legacy #mywisdom

This year’s annual Remember A Charity Week is taking place between 12th– 18th September, supported by the Family Holiday Association. According to research released to launch Remember A Charity in your Will Week, over a quarter (28%) of Brits value the wisdom that loved ones have passed on more than money, keepsakes or property. As part... Read more »

The Great British Bake Off Sweepstake

The Great British Bake Off is back! The hugely popular BBC show returns on Wednesday 24 August. As well as enjoying the mouth watering cakes, banter and competition, why not add a bit of spice to the office and raise money for the Family Holiday Association at the same time. We’ve created a simple Sweepstake... Read more »

Charity to benefit from luxury shirt collection

This week, the exclusive collection of boyfriend shirts, designed by internationally acclaimed model, designer and photographer, Helena Christensen, are available to purchase online now exclusively through eBay with all proceeds donated to the charity. See the collection on eBay here. The Helena Christensen for Thomson collection has been designed to celebrate the leading holiday brand’s long-haul... Read more »
ITT Future You challenge winners

Congratulations and thanks to our ITT Future You Challenge winners

Earlier this year, the Family Holiday Association teamed up with the Institute of Travel & Tourism to create the ‘ITT Future You Challenge’. For our 40th Anniversary we launched 500 for 500, a campaign exclusively for the travel and tourism industry. 500 for 500 is about the industry working to achieve something amazing together, and the... Read more »

Roundtable on social tourism held at Westminster

Previously, the charity has supported the All Party Parliamentary Group’s Social Tourism report, Giving Britain a Break, that was put together back in 2011 under the auspices of the Chairman, Paul Maynard MP. However, the time has come for more awareness on social tourism, and this was the reason for the round table that took... Read more »

Take part in one of our exciting new events

We have recently added a number of new events to our website, so find out if one of them sound like the exhilarating experience for you. Bungee Jump Would you consider doing an adrenaline-fuelled bungee jump? If you think you could take that one step off a bridge, platform or even skyscraper for the greater... Read more »

TUI UK & Ireland Football Fundraising

Getting involved with the football spirit, TUI Head Office held its own England v Wales match last Friday. Jeremy Ellis (Marketing and Customer Experience Director) headed up the England team, whilst the Scottish team was captained by Fraser Ellacott (Distribution and Sales Director). The Family Holiday Association’s very own Michael Smout joined Fraser’s team, and the match... Read more »
All Seasons

Holidays for Allseasons offers breaks to struggling families

Founded in 1969 the Tingdene Group of companies first established itself as the leading Park Home manufacturer in the country and since then has expanded its range of operations into becoming one of the UK’s largest operators and owners of residential Park Homes Estates, Inland Marinas, Caravan Parks, Lodge Parks and Chalet Parks. In 2016... Read more »

Introducing new travel website ‘Host Unusual’

We are delighted to announce that a brand new travel website promoting some of Britain’s most quirky, unusual and exciting places to stay has just launched, and has teamed up with the charity, donating 5% of every listing fee to the Family Holiday Association. Host Unusual, based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, is the creation of Dawn Crawford,... Read more »
Annual Review

Annual Review 2015 – a time to celebrate

Last year was no ordinary year for our charity. In May, we marked 40 years of offering simple breaks to families in desperate circumstances. In the four decades since we became a registered charity in 1975 we’ve helped more than 28,000 families including 76,800 children. We’re fortunate in the UK that our coast is never too... Read more »

Seaside Walk Week 2016 a success

The event launched in Scarborough on Sunday 29th May. Starting at the Sun Court Café in the surrounds of the Grade II listed Scarborough Spa, 40 walkers took a leisurely stroll along the coastline around Marine Drive and North Sands to the North Bay Railway. The walk was opened by the new Mayor of Scarborough, Councillor... Read more »

500 for 500 campaign target achieved

The Family Holiday Association has always had strong links with the travel and tourism industry, thanks to our shared desire to spread happiness, create cherished memories and improve well-being. The charity’s aim has always been to do all this for the people who need it most: the children and families in desperate circumstances who would... Read more »

Haven donate 40 breaks in 500 for 500 campaign

As a longstanding supporter of the Family Holiday Association, Haven were delighted to be able to help in this way. It ensures that more struggling families will get to have a much-needed break in the year ahead. With just days to go before the official 40th Anniversary year comes to an end, the total number... Read more »

Seaside Walk Week returns this spring

Seaside Walk Week returns this spring for its second year, celebrating the wonders of the British seaside, paying tribute to the magic of family holidays by the sea and encouraging the nation to explore the Great British coastline with family and friends. The event will take place across the May Spring Bank Holiday week. It... Read more »

