For many busy parents it can feel like the summer holidays have just ended, but believe it or not, we will soon be into the October half term. Although this time of year can be cooler, there are still plenty of ways you can get out and about as a family. Here are three ideas for making the most of your time together.
Enjoy a colourful country walk
With the leaves turning to yellows, reds and browns, October and November are ideal for enjoying the colours of nature. Your local park or woodland walk is perfect, but to really push the boat out, head to a nearby stately home, Forestry Commission Site or RHS garden. Westonbirt in Gloucestershire has a stunning collection of flora, and many dedicated activities for kids. Further south, Kew Gardens is a haven of calm with majestic conservatories and themed areas that children love to explore.
Do not forget your own patch
Although we tend to slightly neglect our gardens in the colder months, you can still get out there for a few hours a day during the half term week. Expert growers can rope in the children to help harvest seasonal fruit and vegetables like broccoli, carrots and onions. However, if you are not quite so green fingered, planting out bulbs is an easy job that everyone can get involved in, and you will have a beautiful display of colour come spring.
Explore a new part of the UK
Booking a hotel and heading off for a couple of nights is incredibly exciting for young children. Try a city break, a woodland retreat, or a weekend by the sea in a rural hotel with a roaring log fire; it is all a great adventure! Let them pack their own case with warm sweaters and comfy coats before you go, so they really feel involved in the action!
What are your plans for the coming October half term?