The October half-term holiday is a great opportunity to take your family on a break - but it can be hard to get good value during the school holidays. So you're going to love these great money-saving October half term holidays and short breaks from the UK and abroad.
How about getting your 2nd day FREE on short breaks with Legoland? Or a family hotel from £29 per room across the UK?
Take your pick from the best buys on October half term holidays and short breaks from the UK and abroad, including:
- UK theme park half term short break deals
- Theme parks abroad
- London short breaks for families
- Budget UK half term short breaks and holidays
- Cheap May half term family hotel deals
- Holidays abroad May half term deals
UK theme parks
Theme parks make for great school holiday fun, with activities and attractions to suit every member of the family. So why not make a short break out of your visit? Not only do you get more family time together, but it allows you to experience everything the park has to offer without rushing around. Here are our favourite UK theme park short break deals:
2nd day FREE on short breaks with Legoland Holidays
Grab your 2nd day FREE deal now with Legoland Holidays - and have twice as much fun for the same price! Valid whether you want 2 days for 1, 3 days for 2, or 4 days for 3!
- Get the 2nd day FREE deal on every booking - treat the family to a bonus day to enjoy all 55 rides and attractions absolutely FREE!
- No need to rush to see everything - take your time (and go on your favourite rides again!) the following day
- October half term holiday deals don’t come with bigger discounts than this. Book your discount Legoland break here.
Want more info on Legoland? See our full guide to Legoland Windsor half term deals.
2nd day FREE on short breaks at Chessington
Don't miss this exclusive October half term offer at Chessington World of Adventures! Get you second day FREE when you embark on Chessington's exciting African Adventures!
Stay at Chessington World of Adventures this October half term and enjoy one of the UK's best theme parks (and come face to face with over 1,000 exotic animals).
Get a taste of Africa during half term week and enjoy a second day ABSOLUTELY FREE - the perfect way to keep the kids entertained during a short break:
- Get 2nd day FREE + priority access to the rides before the park opens to the public
- Spend the night at the Chessington Safari Hotel or the Chessington Azteca Hotel
- Get access to The Rangers Club for the kids
- Enjoy a Madagascar character breakfast
- Go and see over 1,000 exotic animals at Chessington Zoo
- Face painting fun
- Explore exciting ocean life at the Sea Life centre
- Take part in a whole host of African activities
Enjoy thrilling rides and a whole lot more family fun with this exclusive African Adventures second day free deal! (Don't miss out on dinner at the Zafari bar and grill too... yum!)
Want more Chessington World of Adventures deals? See our full guide to the best Chessington discounts.
For the latest deals and discount offers on other UK theme parks, see our article on cheap theme park tickets.
Theme parks abroad
Of course, theme parks aren't just in the UK. In fact some of the world's most famous and admired theme parks are located in Europe and the US. Our favourite foreign deals at the moment are:
Disneyland Paris - get 2 nights and 2 days FREE
Get up to 2 nights and 2 days FREE at Disneyland Paris but hurry - this amazing offer ends midnight Tuesday 30th September, so get your skates on!
October half term and autumn is the perfect time to visit Disneyland Paris. The park is less busy than in the summer, but there is still all the excitement and adventure to enjoy - with added Halloween and firework fun!
The half term package includes:
- Accommodation in a Disney Hotel
- Free breakfast (except in Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch)
- Tickets for both Disney parks
- Fastpass (allows you to skip the queues on popular rides)
- Extra Magic Hours each day (get access to the rides when the park is closed to the general public!)
What's more, Disneyland Paris have ongoing huge discounts, available when booking your half term break.
Right now you can get:
- Up to 2 nights and 2 days FREE + FREE meals
Want more Disneyland Paris deals? See our full guide to the best Disneyland Paris discounts.
Orlando Flex Ticket - Big discounts on Florida theme parks
If you're spending plenty of time in your 2014 October half term holiday break in Orlando (the theme park mecca in the US), forget buying tickets to individual parks - as the costs quickly skyrocket. Instead, go for an Orlando Flex Ticket available through Floridatix to save money and time:
- Orlando Flex Tickets give you UNLIMITED entry to all of the participating parks. These tickets are also substantially cheaper than buying entry to each park individually, and can be bought online before you go.
- Pre-purchased Orlando Flex Tickets (5 parks) are £193 for adults and £181 for kids for 2014 tickets. These tickets give you entry to both Universal parks as well as Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando and Wet ‘n Wild.
- Pre-purchased Orlando Flex Plus Tickets (6 parks) are £218 for adults and £206 for kids for 2014 tickets. These tickets give you entry to both Universal parks, Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild and also Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
- These exclusive Floridatix prices not only ignore the 2014 price rise, they work out around £16 CHEAPER THAN 2013 PRICES!
For the latest deals and discount offers on other overseas theme parks, see our article on cheap theme park tickets. Alternatively, check out our article on cheap Florida theme park deals for a more in-depth look at the deals available on Orlando's famous theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and many more!
