We’re sure many parents feel as if the school term has only just begun but, in the blink of an eye, the October half term break is just around the corner. Half term can vary depending on where you live but as a general guide, it either starts on Monday 21st October or Monday 28th October.
Have you planned how you are going to entertain your kids? No? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Continue reading to see our guide to how you can keep the kids out of mischief and how you, as parents, can enjoy an entertaining half term. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, or an educational encounter; there’s something for all tastes and budgets in our things to do in October half term guide.
The Deep, Hull
Catering for families of all ages, The Deep in Hull is the perfect fun-filled family attraction. It is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and is home to 5,000 animals including magnificent sharks and rays.
During October half term, be amazed as The Deep explore the myths and legends around one of the world's most endangered species, the sawfish. Take part in the very special magical interactive presentation at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily, complete the fun-filled activity trail as you make your way around the building as well as family activities in Craft Corner between 11am and 4pm.
Why not make a break of it and stay nearby at Hallmark Hotel Hull – the venue with a view? Click here to find out more.
Get outdoors and discover the beautiful North Wales and Cheshire countryside.
For families that like to get out in the fresh air, we’d strongly recommend getting your hiking boots on or jumping on your bike and exploring the beautiful North Wales and Cheshire countryside. Whether you're a novice cyclist looking for a gentle cycling trail or a seasoned cyclist seeking strenuous challenges - there's a huge array of walking and cycling routes in this unspoilt area of the UK.
Hallmark Hotel Wrexham Llyndir Hall, near Chester has recently launched a two-night Bike and Hike break which includes breakfast each morning, a delicious three-course evening meal on the first night of your stay, nutritional snacks, secure bike storage, bike / boot cleaning service as required, maps and suggested routes including venturing up Snowdon the highest peak in Wales. Once you return from your day out, the kids can enjoy a splash in the indoor swimming pool and if Mum and Dad have any energy left, they can workout in the gym or indeed just rest tired limbs in the pool and sauna.
The Beatles Story, Liverpool
Ideal for families with teenagers, we’d recommend a visit to discover The Beatles Story in Liverpool this October half term. It’s the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles.
During October half term, you can bring your kids along to a FREE Discover Zone workshop to help create an Abbey Road collage in celebration of it being 50 years since the release of Abbey Road. Workshops will be held in the Discovery Zone at The Beatles Story, on the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, between 2pm and 4pm every week day during the half term. (Tickets are not required).
Why not explore some of the other fantastic things to do this half term in Liverpool and extend your visit with an overnight stay? Click here to see our latest offers for October half term at Hallmark Hotel Liverpool Sefton Park.
Chester Zoo is the UK's most visited zoo and is home to over 27,000 animals and 125 acres of zoological gardens to explore. Join in the ‘’Mane’’ event this October half term with Chester Zoo’s programme of events and activities to find out what makes Lions so impressive. Enjoy games and stories at Play! between 11am – 12pm daily and meet Zoo Rangers to learn about these impressive big cats and their habitats in various sessions run daily throughout half term.
At Hallmark Hotels we’re delighted to let you know we’ve created a dedicated Chester Zoo family attraction break where you'll receive two adult and two child tickets to visit Chester Zoo during your stay at Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen. Click here to find out more.
Russell Coates Gallery, Bournemouth
This half term explore Russell Coates School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for some truly magical activities. Make all your wizarding supplies at their craft sessions (10.30 and 11.30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, £3 per child). Visit the historic house and look for signs of sorcery with a special trail and explore the garden on a treasure hunt to find all the ingredients needed for a magic spell.
Enjoy a magical stay in Bournemouth and stay at Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth East Cliff. Click here to find out more and discover our latest offers this October half term.
Discover two-night UK getaways that won’t break the bank this October half term!
From forest adventures to exciting city escapes, there are loads of great staycation opportunities in the UK to choose from. At our collection of 26 Hallmark Hotels, you can enjoy them without breaking the bank with our two-night getaway deal. You’ll save up to 20% on October half term breaks plus up to two kids aged 12 and under to stay for free when sharing a bedroom with at least one adult. What’s more, children are automatically enrolled in our Hallmark crew and get free entertainment packs and free cordial during their stay.