We’ve analysed pricing data for holiday home stays around the UK during October, identifying 15 great October half-term holidays that won’t break the bank.*
If you’re worrying about how to keep the kids entertained during the half-term break, or if you’re the spontaneous type who likes to book last-minute, then help is at hand. It’s not too late to book a last-minute October half-term holiday -– especially when rentals in these destinations are such fantastic value for money!
From the traditional seaside charm of Seaton to the starry skies of the Northumberland National Park, these affordable October half-term holidays will keep even the most discerning of guests happy. Bargain-hunters will love them, too, with all the destinations on our list coming in at less than £500 for a week-long stay). So, round up your nearest and dearest, head over to Holiday Lettings and choose your favourite October half-term break.
The picturesque village of Hemsby is just a short drive from the popular seaside resort of Great Yarmouth and is perfect for a last-minute break. This lesser-known seaside gem offers miles of sandy beaches and plenty of family-friendly attractions. Visit the Hemsby Mega Maze where you can put your map-reading skills to the test before racing around the go-kart track. Alternatively, try your luck in the amusement arcades at the beach or challenge the family to a round at Lost World Adventure Golf.
Hemsby is ideally located for day trips to Winterton-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth, so the options are great if you fancy venturing a little further afield. But with so much to do here, it’s likely this charming village will become your October half-term holiday favourite.
Much loved by Alfred Lord Tennyson—one of Britain’s most celebrated poets—this quaint, seaside town has plenty of affordable rentals to choose from and heaps of attractions to keep everyone entertained. Take the sand train along the beach to Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre where you can find out about how the animals are rescued and released back into the wild.
When the sun is shining, head to the family-friendly beach for a day of rockpooling before enjoying some top notch fish ‘n’ chips. If the weather isn’t on your side, there’s a cinema, soft play centre and a pottery studio to keep children busy.
This popular resort is an excellent choice for those looking for cheap October half-term holidays. But while it’s low on price, it’s high on entertainment value and fantastic holiday rentals. It’s been drawing in the crowds since 1760 and its traditional seaside charm is just as appealing today. The town has a fascinating history: the Tollhouse with its spooky dungeons dates from the late 13th century and is said to be the oldest civic building in Britain.
You’ll never be stuck for things to do in Great Yarmouth. Visit the Time and Tide museum, where you can find out about the town’s maritime history. Or spend the day at the Merrivale Model Village with its captivating miniature replicas, koi carp pond and crazy golf.
Dating back to Saxon times, this historic Cornish village is the perfect last-minute break for couples and families alike. Just four miles north of Bude, it’s an affordable option for a half-term holiday and makes a great base from which to explore this part of Cornwall. There are some fantastic beaches in the area: try Crooklets beach for surfing or Summerleaze beach for swimming and family picnics.
There are plenty of things to do in Kilkhampton, from joining a segway tour to strolling along the canal for a day out at Castle Bude. Kilkhampton is a great place to relax, so why not put it on your list of half-term holiday destinations?
When you think of traditional British seaside holidays, what springs to mind? Punch and Judy, fish ‘n’ chips, walks along the pier… you’ll find all of them (and more!) in Clacton-on-Sea. The town has buckets (and spades) of things to do. Step back in time at the West Cliff Theatre, established in 1899, where you can enjoy live performances such as tribute acts, comedy and plays.
If you’re travelling with children in tow, you’ll find plenty to do in Clacton-on-Sea. Hasty’s Adventure Farm is a great value-for-money day out where kids can get up close to farm animals, ride on a tractor and let off steam in the play park. They’ll also love the Pavilion with its bowling alley, amusement arcades and cafe.
Positioned on the sunny southern coast of the Isle of Wight, Sandown’s long stretches of sandy beaches, pretty cafes and traditional pubs make it ideal for a family-friendly October half-term break. If watersports are your thing, windsurfing, kayaking and bodyboarding are popular pastimes here. Want to know your diplodocus from your lexovisaurus? Head to the dinosaur museum where you can learn more about the Isle of Wight’s dinosaur history.
Sandown is a great base from which to explore the area, and famous attractions such as Shanklin Chine, Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle are all a short drive away. So if you’re looking for cheap half-term breaks that won’t cost the earth but your family will love, make Sandown one of your top half-term holiday destinations.
Keighley (pronounced, ‘keeth-lee’) offers amazing value-for-money half-term holidays this October. Exploring this beautiful part of North Yorkshire is so easy when you choose a holiday home in Keighley as your base. If you’re a fan of the Brontë sisters’ works, the Parsonage Museum is a must-see. This Grade I listed building was once home to the sisters and is now a fascinating museum and celebration of their lives and works.
For a romantic, autumnal day out, take the steam train to Haworth where you can wander through the cobblestone streets and pop into the independent shops, pubs and restaurants. So, why not treat your significant other to a last-minute half-term holiday in Keighley?
