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Best October half-term deals for 2022: exclusive discounts, low deposits and free child places

Since half-term always rolls up surprisingly quickly, we’ve rounded up the best October half-term holiday deals for breaks both abroad and in the UK, as well as days out to keep everyone busy.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Sep 1, 2022

October half term deals

It feels like as soon as the kids are back to school, you’re making plans for October half-term. We don’t blame you though, as that first half-term of the school year always feels much needed. 

On the one hand, there’s the culture shock of being back in the swing of school after the long summer holidays, and then looming around the corner are shorter, colder days. So what better way to make the most of the last, warmer days in the UK, or grab a bit of winter sunshine than with an October half term holiday?

For this year, most English schools have a half-term from Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October, 2022. It’s a week later in Wales and Ireland and in Scotland it’s earlier in the month, depending on your area. Check your school’s website before booking as dates vary between state and private sectors, as well as by area. 

Your plans for a half-term holiday will obviously depend to some extent on budget. Whether you’re planning a long-haul holiday of a lifetime, a quick European break or a relaxing week away in the UK, we’ve found the best October half-term deals for 2022 around. There are even some ideas for day trips to keep the family busy if you’re planning a staycation.

1. TUI Holidays: big reductions on October breaks all over the world

TUI October half term

Pictured: TUI BLUE Tarida Beach, Ibiza | Save with TUI this October half-term

If you need a bit of sun and excitement to see you through winter, an October break with TUI ticks all the boxes. Whether you fly to Orlando or Jamaica, or stay closer to home with a European break, a TUI holiday is always easy, with pools, kids’ clubs, child-friendly restaurants and all the details taken care of for you. 

Browse the many destinations and dates or let TUI help make your mind up with its TUI Blue Hotels Quiz on the website. 

There are lots of deals available for October half-term. Among many others, we found a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps four in Talayot Apartments in Menorca for £600 for seven nights from Saturday 22 October through TUI, which has six pools, a TUI kids’ club and lots of activities, flying from Manchester. 

There was also a two-bedroom, self-catered apartment available in Janelas Do Mar in Albufeira, Portugal, which has three pools, for £850 for the same dates, flying from London Gatwick. 

Don't forget to check out our guide to the best family holiday destinations for October half-term here to help you plan your trip.

2. Hoseasons Holidays: exclusive 5% off for Mumsnet members

Hoseasons October half term

Pictured: Trelawne Manor in Looe, South Cornwall | Book your Hoseasons stay now

October in the UK has much to recommend it, and there are lots of options for different types of breaks with Hoseasons - as well as an exclusive discount for Mumsnetters. 

Hoseasons offers cottages, lodges and boats for hire all over the UK, where you can make the most of the last of the long days and enjoy some of the country’s beautiful autumn colours. Whether you want a boutique rustic lodge in the countryside, an action-packed adventure holiday by the sea or a slow week’s boating on the Broads, you’ll find something to suit. Hoseasons is a popular choice for self-catering Mumsnetters, who report that the accommodation is always bright, clean and well appointed. Meaning all you need to do to keep everyone happy is pack the beach kit and board games, books and Bordeaux. 

If you fancy a boating break, the Ruby Gem at Stalham in Norfolk, which sleeps a family of four, was available for seven nights from Saturday 22 October for £529. Or for something on dry land, we found lots of cottages and lodges sleeping up to four people in Devon and Cornwall for half term week from as little as £350. We have our eye on the two-bedroom Woodford Cottage near Penzance, which is £453 for the week commencing Saturday 22 October. 

3. Jet2holidays: find free child places for your holiday

Jet2holidays October half term

Pictured: AR Diamante Beach & Spa in Calpe, Costa Blanca | Find a free child place now with Jet2holidays

We found plenty of free child places still available with Jet2holidays for October half-term. Find holidays with free child places in popular family destinations like Gran Canaria, Menorca, Tenerife, Corfu and many more. 

As an example, for Sunday 23rd October, there’s still around 150 free child places left in over 52 destinations. Prices start around £900 in total for self-catering, one bedroom apartments. It’s definitely worth scouting out different dates to find the best deal for you and your family. 

For further savings, don’t forget to check out Jet2holiday’s free infant places and single parent discounts, too. 

4. On The Beach: great deals on half-term breaks by the sea

On the beach October half term

Find your half-term break with On The Beach | Book your On The Beach half-term break

Sometimes you just need some sand between your toes in the middle of autumn and On The Beach makes finding the perfect beach break a cinch, with half-term holiday deals searchable by budget breaks, all-inclusive, long-haul, holidays with kids’ clubs and more. 

