As the seasons turn, rather than be downhearted at the passing of summer, make the most of the golden month of October with some family fun.
With the glory of the autumn colours, the October half term break and the thrill of Halloween, October is a great time to take a family holiday. Whether you escape for a weekend of adventures early in the month or wait until the October half term for a breather after the first few weeks of school, here are 10 reasons why you should take a family break in October.
1. The last festival of the summer – They are not letting summer go without a fight down in Cornwall. The Looe Music Festival sees out September and welcomes October in style. Running from 29 September to 1 October, it's a family-friendly event with Lulu and Happy Mondays headlining and a pirates theme. Pack the dressing up box and stay at Deerpark, just a short drive away.
2. The month of festivals – a few hundred miles north, Nottingham city centre has no fewer than 15 festivals in October. With the traditional, family-friendly Goose Fair (4-8 October) and the Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle on the first weekend of the October half term, it's time to book a cabin at Sherwood Forest. Enjoy the city events and then escape to the forest, just 45-minutes' drive away.
3. Autumn colours – The glorious autumn display is truly the best reason to escape to the forest in October. From the golden magic of the beech trees in Blackwood Forest to the array of autumn colours that envelop Forest of Dean, enjoy this spectacular season on a Forest Holiday and kick through the leaves on our walks and trails.