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The half term holidays are a great time to get your kids out and about. With hundreds of fun events and days out dotted around the UK, there’s no way the little ones can be bored. Here are our top picks of things to do in the half-term holidays:


National Railway Museum

York, Yorkshire

If your kids are steam engine crazy, then this free attraction will have them riveted. Explore over 300 years of railway history. Let your little ones’ imaginations run wild with our family-friendly science shows and storytelling or let off steam in the indoor play area. Why not make this awe-inspiring day out into a fabulous February half term break by booking YHA York? A fun half-term holiday for all the family.

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Tintagel Castle

Tintagel, Cornwall

Plunge into the history and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle this February half-term. Associated with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries the grand Tintagel castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers and artists. The kids will have no trouble imagining the history at eerie settings, in which the ghostly ruins of castle walls mingle within the cliffs and archways. With YHA Tintagel a short walkalong the cliff , there is no need to stress about a tiring journey home after an adrenaline-filled day out!

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Jurassic Coast


A trip to the Jurassic Coast is a must for May half term. The chalky cliffs and twisted rocks which make up the Jurassic Coast will be a wonderful, rocky wonderland to the little ones. Take a walk through the beautiful coastal villages and beaches or go hunting for the plethora of fossils that have been discovered on the beaches and cliffs of Dorset. Maybe even visit the Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre? Whatever activity you choose, you can ensure that your kids will be full of joy and happiness. Why not make this fun-filled day out into a magical May half term getaway by booking YHA Lulworth Cove? A May half-term holiday that your loved ones will certainly remember!

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Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground

Bakewell, Derbyshire

Explore Chatsworth’s farmyard and adventure playground this May half term. What child doesn’t like meeting cute farm animals, and then swinging, climbing and splashing around in a wicked playground? So, if your little ones love to make new friends and try new things, they are going to love Chatsworth’s farmyard and adventure playground. With animal handling plus, a large woodland playground with trampolines, slides and much more, you can ensure the kids will enjoy themselves to their fullest extent. With YHA Youlgreave situated a short car journey away, booking a Peak District May half-term holiday sounds ideal. The perfect, fun-filled break for the whole family.

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Cotswold Farm Park

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Head to Halloween Land at Cotswold Farm Park for ample autumnal activities, including pumpkin picking in the October half-term holidays. There will be cauldrons of ghostly fun to be had and the young ones can head to the patch and choose their favourite pumpkin. Either take part in carving activities at the farm park or take your free pumpkin home to create a masterpiece. Here at Halloween Land, there is also fabulous face painting and a maize maze too! With YHA Cotswolds located a short journey away, it’s the perfect opportunity to turn this fun day out into a spooktacular October half-term holiday for you and your loved ones.

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Alton Towers Scarefest

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

The UK’s must do Halloween Spooktacular! Alton Towers Scarefest is a must for an October half term treat, filled with spooks and thrills for everyone. For younger visitors, there are plenty of live shows and 20 family friendly attractions, whilst older families will find laughs and frights in the House of Monsters maze attraction. Those on the hunt for thrilling terror, will need their wits about them when they enter the chilling scare mazes… Why not carry on the fun and book a short half term break at YHA Ilam Hall? A great Halloween escape for all the family.

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Do you need a little inspiration of where to take the little one on a summer staycation? Check out our top picks here.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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