10 Tips for Making the Most of October Half Term
Half terms can be tricky – the weather is often lousy, but a week is not long enough to warrant travelling very far. Yet here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love autumn half terms more than almost any other time of year – there’s plenty to do at attractions all over the UK in the form of Halloween activities, the landscapes can be stunning as the leaves fall from the trees, and if you choose wisely, there’s lots to do at your hotel should the weather let you down. We’ve shared our recommendations for having a brilliant half-term break.
• Be prepared for any weather – have a list of both outdoor and indoor things to do, and try to stay flexible so that you can play it by ear when you open the curtains and see what the day dictates.
• Pack for variable weather, too – some of our hotels have a supply of welly boots in adult and kids’ sizes, but pack everything from shorts and T-shirts to sweaters and waterproofs. One of the benefits of going somewhere within easy driving distance of home is that you don’t have to worry about luggage restrictions.
• On the other hand, bear in mind that kids are rarely bothered by a spot of rain, so try to get them outside for an hour or two even if as a parent you’d rather be snuggled on a sofa with a hot chocolate and a good novel.
• On sunny days, head for the beach – you’ll find them much less crowded than in summer but just as much fun with kids who love sandcastle-building and rock-pooling.
• Do advance research on special October half-term/Halloween events at attractions near your hotel so as not to miss out on great things to do in the area.
• On the other hand, don’t forget the pleasures of a simple walk through the countryside or woodlands – see our blog on Walking with Kids: a How-to Guide.
• Get inspired by the Woodland Adventure Handbook (Adam Dove, Frances Lincoln Publishing), with 10 story-inspired activities to help ages 2–6 enjoy the great outdoors – whether you’re the heart of the forest or in one of our gorgeous, child-friendly gardens.
• Choose a place to stay that has plenty to do on-site in case of bad weather, or for those times when you simply don’t want to go out. Our country-house hotels have games rooms and swimming pools, and some have bike hire – plus there are free crèches enabling Mum or Dad to sneak in a little pampering in one of our luscious spas.
• Ask in advance what’s scheduled at our kids’ clubs – many run Halloween activities and parties across the half-term week.
• Read our tips for car trips with kids to ensure your journey is as hassle-free as possible – and do check the Highways Agency website before setting out.
Read more about family holidays and breaks at our Luxury Family Hotels.