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Short break at half term - ideas please

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janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 17:16:10

Want to go away for a few days at half-term: me, dp and dds aged 14 and 12. Am thinking maybe Harrogate or York or Durham or somewhere.

Basically a pretty town of some sort, with a railway station, where we can have a few nice wanders, maybe go to an art gallery, visit nice restaurants.

Any ideas/ hotel recs would be much appreciated. Tia.

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 17:49:06

Hopeful bump?

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 19:52:38

And another, totally self-indulgent bump. Please....please...please...let me get what I want.

It doesn't have to be any of the places suggested.

GossipMonger Sun 20-Sep-09 19:54:39

YOu could go to Preston and see my parents for me! wink

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 19:56:42

I'm sure your parents are lovely - but I don't want to go to Preston! Spent a strange week there as a teenager with a lad I met at Blackpool Pleasure Beach - that was enough for me!

daffodill6 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:00:24

Matlock? In Derbyshire , close to Peak district, various small railways, but also small theme park for kids, glorious countryside for walks and many pubs.

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 20:01:37

Sorry Daffodill - I was born in Matlock!

bigchris Sun 20-Sep-09 20:02:32

York sounds a perfect fit for what you want
not sure about hotels though
or Chester if that's not too far

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 20:04:13

York would be lovely, if anyone can rec a hotel. Have never been to Harrogate and dp quite fancies it. Have spent quite a lot of time in Chester, so probably not there (although otherwise it would be great).

dogonpoints Sun 20-Sep-09 20:17:34

We did a weekend in York with the kids and it was fabulous. We stayed in a very central Ramada Jarvis hotel (with tesco vouchers) but I'm sure when I looked again a couple of years ago this hotel was no longer listed.

I once spent a weekend in York just with dh, about 6 or 7 years or so ago, and we stayed in a lovely guest house called Tree Tops which is probably this one. Run by a couple with a very young family, who would obv be much older now. Again, we walked from the station. Might be worth checking.

I am a mine of out of date information.

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 20:20:30

I have stayed in several hotels in York but the only one I've been to with children is The Moat House. I don't think it exists any more.

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 20:21:39

Have found a Ramada one - just having a peep now. Was it by the racecourse?

dogonpoints Sun 20-Sep-09 20:24:05

No, there was a ramada slap bang in the centre of York (in addition to racecourse one). It is no longer there, I tell thee. Although it could still be a hotel by another name.

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 20:35:53

You are right!

Have trawled the Ramada site and nowhere has vacancies for the days we want, not even Inverness!

Arghh. Where can I look now?

dogonpoints Sun 20-Sep-09 21:58:16

oo look. This looks like the ramada hotel. Not pretty but it was clean and fine and the breakfasts were good. Var central.

janeite Mon 21-Sep-09 17:14:47

Thanks Dogonpoints.

Think we may splash out a bit more though, as we usually only stay in a Travelodge: thought it might be nice to go somewhere a little prettier!

Any more ideas, anybody, please?

KathH Wed 23-Sep-09 21:17:19

We're going to Durham at half term. We go every October. We were going to go to Lanzarote as have been there a few times but the kids said they'd rather go and stay on the farm we always go to (I sound really sad don't I?) It's really pretty and the children dd age 16, dd age 13, ds age 10 and ds age 5 love it.

branflake81 Thu 24-Sep-09 11:40:08

I live not far from Harrogate and don't think there is masses to do - it;s a bit small. I'd stick with York.

janeite Sat 26-Sep-09 19:19:38

Thanks both. Still not booked anywhere so hoping thanking you will bump it for me!

So - nice hotel - maybe York or Durham or another nice 'old' town? Pretty please?

Lilymaid Sat 26-Sep-09 19:29:03

What about Bath (can combine with Bristol) - loads around that area to see - though.judging by your name, you may not like Bath!
Lincoln and Norwich also worth a visit - though possibly fewer places to visit there.
Or Oxford/Cambridge?

janeite Sat 26-Sep-09 19:51:52

I LOVE Bath - but we went last hols: one day in Bath and one in Bristol. Oxford would be good - can you rec a hotel?

janeite Sun 27-Sep-09 14:18:34

Please help me? I spent hours on google last night, to no avail.

LoveBuckets Mon 12-Oct-09 15:50:30

Bath YHA is gorgeous, handy location, does family ensuite rooms and restaurant or self-catering kitchen available and is CHEAP!

janeite Mon 12-Oct-09 21:52:37

Really? Thank you. Still willing to splash out on a bit more than the usual Travelodge though, if anybody knows anywhere. York or Oxford would be best I think.

BucketsOfBlood Wed 14-Oct-09 21:12:56

How about somewhere coastal for windy walks on beaches, faded seaside glamour/kitsch and hot chips? Skeggy?

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