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Half-term ideas

Family holiday destinations in the UK and abroad

Heavy snowfalls in Finland, one of the destinations availble


Spellbinding Family Adventure in Snowy Finland – from £1,755 pp with Activities
Abroad

Nestled in the centre of Finland, the village of
Vuokatti is the ideal location for family fun in the wintertime, with the
landscape transforming into a spectacular natural activity playground. Enjoy a
husky safari into the forest, explore the wilderness by snowshoe during the day
and hunt for the Aurora Borealis by night, visit a reindeer and horse farm for
a magical sleigh ride, and experience the thrills of a snowmobile and
ice-fishing tour. This trip is priced from
£1,755 pp for adults / £1,535 pp for children (4-12 years), including flights
(London), transfers, seven nights’ half-board accommodation, one lunch,
activities listed and expert guides. Departs 10 Feb. Call AITO* member
Activities Abroad on 01670 789 991 (www.activitiesabroad.com).

Kids stay free
at Bovey Castle during February half term – Dartmoor from £409 per night for a
family of four

Situated within Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is
the perfect place for families during half term. An extensive range of daily
complimentary on-site activities includes falconry displays, egg collecting and
meeting the ferrets. Bovey Rangers activities such as survival skills, archery
and raft building are also available (7-14-year-olds; £35 per session). For
little Bovey Bears, activities include painting, puppet making and biscuit
decorating (3-7-year-olds; £15 per session). Adults can relax with a treatment
in the spa or swim in the Art Deco pool. A night’s B&B in a Junior State
Room (two adults and two children sharing) costs from £409 per room. Valid
10-17 Feb. Call Bovey Castle on 01647 445 007 (www.boveycastle.com).

Lashings of
family fun at Thurlestone – Devon from £720 per family with Pride of Britain
Hotels

Just moments from a sandy Blue Flag beach on Devon’s
south coast, Thurlestone is the oldest family-owned hotel in the UK. The hotel
offers a free children’s club during the school holidays with baking, arts and
crafts and movie nights alongside sporty pursuits such as badminton, tennis,
golf and swimming. Family dining is welcomed at the newly-renovated Trevilder
restaurant and at The Village Inn a short stroll away. A two-night stay during
February half term costs from £720 per family (two adults and two children aged
3-7 sharing) including dinner, full English breakfast and use of all
facilities. Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).

Winter sun in
family-friendly Jordan – from £900 pp with TravelLocal

With eight hours of sunshine a day, mid-February
temperatures reaching 21 degrees, and an abundance of archaeological sites and
museums to explore, Jordan is the ideal location for a winter sun and
educational half-term break. On TravelLocal’s nine-day
tour
, the family can take in Jordan’s stunning
coastline, explore the iconic archaeological sites of Petra and Wadi Rum, and
float in the breathtaking emerald waters of the Dead Sea, before spending three
days in the coastal city of Aqaba for snorkelling and watersports. Cost is from
£900 pp (two sharing) including B&B accommodation, transfers, excursions
and the services of a local guide. International flights not included. Call
TravelLocal on 0117 3257898 (www.travellocal.com).

Hungary for
knowledge? Budapest from £2,598 for a family of four with Kirker Holidays

One of central Europe’s most fascinating cities,
Budapest’s the perfect solution for families seeking an educational slant this
February half term. Kirker’s short breaks to Budapest now feature a private
three-hour walking tour that’s sure to pique the interest of even the most
truculent teen, while a soak in one of the city’s famous outdoor (heated) spa
baths will give them something to tweet about. A three-night stay at the
five-star Hotel
Aria
costs from £2,598 for a family of four (two
adults, two children under 18) including BA flights (Heathrow), private
transfers, accommodation with breakfast, private walking tour, Kirker Guide
Notes & Concierge Service. Call AITO* member Kirker on 020 7593 2283 (www.kirkerholidays.com).

Active half
term in sunny Portugal – from £804 pp with Sunvil

Treat the family to a week of sun, sand and exciting
activities in the glorious Algarve. Positioned on a cliff-top, within walking
distance of the fishing town of Sagres plus several sandy beaches and
restaurants, Pousada de Sagres is the ideal
base for families looking for an action-packed half term. Featuring an outdoor
pool and a tennis court, families can also try surfing, paddleboarding and
other watersports at the resort, or have a go at mountain biking, nearby.
Departing 10 February, a seven-night holiday costs from £804 pp (two adults and
two children sharing a Family Room), including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.
Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk).

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