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Half term break ideas in the UK

9th January 2020

Struggling for half term ideas? Whether it’s February, May or October half term, taking some time out from the monotony of daily life is essential. Let the kids wind down from their studies and book off some annual leave for family time, or time with a loved one. So, what are some of the best ideas for half term breaks?

What to do in half term

Looking for half term short break ideas, or perhaps wondering where you can take the family this year? Find out what to do in half term from our detailed guide now:

Hiking holidays

For the walking fanatics among us, take to the hills and mountains for an active half-term walking holiday. Perfect for exploring picturesque scenery and getting that essential dose of fresh air, the Peak District or the Lake District are perfect locations for spending your half term break. With quaint little villages such as Bakewell and Windermere to stay in, you can climb mountains by day and relax with the family in small charming towns by night – and of course enjoy plenty of souvenir shopping along the way!

Beach trips

Perhaps not so applicable for February half term in the chillier weather, but certainly an idea for the May half term – take to the beach with the kids. If you’re wanting to stay local this half term, there are ample beaches to explore, all at home in the UK. From clambering over Welsh sand dunes to riding the waves in England’s beautiful Cornish beach spots, grabbing your bucket, spade and beach towels may be the perfect way to make the most of your half term break this year.

Cosy up in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a haven of aesthetically pretty villages that tourists travel from far and wide to visit. From Bourton-on-the-Water with its abundance of footbridges and green spaces along the bank of the River Windrush to Painswick with its stone buildings and giant topiary trees, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to relax over half term. Take to the villages with the family or a loved one for an ultimate half term break idea.

Canal boat holiday

Another great way to enjoy the half term break is on the waters, through one of our canal boat holidays. Cruise through the canals of your favourite UK city, or stay close to home – with a wide variety of canal routes and locations to choose from, your half term break ideas are covered.

For more, find out the best October half term holiday ideas from our detailed guide.

Whether you want to glide across the waters spotting the most picturesque scenery you can, or visit as many of the 7 Wonders of the Waterway as possible, our canal routes have you covered. Pack up the bags with the whole family, a group of friends or your loved one – and take to the waters on your half term trip this year. Alternatively, you could also choose one of our ABC Day Boat Hire trips, ABC Holiday Cottages or ABC Caravan Parks for your half term trip away with the family - simply get in touch with a member of our helpful team today to find out more about your half term breaks with ABC Boat Hire.

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