Half-term with the kids

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With half-term just around the corner, a short family getaway could be a perfect remedy for the winter blues

So, the seemingly endless month of January has finally drawn to a close. The arrival of February brings with it the half-term holiday – the kids will be at home and, more likely than not, in need of entertaining. What better way to brighten up the winter and appease your young ones than by embarking on a short family break? With a wealth of appealing and affordable options within the UK, there’s no need to hop on a plane. Below we’ve listed three suggestions – all within driving distance of Bristol.


An ever-popular destination, Cornwall’s delightful coastline, surf-centric beaches, and cosy seaside towns have cemented it as a foolproof choice for families looking for a crowd-pleasing getaway. The quiet town of Mousehole is home to The Old Coastguard – a seaside inn offering quaint interiors and panoramic vistas of the dramatic coastline. The cultural hub of St. Ives – home to the Tate Moden and the Barbara Hepworth Museum – is a mere half hour’s drive. Those keen to don a wetsuit and hop on a board can do so at surfing hotspot Sennen Cove – accessible in under half an hour by car. If a quiet walk bookended by a locally-sourced dinner appeals, the town’s centre – where a cluster of restaurants serve up the day’s catch – is a short stroll away. Prices begin at £140 per night.


Lake District

Slightly further afield, the Lake District is home to some of the most stunning scenery the UK has to offer. A self-catered accommodation in Cumbria allows privacy, independence and a quiet setting situated slightly away from the hubbub of the National Park. Steele’s Mill is a spacious and appealing converted property with easy access to the villages of Appleby and King’s Melburn – home to a number of pubs and delis. For those with a penchant for historic sites, the nearby Lowther Castle should provide ample grandeur. Once the family have had their fill of pub grub and local ale and want to burn off some of the indulgence, the endless miles of walking and cycling routes of the National Park are a short drive away – just 15 miles from the property. Prices start at £85 per night.


The Cotswolds

Less than an hour’s drive from Bristol, The Cotswolds comprise of picturesque market towns, historical sites, charming pubs and miles of scenic walking routes. The Porch House hotel is ideally located within the small town of Stow-on-the-Wold – offering easy access to local sites and ambles, with rooms starting from £77 per night. Why not embark on a day trip to Gloucester – walk around the docks, meander around the Jet Age Museum and marvel at the architecture of the impressive cathedral, before returning to the warm confines of the hotel for a hearty, home-cooked meal.


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