Half-Term Holiday Trip Ideas

The children may have only just gone back to school, but many parents are already thinking about planning an October half-term trip.

This is a great time to visit some of the great British attractions that you avoided during the summer holidays. Yes, you will still have to queue to get into some of them or to bag your seat on a ride, but you shouldn’t need a picnic just to help you survive the wait.


Thorpe Park | Pick up your tickets from Attractiontix, and head to Thorpe Park for some of the most extreme and exciting rides in Europe. The attraction is also holding Fright Nights in honour of Halloween, giving older children and adults the chance to experience the great rides while it is dark.

The park is open until 10pm on selected dates throughout October and November, and there will be plenty of special attractions, such as horror mazes based on SAW, The Cabin in the Woods and The Blair Witch Project.

With so much to see and do, why not stay for more than a day? Book your beds via hotel.info.


Legoland Windsor | Your kids may well have already got a list of all the Lego sets they want from Santa Claus, but why not bring their imaginations alive with a visit to Legoland Windsor? The park is open until the start of November, so there is plenty of time to take advantage of some great buy-one-get-one-free and kids-go-free offers available at this time of year. Surprisingly, many of these are still available over the half-term holidays, meaning that you can visit at a fraction of the cost of a trip over the peak summer period.

There are also some great offers at hotels in the area and many chances for kids to eat for free at places that cater especially for Legoland visitors. Check out the deals at Hotels.com.

Alton Towers | Britain’s best-known theme park is a paradise for old and young alike. Who wouldn’t enjoy a visit to Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory or a swashbuckling adventure in Mutiny Bay?

The Towers is also planning a Halloween extravaganza — this time in the form of its annual Scarefest. With live shows and costumed characters, there is no excuse to not get in the mood for one of Britain’s fastest-growing celebrations. If you fancy getting dressed up for the trip, head to Angels Fancy Dress.