London short breaks for families
Sometimes it's nice just to take a short break from everyday life to experience something new and exciting. And there are plenty of opportunities to do so right across the UK. Here are a couple of October half term short breaks with some great savings on offer:
Half term offers for October 2014 - family breaks in London from Superbreak
Superbreak have bucket loads of hot offers not to be missed this October half term - including London theatre breaks (the chance to see top shows and musicals like Wicked, Matilda and The Lion King with a hotel stay from £62).
What's even better is Superbreak have NO credit card or booking fees (unlike lots of other UK break sites) and their prices include all taxes - so what you see really is what you get!
Check out the latest offers and pay less for your well-deserved break this half term:
- London theatre breaks - hotel + theatre tickets + return rail = from £125 per person
- London rail breaks - hotel + rail + oyster card = from £91 per person
- London hotel deals - 4 star hotels in central London = from as little as £35.50pp
- Book for two nights and receive a FREE EXTRA - such as dinner out on the town or extra sightseeing offers!
We have plenty more information on deals and discounts available when visiting London, including London attraction vouchers and London discount theatre tickets for families and kids.
Half term city breaks for families across the UK
Get your October half term city break deals for families at Superbreak and avoid paying full price! You'll find offers from Superbreak including kids go FREE at Marriott and Holiday Inn hotels, half board offers on short breaks and loads more.
Remember, Superbreak have NO credit card or booking fees and their prices include all taxes, there are NO sneaky charges added on like some other operators add - so you can enjoy a family break without any unwanted suprises!
Take your pick of these top deals and discounts not to be missed this half term:
- Kids go FREE with Holiday Inn short breaks
- Kids go FREE with Marriott hotel breaks
- Unbeatable choice and price - e.g 4* Edinburgh break from £38pp!
Short break idea - visit Leicestershire
Why not do something little different and take the kids on a visit to Leicestershire these October half term holidays?
Go Leicestershire is offering 4-star family breaks from as little as £109. You can pick and choose your short break package according to which local attractions you'd like to visit, including:
- Drayton Manor Theme Park (home of Thomas Land)
- The National Space Centre
- Twinlakes Family Theme Park
- Bosworth Battlefield
- National Forest
- Swadlincote Ski Centre
There are loads more massive offers and discounts on city breaks across the UK, including cheap family days out to Manchester, and the Sea Life Centres across the country. Plus, don't forget to get your bargain zoo tickets!
Budget UK half term short breaks and holidays
Holiday and caravan holidays are a great way to enjoy some R&R on a budget. And despite October being school holiday season, we've found some October half-term holidays that are cheap cheap cheap!
Park Resorts special offers 2014 - October half term holidays from £210!
Park Resorts has loads of cheap October half term holidays and short breaks in 2014, which change all the time. October half term breaks start from £210, plus there are plenty of other deals available throughout the year.
Some example deals include:
- October half term short breaks for just £210.
- Autumn 2 night breaks from just £69.
- Up to 40% off camping and touring breaks, starting from only £3.
- Special Isle of Wight holidays from £99.
October half-term holiday deals from £169 with Haven Holidays
Looking for a quick family getaway over the May half-term holidays? Haven Holidays has half term deals from only £169 for the whole family!
- Offer runs from 24 October - 2 November 2014
- Choose which park you'd like to visit
- Go for a week-long family holiday or a short break
Check out our article on holiday park & caravan deals 2014 for more details on budget UK holidays.
Cheap October half term family hotel deals from Booking.com
It's not difficult to find cheap accommodation in the UK. Whether it be to take advantage of some of the offers and deals we've already outlined, or simply to plan your own May half term holiday or short break, Booking.com is one of the best ways to save money when booking a 'home away from home':
- Compare prices for similar hotels in the area you're planning to stay.
- Check out guest reviews before you book.
- Free cancellation on most rooms.
- Book now, pay when you stay!
London family hotels
- Search for hotels close to a particular landmark or attraction, ensuring you're right where you want to be, such as Tower Bridge or the West End district.
- Search hotels by facilities (such as those that include swimming pools or WiFi access.
- Filter your search by accommodation type (hotel, B&B, apartment etc.), star rating and guest ratings.
Family hotels around the UK and abroad
Outside of London, there are literally thousands of hotels and B&Bs to choose from, but Booking.com has some of the best family hotel deals available across the UK and indeed the world:
- Hotels, serviced apartments and B&Bs across the UK.
- Alternatively you can search for hotels abroad to ensure you get suitable accommodation at the best possible rates.
- Search for the right accommodation that suits your family's needs and budget.
- Get accommodation close to where you want to be - say in the heart of Edinburgh, close to Alton Towers or in the heart of Orlando's theme park district!
Holidays abroad October half term deals
Alternatively, why not shake off the British winter with a holiday somewhere further afield? October is a great time to holiday abroad, as prices are cheaper and destinations are much less busy than during the peak summer season.
Jet off for some half term sun for less!
Bag a cheap all inclusive family holiday for October half term with these massive discounts on family-friendly resorts that all come with sun, sea and fun for free!
We're talking big 50% OFF discounts, incredibly low deposits and packages that include everything you could ever wish for!
Book yours now before it's too late!
We hope that you found these October 2014 half term short breaks and holiday deals 2014 useful. Don't forget to check out the top deals and offers on half term days out across the UK too! Have you got any tips or half term deals we've missed? Let us know by commenting below.