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clottedcreamteawithscone Tue 02-Jun-15 10:04:14

thinking of going for Oct half term for a few days me, hub and ds age 10.

Where to go, places to stay would be helpful thank you

Grumpyoldbiddy Tue 02-Jun-15 10:11:59

Nice. Cold. Busy. If, as your name suggests you're a fan of the southwest you will be disappointed with the sea. It's brown.

clottedcreamteawithscone Tue 02-Jun-15 10:13:43

Yes we always do down South so wanted to venture upwards...

ShadowFire Tue 02-Jun-15 10:16:36

When is Autumn half term exactly?

Whitby is strongly associated with Dracula (in the original Bram Stoker novel, Whitby is where Dracula first landed in England), so if you're clashing with Halloween, it could be very busy with Goths and Dracula fans.

Grumpyoldbiddy Tue 02-Jun-15 10:19:55

It is nice. One side is traditional touristy naff the other is more tasteful and classy.

Robin Hoods bay is nearby which is a bit like Clovelly.

York is in driving distance and is fab!

As a West Country girl though I always struggle to get past the colour of the sea.

Grumpyoldbiddy Tue 02-Jun-15 10:21:15

I have a feeling it does clash. The goths are great, adds a whole other dimension to the town grin

ShadowFire Tue 02-Jun-15 10:23:48

Bram Stoker film festival 22nd - 25th Oct
Whitby Goth weekend weekend of 30th Oct - 1st Nov

Didiusfalco Tue 02-Jun-15 10:24:54

Whitby is lovely but basically perched on a cliff and could be freezing in October half term. I would pick somewhere less exposed. We have had decent weather/nice holidays in Dartmouth, Torquay, the Cotswolds and the forest of Dean at that time of year. Whitby in the summer can be gorgeous though - lovely coast and countryside around there. Lots to do and close enough to get to York.

clottedcreamteawithscone Tue 02-Jun-15 10:39:42

ok I will re-think maybe go when it's a little warmer! TU

Grumpyoldbiddy Tue 02-Jun-15 10:42:50

You could camp in Dalby Forest or hire a lodge. I think they have wood burners and hot tubs. Whitby is then close enough for a few day trips but you also have the forest activities and more shelter if needed

NotBeingUnreasonable Tue 02-Jun-15 11:07:28

I've been twice, once in October we stayed in a cottage in the town, and once at easter we stayed in a caravan nearby (it had heating! ).

It was cold, but dry and sunny so we didn't mind.

There's lots to do: we went on the beach, there was a small fair, arcades, fish and chips, the abbey, a dracula tour at night around whitby, a trip on the steam railway, loads of lovely shops and cafes, boat trip around the habour, we went over to Robin Hoods Bay, visited the town where heartbeat was filmed confused

Dowser Sun 14-Jun-15 21:25:19

Was there for oct 31 last year and it coincided with goth weekend.

It was fabulous and really warm. The costumes were amazing. Don't let the time of year put you off. You're not far from Scarborough, York etc and you'll love the atmosphere.

Stinkylinky Tue 16-Jun-15 11:21:11

We went in Oct half term last year and were really lucky with the weather, it was lovely and warm.

Dalby Forrest is well worth a visit as is Robin Hoods Bay

charlie0123 Tue 16-Jun-15 11:25:07

Whitby is lovely and the goth weekend is great. Loads to do - just get wrapped up!

WillBillHal Wed 17-Jun-15 09:57:37

The youth hostel in Whitby is fab - right next to the Abbey (although it's bloody pricey now) We stayed in a cottage at Easter with a company called Ingrid Flute cottages who have a good selection. Love Robin Hoods Bay and Runswick Bay too and there's a great beach at Sandsend.

Pootles2010 Wed 17-Jun-15 10:17:33

It's lovely, bit busy. I'd not go in October - doubt you'd get accomodation tbh.

Lovely little villages nearby - Robin Hoods Bay, and Staithes is gorgeous - where they film 'old jacks boat'. Also worth a look is 'Falling Foss' tea garden here

Baileyboo15 Thu 18-Jun-15 15:51:35

We are going in October :-)

We went in May too. It's lovely! We stayed at robin hoods bay, there is a MASSIVE hill! But it's lovely!

The pie and mash shop is a must!

Everythingsgonegreen Sun 21-Jun-15 09:38:01

Great walks.Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay great views.

Sandsend Staithes Robin Hoods Bay-avoid Scarborough bit tacky TBH

Falling foss is lovely

Museum in Pannet Park is great the park itself is very pretty

Lots of good places to eat check out Rusty Shears

Whitby is the kind of place you can just wander and people watch.

Lots of vintage shops.

One of my favourite places - last time we stayed at Campion - Whitby holiday cottages but have also used Ingrid Flute cottages.

clare21 Mon 22-Jun-15 10:46:26

It is impossible to park in Whitby during the summer. Last time we went we got the train and I am convinced some families just gave up and drove out of town, unable to park. We've been three times and I'm afraid the last time it was packed full, everyone was wandering around very slowly eating and it was all a bit much so we vowed never again. It might be much better in half term. We have had massive success with the beaches of Bridlington and trips to places like Eden Camp (a whole day out, kids fascinated by WW2 internment camp) and Bempton to see puffins plus Scarborough (ice cream parlour to die for, seaworld place etc) also had fun in Hull at Ferens Gallery and mega aquarium The Deep. This will be our 5th time in and around Bridlington. We drive up there and then use the train as much as we can.

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