Charity to benefit from TUI UK&I choir single

The cover of Louis Armstrong’s ‘When You’re Smiling’ released today through The Workplace Choir Company is available to download from Google Play for 99p. The TUI Choir was set up by The Workplace Choir Company in 2014 as part of its employee engagement strategy – leading to a hugely successful rehearsal programme, involving around 40 employees. Ahead... Read more »

Team Starfish ready for the London Marathon

Preparing for a marathon can be a daunting task. At the Family Holiday Association, we keep in contact with our Team Starfish runners with regular training tips, updates from the charity, feedback from the runners on their own progress and information on how their fundraising is making a difference to the lives of struggling families. With... Read more »

Everest base camp trek participants announced

The two participants were picked from a list of applicants and the lucky pair to be embarking on this once in a lifetime trip are Heather Richardson and Matt Gill. Heather and Matt will complete the iconic Himalayan trek to the famous base camp, at the foot of the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest.... Read more »

#ScotSpirit campaign to help Scottish families get a break

This offer ran during April and May 2016 and has now closed.   We are delighted to have teamed up with VisitScotland and some of Scotland’s leading tourism industry partners to help almost 100 Scottish families get a fantastic break in 2016. As part of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland campaign, businesses including Hilton, Macdonald, ibis, Novotel and... Read more »

Thank you for getting involved on Shades Day

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who posted photos of yourselves and your colleagues, friends and family wearing sunglasses on social media. Every pic you shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram helped raise awareness of the Family Holiday Association’s work enabling families in hardship to visit the seaside for the first... Read more »

First families of the year have a break today

This week we will support 21 struggling families to have a seaside break. For some it will offer the children the chance to paddle in the sea, build a sandcastle or fly a kite for the very first time. This can only happen thanks to the help and donations of our generous supporters. This year, we... Read more »

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016

Celebrating excellence across the industry, the prestigious ceremony – held for the first time this year during English Tourism Week – announced 16 winners including Best Tourism Experience, Best Visitor Attraction and Best Large Hotel and this year’s new edition, the Best Dog Friendly Business. This year’s Awards featured 80 finalists: 16 Gold winners, 17... Read more »

2015 – Another record year!

In 2015, we helped 3,734 families to benefit from a break, that’s 8,837 children and 5,400 adults who enjoyed a short break or day out. For 49% of families, this was the first time they had a break together, with one-third of children visiting the beach for the first time. “It allowed us to spend... Read more »

Official charity at VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

The Awards will take place on Tuesday 8th March at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, and collections will be taken for the raffle in aid ourselves and Springboard. Working in collaboration with destinations and businesses throughout England, the Awards pay tribute to businesses and individuals who champion best practice and exhibit excellence in customer service.... Read more »

The ITT Future You Challenge

ITT Future You is the premier student travel and tourism conference organised by the Institute of Travel and Tourism. The event is a highlight of the World Travel Market in London, and 2015 saw it’s return for the 7th successive year. The conference is open to students and lecturers from across the UK, Europe and... Read more »

VisitScotland to gift breaks through #ScotSpirit

Launched to the world today (10 February 2016) by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the campaign aims to raise the spirit and profile of Scotland to the highest it has ever been in history by igniting the power of a nation behind tourism. The campaign is one of a series of initiatives that fundamentally change... Read more »

Families to benefit from Big Weekend

We will be working with Visit Kent once again during English Tourism Week to offer hundreds of free tickets for Kent Attractions during the Big Weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016. Attractions have set aside hundreds of tickets for families that the charity helps. Working with our network of referrers in Kent,... Read more »

80% of young carers miss out on childhood experiences

Research revealed by the Carers Trust on National Young Carers Awareness Day (28th January) shows that 80% of young carers miss out on childhood experiences because they are caring for family and friends. The research has been released to mark Young Carers Awareness Day, which aims to shine a spotlight on the vast range of... Read more »

Welsh government realise importance of breaks

The education minister has written to councils advising them head teachers should instead exercise discretion. Pupils are allowed to have up to 10 days away, but schools are judged on absenteeism rates. Campaign group Parents Want a Say said the advice was a “terrific result”. ‘Margin of discretion’ Nearly 2,000 people signed a petition after... Read more »

We’ve got solutions to your resolutions!

