Holidays & Breaks for May Half Term 2017

Holidays and Short Breaks for May Half Term 2017

Image Credit: Federico Giampieri

The next Half Term Holiday is at the end of May, so if you are looking to get away for a break here are some ideas and special offers for family getaways for the Spring Bank Holiday Break, (also known as the Whitsun holiday).

Always double check holiday dates with your child's school before booking a holiday. Dates may differ for private schools.

Swimming or Spa?

At the ever-popular Centerparcs you can explore the forest, try indoor and outdoor activities and splash about in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise or relax in the Aqua Sana Spa. Round off the day with a meal at one of the restaurants before returning to your luxury forest lodge.

Centerparcs have forest locations in Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Wiltshire and Bedfordshire, where you can cycle on car-free raods (although watch out for changeover days)

Fairies and Pirates in Wales

Bluestone in Pembrokeshire, Wales has a whole host of attractions including a Steep Ravine with High Ropes Course & 300 ft zip wire, as well as a Climbing Wall at the Adventure Centre and the Blue Lagoon Water Park. Plus there is swimming, orienteering plus a spa for the grown-ups to relax in too..

Try a free-range adventure - from beast hunts to tree climbing, and high rope escapades to catapult flinging. And when evening comes you can discover the story of Black Bart a real life Pembrokeshire Pirate in the interactive dinner show!

And you might just see some faries!

Cottages from Affordable to Luxury

Hoseasons have a whole bunch of earlybird deals in their range of cottages, with prices starting at £323 for 3 days in a cottage for 6 people in the Isle of Wight up to the Park Collection House in Whitbarrow Village, pictured above, which also sleeps six and includes a hot tub, flat screen tv in every bedroom, and a stylish, beautifully furnished open plan lounge/dining and kitchen area. This top-of-the-range cottage in Cumbria costs from just under £1500 per week.

Did you love holidaying under canvas before you had children? Just becuase you have a family you can Carry On Camping....With Kids.

Bargain Breaks in Coastal Locations

Park Resorts have 48 parks across the UK, and have lots of earlybird offers for May half term. The parks accommodation is mainly static caravans with some locations having chalets, bungalows, apartments, cottages and lodges.

There is lots of fun for the kids, including kids clubs, play areas swimming, evening entertainment. All the parks are in coastal locations so the sea shouldn't be far away where ever you go! See our review of Park Resorts California Cliffs Holiday Park.

Best for Entertainment Lovers

For old-fashioned family seaside fun with top entertainment, Butlins have lots planned for May half term this year.

Bafta award-winning Sam & Mark, a brand new Teletubbies show, Diversity perform their latest dance show, Dangermouse drops in and you can even see a panto - Whittington Rocks! Plus science show, wrestling and cinema experiences.

All in popular seaside locations and with lots of kids activities including swimming, a traditional fairground and crazy golf - something for all the family!

A Traditional Holiday with an Adrenaline Twist

Haven Holidays have great deals for May half term, where you can soak up the sun (well, hopefully!) and grab some traditional fish 'n' chips on the terrace, head over to one of the entertainment venues to see acts as well as their own FunStar production shows.

Plus you can have a go at archery, fencing and target shooting. If you're feeling a little more competitive try Adventure golf or Crazy golf and for the adrenaline junkies some of our parks have Aerial Adventure and Climbing walls.

Related: Top Tips for Travelling with Children

Relax in the Forest

Forest Holidays have 9 holiday locations across the UK in Forestry Commission forests, where you can choose from luxurious cabins set deep in woodlands, on the edge of mighty lochs, or in bright forest meadows.

Relax in Britain's wonderful countryside, dip in the hot tub, enjoy an in-cabin spa treatment, or watch a movie. If your energy is high, the options are limitless; try cycling, canoeing or Forest Ranger adventures.

Coastal Retreats in Northumberland

Coastal Retreats & Country specialise in hand-picked, design-led and individually styled holiday cottages in North East of England, from the Scottish Borders to Northumberland’s coast and down to the vibrancy and culture of Newcastle and Durham.

All cottages are child and baby friendly and selected properties welcome well-behaved dogs.

Still looking for ideas? See all our Family Holidays in the UK.

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

Prices and availablity correct at time of writing: Updated 30th March 2017

May Half Term Holidays and Breaks in the UK - Lots ideas for self-catering cottage holidays, holiday park breaks, traditional seaside holidays and entertainment-filled breaks.







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