If the thought of keeping the kids entertained this October half-term fills you with dred, have no fear! Holiday Lettings is here to help. We’ve rounded up 10 of the UK’s best places to take your tribe for a well-needed break, from half-term holidays in Tattershall to last-minute stays by the sea in Scarborough. Whether you want to spend some peaceful time together doing very little or let off steam with an action-packed week, booking a holiday rental in one of these fantastic destinations is sure to make your half-term a pleasure.
Family-friendly October half-term holidays
Kids will love having a free rein in a private holiday home, rather than the constraints of a hotel. Choose a spacious farmhouse with a large garden, a townhouse with bunk beds or a cottage close to the beach. Half-term holidays in October have never been so easy!
*Methodology: At Holiday Lettings (part of TripAdvisor), we used a special algorithm to see every review on TripAdvisor, identifying destinations across the UK with the highest percentage of reviews mentioning ‘October half-term’ holidays—leaving us with some of the best half-term breaks that travellers love.
#1 Bembridge, Isle of Wight
Whilst this charming resort on the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight is officially a village, it’s one of the largest in England, so you’ll find plenty of things to do on your October half-term holiday. There are three beautiful beaches to choose from; Lane End, the Ledge and Bembridge Beach. Kids will love exploring the rock pools, and the stunning panoramic views over the sea will leave you feeling refreshed. Other highlights include the lifeboat station, the National Trust-maintained windmill and the fantastic range of restaurants, cafes and pubs in the area.
#2 Bideford, Devon
Situated on the west bank of the River Torridge, this delightful town was once Britain’s third largest port. Bideford is just as lively today, and you’ll find antique shops, cafes and pastel-coloured houses along the narrow streets leading up from the quay. The town is perfect if you’re looking for a family half-term holiday the UK, as there is plenty to do. Take a boat trip to Lundy Island, follow the Tarka Trail to the stunning Exmoor National Park, or maybe head to the nearby BIG Sheep theme park; with its indoor playground, animal barn and gin distillery, it’ll keep the whole family entertained for hours!
#3 Blackpool, Lancashire
For anyone seeking a good old fashioned seaside holiday this October half-term, Blackpool is definitely worth a look. With a range of attractions and activities on offer to please all ages, it’s a great choice for a family holiday. Toddlers will love meeting the animals at the nearby Penny Farm, while the excitement of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and The Big One rollercoaster will have teenagers grinning from ear to ear. Strictly fans can soak up the glamour at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, and Sandcastle Waterpark’s exciting slides and flumes will have the whole family coming back for more.
#4 Wadebridge, North Cornwall
This pretty Cornish market town on the Camel River estuary is packed with things to do, whatever the weather, so it’s a top choice when it comes to October half-term holidays. On a sunny day, pack a picnic at your private holiday rental and cycle along the scenic Camel Trail towards Padstow. Potter around the town’s quirky independent shops and galleries before stopping for tea at a picturesque cafe. If you love nothing better than exploring a stunning historic house, spend the day at Pencarrow House and Gardens – a 17th-century pile just a couple of miles away. And if you’re looking for peace and tranquility, the unspoilt Lundy Bay beach is the perfect retreat.
#5 Tattershall, Lincolnshire
In the heart of rural Lincolnshire, the unspoilt village of Tattershall is fast becoming a firm October-half term holiday favourite. Take a stroll around the marketplace and admire the 15th century octagonal Buttercross before stopping at a traditional pub for lunch. For more history, spend the day discovering Tattershall Castle where you’ll find grand fireplaces, Flemish tapestries and a magnificent red brick tower. If you want to get the adrenaline pumping, have a go at jet-skiing or wakeboarding at the stunning Tattershall Lakes.
#6 Abersoch, Wales
Located on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula, the little village of Abersoch offers its visitors the best of both worlds. The unspoilt coastline, art galleries and rich maritime history will keep anyone looking for a peaceful stay happy. Families looking for a fun-filled week won’t be disappointed either as nearby attractions include Glasfryn Parc, with its ten-pin bowling and soft play, and Plas yn Rhiw stately home, with its ornamental gardens and 17th-century rooms. At the end of a busy day, enjoy sea views from your coastal cottage or maybe a family barbecue at your private farmhouse rental.
#7 Minehead, Somerset
With its long, flat sandy beaches, promenade and family-friendly dining options, Minehead is a superb choice for October half-term breaks. Spend the day building sandcastles or potter around the harbour with its RNLI station and pleasure boat cruises. Board a steam train and chug through the countryside on the West Somerset Railway. Or if you want to let off steam yourself, challenge the family to a few rounds of golf or try windsurfing along the waves. In the evening, take in a show at the Regal Theatre before eating out or tucking into a takeaway back at your holiday rental.
This idyllic coastal village in the South West of Anglesey has an award-winning sandy beach which is perfect for an autumnal walk with the family. It’s great for pet-friendly October half-term holidays too, as the beach has miles of space for four-legged friends to explore. If you love seafood, you’re in luck: Rhosneigr has plenty of seafood restaurants to choose from where you can enjoy local crab, lobster, mussels and sea bass. Couples will also love it here, as the boats bobbing in the harbour and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore is the perfect romantic setting. And with so many rentals to choose from picking a place to stay in Rhosneigr this October will be a breeze.
#9 Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Nestled between world-renowned Holkham beach and Blakeney Point, the pretty harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea is an ideal October half-term holiday destination. Wildlife enthusiasts will be in their element as Wells is part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales. The marshes provide the perfect habitat for wading birds, marsh harriers, winter geese and other stunning species, so be sure to take your binoculars! When you’re not busy ‘twitching’, take a stroll through the pinewoods to the sandy beach and treat the family to fish and chips. If you love fresh air and breathtaking scenery, you’ll love Wells-next-the-Sea.
For the quintessential British seaside holiday, book a holiday rental in Scarborough this October half-term. Visit the atmospheric castle to learn more about the town’s history, or listen to the calming sound of the waves while reading a book on the beach. Enjoy fish and chips on the promenade, watch a traditional Punch and Judy show or maybe take the kids for a donkey ride. Add to that the Sealife Centre, miniature railway and the waterpark, and you’ve got all the makings of a perfect half-term family holiday.
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