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Half term holiday ideas

Half term holiday ideas

By William and Sally Gray, Editors of 101 Family Holidays

Looking for ideas for the half term holidays? We have some great ideas that will suit your children, whether you want to get away for some Mediterranean sun, stay at home in the UK or do something more adventurous.

Half term holiday dates vary between parts of the country and individual schools so before you book please check with your children’s school.

Please also see our sister site, 101 Family Holidays, for ideas during the October, May and February half term weeks.


Note: all the travel companies featured are personally recommended by our editors.

February half term holiday ideas

This is arguably the best time of year for a family ski holiday, but don’t expect to get a cheap deal. We recommend Esprit Ski for their exceptional childcare, while Peak Retreats is an award-winning operator that specialises in budget ski holidays in top French resorts. If you want to take the family to ski in style, we recommend San Cassiano in Italy, though you need to book early. Check the latest ski availability over February half-term.

If you’re looking for winter sun and don’t want to fly long haul, try Tenerife where we like Abama Golf & Spa Resort, or the Red Sea coast of Egypt. The sunshine in Dubai is guaranteed and The Gambia offers great-value beach holidays. For a real treat, head to Tanzania for a safari and beach holiday combining camping in the bush with a stunning tropical beach.

Find more February half term ideas.

May half term holiday ideas

The last week of May is a wonderful month to explore the Med – arguably the region is better then than during the heat of August.

We particularly like the unspoilt beaches of Costa de la Luz and the craggy coastline of Catalonia. If you want an upmarket family villa, consider Mallorca or Ibiza.

Greece is great in May. Kids enjoy exploring the fascinating island of Crete where you’ll find stylish houses to rent. Details here. On mainland Greece, we recommend the Sani Resort for families.

Join a group activity holiday – options include surfing and orienteering in Portugal, white-water rafting in Slovenia and whale-watching in Iceland.

We love the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia, home to Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, a wonderful hotel for families of all ages. On mainland Italy the unspoilt region of Puglia has much to keep children amused.

Get together with a bunch of family or friends and you could rent a stunning Chateau in France. Details here.

If cash is tight, how about camping in Holland? Camping Duinrell is just 30 miles from the car ferry at Hook of Holland and has a beach nearby plus indoor and outdoor pools and lots of sports facilities. There is also a water park next door.

Try a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads – you can explore 250 miles of connected waterways, cruising through reed marshes, meadows and woodland without a single lock to navigate. Moor beside riverside pubs and restaurants, villages and market towns. See here for more boating holidays in the UK.

How about some posh camping? We love Feather Down Farms which has large luxury fixed tents with proper beds and wood-burning stoves at 20 working farms across the UK. It’s ideal for families. Alternatively, try Country House Hideout which has spacious tents set in the grounds of grand country houses.

Mediterranean beach clubs are ideal for families, with childcare for babies and tots, and plenty of sports and social activities to keep other kids amused. We like Club Vounaki in Greece which is run by Sunsail, and Lakitira Beach in Kos, which is run by Mark Warner.

Also see our selection of the best sailing holidays.

If you enjoy cycling, try a gentle self-guided cycling holiday with Inntravel. Your accommodation is pre-booked and your luggage is waiting for you at the next hotel when you arrive. Or head to Northern Spain which has stunning beaches, rolling countryside, mountains, great food and traditional villages. Stay in one of these self-catering cottages or traditional small hotels.

Find more holidays in May half term.

October half term holiday ideas

October is the end of the summer season – if you’re lucky you can get some lovely weather. It’s best to head quite far south – we suggest  the Aegean coast of Turkey or Crete. You can expect decent sunshine on a villa holiday in Gozo while Corfu and Corsica are also good bets.

The Algarve is a great bet in October. We love the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel which manages to be both chic and family friendly. There are kids clubs for ages 6 months to 8 years, and lots to keep teenagers busy too.

The luxury tour operator, Scott Dunn, has its own Explorers kids clubs at Pine Cliffs in the Algarve, Daios Cove in Crete and Almyra in Cyprus – all great destinations in October. The clubs are for children aged from 4 months to 13 years and feature a busy programme of activities, adventures and sports.

Morocco is perfect in October. It’s packed with exciting things for kids to do but easy to reach (just three hours flying time) and great value. Stay in a riad in Marrakech, climb into the Atlas Mountains or tour the kasbahs. We recommend Lawrence of Morocco which has a range of activities for children.

Catch some late sun at the Atlantic Hotel in Jersey or Hawke’s Point apartments close to St Ives. Or go self-catering with a cottage in Cornwall or Devon.

You could also treat the kids to an active holiday with Families Worldwide. Join a small-group tour designed with children in mind to destinations including Egypt, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

>> Find more holidays in October half term or visit our sister site, 101 Family Holidays. Also see our guide to the best adventure holidays for families.

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