For most of the country, the autumn half-term sees schools break up on October 21st and return October 31st. Which for thousands across the UK can only mean one thing – time for a well-deserved autumn break! It might not quite be at the peak of the sunny season, but there’s no better time to make the most of the amazing opportunities right there on your doorstep. And of course, the fact that so many leading names are once again offering incredible half-term deals means all the more excuse to plan something special!
As for the options available to you…well, you might just find yourself spoilt for choice. And that’s exactly why we’ve narrowed down a shortlist of suggestions – each with its own unique charms and points of appeal.
Go for any of these four and you really can’t go wrong:
Beach Break in Devon at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks
First of all, Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks is known far and wide across the UK as one of the most epic places for family fun, all year-round. But what’s even better about heading their way at this time of year is the opportunity to get the kids involved in their annual ‘Halloween Spooktacular’. From October 28th up to the big day itself, these fun-filled family parks are transformed from top to bottom into the most incredible Halloween-themed experiences imaginable.
This year, there’ll be trick or treat trails, the Pumpkin Parade Ball, themed games, Halloween arts & crafts, face painting and Spooky Spectacular ShowTime. And as always, there are some great deals and discounts to make the most of, before all available places are booked up and gone for good!
Outside the parks themselves, Woolacombe Bay is simply stunning at all times of year. It might not quite be the season for sunbathing and swimming, but you’ll have so much more space all to yourself and the promise of uncrowded local attractions. It won’t take you long to realise that Woolacombe is most certainly not just a summer holiday hotspot!
Explore Northern France with Brittany Ferries
Recent weeks and months have seen nothing but misery for those looking to make their way over to the continent by air. And once again, as EasyJet pilots are considering strike action over the October half-term holidays, we’re looking at potential travel chaos for families. That is, unless you take the savvy approach and arrange an amazing French holiday with Brittany Ferries.
Right now, these guys have an incredible special offer running which will see thousands of kids travelling this half-term, 100% free of charge. Available on pretty much every cross-channel route, up to two kids aged 15 or under travel free per vehicle. If you’re yet to travel with Brittany Ferries, you can rest assured that this is a company that knows how to make the ferry crossing every bit as enjoyable and exciting as the rest of the holiday!
Take in the incredible beauty of Brittany or explore the important historic sites of Normandy. Of course, there’s always the option of jumping in the car and heading all the way to Disneyland Paris – it’s closer than you might think!
Active Break at Centre Parcs
For families who prefer things a little more active and high-energy, there’s nowhere better in the autumn time than Centre Parcs. The fact that the whole complex is surrounded by the most stunning forest in the country makes the season of falling leaves the perfect time to get back to nature. If you haven’t already experienced an activity holiday at Centre Parcs, you’ve been missing out on so much.
With over 400 acres of woodland to explore and as many as 200 activities right there on your doorstep, running out of incredible things to do just isn’t an option. From wildlife to waterslides, there are five unique villages at Centre Parcs which all have their own incredible points of appeal – not to mention half-term offers to take advantage of!
Safari break at Knowsley Safari mini break from £19pp – incl. park entry & hotel stay
Last Minute Holidays
Last but not least, it’s worth remembering that there’s always lastminute.com, if you fancy jetting away somewhere a little more exotic. The UK’s leading provider of bargain half-term breaks, they’ve once again put together a huge catalogue of city breaks, sunny holiday destinations and UK-based fun and games for the whole family.
As always, the best deals won’t be around for long, so book now to avoid disappointment!