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May Half Term Holidays and Short Breaks from the UK & Abroad

The May half-term holiday is a great opportunity to shake off enjoy the warming weather and take your family on a break - but it can be hard to get good value at this time of year. So you're going to love these great money-saving May 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 May half term holidays and short breaks from the UK and abroad, including:


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:

legoland half term deals2nd 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
  • May half term holiday deals don’t come with bigger discounts than this. Book your discount Legoland break here.


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Want more info on Legoland? See our full guide to Legoland Windsor half term deals.


chessington deals and discountsKids go FREE on African Adventures short breaks at Chessington

Don't miss this exclusive May half term offer at Chessington World of Adventures! Kids go FREE when you embark on Chessington's exciting African Adventures!

Stay at Chessington World of Adventures this May 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 all this FREE for kids:

  • Spend the night at the Chessington Safari 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 kids go FREE deal! (Don't miss out on dinner at the Zafari bar and grill too... yum!)


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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 discount offerDisneyland Paris - up to 25% OFF + kids go FREE

Save up to 25% on hotel AND park tickets when you book before 28 April - plus get FREE meals each day in Disney restaurants!

May half term 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!

The half term package includes:

  • Accommodation in a Disney Hotel
  • 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 save:


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Want more Disneyland Paris deals? See our full guide to the best Disneyland Paris discounts.


Universal Studios Florida

Orlando Flex Ticket - Big discounts on Florida theme parks

If you're spending plenty of time 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 Attractiontix:

  • 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 £194 for adults and £181 for kids for 2014 e-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 £205 for kids for 2014 e-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!!

If you'd sooner get tickets delivered to your door you can use Floridatix...

  • For an extra £6 Adult and £7 child per ticket, you can get your Orlando Flex Tickets sent to you in hard copy from Floridatix
  • Avoid the queue to exchange your e-tickets, leaving you even more time to join in all the fun!
  • Get your Floridatix paper tickets here


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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!


UK short breaks

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 May half term short breaks with some great savings on offer:

Half term family break deals in London from Superbreak

matildaSuperbreak have bucket loads of hot offers not to be missed this May half term - from London theatre breaks (the chance to see top shows and musicals like Wicked and Matilda with a hotel stay from £64) , to a FREE Thames river cruise with London breaks of 2 nights or more!

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 and ticket packages from £64 per person
  • FREE London River Pass on all 2 night breaks
  • London rail breaks - hotel + rail + oyster card from £87pp
  • London hotel deals - stay in the Covent Garden and Strand Area from £46pp


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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.

There are also some great special offers on tickets to the London dungeons, the Tower of London and the London Pass! PLUS don't miss a visit to the legendary Harry Potter studio tour.

Half term city breaks for families across the UK

cheap_city_breaksGet your May half term city break deals for families at Superbreak and avoid paying full price! You'll find offers 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
  • 2 night hotel and dinner deals from £69.50pp
  • Holiday Inn + Edinburgh Zoo from £140.25pp


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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 May being peak holiday season, we've found some May half-term holidays that are cheap cheap cheap!

cheap family holiday deals uk hoseasonsHoseasons May half term offers

Don't miss out on a cheap, cheerful and fun family break to Hoseasons this Maywith loads of great deals on offer. We're talking super low deposits and low-cost breaks from £249!

Hoseasons have some superb holiday parks across the UK - from Edinburgh and the borders to Cornwall and the Isle of Wight. They have parks with indoor and outdoor heated pools, kids' clubs, evening entertainment, outdoor activities - and beautiful locations.

  • Breaks from just £129 this May half term
  • Book for just £25 low deposit
  • 95% off holidaymakers would book again with Hoseasons


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Butlins half term holiday deals - £20 OFF all bookings

butlinsButlins have up to £30 OFF all 2014 family breaks until 15 April - so book your bargain break now and bag a brilliant deal! PLUS, get up to £20 OFF all bookings with voucher code APRIL20!

Choose from one of the three Butlins resorts - at Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis - each offering an unforgettable holiday experience, with loads of fun activities included in the price:

  • £20 OFF all bookings with voucher code APRIL20 valid until end of April
  • Funfair and Splash Waterworld indoor pool
  • Soccer school, volleyball and basketball sessions
  • Free family activity clubs
  • Live entertainment


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Check out our article on holiday park & caravan deals 2014 for more details on budget UK holidays.


Cheap May family hotel deals

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.

Premier Inn May half term offers from only £29 per room

This half term is the perfect time to treat the family to a short break and keep your little monsters entertained with a bargain room from £29!

Premier Inns are always a reliable choice when planning a break, with over 660 hotels across the UK and prices starting from just £29. Book now to make sure you get your first choice hotel and room!

But as well as offering good value, we're big fans of Premier Inn's level of service. They're very family friendly:

  • They offer larger rooms for families at no extra cost
  • Under 16s can stay and eat breakfast for FREE* (and the breakfast is pretty good!)
  • Full separate kids menu in their restaurants
  • Most Premier Inns offer free kids activity packs on arrival - ask at reception
  • Book a break from £29 here.

* Up to 2 children (under 16) eat breakfast for FREE with every adult Premier breakfast that is ordered


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Britannia hotels May half term break from £45 per room

Britannia-HotelsEnjoy a half term break with a cheap stay at a Britannia hotel and pay from just £45 per room including breakfast (2 adults with children) PLUS, kids under 12 stay and eat FREE!

Stay in the comfort of one of their many hotels located across the UK and explore the sights nearby with the family.

  • Kids under 12 stay for FREE
  • Kids under 12 eat for FREE
  • From just £45 per family room
  • Hotels best price promise


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Holidays abroad May half term deals

Alternatively, why not shake off the British winter with a holiday somewhere further afield?! May is a great time to holiday abroad, as prices are cheaper and destination much less busy than during the peak summer season.

October half term holiday dealsJet off for some half term sun for less!

Bag a cheap all inclusive family holiday for May 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!

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We hope that you found these May 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.

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