Looking for a staycation this October half term? These short breaks are great value for money for families looking for a last minute getaway
The school holidays are coming up and you might be looking for ideas for October half term short breaks. Or you could just be keen for a last-minute getaway away from the norm.
As things stand we’re not experiencing any local lockdowns across the county, although things could change.
So there could be no better time to enjoy a staycation whether you’re looking for a spooky Halloween holiday or just a relaxing break. Here are 5 great value half term short breaks that could be just what you’re looking for.
1. Kids go free at Lumley Castle Hotel
In a history spanning 630 years, this medieval castle – now a four-star hotel – at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, has welcomed kings and princes in its past.
With stone flagged floors, dungeons, and battlements, it really is a storybook castle, perfect for a spooky break this Halloween.
It’s set on a hill, amid acres of historic parkland, and also features an Escape Room great for families, and based on the spooky stories of Lily of Lumley who is supposed to haunt the hotel.
A great base to explore the Cathedral city of Durham or the surrounding countryside.
Stay for two nights B&B from October 5-31 and kids under 12 stay and eat for free. This is subject to availability and is valid for up to 2 children per room.
2. Kids stay and eat free at Ellenborough Park
This beautiful and atmospheric castle-esq hotel located in Cheltenham offers a great autumn escape with kids this half term. And you can take now take advantage of a ‘kids stay and eat free’ offer too.
The hotel has 90 acres of parkland to explore as well as a fully heated outdoor pool. Plus, there will be a variety of activities, including a fun family treasure hunt, a Halloween colouring competition, and cupcake decorating, taking place during the half term.
Enjoy dinner at the Horse Box restaurant with a children’s menu avialable on request or have bar snacks delivered to your room, whichever you feel more comfortable with. The hotel also offers a hearty Cotswold breakfast to wake up to the next morning.
Attractions close by include: Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm park, Sudeley Castle, the world famous GWSR steam rail, Birdland Park and Gardens and for rainy days Mr Mulligan’s indoor crazy golf.
Rooms start from £300 per night (Based on 4 people sharing, 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years of age).
3. 10% off at Airds Hotel & Restaurant
Scottish Luxury Hotel of the Year 2020, Airds Hotel & Restaurant, is located in Port Appin on Scotland’s west coast.
The former ferry inn turned luxury boutique hotel offers a great base to explore the countryside and enjoy all that autumn has to offer – whether you are a family or couple looking to escape. From walks around the Loch to island exploring, mountain bikes, segway safari, wildlife sea safari, falconry and golf, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Famed for its fine dining, you should also indulge in Airds’ 7-course Seasonal Tasting Menu at just £29.50 per person, and additional £45 per person for wine pairing.
Airds Hotel & Restaurant is offering a 10% discount on all prepaid half-term bookings for the period between Sunday 11 and Saturday 31 October. The price, from £347 per double room per night, includes full Scottish breakfast and 4-course dinner. (Date change is free of charge if the government policy on UK travel changes).
Airds also offers two charming cottages to accommodate up to six guests; Bramble Cottage is pet-friendly. Prices from £1055 per week, arrivals on Saturdays.
4. Free entry to Warwick Castle with its medieval mini-break
Combine family time with history and fun with a stay in one of the medieval lodges at Warwick Castle. The lodges are located within the grounds of the castle and are decorated in medieval themes with swords and shields adorning the walls, plush throws on the beds and falconer’s gloves hanging beside the door.
Each Knight’s Lodge has a mezzanine layout and includes a double bed, bathroom, and bunk beds with a pull-out trundle, along with a sitting room with an additional sofa bed.
Stays in the Lodges include two days’ entry to Warwick Castle, allowing access to the 64 acres of grounds, towers and ramparts, daily medieval shows and experiences like a birds of prey show, gory history tour or Horrible Histories Maze. And from October 24 – November 1, there will also be Halloween themed activities and shows to add to your trip.
The medieval mini-break at Warwick Castle starts from £442 per night based on a family of four staying in a Knight’s Lodge. All stays include a hearty breakfast in the Knight’s Village restaurant, two days’ entry to the Castle, car parking, and exclusive evening entertainment.
5. Children stay free at St Michaels Resort in Falmouth
Half term short breaks by the beach are an ideal solution for the family. And heading down to the Cornish coast is certainly one of the most spectacular locations. St Michaels Resort sits next to Gyllyngvase Beach and has an extensive health Club and spa, with the vibrant culture of Falmouth a short distance away.
Falmouth is also one of the very best locations for rock pooling, with some of the finest and most diverse sites in the country. For the school holidays, the hotel has teamed up The Rock Pool Project to offer bespoke 90-minute rock pool safari sessions led by marine biologists on Gylly Beach to show off the diverse ecosystems.
This October half-term kids stay for free with every paying adult with rates from £85 per person per night including a classic king/twin room, full cornish breakfast, and complimentary swim and gym access. The rock pool project is £11 per person.