Where to take the kids this October half term in the UK
October half-term holidays can be a great time for a staycation, especially if you're looking to explore local destinations and attractions without the need for extensive travel. Staycations during this time of year can offer unique experiences, such as enjoying the the changing colours of the season and participating in Halloween-themed activities.
With half term only a few weeks away, Offpeakluxury.com have a collection of hotels that the kids will love too! Here’s 11 luxury break deals from their Cool for Kids collection.
Here are a few ideas for October half-term luxury staycations:
The Big Blue Hotel
This stylish and chic hotel is a superb location for a break and to indulge in all that Blackpool has to offer. Spacious bedrooms and fabulous dining are on offer. Just a minute to the famous promenade and with a private entrance to the renowned Pleasure Beach. The perfect hotel for both fun and relaxation.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… that the hotel has an exclusive entrance and priority access to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, right on the doorstep. The Pleasure Beach has something for everyone, including exciting rides for thrill-seekers; gentler, family fun in Nickelodeon Land, and spectacular shows for theatre lovers.
Located in Dartmoor National Park, the 5 star luxury Bovey Castle sits majestically on the edge of the valley overlooking the stunning Edwardian gardens and flowing River Bovey. The Great Western restaurant offers exceptional food, immaculate service and a superb atmosphere. There’s an award winning spa and treatment rooms, and an 18 hole golf course on-site.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… becoming a Bovey Ranger! An action packed timetable for children aged 7 -14 years old, including survival skills, archery, reptile and owl encounters, laser clays and rock climbing. Younger children will love the Playbarn, with plenty of toys, games and activities to enjoy and explore. ** The 275 acre estate is one giant outdoor playground that kids – big and small – will love. **activities and facilities available at limited times, and local charges may apply.
Grand Hotel Eastbourne
The 5 star Grand Hotel Eastbourne, with an excellent location on the main promenade, has recently had huge investment to the famous Victorian hotel to its former glory. The luxurious and family friendly hotel features 2 restaurants, health club and spa with indoor and outdoor pools, and traditional character bedrooms.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… to be beside the seaside! Eastbourne beach has large sand (pebble beach) but boasts the famous Eastbourne Victorian Pier with plenty to see and do, while the hotel itself caters for younger children with their very own playroom. Eastbourne is also home to the Treasure Island Adventure Park.
Billesley Manor Hotel
Barely a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare penned his comedy ‘As You Like It’ here in 1599. The hotel has recently completed an extensive £5.6m refurbishment, creating sumptuous interiors that match the beauty of its 11 acres of private grounds and its 11th century church. Billesley Manor is a peaceful sanctuary away from the outside world.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… that the hotel is near to many attractions such as the family friendly museum Tudor World, Shakespeare’s family homes and Stratford Butterfly Farm. If you would like to explore the sights of Stratford by river there is boat hire and manned cruises available. If your family enjoys cycling, there is also bike hire available nearby. If you prefer to spend time in and around the hotel grounds the hotel has a lovely indoor pool which children can use between 10am and 4pm at weekends and for one hour at 9am and 4pm during weekdays. Billesley Manor has a tennis court and croquet available onsite for families to enjoy outdoor games together. After an energetic day exploring, the hotel will welcome you to enjoy family dining from the à la carte menu with offerings also suitable for children.
This former stately home, now a luxury hotel on the banks of Lake Bassenthwaite in the Lake District, is set in 400 acres of grounds with spectacular lake and fell views. Enjoy luxurious spa facilities including indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and more, and a renowned 2 rosette restaurant, it’s a superb base to explore the Lake District.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… that the hotel has its own wildlife park onsite! The Lake District Wildlife Park is home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals, birds of prey and reptiles, with daily demonstrations, and a soft play centre. Away from the hotel, climb England’s highest mountain, walk around the deepest lake, or try your hand at sailing a Viking ship on Derwentwater.
