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7 Apr

Best Half-Term Breaks, May 2016

UK cottage break

A cottage break is a popular choice for a May half-term break.

Best Places To Enjoy A Half-Term Break In May 2016

Many parents like to travel during the May half-term in order to save money and keep away from the crowds. Here are some of the best half-term break ideas.

May half-term falls either the week before or after the Spring Bank Holiday, which is the last Monday in May. It is one of the busiest periods in the year for travel. Families like to enjoy a week filled with long, sunny days during a month, which costs less than going on holiday in the summer break.

A week isn’t a long period of time, so many travellers choose to stay close to home in the UK or Europe, but some venture as far as the USA. Here are some of the best half-term breaks for May 2016.

UK Holidays

Fancy a staycation? If you’re worried about the thought of a drizzly British holiday, then think again. The weather in recent years has actually been better in late May than in August, so there’s every reason to stay at home this year.

Center Parcs UK offers a paradise location for families – their short breaks during half-term start from as little as £529 for a two bed woodland lodge.

Cottage breaks have also become increasingly popular since the recession. They often provide family-friendly accommodation which includes swimming pools, adventure play areas, farm animals and sometimes even hot tub facilities.

Cornwall and Devon remain constant favourites with families who enjoy both the beautiful beaches and countryside which provide a truly relaxed week away. Norfolk and Suffolk also offer sandy beaches as well as seal trips, fruit picking and treasure trails. The island of Jersey is a perfect location for families – it is less than an hour from mainland UK by air, but enjoys warmer weather and cleaner beaches. For those on a budget, the ferry is cheaper and only takes around 4 ½ hours.

European Destinations

If you’re looking for a stronger guarantee of sun then head to Europe where the temperatures are warm yet not unmanageable for children.

France offers excellent camping and self-catering accommodation which makes it a great budget choice. Northern Spain is very often overlooked but presents miles of unspoilt beaches and loads of outdoor activities for families, including cycling, swimming and walking trails.

The Mediterranean and Adriatic resorts are open for business in May but are uncrowded in this early part of the season. Popular destinations include the Greek islands, the Italian coast and Croatia. All-inclusive resorts are affordable, provide excellent facilities for children and take the hassle out of catering for your family. P&O offer school holiday cruises on a variety of routes in Europe starting from £549 per person. Their ships offer kids clubs from ages 2-17 as well as leisurely spas and evening entertainment for the adults.

Portugal is a family-favourite during the May half-term break. The Algarve on the south coast often enjoys wonderful weather at this time of year and has a great selection of family-friendly villas. The Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel is particularly appealing to those with toddlers and school-age children. The resort offers the best of both worlds as it manages to provide luxury whilst remaining focussed on providing family-friendly facilities.


Disney World in Florida is often a busy place to be and it is worth considering that May 30th is Memorial Day which is a Federal Public Holiday in the States. However, the theme park is usually much less busy in May than during the Easter or early summer holidays. It is an extremely family-friendly resort with a vast selection of accommodation and six theme parks to entertain the kids in.

It’s not too late to book a break for May half-term in 2016. Remember to check the exact half-term dates with your school before organising your flights, accommodation and insurance as they can vary from region to region. If you are planning another holiday during the summer, book some annual multi-trip travel insurance before you leave home.