Looking to treat the grandkids to a fabulous half term getaway? Get inspired with our latest article!
It’s the week thousands of children have been waiting for since summer – the autumn half term holiday! And if you’re a grandparent there’s a good chance you’ll be spending some extra time with your little loved ones during this week-long holiday.
That leaves the all-important question, how will you be keeping them entertained during this glorious week of freedom? Well fear not! As our team of diligent staff have come up with a list of 10 exciting and quirky things to do around the UK. After all, a half term spent playing video games or stuck indoors is a wasted half term!
So without further ado, here’s some ideas that will make this break one to remember – and some of them are even great fun for adults too!
1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, London
A fun day out for Harry Potter fans of all ages, this magical tour is filled with props, costumes and sets so that fans can experience the enchantment of these films first hand. Located next door to the studios where all eight films were made, you can walk down Diagon Alley, sample a cup of frothy Butterbeer (non-alcoholic of course) and even ride a broomstick using green screen technology!
2. Cadbury World: Bournville, Birmingham
If you have a sweet tooth, why not treat yourselves to a factory tour at the headquarters of British chocolate maker extraordinaire Cadburys? This chocolate utopia is a real life Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style experience, without the Umpa Lumpas of course! Open since 1990, chocolate lovers can learn about the history of chocolate in ancient civilisations, how it’s made and best of all, take part in a 4D cinema experience with motion seats that will have you diving into a bowl of liquid chocolate and riding the infamous Crunchie Rollercoaster from the TV advert.
3. Inside the Horse: Imperial War Museum, London (28th and 29th October)
Are you a fan of the blockbuster War Horse? Well during half term you can go behind the scenes of the film as puppet master Jimmy Grimes demonstrates how the horses work. He’ll be using Joey, a life-size horse puppet, who will meet visitors after the workshop – no need to bring sugar lumps.
4. Legoland: Windsor
This award-winning family theme park is a favourite with children between the ages of 2 and 12. You can revel in 55 interactive rides, get busy in building workshops, watch live shows, take driving lessons and much more. You can even stay overnight in a Lego themed room at the park’s hotel if you’re travelling far. Plus, there’s a host of special events on during half term!
5. Bekonscot Model Village and Railway: Buckinghamshire
Your grandchildren will feel like giants if you bring them to this marvellous miniature world! It is officially the world’s oldest model village and opened in 1929. Set in 1930s England, you can enjoy a ride on the model railway, meander around 1.5 acres of well-kept gardens and check out the super-detailed buildings.
6. Peppa Pig World: New Forest, Hampshire
Fans of this popular pink pig will get a snort out of visiting this theme park, which can be found inside Paultons Park. Children have seven rides to keep them busy, including a tour in Daddy Pig’s car, a flight in Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter and a visit to Peppa’s House. You can also meet the life-sized characters themselves!
7. Aquariums and Sea life Centres
You don’t have to be a youngster to enjoy meeting some fishy friends! Fortunately most towns and cities have a Sea Life Centre or aquarium and these are a great place to spend a few hours in open-mouthed amazement. You’ll come face to face with countless creatures – from piranhas and sharks to clownfish and stingrays.
You can’t go wrong with a visit to the cinema. This tried and tested half term classic is cheaper than travelling to a theme park and there are some great movies for children out this month, including: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Book of Life and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. You can also buy tickets from £1.35 for kids during half term at Cine World.
9. Go Ape
If your grandchildren are little monkeys and get a kick out of climbing, swinging and exploring forests, then they’ll love Go Ape. These adventure parks can be found up and down the country and allow children and adults to get in touch with their inner Tarzan. Try out the tree-top adventure walks, zip wires and Segways for a day that will leave the grandchildren suitably worn out.
10. Find a free local event
Alternatively, if you want to entertain the grandchildren without breaking the bank, there’s plenty of free events going on around the UK. Try some of these links for some inspiration: Visit England, Visit Wales, Visit Northern Ireland and Visit Scotland. You’ll find plenty of bikes rides, picnic locations and free events near you!
Hopefully we’ve armed you with some great ideas for half term that you can now suggest to your little monsters. But if you have some suggestions of your own, why not share them with us on our Facebook page?