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13 cheap February half-term holidays

Make the most out of half-term and whisk the family away to one of these budget-friendly destinations.

If one day out with the kids simply isn’t going to cut it this half-term, why not get away for a few days or even the whole week?

Check out these low-cost holiday destinations around the UK and Europe, all of which are perfect for enjoying several days of quality family time.

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1. Best for family-focused hotels: Jet2holidays

Jet2holidays arranges everything from flights and transfers to hotels and activities so you can be sure your family will have an unforgettable break away. All of the hotels boast spacious family rooms, offer a range of children’s activities and, most importantly, are affordable for families of any size.

  • Holiday packages are separated into specific school holidays on the website, so you can find the best deals over February half-term with ease.
  • Free child places are available in over 40 destinations, which means your little one might be able to fly and holiday for free.
  • Offers reduced rates for single-parent families and an exclusive phone support line.

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Family playing on the sand

2. Best for spontaneous getaways at balmy prices:

The king of impromptu holidays, there’s always a bargain to be had on, whether you book months in advance or the day before, and whether you’re looking for an activity-fuelled vacation or something a little more relaxing.

  • A flexible payment plan means you can book your holiday in advance and pay later in affordable, monthly chunks.
  • To save any pre-holiday stress, both your flights and accommodation are ATOL protected.
  • Flights, hotels and transfers are generally included in each package. Activities can also be arranged for an additional fee.

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3. Best for budget travellers: Loveholidays

With packages starting from just £85 per person, there’s no reason not to pack up your bags and get away this February half-term. Enjoy a getaway in the UK or explore a little further afield in Europe.

  • The Price Match Guarantee means you’ll definitely get the best deal on your holiday package, or your money back.
  • Secure your holiday with a small deposit of £25 and pay the rest in low monthly instalments.
  • Book a flight and hotel package to reap even more savings on your February half-term holiday.

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Top 13 February half-term holiday destinations in the UK and abroad

Edinburgh skyline

1. Edinburgh

Best for: Families who enjoy exploring castles and historic cities

A city break with a difference, Edinburgh harbours the perfect balance of city attractions and the great outdoors.

Spend you days exploring by-gone castles and historical museums or kayak on the breathtaking Loch Lomond.

Top family holiday activities in Edinburgh

Grasmere lake

2. The Lake District

Best for: Exploring the great outdoors

Get the kids breathing in some of that great British fresh air in the Lake District.

Tackle one of the many family-friendly hiking paths on foot, or take to the trees with an exhilarating zip-lining course.

Top family holiday activities in the Lake District

Regent Street with sun shining through buildings during sunset, London, England, UK

3. London

Best for: Children’s museums and cultural attractions

Contrary to popular belief, a getaway to London doesn’t have to be expensive.

The capital boasts some of the country’s best free events during February half-term, including a 12-day family festival on Southbank.

Top family holiday activities in London

The London Underground Treasure Hunt
The London Underground Treasure Hunt

Virgin Experience Days

Small boat in St Ives harbour

4. Cornwall

Best for: Coastal walks and wildlife watching

Situated just about as west as you can go in England, Cornwall offers up some of the most scenic coastal landscapes in the country.

It also features the one-of-a-kind Eden Project, fantastic Cornish pasties, and clotted cream ice cream that’s so good, you’ll even want it in the cold of winter.

Top family holiday activities in Cornwall

1-hour seal cave experience
1-hour seal cave experience

Virgin Experience Days

2-hour sealife safari boat trip
2-hour sealife safari boat trip

Virgin Experience Days

Castlefield Basin. Deansgate, Manchester, England

5. Manchester

Best for: Family-friendly theme parks

Home to world-renowned museums, hidden foodie corners and a handful of family-orientated theme parks, Manchester has a little something for everyone.

The fun continues outside of the city with Alton Towers, LegoLand and Inflata Nation just a short drive away.

Top family holiday activities in Manchester

Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium tour
Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium tour


LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester tickets
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester tickets


Boy doing zip line

6. Gwynedd

Best for: Adventure sports and families with older children

Considered to be the adventure capital of Wales, Gwynedd encompasses almost all of Snowdonia National Park and the Llyn Peninsula.

As well as exploring the park by foot, hop on the back of a horse or clip onto a zip wire and experience the landscape from a different perspective.

Top family holiday activities in Gwynedd

Zip World Fforest Coaster shared sled ride
Zip World Fforest Coaster shared sled ride


Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, England, UK

7. Birmingham

Best for: Educational fun and shopping

Home to the iconic Bull Ring shopping centre, the Thinktank Science Museum and just a stone’s throw away from the original LegoLand, Birmingham is the perfect getaway if you need to satisfy a wide range of family interests.

Top family holiday activities in Birmingham

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham tickets
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham tickets


The Shambles

8. York

Best for: Free sightseeing

There’s no better place to get a sense of England’s diverse history than in York.

Simply take a walk along the medieval city walls and through the cobbled streets to learn all about the Roman, Norman and Tudor heritage – and it all comes at absolutely no cost to you.

Top family holiday activities in York

York sightseeing and attraction pass
York sightseeing and attraction pass

Virgin Experience Days

Tenerife, Canary Islands

9. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Best for: Beach holidays and whale watching

With temperatures set to reach 20°C in Tenerife this February, it’s the perfect place to escape those winter blues and catch a few rays.

February half-term also happens to coincide with whale migration season, so you and your family can head out on a boat to catch a glimpse of the gentle giants.

Top family holiday activities in Tenerife

Benidorm, Spain

10. Benidorm, Spain

Best for: Budget-friendly coastal resorts

A popular holiday destination amongst us Brits for more than 30 years, it’s not hard to bag

bargain flights and affordable accommodation in Benidorm.

What’s more, you’ll find all of your creature comforts just around the corner, including traditional English pubs and a good old chippy van.

Top family holiday activities in Benidorm

Antalya, Turkey

11. Antalya, Turkey

Best for: A cultural escape

Despite its popularity, the coastal city of Antalya has managed to retain its cultural routes.

It offers visitors beautiful sandy bays to relax on, bustling markets to explore and plenty of family-friendly water parks to enjoy.

Top family holiday activities in Antalya

Skyline, Valletta, Malta

12. Malta

Best for: Historical sites and island exploring

It takes less than an hour to drive from one side of Malta to the other, making it the ideal holiday destination for families that just can’t sit still.

Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be able to take a day trip to the country’s UNESCO megalithic temples or the capital city of Valletta, or you can hop on a boat to the sister island of Gozo.

Top family holiday activities in Malta

Benagil Cave, Algarve, Portugal

13. Albufeira, Portugal

Best for: All-inclusive resorts

Sitting along a picturesque stretch of the Algarve coast, the resort town of Albufeira has become one of Portugal’s most popular destinations.

And that comes as no surprise, as holiday packages can be found for as little as £130 per person per week during February half-term.

Top family holiday activities in Albufeira

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