Au­tumn days out

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Our guide to half-term fun

As Oc­to­ber half-term ap­proaches, the days are get­ting shorter, darker and colder.

And here you are, with the kids for a whole week!

With the suc­cess­ful out­door ac­tiv­i­ties of the sum­mer hols no longer hold­ing the same sunny lure, and half a mind on sav­ing for Chrimbo, it’s tempt­ing just to shut the door and give in to telly, con­soles and tablets for the week – es­pe­cially with the sky-high cost of day trips.

Re­search re­leased by Equifax last Oc­to­ber showed that UK par­ents spend an av­er­age of £179 on keep­ing chil­dren en­ter­tained over half-term.

‘The cost of half-term is clearly tak­ing its toll on par­ents, with an over­whelm­ing 62 per cent say­ing that the cost of school hol­i­days is in­creas­ing year on year,’ says Lisa Hard­staff, Equifax’s credit in­for­ma­tion ex­pert. ‘It is only the first half-term of the aca­demic year, yet it is in­ter­est­ing to see just how quickly the costs can add up.’

But never fear. With days out in Wales, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land and Eng­land – from ut­terly free to trips that’ll set you back £50 for the whole fam­ily – Real

Peo­ple’s Miyo Padi has sorted the best from the rest for this year’s half-term hol­i­days…

the Wands at ready, Harry Pot­ter fans!

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