Most schools are on half term for the week of 26 October. Given current restrictions, it is all about the staycation and unsurprisingly availability is already pretty limited. That said, there are still some gems to book, especially if you are happy to go for a short break.
If your children are off the week of 19th or into November, lucky you, you have much more choice!
Another Place, the Lake
Last year's a&u family hotel of the year is a joy of outdoor activities on the shores of Ullswater. Restrictions mean the Kids' Zone organised sessions are not available, but you can book onto a family play session and they still have the full range of water fun - canoes (ages 5+), kayaking (ages 10+), paddle boarding (ages 7+), plus as much swimming as you dare.
A family suite for the last weekend in October is currently available for £410 p/n, b&b. Click here for details.
Canopy & Stars
It may be getting a bit chilly for nights under canvas, but we like the look of this converted horsebox in north Cornwall with space for 2 adults and two little ones. It is currently the weekend of 23 October, £200 for two nights, click here for details.
Oliver's Travels have a good search facility. Click here for a live list of UK properties that are free over half term. We are loving the look of Peanswood Manor in East Sussex. It sleeps 16 though, so unless you have a VERY big family unit, you may need to have some spare rooms. From £4,331 for three nights.
Port Lympne Safari Park
Kenya not an option? Start half term off with an amazing treat and have a bath next to the lions in Kent. The uber-luxurious Lion Lodge sleeps 4 and is in the lion enclosure. Currently it is available on Fri, 23rd Oct at an an eye-watering £1,750 p/n. Click here for details. Tiger Lodge (which we can vouch is amazing, we did a shoot there once) is free on the Saturday night. Occasional rooms in the main hotel are available throughout the week. Safari entrance included. aspinallfoundation.org
Luxury Family Hotels, Fowey Hall
Our mini reviewers were among the first guests at Fowey Hall and adored their stay. Read what is so special about it here - we definitely want to try their new look Cornish cream tea. There is limited availability for 2/3 night stays over half term. Deluxe double room sleeping a family of 4 from £399 p/n b&b. Click here for details.
Luxury glamping in wonderful safari lodges, sleeping six, near the sea in north Devon. Available for 3 nights over the last weekend in October, £645. Click here for details.
Emily Turner, 9 September 2020