Brave the chill and get out and about this half term

We always found it blew away those
mid-winter blues quite nicely and encouraged the kids to enjoy The Great
Outdoors at a time when their first inclination was to lounge around in the
warm and never leave the house.
On the edge of the glorious Lake
District – and handy for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines as
well – Appleby Manor is surrounded by great walking country and stunning
scenery. There’s also a big saving on normal room rates. Book two nights and
they’ll knock £90 each off the adult price, and throw in dinner on the first
night worth £40, Cumbrian Gingerbread Tea on arrival and a cruise on Ullswater
The new price is £230 per person,
with children charged at £10 a night B&B when sharing their parents’ room,
or half-price (£80) in their own room.
Also good for discovering
Lakeland is Lakeside Hotel at Windermere, which has rooms at £179 per night for
two adults, with an additional charge from £25 for children sharing.
Give your children a thrill at
the Lakes Aquarium, adjacent to the hotel, which is staging a Face Your Fears
event.  Youngsters get to handle snakes,
a giant land snail and cockroaches and meet baby tortoises and crocodiles.
It’ll be easier for families
staying at the Lakeside to get around: the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
will be opening for the first time ever over a February half term.
For a touch of luxury in real
away-from-it-all surroundings, Knockinaam Lodge is a set amid a wild and wonderful
landscape on Scotland’s stunning South West coast. Apart from bracing beach
walks, the hotel is handy for visiting the Galloway Wildlife Conservation
Centre with its 150 animals from around the world – from a mongoose to
meerkats, porcupines to boa constrictors.
Like chocolate? Children and
grown-ups can learn how it’s produced at fun chocolate-making workshops at the
Cocoa Bean Company, in the nearby village of Twynholm. A two-night break at
Knockinaam costs from £350 for a couple sharing, with breakfast and dinner.
Children are charged at £55 a night, with high-tea and breakfast included.
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