October Half Term Holidays- Start Planning Now!

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September is racing by and it seems like no sooner than have we packed our kids off to school with a new lunch box and pencil case, than October half term rolls around and we’re left wondering how on earth we’ll keep them entertained for a week. Here at Sykes Cottages, we have the answer.

October half term is the perfect opportunity to make the most of what’s left of the dwindling day light and pack your family off on a UK cottage break before the chill of winter really sets in. As it’s not peak holiday season, there are bargains to be had and a change of scenery is a great way to prevent hearing the dreaded “I’m bored!” In aid of this, we’ve put together a few of our top picks for fun-filled family days out this half term.

The Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire

Roald Dahl books

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Roald Dahl Day took place earlier this month and what better way to celebrate one of the UK’s best loved authors than to visit the museum commemorating his genius. The Roald Dahl Museum aims to inspire a love of stories and creative writing in all its visitors. There is whizzbanging fun to be had as you dive into the world of the author who penned James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda to name just a few. This is a family day out that will be just as magical for grown up fans of the books as it is for children.


Dinosaur Adventure, Norfolk

Dinosaur Adventure

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Dinosaur Adventure is located in the picturesque county of Norfolk and is a fantastic day out for all the family. With life-size dinosaurs and a mission to help the park ranger count how many T-rex are on his land, it succeeds in capturing the imagination of children and they’ll love using the lookout towers and radios to report their findings. Play a round of crazy golf in Jurassic Putt, unearth dinosaur fossils and get lost in the ‘Lost Maze’. There’s even the chance to meet donkeys, wallabies and creepy crawlies in the Victorian walled gardens. Children are given passports and throughout the day they must collect stamps from stations across the park. For their efforts, they will receive a medal to take home and treasure.


 Roundhay Park and Tropical World, Leeds

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One of Yorkshire’s most popular tourist attractions, Roundhay Park covers over 700 acres of woodland, lakes and gardens. With beautiful scenery and wide open spaces, this is the perfect place to take the kids to use up some of their excess energy. It’s completely free to visit Roundhay and facilities include tennis courts, children’s play area, sports arena and café. There are different themed gardens such as the National Plant Collection, Monet Garden and a scented garden specifically designed for the blind. Children will also love Tropical World which is the UK’s largest collection of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens. There is a small admission charge for Tropical World but it’s more than worth it as visitors can enjoy an exciting array of exotic plants and animals including baby meerkats, morelet crocodiles, snakes, butterflies and tortoises.

If you’re looking to get away this half term, Sykes Cottages have over 4000 properties across the UK and a dedicated team of holiday cottage advisors waiting for your call. Why not start by taking a look at our cottages available during October half term.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

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