If you and your family are staying with us at one of our six Hallmark Hotels in the Midlands this half term, fear not, we’ve got you covered.
Here, we’ve highlighted the best things to do with kids in the areas surrounding our hotels, so you will have a list of day trips to keep your family happy and entertained!
Derbyshire is a county that keeps on giving, thanks mainly to the breathtakingly beautiful Peak District National Park, which spreads majestically across the north of the county.
There is plenty of family-friendly activities to do within Derby itself, but the surrounding area is also packed full of outings so you won’t be bored.
Chatsworth House, the seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is a great day out for the whole family – even the toddlers! The well-loved working farmyard is home to lots of animals, milking demonstrations, plus a woodland adventure playground complete with a giant rope park, climbing walls, a trampoline, huge slides, zip wire and swings!
This half term, Chatsworth is running a Halloween Half Term Hoot (creepy crafts, reptile handling, fright flights and web weaving!). The house will also be flooded with Halloween festivities such as scary storytelling, a pumpkin trail, face painting and scary scarecrows in the kitchen garden!
The Heights of Abraham is a very old and popular day out for families in Matlock Bath, only 15 miles from Derby. You can travel up to the Heights on a cable car and enjoy stunning views of the river Derwent, visit the caves and learn about the incredible mining history before taking in panoramic views of the Peak District from the explorer’s adventure playground.
At half term, you can take part in an event called Halloween at the Heights, where your family can go on a ghost trail, make Halloween crafts and take a scary tour of the caverns!
Lastly, don’t forget that in Derby, you are only a 40-minute drive from Alton Towers – the ultimate thrill-seeking family holiday destination!
Our own Hallmark Inn Derby is a favourite with families as it’s perfectly situated in the city centre.
If you’re in Birmingham or the surrounding area during half term you won’t be short of things to do with the kids.
Starting with every child’s dream; a real-life chocolate factory experience at Cadbury World. This half term, the hugely popular attraction is running a week of Halloween fun, so be sure to pay a visit to the Scream Factor, hosted by Dermot O Scary!
Just under six miles from Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan you’ll find Sandwell Valley Country Park. A cracking day out for families, it’s a fully restored working Victorian farm with a large outdoor space to play around in, including gorgeous woodland meadows. During half term, the Park will be running Halloween Bat Trails, where you and the family can take a ghoulish quiz whilst making your way around the reserve.
If you have older kids who are interested in a bit of history, then take them to the notorious Blakesley Hall – a real-life Tudor house near the centre of Birmingham! You can learn all about Tudor life inside the house and this half term from October 24th to the 27th, they’ll be doing a special Halloween event called ‘Plague and Pestilence’!
For more ideas, check out the Birmingham Museum’s family activities page.
A little further south, in Warwickshire, you have the beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare.
Fantastic family excursions here include:
- Visiting the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- the MAD museum,
- Stratford Butterfly Farm,
- Tudor World
- Boating along the river Avon
- Compton Valley Art Gallery and Park (see what’s on for families here)
There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous town, full of history and culture. Plus, you can stay in one of our top hotels, Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, a grade II listed, 19th-century Neo-Jacobean mansion overlooking stunning gardens.
Our final hotel in the Midlands is the stunning Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor – a secluded Victorian stately home which was once the home of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in the 20s.
Stourport-on-Severn is a popular holiday destination town in the Wyre Forest District of North Worcestershire. It’s such a great area for day trips and family holidays as there is a wealth of fun things to do!
Starting with the Severn Valley Railway – there’s nothing like a steam train ride through the scenic countryside to make you feel like you’re on your school holidays. You even cross a 200ft bridge during one of the trips, which will make the kids think they’re on the Hogwarts Express! During Halloween, the railway will also be running ghost trains.
Hartlebury Castle and County Museum is another fun and educational day trip. Your kids will love seeing ‘Childhood Treasures’, an amazing collection of toys through the ages. There is something to learn in every room of the castle and lots of fun to be had exploring the grounds too. And don't forget to check out the Hartlebury Halloween event, which will be during half term.
If you have energetic adventurers who have no fear of heights in your family, then Go Ape Wyre is only 6.5 miles from Stourport and is a very popular local attraction. Climb the trees and swing (safely) through the heights on a high ropes course that might make you a little weak at the knees!
And finally, if you have any energy left, get over to Treasure Island Stourport fair, it’s a popular day out for families, with over 25 fairground rides.
We hope that you’ve found this guide to family fun in the Midlands this half term useful. Be sure to ask our staff about the local area, they’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you any recommendations.