  Each week on Facebook and Twitter we’ll be offering you “Solutions to your Resolutions” by featuring a different fundraising event and posting tips related to that event activity. If you’re not following us yet, then now is the time! We’ve already started posting tips and there will be prizes to win each week with our... Read more »

Lynette Amelie Merry

We would like to offer a huge thank you to artist and supporter Lynette Amelie Merry who has  kindly allowed us to use her lovely image of Southwold Huts in the snow during this festive period. Lynette Amelie Merry is a well-established artist specialising in English seaside watercolours, including beach huts, children and stormy seaside... Read more »

Take part in the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Family Holiday Association have joined forces with adventure travel company Exodus to offer two people the chance to take part in a once in a lifetime trip to Nepal, and at the same time raise vital funds to help struggling families in the UK and Nepal. You could complete the iconic Himalayan trek to... Read more »
Alesha Dixon's Christmas single

Charity benefits from Alesha Dixon’s Christmas single

The song, written and produced by Alesha and Da Beat Freakz (Uche Ebele, Obi Ebele and AD) and remixed by Ash Howes, is a heart-warming ballad that reminds us that the one fundamental thing people need in life is love. Alesha is an ambassador for the Family Holiday Association and proceeds from the single will be... Read more »

An introduction to the Family Fund

Family Fund provides grants for items such as furniture, clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances and family breaks. These grants help families raising disabled and seriously ill children to have the same opportunities for much needed breaks as others. ‘Social tourism’ is something that the Family Holiday Association through the Holiday’s Matter Campaign, are committed to and... Read more »

Holidays Matter conference 2015

Delegates at the fourth Holidays Matter conference heard from VisitScotland, National Trust and the University of Surrey on the importance of increasing tourism participation with clear evidence of benefits for those taking part as well as the tourism and travel industry and destinations. In 2014, members of the Holidays Matter network helped over 150,000 people... Read more »

Collaboration with See Change Films

Earlier this year, the charity teamed up with See Change Films, a charity that provide film and photography training to young people and groups facing complex social, economic and educational challenges to contribute to positive social change. At Easter, we helped a group of families to have a break, and they were trained by See Change Films to produce... Read more »

The charity signs the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

At the 8th European Tourism for All forum, on 21-23 October 2015 in Albufeira (Portugal), the INATEL Foundation, the International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO) and its members, including the Family Holiday Association, showed their commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). A special session was devoted to it, and... Read more »

Head teachers need to have flexibility to help struggling families take a break

The charity believes that holidays enjoyed together make for happier, healthier and stronger families. Unfortunately millions of struggling parents and children in the UK are missing out on any kind of break away from home. Research has shown that holidays provide a wide range of physical, educational, emotional, cultural and communal benefits to children and... Read more »
Fiona Hills

Funeral for Fiona Hills – the charity’s first administrator

Fiona Hills first joined founders Patrick and Joan Laurance in their spare room/office at Hill Close, Hampstead Garden Suburb in 1975. At the time Pat and Joan were running highly successful coffee mornings but were beginning to think that there was a much bigger opportunity for fundraising. Fiona lived locally and, following a career in... Read more »

Official charity at Holiday Park and Resort Innovation 2015

Holiday Park Innovation 2015 is the most comprehensive and interactive show dedicated to the holiday park industry. It is the only event that offers holiday park owners the guidance, inspiration, supplies and resources to put their holiday parks on the map, and the Family Holiday Association are delighted to be the official charity for this year’s... Read more »
Summer Days Out

Teaming up with National Express for Summer Days Out

The Family Holiday Association has teamed up with the UK’s largest coach operator, National Express, to give out hundreds of coach tickets to families who can’t afford a break, in order for them to access a much-needed day out. The move means families all over the UK are enjoying trips away from home for the... Read more »

New Record – more than 3,000 families helped in 2015

 We have hit a record of helping more families in one year than ever before. In 2014 we enabled 2,872 struggling families to access a much-needed break. This year, we have already surpassed that figure, with more than 3,000 families helped. And we hope to help even more families before the year is over! The... Read more »
Holidays Matter Photoshoot

Glasgow City Council joins the Holidays Matter network

Speaking at the City Chambers on Thursday 25 June Cllr. Stephen Curran said “As Executive Member for Education and Young People I am committing the Council to signing up to support the Holidays Matter network. Given that our schools broke up for the summer holiday period on Wednesday afternoon, I thought it was an excellent... Read more »

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Guided walks took place in nine seaside locations around Britain with local families and children, holidaymakers and more experienced walkers, taking part. Participants learnt about famous landmarks, the history of the local areas and how the charity supports struggling families who are in desperate need of a break. Local Mayors and dignitaries attended various walks,... Read more »
40 years

It’s our 40th Anniversary today!

