Half term has crept up behind you right after New Year and now you have to find a way to keep the kids entertained for a whole week. Does this sound familiar?
There’s no need to leave the country for a holiday that the whole family can enjoy. In fact, the very thought of a plane journey can often bring tears to the tired eyes of parents. February can actually be a cost-effective time of year to holiday within the UK -- mainly due to the winter weather and post-Christmas slump that many hotels and holiday parks experience.
The UK has plenty of caravan parks, seaside resorts and interesting cities where you can find a real half-term bargain -- and some of them are closer to home than you might think.
The hardest part is choosing the type of holiday to suit your family. You could choose from a coastal trip (Bournemouth, Devon, Brighton), a historic escape (Bath, York, Cambridge), a scenic country retreat (Lake District, the Cotswolds, Snowdonia) or a city break (Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff). Pretty much spoilt for choice!
Last year was probably the most patriotic year the UK has seen in recent memory, with Olympic glory and regal celebrations taking place on British soil. These events stimulated the UK tourist industry, prompting many local councils to improve green areas and transport links, and give local attractions a makeover. James Berresford, VisitEngland's chief executive, declared that it was "the time to holiday at home".
The Olympics and the Jubilee may be over, but they inspired thousands of families to hit the road and explore this country. Grab your mini Union Flag, load up the car and see where the road takes you!
Manchester-based assistant producer Luke Doyle contributed to this post.
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