Where will you go for your half-term adventure?
With half term on the horizon, you might find you’re stuck for ideas on how to fill the time. Whether you’ve got children of your own or have signed up to babysitting duty, don’t panic. We’ve put together our top five days out in the UK for the half-term week that shouldn’t cost you a small fortune.
1. How about a day out at Aerospace Bristol?
Aviation is a great way of capturing the interest of young minds, and Aerospace in Bristol has it all. The main attraction is of course the Concorde Alpha Fox , which is the last Concorde ever built and flown. Find out how the engineers came up with the design, and more importantly what it was like to fly, while sitting in the cockpit! If that’s not enough there is the opportunity to experience a real-life flight simulator and get a feel for what it’s like to sit behind the flight controls.
2. Take a day trip to Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent
Howletts Wild Animal Park is home to over 50 species of animals! Here you can see Sumatran tigers, European grey wolves, Javan gibbons, Western Lowland Gorillas, and not to mention the largest herd of elephants in the UK. First and foremost, it is a charity so most of the animals you see will eventually be released back into their natural habitats. The park also prides itself on its educational centre and animal talks, plus you can also watch the animals being fed. This really is a great day out, especially for animal lovers.
3. Step back in time at the Royal Armouries in Leeds
If you know any big fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and all things medieval, then this could be a perfect day out for them. The Royal Armouries in Leeds proudly houses a collection of swords that are replicas of the weapons used in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. But that’s not all, this museum of armour has the largest collection of armouries outside of the Tower of London, with an extensive range of weapons and swords on display – some of which date all the way back to 1200s. At the armouries, you’ll learn about the lives of medieval knights, warfare throughout the ages, and get a glimpse into the life of a modern-day soldier. And the best thing is, entry is free!
4. Go for a drive to the Beaulieu Motor Museum in the New Forest
When we think of the New Forest in Hampshire, we think of long country walks in the woodlands. While the area is renowned for its natural beauty, there are plenty of things to do that aren’t outdoors. One hidden gem in particular is the Beaulieu Motor Museum. This certainly isn’t your run of the mill car museum, here you can find the flying Ford Anglia used in Harry Potter, as well as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It really is a great day out, especially for family and friends who have seen the films and love them. There’s so much for children and grown-ups alike, including displays of ex Formula One cars, as well as the remains of crushed, and modified cars that have appeared on Top Gear. Not to mention Mr Bean’s lime green Mini!
5. Anyone for winter sports at the SnowDome?
If you want to take the family skiing, but don’t have the budget or time for the Alps, then the SnowDome in Staffordshire could be the answer for you. Not only does this wintery leisure park have real snow on the slopes, there is a 170-metre long ski slope at your disposal, where ski and snowboard lessons are available to book. It’s also worth mentioning that the SnowDome isn’t just about skiing and snowboarding, as you can take part in other winter activities, including ice-skating, tobogganing, and tubing (going down the slope in an inflatable tube). This would be a fun day out for miniature thrill-seekers who like an adrenaline rush.
Make sure you have the right cover for your trip
If you’re planning a trip away in the UK for two nights or more this half term, it is a good idea to have the right insurance. If you’ve booked accommodation, transport or will be more than 25 miles from home – esure Travel Insurance can help protect you against cancellation and natural catastrophes.
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