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The October half term break is a great time to get away for a family break or holiday with the kids - but where to go?
Let's face it the weather here in the UK can be a bit unpredictable, but one thing that you can be sure of is that by the end of October it will not be sunbathing weather, so if you plan a half term break in October you wil need to find somewhere where ther will be lots of indoor activities for the kids - but with the option to get some fresh air if they are getting cabin fever!
The good news is that there are lots of breaks out there for families where there is entertainment provided. Since it is late October there are lots of Halloween themed events and activities to keep the kids happy and occupied, whether you go a way for a couple of days, a long weekend, a midweek break or a whole week.
Just a quick reminder; half term dates can vary around the UK so always check your child's half term holiday dates carefully before booking your break. This year some lucky kids are getting a two week half term as well, making a holiday even easier to fit in.
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A holiday park is alway a guaranteed winner with the kids - non-stop activites all day with lots of kid-focussed fun. At Haven Holidays you can have a ghoulishly good Halloween-themed break with Halloween arts and crafts and a Halloween fancy dress competition as well as spooky games and Halloween themed shows.
Plus you will get the usual range of activities, sports, swimming and entertainment for all the family. With parks all around the coast of Britain you might even feel brave enough to venture onto the beach if the sun puts in an appearance.
You can get a 3 night break from only £179.
Maybe you want to spend you Ocober holiday getting into the great outdoors and doing some fun outdoor activites for Autumn.
Forest Holidays are specialist in holidays that give you the peace and quiet of Britain's magnifcent forests, so that you have the chance to take a relaxing autumn trip to the forest during the October half term holiday.
Get the kids out of the house and whisk them off to a luxury cabin in the forest and keep them entertained with Forest Ranger Activities including how to spot elusive animals, where the wild garlic grows or which berries to eat and which to avoid!
Yes, there are some Halloween special events too, with dressing up, ghost walks, and creepy crafts to keep the kids entertained.
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If you are thinking about holidaying under canvas with your family but are't sure if you are quite brave enough yet then Real Family Holidays is the perfect way to have a real outdoors-y holiday where you can dip your toe in the world of camping with kids. So if you like the idea of camping but are put off by the practicalities, or would love to try new activities but don’t know where to start, they are the people to help you.
Real Family Holidays are run by the Field Studies Council, who have centres in the Lake District, Pembrokeshire, Scottish Islands, the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, Surrey, Devon and South Wales.
The holiday price includes full board, comfortable accommodation, outdoor activities and expert staff on hand to help you. Pricing is a standard rate of £30.00 per person per night so a 4 day break would cost £480 for a family of four and a week’s holiday for a family of four will cost £840.
Out and About: 10 Things To Do This October Half Term
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With the promise of spooky Halloween themed kids activities with a whole host of extra ghoulish fun, as you wpuld expect form one of the longest established names in holiday park fun, there will be indoor & outdoor play areas, go karts, skate parks and trampolines as well as crazy golf and a heated indoor swimming pool!
With six parks around the UK there is entertanment from Pontins' legendary Bluecoats too.
The freedom of a cottage holiday can be the perfect type of holiday for families, and Sykes Cottages have a big selection offering space, privacy and freedom. Their properties include cots, highchairs etc and sometimes extra-special features like games rooms and tennis courts.
Many of their properties also welcome the family pet so all the family will be able to enjoy the holiday. With cottages in all kinds of locations across the UK you can try out adventure sports, theme parks, cultural attractions or a stay on a farm.
With prices from £192 for seven nights in a cottage that sleeps 4, it could be the perfect flexible October half term break.
Park Holidays have 25 caravan parks from Devon to Suffolk. Each park has a host of entertainment and activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained.
They have a ghostly host of frightful fun and spooktacular games during the run up to Halloween. Take in a themed live show, join in the fun with ghostly competitions, disco and karaoke.
October Half Term breaks start from only £113 for 3 nights.
If you would like to explore the big outdoors in beautiful Wales, Bluestone in Pembrokeshire has ghostly goings-on, wickedly fun activities and a troupe of (not so scary) scarecrows taking over. Where else can you meet a friendly owl, learn how to make a den in ancient woodland and discover a secret fairy village?
They have a choice of lodges, apartments and cottages with a up-to-the-minute waterpark, a spa and a range of activities such as archery, laser clay shooting and golf, Bluestone Wales in is the family holiday where every one gets to do what they prefer.
After dark your little terrors can have a monster makeover, try the glitter tattoo parlour, spooky salon and the magic mirror. Plus there is fun in the soft play area and terror towers.
Centerparcs have half term breaks with a wide variety of accommodation types and over 200 indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy.
Watch as the forest transforms from green to golden and feel the leaves crunch under your feet. You can try out both indoor and outdoor activities, from Pottery Painting to Abseiling with loads of fun activites for kids.
Prices and availablility correct at time of writing: Last updated 26th August 2018.
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