Denmark is awash with fantastic family attractions - both indoor and out - to satisfy even the most demanding children. A particular favourite is Fårup Sommerland, an adventure park with a pleasant woodland setting that's home to roller-coasters, rides, amusements and an enormous Aquapark (complete with wave machine) at Blokhus on the West Jutland coast. There's more watery fun to be found at Atlantis Waterland, a tropical, indoor aqua park with water slides and swimming pools at the Skallerup Holiday Centre.
Animal lovers could head to Aalborg Zoo to encounter more than 1,200 animals representing 138 species; or Randers Rainforest, an indoor tropical safari featuring 200 different animals and 450 kinds of plants. Alternatively, come face to face with wild animals in their natural environment on a Seal Safari on The Wadden Sea - a guaranteed child-pleaser.
Creative kids can learn how to make their own masterpieces at the Skagens Museum, which houses over 1,800 artworks created in this famous artists' colony. Kids of all ages, meanwhile, will enjoy a visit to the sweet factory at Bolcheriet Løkken, where visitors can watch lollipops and boiled sweets being made by hand and then buy them straight from the on-site shop.
Not all of Denmark's family attractions are man-made. The country's beautiful beaches and great outdoors are also a magnet for families at any time of year, but particularly in spring and summer when the countryside is at its most verdant. The thousands of kilometres of broad, white sandy beaches are the primary draw, offering unlimited family fun in a safe and unspoiled environment. Many of the beaches have EU Blue Environmental Flags, meaning that water quality and great facilities are guaranteed.
Beyond an endless list of beach activities, there are cycle paths through picturesque forests and heath lands to discover, as well as more adventurous pursuits like horse riding through the dunes or surfing among the breakers.
Ribe is a picturesque town known for its strong Viking heritage. Key attractions in Ribe include the Viking Museum and the nearby Viking Centre, home to a reconstructed Viking village – however, the town's quaint, cobbled streets lined with colourful, half-timbered houses are an attraction in themselves.
Ribe is also a gateway to The Wadden Sea, Denmark's largest National Park offering diverse wildlife (including the country's largest seal population) and stunning natural beauty. The Wadden Sea Centre organises a range of guided tours throughout the year and families can hire one of the ‘Activity Carts’ to take down to the sea flats to fish, dig and learn about the area. The cart comes with a waterproof illustrated book to identify any creatures that they find.
A family holiday in Denmark is a very cost-effective option, especially if travelling with your own car and caravan.
DFDS Seaways sail from Harwich to Esbjerg and caravans go free on Sunday & selected Mondays for bookings made 30 days in advance.
Excellent rates can also be obtained on holiday homes through Novasol.
The Danish school holidays follow a slightly different pattern than those in the UK, making it possible to make significant savings during this otherwise peak period, when prices in many other European destinations can be sky high.
For example a very comfortable, well appointed house on the island of Fanø (just 12 minutes by ferry from Esbjerg) costs from £1,105 per week during the peak season in July but if travelling after 28 August the price drops to £664 per week – representing a saving of £441 on the peak-season price.
The spacious house sleeps 8-10 people and facilities including a whirl pool, sauna and wood burning stove with views out over the heath land and dunes. Free access to the local water park is also included.
Campsites and cosy chalets across Denmark also benefit from excellent facilities and low prices with swimming pools, spas, sports equipment and activities such as horse riding.