Ideas For Half Term
It seems like no time at all since the summer holidays ended, the kids were back at school and social media was filled with ‘back to school’ photos of everyone’s little darlings looking smart in their shiny new uniforms. However, what seems like five minutes later and there’s already a half term holiday fast approaching and you’re wondering how to keep them occupied during their first break of the academic year.
At Priory Rentals, we’re always busy during school holidays as smart parents already know what a great holiday idea a motorhome adventure can be and how inexpensive they are compared to other half term holiday options. If you’ve not yet discovered how perfect a motorhome adventure can be for a family half term break, then read on, if you’ve already booked and are looking for inspiration as to where to go, then also read on!
Cornwall – St Ives
if you’d like continental weather without taking a trip across The Channel, then perhaps the Cornish coast and it’s temperate climate should be on your list of places to visit. The “Dazzling Jewel in Cornwall’s crown” otherwise known as St Ives is as continental a seaside resort as you’ll find without actually visiting the continent. With blue skies and sandy beaches, not to mention the charming narrow cobbled streets and tourist friendly shops, there’s much to recommend St Ives. Don’t forget your swimsuit, bucket and your spade!
Dumfries & Galloway – Galloway Forest Park
If camping in the forest sounds like exactly the kind of tranquil break you and your family need, then the Galloway Forest Park in Scotland might be an excellent choice for getting back to nature and getting away from everything else – even light. The Galloway Forest Park has been recognised as one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the Western World – so named due to the absence of ‘light pollution’. In the Galloway Forest, look up at night and be amazed at just how dark the night is and just how many stars you can see above you once you’re away from the ever-present electric lights of civilisation. The Forest is as close to a wilderness as you’ll find in the UK with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife. Phone signal is not guaranteed, so if you need to tear the kids away from their devices, then the forest park is ideal!
Pembrokeshire – Tenby
A little closer than Cornwall and no less worthy of your attention is the Welsh seaside resort of Tenby in Pembrokeshire. Just like St Ives, you’ll be able to enjoy a charming seaside town, sandy beaches and numerous options when it comes to watersports. As a historic seaside tourist resort, there’s plenty to see and do in Tenby, no matter what the weather throws at you, so there’s not chance of hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” while visiting this colourful coastal town.
France & Beyond – Tour the Aires du Camping
If you’d like to take the opportunity to immerse your family in a bit of continental culture, then why not take your motorhome on a ferry and spend a few nights in France (or even further)? The whole of Europe is studded with motorhome stopovers, so you’ll never need to worry about where to stay overnight, so instead, you can concentrate on visiting as many of the pretty towns and villages as you can around Britain’s closest neighbour. Perhaps the kids can practice their language skills while you’re there, making the trip as educationals as it is enjoyable.
Yorkshire Dales – Buckden Campsite
A sustainable development fund has been used to help set up this seasonal campsite located in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales and the camping season there closes after eh half term so the land can revert to grazing land during the winter. Located near the Dales Way, an 80-mile long route which stretches from the Yorkshire Dales all the way to the Lake District, it’s a perfect place to use as a base for cycling trips to wear the kids out in the healthy fresh air this half term holiday.
Norfolk – Bewilderwood
While traditional theme parks are likely to be packed with other families during half term and also full of long queues, junk food and overpriced souvenirs. Bewilderwood by comparison, described as ‘The Curious Treehouse Adventure’ is definitely a park based on a theme, but that theme is less to do with fancy rides and more to do with treehouse style things to climb and explore for kids of all ages. A giant, rustic and slightly twee adventure playground, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Half term holiday ideas – the only limit is your imagination
While we hope these half term holiday ideas have got you thinking, in truth we’ve only scratched the surface of what you could see and do while keeping the kids occupied this half term. With most schools likely to be off at around the same time, some of the major tourist spots might be best avoided, but the less popular places, or less easily accessible places could well be worth a look and with a motorhome at your disposal, travel and overnight accommodation are already taken care of, so simply point your steering wheel at your preferred destination, or even at no destination in particular and explore!
Although many families have yet to discover the opportunities motorhome adventures can offer for making memories and enjoying family time, there are enough who have, to make it essential to book your motorhome soon in order to avoid disappointment. Make sure you don’t leave reserving your motorhome to the last minute or there’s a chance we’ll already be booked up, leaving you with a house full of bored kids or a more expensive, less entertaining break as your only option!