The Bear of Rodborough
The Bear of Rodborough began life in the 17th century as a former coaching inn. Set within 300 acres of National Trust land, the beautiful landscapes and rambling hills go on as far as the eye can see, all the way to the River Severn and into Wales. Escape the fast pace of everyday life, hang up your coat and sink into one of the cosy armchairs next to the warmth of an open log fire without a care in the world. Perfect for a New Year break.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… popping to Winstones Cotswolds Ice Cream shop (whatever the weather) to try to decide on their favourite flavour, or a visit to the Prinknash Bird and Deer Park. For the more adventurous, why not hit the slopes at the Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre (approx 6 miles away) to see who will be representing Team GB at the next Winter Olympics?
This magnificent Grade II listed country house hotel, set amongst landscaped gardens and woodlands, provides the perfect venue for celebrations, romantic breaks or pure relaxation. The hotel features indoor and outdoor pools, stylish bedrooms and 2 AA rosette restaurant.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… the fact they are just as important as the adults. Whether they are a Tylney Tot, Treasure Hunter, or Teen, they will be welcomed with their own age-appropriate goody bag. There is free equipment hire at the tennis courts and croquet lawn, unlimited children’s swimming indoors and outdoors, and treasure hunts within the grounds.
Romantic, luxury castle hotel near Ripon, North Yorkshire, set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. Featuring a 3 AA rosette restaurant and stunning guest bedrooms, it’s the winner of a Green Tourism Gold Award, and is the perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… the on-site Bird of Prey centre, with family falconry experiences, private cinema, and boot room full of kites, bikes and other outdoor games. For younger ones there’s a toy packed playroom, with babies receiving their own goody bag, complete with teddy.
Surrounded by beautiful parklands overlooking the River Wear, a magnificent monument to a bygone age of chivalry & honour. Located between historic Durham & vibrant Newcastle, perfectly situated to explore the North East of England. Individual rooms and sophisticated dining provide an ideal location for a unique, historical break or romantic retreat.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… that at Lumley Castle they look after the whole family by giving you space and freedom to be yourselves because there are few things modern families crave more than quality time together. The hotel provides child-specific menus in the bar, restaurant and for room service. The Castle has lots of space for youngsters to explore as if knights or princesses from a bygone era! The hotel often hosts seasonal treasure hunts for younger children where fancy dress is encouraged; fun for all the family as treasure hunt for adults is also included. There are a number of family friendly attractions near to the hotel such as Riverside Park and if your family enjoy puzzle solving adventures, there is an Escape Room experience in Durham.
Overlooking Pitolchry in the Scottish Highlands with views of Ben-y-Vrackie and the Tummel Valley, this stunning four star rated luxury hotel is the ideal base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. Featuring indoor pool, gym and Lavender spa, award wining gardens, all weather tennis courts, 9 hole pitch and putt, and individually designed luxury bedrooms.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… the four all weather tennis courts, 9-hole Pitch N Putt, the outdoor children’s play area and BBQ area. The hotel has Perthshire’s smallest putting green situated on the front lawns along with many beautiful woodland walks for all the family to enjoy, just collect your map from reception. With the unpredictable Scottish weather is there is also a choice of indoor activities for the children including a games room, pool table, PCs loaded with Atholl Palace’s own Minecraft game specially developed for the hotel. There is also an indoor swimming pool for the children to enjoy with no swimming time restrictions. The pool water is still taken from the original source, filtered through the volcanic rock of Ben y Vrackie.
This fine country house hotel and spa, beautifully located in wooded grounds overlooking Appleby Castle and surrounded by the mountains and fells of the Lake District, North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales, features newly opened, luxurious spa, award winning restaurant, and traditional country bedrooms.
👨👩👦 Kids will love… that the hotel has a children’s play area within the gardens and also offers a child’s dining menu. Attractions for all lie on your doorstep at Appleby Manor and whichever direction you take, you’ll be well rewarded. From things to see and do in the Eden Valley, The Pennines, The Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire and let’s not forget, the Lake District National Park, there are lots of family activities to enjoy such as hunt fun on the Appleby Westmorland trail, Stanmore Railway Company, indoor and outdoor farms, lidos, horse riding and much more! Whilst visiting the Lake District children will love The Lake District Wildlife Park at Bassenthwaite Lake and be sure to visit The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness-on-Windermere where they can enjoy a magical re-creation of all the sights and sounds of Beatrix Potter’s books.
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