This Welsh wonder is home to one of Britain’s best-loved beaches and makes a great last-minute seaside escape. The unspoilt Barafundle Bay has clear, blue sea and swathes of golden sand; it’s simply stunning whatever the weather! There are some fascinating historical sites in Pembroke, including the medieval Pembroke Castle and St Govan’s Chapel – a unique chapel built into the cliff edge where you can enjoy spectacular views of the coast.
If you fancy a spot of shopping, you’ll find everything from antique shops to art galleries. And if you’re in need of a little refreshment, warm up with a bowl of traditional Welsh cawl (stew) in a cosy pub or restaurant.
This historic market town takes its name from the castle around which it grew. Built in the 12th century, this English Heritage castle is well worth a visit – highlights include the Great Hall and the ruins of the cylindrical tower. From the castle, you’ll be able to see the River Tees where you can have a go at canoeing or simply take a stroll along the Teesdale Way.
For a great night out, Witham Arts Centre has an extensive programme of live music, film, theatre and comedy – why not take a look at what’s on and book your tickets? Eating out is a pleasure in Barnard Castle and you’ll find a huge range of options to tempt your tastebuds. If you prefer cooking at your holiday rental, the farmers’ market held on ‘the cobbles’ at Market Place has plenty of fresh and local produce.
Nestled in the scenic region of Lower Wensleydale, Masham (pronounced ‘Massam’) is well-known for its thriving arts scene, craft fairs, breweries and steam trains. Both the Black Sheep brewery and Theakston’s are close by and offer tours and tastings. Find out how the beer is made using traditional methods and buy a few bottles to take back to your holiday rental.
Other local attractions include the Marfield Wetlands Nature Reserve, where you can enjoy a peaceful day observing local wildlife, and the church of St Mary the Virgin with its beautiful stained glass windows. If you’re looking for relaxing half-term holiday destinations, Masham is definitely worth a look.
With its sandy beaches, seaside walks and plethora of attractions, Lowestoft is ideal for family half-term holidays. There’s so much for kids to discover here. Visit the East Anglia Transport Museum where they can take a ride on vintage trams, trolley buses and trains. The Lowestoft and East Sussex Maritime Museum will keep children captivated and have them puzzling over how the tiny ship got inside the bottle!
Lowestoft is full of surprises – there’s even a safari park (Africa Alive!) where you can see cheetahs, lions, giraffes and more. And to top it all off, there are several nature reserves in the area where you can escape the bustle of everyday life and appreciate some quiet time with your loved ones.
Famous for its golden beaches and soaring mountains, the Cardigan Bay coastline is an idyllic seaside holiday destination. Tywyn is right in the heart of Wales and perfectly situated for anyone wanting to explore this stunning part of the country. Its Blue Flag beaches, picture-perfect promenade and dolphin-spotting opportunities are reason enough to book your last-minute half-term holiday here, but there are lots of other things to do in Tywyn, too.
Board a heritage locomotive at Talyllyn railway and take in the stunning scenery before stopping for refreshments at the cafe. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, visit the traditional sweet shop in the town and treat yourself to a few quarters of jelly beans or coconut mushrooms. And if you want a vintage cinema experience, the Magic Lantern Cinema, with its wall murals and balconies, is a delight.
With its lavish landscape, ancient monuments and breathtaking scenery, County Tyrone is perfect for an October half-term holiday. The Sperrin Mountains are a good place to start so pack a picnic and let your adventurous side free. When you’re not exploring the landscape, head to Omagh Main Street with its lively mix of bars and restaurants. It even has its own open staged area for live music and there are regular events throughout the year to keep everyone entertained.
Take a quiet walk through Gortin Glen Forest Park where the only sounds are babbling brooks and birdsong. The luscious forest here will make you feel at one with nature and you’ll feel a sense of awe when staring up at the leafy trees. So, if you’re looking for cheap half-term holidays, County Tyrone will make you feel like you’re in holiday heaven, without the hefty price tag!
If you like nothing more than staring up at a starry sky on a clear night, the Northumberland National Park is the place to be. The park was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association due to its clear skies and ideal stargazing conditions. Don’t feel like venturing out on a chilly night? Why not make a mug of something warm and view the sparkling canopy from the comfort of the garden at your holiday rental.
Walkers will be in their element in the Northumberland National Park and the historic Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will have you coming back to this enchanting area time and time again.
The picturesque seaside town of Seaton, situated on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, will have dinosaur enthusiasts counting down the days until their half-term holiday here. Go fossil hunting at Seaton Jurassic or take a bucket to Seaton Beach and collect shells in the rockpools. The Seaton tramway is a great way to get around and a day ticket will let you hop on and off as many times as you like all day.
Don’t miss the nearby Beer Quarry Caves; your guide will tell you the history of the caves from their Roman origins to the present day. When the sun is shining, Beer Beach is great for visitors of all ages. All this makes Seaton a superb October half-term holiday destination, whatever the weather.
*Prices reflect the average weekly cost of a two-bedroom rental stay between the dates of 16-27 October, according to Holiday Lettings data. Destinations with fewer than 20 two-bedroom properties available were not included.