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.
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As the days grow shorter and the temperature falls, outdoor play becomes less and less enticing – not least for parents, who tend to feel the cold more because they’re often not running around. In fact, children are usually just as happy larking around in the wind, rain and snow as they are in the sunshine, not least when there’s some conker-hunting, puddle-jumping or snowball-fighting to be done.
We’ve rounded up the best outdoor games to battle cabin fever with children of various ages during the chillier months – ones so fun that hopefully you’ll be tempted to join in too (if not, then go prepared for the cold, with hand-warmers to slip into your gloves and a flask of coffee or hot chocolate…).
Most of the following are suitable for the garden or the park; some require snow…
With Britain’s hedgerows now bursting with wild blackberries, lots of us have been out and about filling tubs and colanders with this juicy, versatile fruit. One of the easiest ways of enjoying foraging with kids, it’s a great – and free! – summer holiday activity.
What isn’t eaten directly from the bush can be brought home to make into a whole array of delicious dishes and drinks. If you don’t use the fruits right away, store them, unwashed, on sheets of kitchen paper in the fridge to avoid crushing.
We’ve shared our favourite recipes with you – most of them easy enough to make with kids, or even to let the kids create themselves with a little supervision. And if you’re heading for our Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire, don’t miss our home-made blackberry gin using own-grown fruits!
An explosion in the number of outdoor film screenings this year means there’s plenty to choose from wherever you live or take a family break in the UK this summer and beyond. We’ve listed our family favourites within easy reach of our Luxury Family Hotels.
We can’t be on holiday all of the time, and when we are at home there will always be times when we feel short of inspiration on things to do with the kids – especially when the weather lets us down and they’re angling for some extra screen-time. But with a little imagination, there are plenty of things to keep all the family happy and busy – and many of them are inexpensive or even free. The following are some of our favourites.
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love a good picnic and are always happy to whip up take-out lunches for our guests on request – see our blog on the best picnic sites handy for our properties.
If you’re making your own picnic this summer, our top tips are to keep it relatively simple and to get the kids involved in the planning and preparation. And avoid anything too messy or perhaps anything that needs plates – hand-held and portable should be your watchwords here!
The grounds at our child-friendly hotel near Bath are just made for enjoying those long, lazy summer days as a family and for letting the kids make the very most of the great outdoors and play with new friends as you chill out on the terrace over a cocktail or glass of champagne. Here are some of our favourite things to do outdoors at Woolley Grange after you’ve checked in your gadgets in our Digital Detox box!
Part of Luxury Family Hotels’ ethos has always been to encourage our younger visitors (and their grown-ups!) to get up close and personal with nature. We’ve looked at some of the best ways of inspiring kids to get outdoors, whatever the weather.
Our multi-talented gardener Andrew is also responsible for outdoor education – running forest schools and fossil walks on the magnificent Jurassic Coast on the doorstep of our wonderful Dorset property. We find out more about Andrew and the activities he organises.