Self-catering half term holidays in Scotland

October can be a great time to take the family on one last holiday before the year ends. The main tourist season has died down, so local roads tend to be less busy, the choice of accommodation more abundant and the autumnal landscape across the UK 

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October Breaks

October can be a great time to take the family on one last holiday before the year ends. The main tourist season has died down, so local roads tend to be less busy, the choice of accommodation more abundant and the autumnal landscape across the UK spectacular.

Central Scotland

From the 29th October – 13th November 2016 Dundee hosts the Science Festival. This is a fun hands on experience taking part at the Science Centre and various hubs across the city, with everything covered from dinosaurs through to modern medicine, plus a little stand-up comedy! 

Head to for further details and a list of the events.

Highlands & Islands

Faskally Forest near Pitlochry is transformed into a stunning sound and light show from the 29th Sep – 30th Oct 2016. With refreshments on site and a fantastic atmosphere, when the park closes at 10.30pm you may not want to leave!
Check ticket availability at

Southern Scotland

Visit the Castle Kennedy Gardens between the 29th – 31st October 2016 and you’ll be in for a spooky treat! During an evening tour around the castle there will be ghoulish stories and paranormal tales, plus a yummy hot chocolate in the tearoom afterwards. 

For ticket prices and availability check their website at

Mid Wales

Try something different this Halloween and treat the family to an atmospheric train ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Ghost trains from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge are running from the 27th – 29th October 2016 with fancy dress and a themed feast for both adults & children!
For more info visit the events page at

North Wales

On the 21st October 2016 Harlech castle opens its doors to visitors for a stargazing experience. Make the most of the wintry clear skies and tour the constellations from this stunning castle… don’t forget a comfy blanket to lie down on!
Visit the Cadw website here for further details

South Wales

From the 15th – 16th October 2016 Chepstow Castle comes to life with a historical re-enactment to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. A fun and interesting family friendly day out, these impressive ruins have landscaped gardens to enjoy plus great views out across to the River Severn.
For admission costs and opening times pop on the Cadw website

West Wales

The picturesque seaside town of Tenby hosts an annual Arts Festival which is now in its 25th year and the 2016 dates are 24th September – 1st October. This varied event is packed with traditional music & upbeat jazz plus a book fair and art workshops to take part in.
View the full programme and contact details for booking via

East of England

From the 1st – 30th October 2016 families are welcome to visit the Undley Pumpkin Patch in Bury St Edmunds. Free admission and parking, with pumpkin picking, outdoor play activities, a maize maze and refreshments. Come along and grab your perfect pumpkin!
To plan your visit pop on their website here ;

North England

Hull City hosts one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs from the 7th – 15th October 2016. With an amazing atmosphere and over half a million visitors, this impressive fair is now in its 700th anniversary and features all the traditional rides & stalls plus favourite funfair foods such as hot dogs and candy floss!
For full details of the location and opening times visit

South West

A stunning illumination display takes place from the 13th - 30th October 2016 at the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset. There is something to suit all ages at this fantastic event, with beautiful walks around the lily ponds, children’s workshops, face painting and a bug show.
For further information and prices visit the webpage.

South East

The Sussex Bonfire Society hosts the world’s biggest bonfire night celebration, with the festivities running across the county from September right through to November. Each week a different town or village takes part with drumming, piping, torch lit processions and fancy dress.
Check out the full programme of events and firework displays by visiting

Plan it NOW - Give us a call and let us help you plan the perfect half term break!

Whatever your reason for exploring the UK this half term, it could only be a good one. There’s plenty to see and do and if you get stuck with ideas, we are always at hand to help. Whether you are looking to explore the history, architecture, landscape, culture or just wish to relax in front of a roaring fire, you’ll find something for everyone.

And finally,

Remember in October the days are short so make sure you get an early start to make use of the daylight and to quote the old Scottish saying ‘beware the four seasons in one day’ so be prepared!


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