Best October Half-Term Days Out Handy for Luxury Family Hotels
Many of our guests find it hard to step outside our hotel grounds after arrival – and who can blame them? Part of the joy of Luxury Family Hotels is relaxing and having fun together as a family – two things we go out of our way to make happen.
That said, all of our hotels are brilliantly located for family attractions and the 2014 October half term has so much going on that we feel duty-bound to encourage you to get out for a least a couple of hours and explore your surroundings. These are our favourite days out, many with a Halloween theme.
What: Wizard School
Where: Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village, near Chippenham
Handy for: Woolley Grange, Wiltshire
When: 5 Oct–2 Nov
Find out if you have what it takes to become a wicked witch or wise wizard at Lacock Abbey's self-led wizard school this half term, with families challenged to race brooms, make spells and demonstrate other spooky skills. Fancy dress is encouraged. The Abbey is a quirky country house of different architectural styles, in its own patch of woodland.
What: Halloween Family Run and Frights!
Where: Dairyland Farm World, near Newquay
Handy for: Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall
When: 28 Oct–3 Nov
Carve pumpkins and enjoy spooky goings-on this Halloween at this all-weather adventure park with its nature trail, tractor and pony rides, cow milking, animal feeding, farm museums and huge indoor play centre.
What: Firework Spectacular
Where: Flambards, Helston
Handy for: Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall
When: 29 Oct
The Wednesday of half term sees this family attraction with its rides and exhibitions, including the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz, stay open into the evening for a jaw-dropping pyrotechnic display accompanied by live entertainers.
What: Bovington Tank Museum
Where: near Dorchester
Handy for: Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Dorset
When: 25 Oct–2 Nov
Half-term visitors to this attraction – recently flagged up in the news when it played host to Brad Pitt – can immerse themselves in the world of modern warfare, meeting members of the Army, watching and even riding tracked vehicles, and taking part in tours, trails and activities. Kids who complete the online challenge in advance get free entry.
What: Gruffalo Trail
Where: New Forest
Handy for: New Park Manor Hotel, Hampshire
When: 25 Oct–2 Nov
Come along to the Bolderwood Information Unit in half term to pick up a trail leaflet taking you into the heart of the New Forest to discover or rediscover the well-loved story of the Gruffalo and the Mouse.
What: Autumn Art Attack
Where: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury
Handy for: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire
When: 27–31 Oct
Family activities at the Learning Centre at this Victorian landscape, tree and shrub collection this half term are focused around inviting its natural wonders to spark your own creativity. When you’re not busy making things, there are about 25km of walking paths with self-led trails.
Where: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Handy for: The Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk
When: 10 Oct–1 Nov
Each year this stately home, rare breeds farm and gardens becomes home to a mysterious haunted village that’s great for those with teens. Guests brave enough to explore will find themselves scurrying though darkened rooms and deep forests and across open farmland, with the hall as a spooky backdrop.