When we searched we found a great all-inclusive break at the Dolmen Hotel in Malta for four nights, including breakfast and flights. The hotel has four outdoor pools and two indoor pools and is just steps from the sea. 

5. Center Parcs: deals on October half-term breaks

Center Parcs October half term

Pictured: Woodland Lodge in Whinfell Forest, Cumbria | Book Center Parcs for October half-term now

A perennial favourite of Mumsnetters, Center Parcs already has deals for October half-term and is a surefire hit. Mumsnetters point out that it can get pricey as lots of activities can quickly add up, but if you limit yourselves a little bit, your kids are happy to make the most of the pool, and you self-cater, it doesn’t need to break the bank. 

October half-term is a great time for a Center Parcs break as there’s loads to do, whatever the weather. If we get good early autumn weather you can spend the week outdoors, on zip wires, quad bikes or simply cycling in the trees, and on more autumnal days, go indoor climbing, swimming, pottery-making or simply cosy up in your cabin. There’s more than 200 activities to choose from, meaning there’s something to keep everyone busy at all times. And you can book yourself into the Aqua Sana spas for a relaxing or pampering treatment to help you recover from the first half-term of the academic year. See? Something for everyone. 

A four-night break starting Monday 24 October at a two-bedroom New Style Woodland Lodge at Whinfell Forest in Cumbria is currently £1,399. The same size and style of lodge at Elveden Forest in Suffolk for the same dates is £1,649. 

6. Parkdean Resorts: save up to £120 on a 7-night break

Parkdean Resorts October half term

Pictured: East Anglia & Lincolnshire | Book your Parkdean Resorts holiday now

From camping to glamping and caravans to cosy lodges, Parkdean has breaks all over the UK on offer this half-term. Book a beautiful location and explore somewhere new to you all, with accommodation in Wales, Scotland, the Lake District, Devon and Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and many other areas.

Parkdean offers incredibly good value camping and glamping but for just a little more, you can hire a caravan or lodge to give you a bit more flexibility should the weather take a turn for the more autumnal. 

There are fabulous facilities onsite to keep children of all ages busy, from swimming pools and kids’ clubs to evening entertainment. There will be lots of Halloween activities to get involved with, too, And all the parks are close to areas with plenty to do, whether you want to climb a hill, explore a castle, visit a theme park or paddle in the sea. 

We found four night breaks in a three person caravan at Sandford Holiday Park in Dorset from Monday 24 October for £329, and a seven night break from the same date in a six person caravan in Barmston Beach Holiday Park in Yorkshire for £419. 

7. Cottages.com: exclusive 7% off for Mumsnet members

Cottages October half term

Exclusive for Mumsnet members | Take me to the Cottages.com offer

What could be more autumnal than a stay in a cosy country cottage this October? If roaring fires, pub lunches and long walks kicking up leaves are on your half-term agenda, Cottages.com might be what you’re looking for. 

From the Highlands to the tip of Cornwall, there are family friendly cottages, converted barns and more ideal for a break with the kids this half term. 

When we looked for deals we found the charming converted farm building at Bodwi Farm Cottages in Gwynedd, which sleeps four, has a woodburner and is an hour from the beach, from £425.95 for seven nights from Saturday 22 October. We also liked the look of the beautiful barn conversion, Wool Loft, in Kemble, Gloucestershire, which was available for the same dates, sleeps six and is close to Westonbirt Arboretum for lots of Autumn colour, at £894.67. 

Note: to access this exclusive deal, you need to be logged into your Mumsnet account. 

8. Forest Holidays: low deposits on outdoor adventures

Forest Holidays October half term

Low deposits with Forest Holidays | Save on your Forest Holidays booking

After half a term cooped up in classrooms, lots of kids just need to run wild and that’s exactly what you get with Forest Holidays. Climbing trees, jumping in muddy puddles, getting up close and personal with nature and lots and lots of fresh air, then back to your cosy cabin in the forest to curl up with a film and movie snacks. 

Each of Forest’s 12 locations has a Forest Ranger who can arrange activities for families and kids of all ages, from survival skills and nocturnal adventures for older kids to nature experiences designed specially for toddlers from bear hunts to building dens for fairies. Halloween breaks are also available, with themed crafts and activities, a myths and legends trail, and marshmallows for toasting around the fire with spooky stories. 

