Half term is coming up and as you know, I’m a big fan of a UK mini break. Well, to be honest I’m a fan of any sort of mini break, but going away for a few days within the UK is a little bit more feasible and affordable during half term than whizzing off to Monte Carlo or Verona or anywhere fancy like that.
I’m really looking forward to this half term. Belle is exhausted and in need of a good rest, and Fiance has the week off work. I’m imagining lots of cosy lie ins and afternoon outings to admire the autumn leaves before coming home to snuggle up on the sofa with a stack of blankets and some festive films.
Oh, and I have to do a spot of work. Probably.
If you fancy getting away for a few days this half term, I’ve got a few suggestions for you here. They are recommendations from LateRooms.com, and there’s something to suit everyone, whether you like paddling in the freezing October sea or making an early start on your Christmas shopping. (I like both. But not at the same time.)
The beach break – Brighton
Here’s a little known fact for you – the sea here in October is actually warmer for paddling than the whole of the summer. Honestly. That’s what LateRooms.com told me anyway. You’ve got the famous Brighton Pier too of course, which is open year round, with seaside stalls, fairground rides and plenty of tasty seaside snacks. Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with an hour on the 2p slot machines and a bag of salty chips.
Located right on the sea front and close to the West Pier, this hotel makes for easy navigating of the beach and town. Double, triple and family rooms are all available and lots have sea views to make the most of your beach break.
The city stay – Glasgow
I’ve ashamed to say I’ve only ever been to Scotland once. I feel bad about it. When American friends come to England they ‘pop’ to places like Berlin and Paris, as though it’s just around the road, yet I’ve lived in the UK all my life and barely been to a huge chunk of it. Sorry Scotland.
The time I did visit, I went to Edinburgh, so Glasgow definitely needs to be on my list. It feels a bit like Edinburgh’s quieter, less popular cousin, but is a bit of a hidden gem for a UK break. You’ll find live music, street entertainers, vibrant shopping and dining, and of plenty of interesting child friendly activities. Try the Glasgow Science Centre and Planetarium where the kids can get involved with experiments, or explore the riverside’s tall ships (for free).
The Hallmark Glasgow is in the heart of the city and has 12 family apartments which give you space to spread out. There’s an indoor pool, to keep the kids entertained along with a health club and spa (if you’re looking to wind down). The hotel’s own brasserie restaurant means you can always dine in at the end of a day’s sightseeing.