While summer is still lingering, the new school term is fast approaching – and the more organised among us will already be thinking about booking a half term timeshare break. If you’re already researching autumn retreats now, here are five half term ideas and destination to keep everyone, whatever their age, very happy.
1) Go rustic in Gozo
With average October temperatures between 14C and 24C, this Maltese archipelago is perfect for last-minute sunshine. Why not learn how to scuba dive before winter really sets in? Or simply relax and unwind with great food on the beach.
2) Be by the Sea in Sussex
Sussex is full of beautiful beaches with charming little towns, to match! Discover the cafe scene in Lewis or head to wide open breathing space of Camber Sands beach for a long, exhilarating autumn walk before a cosy lunch back in town.
3) Walk with Giants
Sail across the Irish sea to take in the majesty of the Giant’s Causeway – perfectly enjoyed from the pretty base of the seaside town of Ballycastle. Here, you can also go pony trekking, explore the Titanic museum in Belfast or enjoy the breathtakingly extraordinary scenery.
4) Enjoy the countryside in Croatia
The mountains and hills of Croatia are famous for their beauty – as well as their climate. Autumn temperatures will still be mild, so you can stroll along the beach, paddle in the sea, or simply enjoy the local fish in one of the country’s many amazing restaurants.
5) Surf the Cornish Surf
Don’t want to fly anywhere? Then gather together the kids for an active getaway down in Cornwall. Here, you can expect plenty of exotic looking beaches, spectacular waves and surf schools for all levels of skill. It’s also worth exploring the many delights Cornwall has to offer – all topped off with a calorific cream tea at the end of the day! Watergate Bay, home to Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen restaurant, is one of the biggest bays in this part of the world – and with the bracing Atlantic breezes, this really is the perfect place to learn to surf.
Get up early and you’ll have the beach to yourself before tucking into a hearty Cornish breakfast. And if you’ve never been to the Eden Project, put that at the top of your “see and do” list – huge eco domes house different “climates” along with the flora, trees and fauna that grow in them. It’s like a botanist’s trip around the world in one afternoon, and you’ll want to return at Christmas for their famous ice skating nights, too!