Once you’ve chosen your break, you can add on extras such as a welcome pack, pizza night pack, and premium movies. 

Forest currently are offering a low deposit of 10% for bookings for half-term. A four-night break in a two-bedroom cabin in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire costs from £775.

9. Heritage Breaks: overnight historical breaks from less than £50

Heritage Breaks October half term

Overnight stays with Heritage Breaks | Book your Heritage Breaks stay now

How about a historical half-term break to kindle the interest of any Horrible Histories fans? Heritage Breaks offers package nights away centred around a visit to one of eight UK attractions. Pick from Warwick Castle, Windsor Castle, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and St Paul's Cathedral. 

Each break includes tickets to the attraction, a hotel booking and breakfast. 

You can book a break at Warwick Castle, for example, from only £47 for a family of four, which includes a stay in either a nearby hotel or one of the Knight’s Village Lodges or Knight’s Village Tents. While you’re there, get lost in the Horrible Histories Maze, try your hand at falconry and explore the castle’s towers, walls and ramparts. 

10. Big City Saver: save up to 45% on London attractions

Big City Saver October half term

Explore the city and save this October half-term | Book your Big City Saver pass now

If you’re thinking of a mini break in the capital this half-term, one way to save some money is with a Big City Saver Pass. 

It’s easy to use. Simply choose a pass (they range from £50 to £90 for two to five attractions, including The London Eye, Madame Tussaud, The London Dungeons, Sea Life Centre and Shrek Adventure). Book a date for your main attraction and then you have 90 days to enjoy the others you have booked for. A genius way to see all the best bits of London in a week or less. 

October half term survival guide for parents

Wherever you’re spending this half-term, here are some wise words on Mumsnetters on how to get through the week and make the most of every moment.

Keep them busy.

“I try to keep mine out and about and busy during holidays as otherwise they'll constantly ask to spend their whole time on tablets or fighting.” Rover83

But build in some down time, whatever you’re doing.

“We're going to a cottage in Wales in the middle of nowhere and with no TV or wifi just to get away from it all. Planning on doing nothing much but taking wellies and warm clothes for walks. Looking forward to an escape.” LovelyBath77

Make the most of Halloween events.

“We’re going pumpkin picking and to a Halloween event. Scarecrow trail and trick or treating on Halloween plus Halloween films. Local Halloween party the day before.” GenerallyStruggling 

If the sun is what you need, make sure it’s pretty much guaranteed with our guide to October half-term family holiday destinations.

“I've been to Tenerife 6-7 times for October half terms. There has been the occasional day with a rain storm, but it's consistently been 23-25 degrees.” RookieMere

Make the most of the last of the good weather.

“Last year we did yurt camping in Cornwall and we all loved it and even did surfing lessons (even me) during the October half term break!” FarGone

But do have a wet weather plan, too. 

“We find that city breaks are good at that time of year because we can do something indoors like a museum if it’s cold or wet. York is a great city for children and there are several free museums.” RiceKrispie22

Enjoy your local cities. 

“Check out the bank of England, they sometimes put stuff on for kids during half term, including lifting up a gold bar which is in a glass case. There's always the monument and Sky garden. The V&A sometimes do activities. I remember my kids were able to make a template and print a tee shirt for free. Just wander around Covent Garden to see the street artists, or China Town to explore the interesting shops.” StitchInTime

However much you do or don’t do, don’t let half term stress you out. Not every day has to be an ‘event’. 

“As they grow up kids won’t remember the big days out and the money you spent. They’ll remember being with you and feeling happy, content and safe, regardless of where that was.” Moonshine160

How we chose our recommendations

As always, we began our search for the best deals for October 2022 half-term holidays by scouring the Mumsnet Talk boards for honest recommendations from real parents. We also took a close look at customer reviews from across the internet to find out which half term deals scored highly there. 

We then drew up a long list of October holiday deals and carefully analysed what was on offer and the value for money, in order to come up with this list of 10 October half-term deals that we think will offer something for every family. 

Why you should trust us

Mumsnet was created after its founder Justine Roberts had a disappointing family holiday with young children, and wanted to establish a place for parents to share good and bad experiences online. So we know a thing or two about planning a successful family holiday. Our members are always keen to share their honest reviews, both good and bad, and are renowned for their trusted recommendations on various products and services.

As with all our reviews pages, we only included services here that Mumsnetters have recommended or that have received glowing reviews elsewhere. We also checked out the deals ourselves to ensure they looked like good value for money and were suitable for families. 

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