Family Holiday Breaks
The Legion provides families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a break and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Unwind and take life as it comes, perhaps venture out and about to explore the many attractions of the local area or spend a lazy day at the beach. Most importantly you will have time to be together.
“It was a great family holiday that has given us a great high after a very low year.”
We have a range of options available. Please read the following information carefully to see which option might be suitable for your family.
Legion Break Centres
Our Break Centres in Bridlington, Southport, Portrush and Weston-Super-Mare aim to give families a week of fun, activities, exciting day-trips and memorable experiences, all in traditional British seaside resorts.
Each Break Centre package includes six night's full board accommodation, free activities and entertainment, with some assistance towards the cost of travel to and from the centres also included. We offer family holidays at the Legion Break Centres during the school Easter, summer and October holidays.
Parkdean and Haven holiday parks
Breaks at Parkdean Holiday Parks and Haven Holiday Parks provide mobile home accommodation with a programme of daytime and evening entertainment and food vouchers to use in the onsite catering outlets.
We offer holidays between Springtime and the school October half-term each year. For 2016, this is 18 March to 31 October (some Parkdean parks are also open during the February half-term holiday).
We organise the holidays to arrive on either a Friday, Saturday or Monday, and normally offer a week (seven nights) away from home, but we can also look into shorter break options upon request.
Center Parcs are forest-based parks with high-standard woodland lodge accommodation, suitable for families that like outdoor activities or would like a tranquil setting where they can enjoy the natural surroundings of the English countryside.
Each Center Parcs location includes free entry to the Sub Tropical Swimming Paradise containing a heated swimming pool and water slides. They also offer a range of activities including sports, classes, spa treatments and arts and crafts, which are charged separately.
The Legion provides £150 of vouchers per family which are not restricted to food, and can also be used to pay for activities.
Center Parcs are open all year round and we offer either a 4-night midweek break (arriving Monday, departing Friday) or a 3-night weekend break (arriving Friday, departing Monday).
Here we've answered some of your frequently asked questions:
What's included/How much does it cost?
We aim to provide a free holiday that should only require a minimum amount of spending money. The Legion does provide some assistance towards the cost of food and transport. For more information about what's included click here.
Where can I go?
The Legion owns and operates four Break Centres (equivalent to high-standard, hotel-style accommodation) in England and Northern Ireland, and we also make use of Parkdean, Haven and Center Parcs holiday parks around the UK. Click here for the full list of locations.
Who can go?
The Legion can assist those who are Serving or who have Served in the UK Armed Forces, along with their dependents and carers. The Legion normally defines dependents as the spouse and school-age children of the person who has served. In order to apply for a family holiday, you should also fulfil the family holiday criteria, please see our 'How to apply' section below for more information.
If you are hoping to take extra guests, they may be able to attend on a self-catering basis, but please be aware that some restrictions apply. Guests can only be included upon the agreement of the Legion, who retain full ownership of all holiday bookings made through the family holiday service.
Can you help me to identify a suitable location for my family holiday?
We're keen to be as flexible as possible in order to accommodate your family's circumstances, but we can only work with the information that you provide. If you are struggling to find a suitable location, we'd gladly help you to identify something suitable, if you tell us what you have in mind. You can also view our guide to help you to decide where to go.
I've applied for a Legion Family Holiday - what happens next?
If you apply for a Legion family holiday, you should receive an initial acknowledgement email within a week of us receiving the application.
Once your application has been approved the Poppy Breaks Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible to assist in organising your holiday. Essentially, we'll confirm what date you'd like to go away, which location and any specific requirements your family may have. As the family holiday service is very popular, depending on what time of year you apply, it may take a few months for us to make first contact.
- If we received your application before 1 December 2015, we should be in contact by 15 February 2016 in order to let you know the outcome and to assist with getting something organised.
- For applications received before 1 January 2016, applicants can expect to be contacted by 31 March 2016.
We will then continue to process applications and contact applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until our availability or budget have completely run out.
Please note, we cannot guarantee that applications received after 1 March 2016 will be offered a holiday during the summer.
Don’t wait until next year to apply
We always encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as it is an increasingly popular service, and we will always retain your application until further options are available. This may include cancelations during the summer or breaks during the October half-term holiday, so hopefully you shouldn’t have to wait too long, whatever time of year you apply.
If you have applied for a Legion family holiday but have not yet been contacted, please first contact either our free-phone national helpline on 0808 802 8080, or your local Area Office. They will check that your application has been sent to the Legion's Head Office and once submitted we will do our best to contact you as soon as possible.
How to apply
Are you eligible?
If you are part of the currently serving or ex-Service community who are eligible for Legion help and if you answer YES to just one of the questions below, then you and your family qualify for a Family Holiday Break.
- Are you a one parent household because of bereavement or break up of the family?
- Is one parent currently serving on overseas operations or is to be deployed?
- Is one parent caring for a disabled partner?
- Is one parent suffering from mental or physical trauma?
- Have you not had a holiday away from home in 2 years?
- Do you support your household with less than £30,000 gross annual income per year?
For further information on how to apply for a Family Holiday Break, call our helpline on 0808 802 8080 or contact them by email.
Please also see our Adventure Breaks service which offers breaks for young people.