Where is best for a family holiday in August – in the UK and abroad
Dinas Dinlle beach in north Wales
On sunny days, there are not many places that beat north Wales’ destinations like Abersoch (The 8 best beaches in and around Abersoch) and Anglesey (Anglesey review).
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 Ffestiniog Railway review and tips) in Porthmadog (Hotel review: Premier Inn in Porthmadog).
For a more bustling feel consider the seaside town of Llandudno with its pier, dry ski slope and beaches.
The Lake District
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.
The French Alps
Travel time from the UK: 1 hour
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.
Travel time from the UK: 11hours
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
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.
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!
We review Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey and explore the surrounding area, beaches and attractions with our young children
It is not every day you wake up in a castle.
And the spectacular sight from our ridiculously comfortable bed through a large picture window means getting up is not appealing.
We are in Anglesey and our view takes in the waters of the Menai Strait, framed by majestic Snowdonia.
Other families we know holiday in Anglesey yet we had never been so we had decided to visit the beautiful island off north Wales for a half-term break.
Chateau Rhianfa is more decadent than your average venue with its grand decor and tiered gardens sweeping down to the water (click here for our full review of Chateau Rhianfa).
Fans of ITV’s Cold Feet will recognise it as it recently featured in an episode for the wedding of Spanish nanny Ramona.
It was built in the mid-1800s in the style of a French Renaissance chateau as an aristocratic country retreat.
This fairy tale venue is impressive from the outside and fascinating on the inside.
Inside Chateau Rhianfa
Our children loved exploring the grand drawing and music rooms and were excited to discover cosy cubby holes in turrets.
And we were all happy to find an atmospheric wine cave among the rabbit warren of spaces.
The hotel rooms and suites are lavishly finished.
A hotel room
The Gate Lodge
Or you can stay in equally beautiful self-catering accommodation in the grounds.
We were in the Gate Lodge, a two-storey cottage with arched entrance and miniature turrets, where attendants of visitors to the chateau would once have stayed.
It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen/diner and lounge area.
The Gate Lodge self-catering accommodation
With the space and the large grounds to enjoy, I could have stayed there all day. But there was an island to explore and two children eager to get going.
We were spoilt for choice for beaches and our favourite was Newborough, a wide sweeping bay backed by sand dunes and woodland walks.
We also liked Lligwys Beach near Moelfre – quiet and good for rockpooling – and the more rugged and windy Rhosneigr which was home to kitesurfers and kayakers.
Our daughter never tired of throwing stones into the water and our son loved hunting for crabs among the rock pools and paddling in the sea.
And we discovered exactly how crashing waves worked through clever replications at Anglesey Sea Zoo.
Everything in this aquarium is found around the British coast, and we found out plenty thanks to the friendly staff as they fed the fish and lobsters.
You can enjoy a feed too at the well-priced cafe and outside there’s a playground, bouncy slide, crazy golf and more.
Back at our castle, trying the food is a must as it has previously won Hotel Restaurant of the Year (Welsh Food Awards).
We had a delicious breakfast on our last morning and also risked our young children in the quiet and refined dining room for an evening meal.
Thankfully they behaved. Or at least, nobody was looking when they didn’t.
It was a small, thoughtfully put together menu. There were no separate options for children. But the chefs were happy to adapt one of the dishes to suit them. And my steak was the best I have ever tasted.
The food lived up to expectations, as did the venue, as did Anglesey itself.
We are one more family won over by its charms.
Chateau Rhianfa on the Menai Strait
Have you been to Anglesey? Where do you recommend for children?
(We stayed as guests of Chateau Rhianfa. All views are our own).