5 ideas for UK half-term day trips

October half-term is a difficult one – the weather isn’t great so many activities are limited, and with Christmas looming, most families will be looking to save money wherever possible.

We’ve put together a list of great day trips you can take in the UK without breaking the bank. Be sure to go through our website for the cheapest train tickets!



1. Visit a museum

Many museums up and down the country offer free entry to children, and there are even some that offer free admission to adults. A lot of museums also put on extra activities during half term, so this can be a great way to have some fun with your kids, not to mention staying out of the rain!

Some of our favourite free suggestions are the Natural History Museum in London, The National Railway Museum in York or the National Football Museum in Manchester!

2. Cookery or baking workshops

Learning to cook is a great way to keep the kids occupied. It’s fun, educational and can be helpful for you in the long run too, which is always a bonus!

There are a number of cookery schools up and down the country, with group and individual courses on offer, so it could even give them the chance to make some new friends!

The Kids Cookery School is a registered charity that offers classes throughout the school holidays. Or you could try your nearest Kiddy Cook, who provide a variety of classes and even offer bespoke children’s parties. Prices start from just £15.



3. English Heritage sites

If you’re already an English Heritage member, make use of it! With sites spread all over the UK, from Hadrian’s Wall to Dover Castle, there’s bound to be something near you that will fascinate the kids and keep them out of mischief for a while.

Each paying adult can take up to 6 children under the age of 19 with a family membership from just £4.50 per month – see the English Heritage website for more details.

4. See some animals

A zoo is a great way to keep children occupied for an entire day, and most have indoor attractions you can hide in when the inevitable shower passes over. With the likes of Edinburgh and Chester Zoos being big enough to spend hours in, your little ones will be so exhausted by the end of the day you’re bound to get some peace and quiet come the evening!

If the weather doesn’t look like it’s going to ease off any time soon, an aquarium is also a fascinating day out!  You could even take a packed lunch to save money whilst you’re there, as most places have an area where you can eat your own food.



5. See a new city

With great prices on train tickets through nationalrail.com, why not take an unplanned trip to a new city and explore the sights?

If your kids are keen photographers, they can take pictures and make a photo album when they get home, or they could get experimental with new food – try a traditional Welsh Cake in Cardiff, or even a Stottie in Newcastle!

Visit www.NationalRail.com today to plan your half term day trips and kick the boredom!