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Where is best for a family holiday in August – in the UK and abroad

North Wales

Temperature 18C

Dinas Dinlle beach in north Wales

Dinas Dinlle beach in north Wales

On sunny days, there are not many places that beat north Wales’ destinations like Abersoch and  Anglesey (read our review of Anglesey here).

You can walk the length of the Welsh coastline now and summer is the best time to explore it.

Visit the sandy, unspoilt beaches of the Llyn Peninsula where there are dozens of quiet coves.

Or inland there’s Snowdonia, the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon and the charming Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog (railway review and top tips here).

For a more bustling feel consider the seaside town of Llandudno with its pier, dry ski slope and beaches.

The Lake District

Temperature: 18C

A boat on Coniston Water

Coniston

In August, the Lakes get busy, but you can head further west to escape the crowds.

Coniston is a good option, the stony lake shore is good for setting up a picnic, the water (just) warm enough for a dip.

There is mountain biking, a high rope course and walking in nearby Grizedale Forest – or for a more leisurely stroll – the picturesque Tarn Hows is perfect for little legs.

Read our list of activities for children in Coniston here.

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The French Alps

Travel time from the UK: 1 hour

Temperature: 20C

The French Alps in summer

The French Alps in summer

If you want to head for Europe in high season then go high above sea level.

The French Lake District is a little cooler and quieter than the Riviera.

The snow is gone and the scenery is amazing around Lac Annecy.

The ski runs higher up are transformed into spectacular walks with all the infrastructure to cater for family fun.

Vancouver, Canada

Travel time from the UK: 11hours

Temperature: 22-25C

Vancouver

Vancouver

Canada’s west coast is a vibrant city with beaches, gorges and parks.

And in August, Vancouver is not too hot in the city but warm enough to go to the beach.

Some of the family attractions include the Capilano suspension bridge, Grouse Mountain cable car, Stanley Park and Kitsilano Beach.

Man-made fun can be had at the water park on Granville Island. Families can enjoy day trips to Vancouver Island as well.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Travel time from the UK: 12 hours

Temperature: 22-26C

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Temperatures are at their most bearable in August – Rio’s winter – but the city but remains at its bustling best.

Children will love the beaches on the touristy south side of the city, Copacabana is the most famous but Ipanema is probably the safest for families.

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Must-see sights include the Christ the Redeemer statue and a trip on the cable car.

Where do you like to go in August? Comment below!

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