The origins of the charity can be traced back to Southend-on-Sea, when the founders Joan and Patrick Laurance were offered their own much-needed break. The Laurance’s, who were going through a difficult time, were invited to stay in Southend at the house of a friend who was going away. The break away from home gave... Read more »
Laurance Paper2

First Laurance Paper launched

Commissioned in 2013 from Dr Scott McCabe of Nottingham University, the study investigates current trends in Europe and elsewhere. It analyses how social tourism already works in practice, with a comparative analysis of all 28 EU countries. It goes into more detail with case studies from Spain, France, Italy and Belgium, and outside the EU... Read more »

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930 – 2015) author and patron of the Family Holiday Association Ruth Rendell died on 2 May and her life has, over the past few days, been the subject of many glowing obituaries that celebrated her almost 50 years of writing. But what many people didn’t realise was her commitment to a wide... Read more »

A simple break helps people get back into work

New research on social tourism from Nottingham University Business School has examined the links between holiday breaks and improvements in attitudes towards unemployment and job search behaviours. Konstantinos Kakoudakis, a PhD student at Nottingham University, was a regular visitor to the charity’s offices while he worked on the research for his thesis. The study, conducted... Read more »
Holidays Matter

Putting Social Tourism on the map

Earlier this month, at the World Travel Market, we launched the Holidays Matter network at our third annual Holidays Matter conference. Since 2012, we have brought together the tourism and travel industries to brainstorm, debate and collectively work towards promoting the benefit of tourism for everyone. Through the network, we aim to work with a... Read more »
Holidays Matter

Holidays Matter network launched at WTM 2014

The Holidays Matter network was formally launched today at the third annual Holidays Matter Conference hosted at the World Travel Market (WTM) event in London. The network will, for the first time, provide a framework for organisations who believe that every single person in this country should have the opportunity for a break away from... Read more »

Charity President speaks out!

In a speech given to the Holidays Matter conference at World Travel Market in London, Peter Long spoke of the millions of children and parents who could not afford a break each year and called for the Government to assess public spending to help those people. Peter Long, Chief Executive of TUI Travel PLC, one... Read more »
Akaroa Unveiled

A new addition – Akaroa

Thank you to our generous, long-term supporter Kim Maidment, for helping us grow the number of Family Holiday Association caravans to 14. We collect many stories each year; most are from the families we help but every so often we receive a story from those who help us. In memory of her late husband, Philip... Read more »

Barnados report sparks media interest

The children’s’ charity, Barnardos, launched a report on the numbers of children missing out on a day trip to the seaside which resulted in a great deal of media interest. The Family Holiday Association’s director John McDonald was interviewed by BBC local radio for his comments on the report. Listen to the report here. Here... Read more »

Parliament to be lobbied against the Parent Trap of expensive holidays

Richard Singer, the European Managing Director of Travelzoo, the UK’s leading online travel deals company, and a father of one, has initiated a personal e-petition to Parliament against what he calls the “Parent Trap” of government legislation, taxes and holiday price hiking during school holidays. This month, amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations... Read more »

Term time holidays; a subject for discussion

Just as John McDonald, the charity’s director, was about to wave off the TUI Big Bike Riders from the company’s office at Gatwick on Friday morning 21 June his phone rang and BBC Three Counties Radio wanted to talk about holidays!   Three Counties Breakfast Show presenter, Iain Lee, wanted to talk about the price... Read more »

John Mason MSP leads debate in Scottish Parliament

Tuesday 30 April witnessed a major debate on Social tourism in Holyrood. John Mason, Glasow Shettleston MSP, lodged a motion supporting easier access to holidays for disadvantaged families which received cross-party support allowing the debate to take place. The debate, scheduled for 5pm on the Tuesday was preceded by a briefing session on social tourism... Read more »
Craig Tara Opening

New caravan opened at Ayr holiday park

The Family Holiday Association has opened its first caravan in Scotland. The new 4-bedroom caravan is sited at the beautiful Craig Tara holiday park just outside Ayr on the west coast of Scotland.             The caravan was official opened by the Canvas Holidays managing director Simon Allan and his comercial... Read more »

APPG chairman, Paul Maynard, visits Flanders

In late August 2012, just prior to the new Parliamentary session, Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, visited Flanders in Belgium to see at first hand how one long-established social tourism programme was working. The Flanders Tourist Board gave evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Social Tourism Group in the summer of 2011 and,... Read more »

Respected travel magazine hosts social tourism roundtable

“My constituency is the fourth most deprived represented by a Conservative. So I see issues related to poverty and deprivation day in day out. “One of the hardest things that always hits me hardest was when I heard stories of children in Blackpool who had never seen the sea,” Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North... Read more »