Long Weekend Breaks: Half-Term Havens for the Kids

Chester

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Chester is a charming little town and an excellent weekend destination for families. Here you’ll find the largest Roman Amphitheatre in the UK, a beautiful cathedral, and one of the oldest shopping streets in the country. There are also a multitude of restaurants and cafes.

The biggest attraction in the city is guaranteed to entertain children during half-term: Chester Zoo. Often considered the best in the country, here families can admire over 15,000 of species living in 125 acres of garden. Some of the rarest creatures which reside at Chester Zoo are the black rhinos, Madagascan tree boa and the jaguar.

Another exquisite attraction in this charming city is Chester Castle. This ancient construction sits on the banks of the River Dee. Kids will love to hear stories of kings and queens, whilst adults will be fascinated by the authentic architecture of the castle.

Lake District

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The Lake District’s beauty attracts thousands of tourists every year who are looking to escape their everyday lives. This area is perfect for a half-term holiday as it provides activities for all ages. Situated in Cumbria, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park. Its uniqueness is displayed by the multitude of plants, animals, glacial lakes and mountains that it hosts.

For children, The Lake District is all about outdoor fun, enjoying the fresh air and playing games. This destination is also amazing for adults, as it’s a great place to unwind and spend time with the loved ones. If you’re looking for accommodation, there are many cozy cottages and boutique hotels where you and your family can stay.

Don’t forget to take your children for a nice meal out to one of the nearby villages such as Hawkshead.

 

Windsor & Legoland

 

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If you’re looking for a half-term break to please both adults and children, then Windsor is a good bet. This lovely city is only an hour drive away from London – perfect for a memorable getaway.

Apart from its obvious charm, cobblestone streets and medieval buildings, Windsor’s most famous attraction is the magnificent castle, dating back to 1078. Windsor is the oldest, largest occupied castle in the world and has an impressive list of 40 royal residents – from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II. Share stories about the castle with your own princes and princesses. Find out unforgettable facts such as how the kitchen whisk which can cope with up to 250 eggs at once and the time in the Great Kitchen is wrong so that food will never be served late.

And for the kids, the best is yet to come- a fun day out in Legoland. Get ready to walk around 150 acres of park, having enough fun to last the whole year. This theme park is special as it ignites creativity in children and provides many interactive activities in the many themed zones such as Imagination Center, Land of the Vikings, Pirates Shores and Starwars.

Folkestone

 

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Folkestone is all about stunning beaches, enchanting alleyways and chic restaurants. Here, you and your family can watch the kids playing on the beach as you catch up over a coffee. Wandering along the seafront, there are plenty of restaurants. Have lunch at Rocksalt, where you can enjoy some outstanding fish dishes.

Folkestone is known as the city between the cliffs and has some tremendously beautiful natural parks. Luckily, it’s less well-known than Dover so crowds of tourists are unlikely. If you like street art, you’ll find some of Banksy’s works spread around the town.