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Half term holiday ideas

Half term holiday ideas

By Mark Frary, Editor of 101 Family Holidays

Looking for ideas for the half term holidays? Here you’ll find 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. I 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. Speedy teens will love the PB Ski Academy.

If you’re looking for winter sun and don’t want to fly long haul, try Tenerife where I 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.

Active and adventurous families should consider Morocco which is a short flight from the UK, great value and packed with thrills. Check out this family holiday which takes in the highlights: the Essaouira coast, the Atlas Mountains and the city of Marrakech. If you want more of a beach holiday, I recommend the Rebali Riads near Essaouira.

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.

I 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.

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, I 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.

I 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 is great for kids with family-friendly hotels including Masseria Torre Coccaro and the Gattarella Resort.

Get together with a bunch of family or friends and you could rent a stunning Chateau in France. Details from Oliver’s Travels.

If you want a short break, take a look at Efteling, a theme park set in lovely Dutch countryside and popular with all ages. Stay at the Efteling Hotel or Bosrijk Village.

How about some posh camping? I 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.

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. I like 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, such as the Greek island of 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. I 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.

Catch some late sun at the family-friendly Merton Hotel in Jersey or go self-catering with a cottage in Cornwall or Devon.

You could also treat the kids to an active holiday with Tourdust. Destinations include South Africa and Morocco.

Closer to home, Family Twist has an imaginative range of Halloween holidays in London, Paris and Rome.

>> 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.

Last updated: 26 January 2017

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