Didn’t the kids just go back to school? That first half term is already creeping up on us quickly so here is our best round up of activities and opportunities to keep the whole family entertained. From north to south, there is something to suit everyone this October half term.
Inspiration and education – from £80 per family at Legacy Preston International Hotel
With a wealth of collections, exhibitions, and family-friendly activities, the Harris Museum in Preston offers a diversity of opportunities for kids and adults alike. From fine art, to decorative pieces, historical items, costumes and textiles, photography and ancient coins, there is so much to discover. The nearby Legacy Preston International Hotel provides a comfortable base for exploring the museum and beyond, with pricing from £80 per family (bed and breakfast, two adults and two children sharing). Free entry to Harris Museum. Call Legacy Preston International Hotel on 08444 119 028, www.legacy-hotels.co.uk/hotels/legacy-preston-international-hotel-preston-lancashire
Penguins on parade – from £159 per family at New Place Hotel, Hampshire
Budding zoologists will delight in the daily Penguin Talk & Feed experience at Marwell Zoo where everyone’s favourite feathered friends will put on a show. Penguin Cove comes alive at 3:30pm each day with animals zipping through the water, wobbling around on land, and eagerly awaiting their afternoon snack. Stay at the countryside retreat, New Place Hotel, with a three-course dinner and breakfast (under-five’s dine for free). Prices from £159 per family (based on two adults, and one child sharing), tickets to Marwell Zoo not included. Call New Place Hotel on 01329 833543, www.newplacehotel.com
Centenary celebrations – from £65pp at Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel, Salisbury
Friday 26 October marks a landmark celebration of the day, 100 years ago, when the ancient stones of UNESCO World heritage site Stonehenge were gifted to the nation. A day of fun and surprise has been curated by Turner Prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller, to delight the whole family. Enjoy a comfortable break at the charming 13th century coaching inn Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel, just 20 minutes’ drive from Stonehenge. Prices from £65pp for a one-night stay including dinner, accommodation and breakfast (two sharing). Call Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel on 01722 328615, www.legacy-hotels.co.uk/hotels/rose-crown-hotel-salisbury-wiltshire