Where to go for February half term holiday with children

February half term can be one of the hardest for parents with winter weather and money stretched after Christmas but there’s still time to get away and have some fun whatever your budget. Here are some of our ideas.

February Half-Term: UK

February half-term is not a time to gamble on mild weather in the UK, so it’s best to be prepared for rain and cold snaps. But because of this you can get some really good deals on some of the traditional seaside hotels and accommodation that are out of season. Hotels like Soar Mill Cove near Salcombe are ideal at this time of year – close to their own cove if it’s mild enough for coastline walks and trips to the beach, but a warm indoor pool and heaps of board games if you need to hunker down inside.

Hotel children pool winter

Winter at Soar Mill Cove – beautiful in all seasons.

February is also a great time for a self catering break in the UK. Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire provide log burners and an unlimited supply of logs and kindling to keep you cosy. With an indoor pool and softplay there’s enough here to keep you warm whatever the weather.

self catering farm stay

Board games by the fire at Clydey Cottages

February half term can also be a good time to visit London. With less tourists around there can be some bargains to pick up on hotels and the museums and galleries should be quieter and provide good opportunities to get away from the cold.

If you aren’t planning a trip away there is also lots of fun to be had visiting any one of the many exploration themed child focused museums, sea life centres or zoos in the UK.

February Half-Term: Head for the snow

For many families looking to get away in February it’s all about the snow and this can be a great time to get away without taking the children out of school. It will always be expensive to ski at this peak time but there are ways to reduce the cost such as booking as far in advance as you can, consider travelling by train rather than fly and if possible book a property with friends to share the cost of a whole chalet.

Family in the snow

If you are going to go outside of the British school holidays and are planning a trip to the Alps remember to steer clear of the French school holiday which will also make prices soar and availability difficult.

For somewhere different to ski, sledge or just enjoy the snow you can get great prices on flights to Scandinavia such as Norway and Sweden which have some excellent resorts.

Sledge in the snow

February Half-Term: No jet lag sunshine

This is also a great time to grab some winter sun and this can be almost guaranteed with places like the Canary Islands or Morocco which are also within fairly easy reach and have little jet lag. Another great option with no jet lag but longer flights is South Africa. There’s something to be said for getting some early spring sun to pick up the spirits and revitalise you, and all the family too. With just a week’s holiday, to avoid jet lag and also get away for some half term sun is a lovely mix in February.

The Algarve is another great destination for February – the crowds are fewer and the sun often shining. You can pick up some great deals on some fantastic resorts out of season. Our top pick for the Algarve is the fantastic Martinhal Resort near Sagres and you can read about our winter trip to Martinhal here. With indoor pools and free childcare there’s something for all the family. We visited in January and were the only people on the beach. The food is fantastic and there’s enough to keep everyone entertained even if the weather takes a turn.

Martinhal Resort, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal

Martinhal in the Algarve is perfect for February half term

February Half-Term: Longhaul

For longer haul you can get some great deals on the out-of-wedding season Maldives and it would be an ideal time of year to visit Cuba with kids.

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It’s also a wonderful time to be in Asia – Sri Lanka’s beaches are fantastic in February and for Thailand it would be a quieter time to visit the islands. These beaches and resorts are a world away from the dark mornings, early evenings and chilly, dark days of February. A much needed shot of sun can make all the difference and serve as a lovely pick me up.

What are you planning for half term? Share your thoughts and ideas below.

19 Responses to "Where to go for February half term holiday with children"

  1. Rachel  January 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    February sounds so far away, though I realise it is not x

  2. sonyacisco  January 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Oh it would be lovely to get away for some sunshine – but with a house move on the cards imminently we will have to wait til later in the year for a break!

  3. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo  January 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    The South of France is gorgeous in February, with loads of sunshine, mimosa blooming everywhere, Nice Carnival (so colourful and great for children), Menton lemon festival (totally unique festival with everything made out of citrus) and even ski resorts only an hour away so you can do the odd day’s skiing or sledging without the expense of staying in an Alpine resort. And I know the perfect place to stay (Lou Messugo!)

  4. Sally  January 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Flea is desperate for some snow trips this year, thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Rana Singh  January 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Great article. This February i have planned to go for Paris wid my friends.
    Too much excited about it.
    Also Happy New Year 2015.

  6. Emma  January 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Being teachers we love to get away each break even just for a night or two. I’m thinking of London for Half term and Madame Taussaurds.

  7. wendy  January 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Fantastic ideas. We haven’t got anywhere planned unfortunately, it’s not easy for us to get away.

  8. mummyoftwo2my  January 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I am always a little wary booking anything for February in case the weather is bad and you can’t get away but there are some lovely ideas here. We are planning a trip to Edinburgh to stay with family.

  9. Mums do travel  January 6, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    All of these places sound lovely, I’d go for any of them! We’re not sure what we’re doing yet but may go for a country house hotel for a couple of days in England.

  10. Kelly Innes (@domesticgoddesq)  January 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    We’re off to the Kent coast but searching for October half-term inspiration so some of these ideas might work!

  11. Lori  January 6, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    We’ve just started talking about holiday planning for the year and I’m suer excited about all the potential places we can go and explore. Great tips! x

  12. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood  January 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Some really good recommendations here. Would so love to do the sunshine option!

  13. Sara-Jayne  January 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Cuba at half term – that would be bliss! My boys are born on Valentines so as they get older, I think getting away would be lovely – and the crowds are so low in Disney then, too!

  14. Clare @Emmy's Mummy  January 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    We usually go away in Feb half term for Emmy’s birthday, sadly not this year.

  15. Kara Guppy  January 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    We got stung by the French school holidays when we went away, although each region staggers them so likely that they will affect you somehow

  16. fritha  January 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I neeeed to go to Cuba some time! x

  17. ninja killer cat  January 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Packing my suitcase I want to go to Cuba as well .. NOW

    • globalmouse  January 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Cuba is a great country to visit – I really want to go back!!


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