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.
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.
Active and adventurous families should consider Morocco which is a short flight from the UK, great value and packed with thrills. You could combine some trekking in the Atlas Mountains with surfing in the Atlantic and a stay in Marrakech. If you have teenagers, try this challenging trek. Morocco also works well in May and October.
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 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 from Oliver’s Travels
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.
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 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.