Autumn is a great time to stay at a Feather Down farm with an excellent choice of locations. Get ready for woodland walks, beautiful bike rides, conker collecting, jumping in puddles, leaf fights and cuddling up, cosy at the end of the day in your luxurious tent. Tents sleep up to six (5 adults and 1 child up to the age of 12).
The following two farms have mid week breaks form £249. Sunninglye Farm is set in the High Weald, Kent an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your luxury canvas tent will be in a hilltop copse facing outwards with views across the surrounding fields and woodland. Highlights include a Naturewatch Hideout, raft building on the pond and freedom to wonder all over the farm. Each tent has its own camp fire site.
New Barn Farm is set in the Bedfordshire Wolds where the eight tents look out onto a six acre grass field. There is a woodland to play in and open access to forestry, lake sides and country parks.
Why not get a group together and stay at High Barsham – an historic farm building in North Barsham, located close to the Norfolk coast. High Barsham offers luxury accommodation that sleeps up to 12 people in 5 double bedrooms and 1 twin. There is a woodburner for cosy evenings around the fire and a private walled courtyard garden. There are two games rooms – one with table tennis and one with table football. Children welcome.
Local attractions for kids include the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton, Banham Zoo in Attleborough andthe Thursford Collection in Thursfood Green (engines, mechanical organs, Wurlitzers and fairground rides).
High Barsham is now £1500 for half term (reduced from £1975) for a 4 night stay arriving on the 27 October 2014 a saving of 25%.
If you are chasing the sunshine this half term then Morocco could be for you with average temperatures of 21 degrees and nine hours of sunshine. This holiday from Imaginative Traveller offers a great introduction to the country where you will travel with like minded families in a small group travelling from city to coast and seeking out along the way places where few tourists get to go.
The tour takes in Marrackech, small Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains and Essaouira with its fortified walls and fishing harbour where you can experience camel riding on the beach.
Departures at half term, Christmas and throughout 2015. Adults £435 per person and children £410 per child excluding flights.
I highly recommend a PGL family activity break having thoroughly enjoyed one with my own children and what better time to do so as kids are half price on selected breaks this October half term.
PGL centres in Surrey, Dorset, Shropshire and Wiltshire are opening their doors to families this half term with 2 night weekend breaks and 4 night mid week breaks available. You could be experiencing abseiling, archery, climbing, fencing, raft-building, orienteering, the trapeze, Jacob’s ladder and zip wire.
Weekends start at £129 per adult and from £49 per child aged 5 to 18 years (was £99) at Marchants Hill, Surrey and 4 night breaks start on Monday 27 October and cost from £259 per adult and from £109 per child (was £219) at Marchants Hill in Surrey, Boreatton Park in Shropshire and Osmington Bay in Dorset.
Offer ends 24 October 2014. Quote OCTHT14X when calling 0844 3712424.
Hidden Valley Yurts provide luxury eco-friendly yurt holidays in the Wye Valley. This year the site is staying open through to October which means you can escape to a Mongolian Yurt for a quirky half term getaway. Stay warm and cosy in felt lined yurts with wood burning stoves and an outside fire pit.
Situated in a 4 acrea wildflower meadow there are paths to follow, a fairy garden. a mown area with a badminton net, a boules pitch and lots of space for football and cricket. You may be lucky and spot deer, badges and foxes that share the land with alpacas and Jacob sheep. Locally there is mountain biking, canoeing, horse riding and climbing. The Black Mountains are a twenty minute drive away.
Breaks from £435 during school holidays, from £200 non peak. Yurts sleep 5 or 7 people.
Travel this October half term to one of Mark Warner’s resorts in Greece or Portugal for some late summer sunshine and family fun. Mark Warner have been providing family friendly holidays for over 35 years and voted best Medium Activity/Sports Holiday Company and Best Medium All Inclusive Holiday Company in the British Travel Awards.
A 7 night holiday at the Mark Warner Ocean Club Beach Resort on the southern coast of the Algarve costs £2718 for a family of four (with 2 children 11 years of age or under). The resort has four swimming pools and plenty of activities including tennis, mountain biking, swimming pools and fitness classes. The sheltered bay is ideal for watersports. The price includes flights, transfers, apartment accommodation, half board, children’s clubs for 2-13 years and evening childcare. This holiday departs 25 October for 7 nights.
Child friendly Sands Resort hotel in Cornwall rated best family hotel in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 awards has some fantastic prices on its October half term breaks when booked early. Stay from £70 per night, per adult. Family rooms are spacious and comfortable and come with a free baby listening service in the evenings. The beach is a 5 minute walk away.
The hotel is situated between Padstow and Newquay and activities include an indoor pool, a Soft Play room, kids club, adventure playgrounds, a maze, zip wire, tennis courts, a spa, golf course and various family dining options. Free board and wet suit hire is available too.
With just one week of the summer holidays remaining and with the nights drawing in the kids were desperate to go camping. Not wanting to camp too far from home we discovered a quiet, off-grid woodland camp site located on top of the Kent North Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Meopham. In an ancient woodland we set up camp on a spacious pitch.
The whole 250 acres of Whitehorse Wood can be explored however we didn’t need to venture far for the children to immerse themselves in an imaginary world of guns and soldiers. The site is on an old WWII training ground complete with trench and sandbags. The kids collected sticks, built shelters and swung forever on rope swings before returning to the base to build the evening’s camp fire.
What you need to know: Badgells Wood is in a woodland so you need to be happy camping under trees – no grass fields here. There is a small shop on site selling their own free range eggs as well as marshmallows, glow sticks, basic groceries, kindling and logs. The showers were awesome – spotlessly clean, warm and with loads of space for changing and the mirrored sinks I simply loved.
Badgells Wood is open until the beginning of November – perfect for a spooky Halloween wooded adventure. £20 a night for a family of four.
The Adventure Company has a great choice of family wildlife adventure holidays and if you book by 30 September 2014 you can get 10% off selected holidays.
Visit Borneo and experience a local village homestay, get up close to orangutans and stay in a jungle eco-camp. Or maybe go overlanding in East Africa exploring the vast Serengeti and visiting local schools and communities. Or if you’re with older kids try a teenage adventure in South Africa. There are also holidays to the Galapagos and Kenya.
Prices from £1161 per person and with departures in 2015.
Kids will be ready for some autumn fun after their first term back at school so why not book a Halloween half term break with Haven. Haven boasts 35 holiday parks in coastal settings from the Scottish shores to the Cornwall coast – what better place to enjoy the change of seasons, put on a few layers and go outside before the winter sets in.
October half term breaks are available between 24 October and 2 November 2014. Three, four and seven night half term family breaks from only £169.00.