Half-Term Holiday Ideas for Families of All Ages!

Posted on Feb 3 2016 - 2:40am by Jamie

When you’ve got kids that are of school age, your flexibility for scheduling family holidays is severely limited. Not only do you not want to take your kids out of school for the sake of their education, now you could even be fined for doing so. With the window of opportunity to go on holiday so restricted, it’s important to take full advantage of it. While it may sound nice to blow huge sums of money on a trip abroad, you don’t need to.

Indeed, we’re into February now, and that means that half term is right around the corner. Tons of parents will be gathering their children together and jetting off to a warmer climate to see out the end of winter. And who can blame them? This time of year is always so dull in England that any chance of sunshine should be taken with both hands. However, the sheer number of folks leaving the country could give you a distinct advantage.

There are a number of domestic holidays that people often overlook when it comes to planning a trip away. And that is a little bit foolish. Indeed, the United Kingdom is brimming with beautiful places for families of all ages to visit and enjoy. It’s just a matter of unearthing the gems! I would argue that British holiday destinations could hold just as much appeal as their more exotic counterparts. At least, if you’re willing to give them a chance.

Why is half term the perfect opportunity to give them a trial run? Well, usually, these places are inundated with families looking to make the most of the school breaks. Weekends usually see the likes of theme parks, museums, and other destinations jam packed full of kids. You’d be spending much of your time waiting around in queues rather than enjoying the full extent of the location.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that half term would be equally busy. And, while that may be correct for some places, they don’t all follow the same principles. The likelihood is that parents will be looking to cash in on the school break and enjoy a holiday that is primarily aimed at themselves. Working adults are just as entitled to a break. I’d argue that they need one, given the stresses of modern life. However, family holidays are all about enjoying spending time with your children… And creating lasting memories together.

I’ve decided to make this list of ideas for places you and your family could visit this half term. I suspect that many of them will be more empty than usual given the cold winter weather. You should not even think about hesitating to taking advantage of that. Not only will you have a more enjoyable experience, but you’ll get more bang for your buck. Less waiting around, and more time doing the things that you actually paid to do. Let’s get to it, shall we?


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Amusement Park

Who doesn’t love a ride on a good roller coaster? No matter your age, everyone can enjoy amusement parks. They’re thrilling and exciting. Sometimes scary but always downright fun. Even if you don’t like the idea of being tossed around at full speed, there is more variety to rides than ever before. Even if it’s just a quick cruise in the Dodge ‘Ems, or a peaceful ride on the Ghost Train. There are rides and amusements to keep people of all ages entertained!


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Domestic Holiday

To put it simply, not everyone can afford an exotic getaway. Don’t worry, nobody is here to judge you. But that doesn’t mean that you should miss out on all the usual goodies that you get on a holiday. Instead, try looking for something a little closer to home. You can still get all the good stuff aimed at children, like discos and kid’s clubs. But you can also find plenty for the adults to enjoy after hours, too. You can save even more money by going all-inclusive.


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Education is perhaps the most important thing in the world. And learning doesn’t stop when you reach adulthood, either. It never hurts to arm yourself with new information. Knowledge, as they say, is power. The trouble is, kids sometimes turn their little noses up at the idea of heading out to a museum. Learning is boring, or so they think, and they get enough of all that at school. Well, luckily, most modern museums are equipped to counteract that mindset. Filled with all the interesting stuff like dinosaurs, space, and Greek mythology.

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