Make the most of half term with these great offers all the family will enjoy…
The Manor, in pretty Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire is offering a second room at half price, free entry to nearby Blenheim Palace saving £55 (there’s a Civil War re-enactment over the weekend) and free kids’ breakfast over the half term week. Explore their 12 acres of gardens complete with croquet and outdoor pool, and play hide and seek in the creaky wooden corridors of the Tudor house.
From £180 per night for a Standard Room. themanorweston.co.uk
Also in Oxfordshire, The Old Swan in Minster Lovell is offering two adjoining rooms for £250 a night in this beautiful gastro pub. There’s plenty going on nearby including Cotswold wildlife park, or spend your days at The Old Swan with its children’s adventure areas, riverbanks, playroom and Pets Corner.
Further afield, head to the white sandy beaches of Hell Bay on Bryher, (one of the tiniest Scilly Isles) as kids stay for free when sharing a room with their parents. Spend the day on the beach with buckets and spades or take a (chilly) dip - the waters are particularly clear for keen mini swimmers. Parents can feast on fresh crab and lobster caught by the Bryher fishermen at their acclaimed restaurant.
£180 per adult b&b, kids go free when sharing a room with two adults. hellbay.co.uk
Junior Jack Sparrows will love Plymouth’s Pirate Weekend 25th and 26th May where you can explore the Tall Ship Bessie Ellen with your own pirate guide, listen to pirate stories, watch pirate puppet shows, there’s face painting and a pirate fancy dress competition. Stay at Thurlestone hotel in nearby Kingsbridge, with its beautiful gardens, and stunning view of the Devon Coast.
If the storm clouds gather, Lucknam Park near Bath has a great idea that the weather can’t spoil – on May 29th there’s a Parent and Child or Kids Only half day cookery course on offer, both for £75 per person when staying at this sumptuous hotel which also has stables with plenty of ponies for children to make friends with. There’s also a great indoor pool, tennis and it’s a stone’s throw from Longleat. Book in for three nights over half term and get the fourth night free.
From £345 per room per night, room only, lucknampark.co.uk