Half terms are always an exciting time for families. A whole week off allows plenty of time for planning fun days out and activities to keep the kids entertained. But coming up with these ideas is often the trickiest thing for parents, often resulting in last minute plans. So we’ve scoured out the top attraction events going on over half term that the kids will love, and that won’t break the bank in the process. Just in the nick of time!
-Alton Towers Scarefest - 19th October – 3rd November 2013
October Half term obviously evokes the start of ghostly celebrations and there ‘aint no Halloween quite like an Alton Towers Halloween. Their famous Scarefest has everything from spine chilling frights for the older ones and friendly ghosts and ghouls for the youngsters. With live Halloween shows, amazing costumed characters and the scare mazes, there’s much more on offer than your average trip to Alton Towers. Ticket Entry + 1 night at a 3* hotel starts from just £62pp!
-West Midlands Safari Park Spooky Spectacular – 5th October – 3rd November 2013
Scary meets Safari at the West Midlands Safari Park this October half term. The whole family are encouraged to dress up in Halloween fancy dress and enjoy spooky shows, scary characters and a Halloween themed sea lion show performed each evening. Best of all you can back a family break including ticket entry and 1 night at a nearby 3* hotel for ONLY £93.96!
-The Shard KIDS GO FREE - 28th October – 3rd November 2013
This amazing offer admits one child absolutely FREE for every paying adult. That means a family of 4 can enjoy a trip up London’s tallest building along with 1 night in a 3* hotel from only £136.90 all in! Kids will love the ascent up 1,016ft to marvel at the highest ever 360 degree view of London. The telescopes and interactive element will keep them entertained for just as long as you! What’s not to love about that?
If you fancy a family break this October half term without the Halloween theme, this amazing value offer will be right up your street. Enjoy 1 night at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire including free breakfast and dinner for all kids under 15 years for only £99! With extensive leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym, it’s the perfect family escape.
-Thorpe Park Fright Nights - 25th October – 3rd November 2013
Another big contender this October Half term is Thorpe Park. Their Fright Nights bring your favourite Hollywood horror movies to life including Saw, My Bloody Valentine and Blair Witch Project. With terrifying walk throughs, costumed characters, Fright Nights are not for the faint hearted (or the little ones)! Ticket Entry + 1 night at a 3* hotel starts from just £61.15pp!
-Legoland Windsor Brick or Treat – 19 October – 4 November 2013
Just when we thought kids couldn’t love Legoland anymore, they’ve only gone and added a Halloween inspired week of spooky activities! Dress the kids up in their best Halloween costumes and let them enjoy the enchanted forest, endless activities and Lego pumpkin patch. They’ll also meet their favourite Lego characters! Ticket Entry + 1 night at a 3* hotel starts from just £212.50 per family of 4!
Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo Hocus Pocus – 19th October – 3rd November
Chessington World of Adventures are also jumping on the Halloween bandwagon with a week of Haunted Adventures. Come face to face with count Dracula in the forgotten Transylvanian village and discover an Ancient Egyptian curse in the spooky abandoned mansion. Intrigued? You should be! Ticket Entry + 1 night at a 3* hotel starts from just £212.50 per family of 4! Ticket Entry + 1 night at a 4* hotel starts from just £169.70per family of 4!
With so much going on right across the country, families are spoilt for choice this October half term. Whether you’re after a Halloween themed thrill or a great value break to spend some quality time as a family, we’ve got it covered!
Where are you planning to go this October half term? Comment on this blog post and let me know!