Team Forestipedia | Sharing all the best tips and secrets of the forest
Holidays are about relaxing and spending time with the people we love, experiencing new things and having adventures. Getting away to a luxury cabin, deep in the forest and surrounded by nature, offers everything you need for a wonderful half term family break.
We all feel the need toÂ escape the pressure of modern livingÂ andÂ spend more quality time with our children. After hours spent in traffic jams or dashing from pillar to post, it's time toÂ slow down, turn off the screens and escapeÂ to the natural world of the forestÂ this half term, making some fabulous family memories at the same time.
There's still a chill in the air during February, but the first hints of spring will be starting to show. The days are getting longer and the woodland is starting to fill withÂ bird song, as the birds prepare for the coming season of nest building.
There's aÂ huge variety of birds at our locationsÂ - theÂ heron,Â little egretÂ andÂ siskinÂ atÂ Deerpark, theÂ treecreeperÂ andÂ nuthatchÂ atÂ Thorpe Forest, or theÂ hooded crowÂ and theÂ majestic golden eagleÂ atÂ Ardgartan Argyll, to name just a few, soÂ don't forget your binoculars!Â You'll find posters in the Forest Retreat at every location, detailing the birds you can see out in the forest.
Eurasian siskin bird
Bird spotting can be a little more taxing for the more restless and younger children, but there areÂ still plenty of ways to introduce them to our feathered friends. Pop down to the Forest Retreat, and there's aÂ choice of activities for little hands. Make your own bird box or feeding station and you canÂ take a small piece of your holiday home with you, putting your newly acquired ranger skills to use discovering the wildlife in your own garden.
If you want to find out more about the birds, beasts and plants around you,Â have a chat with theÂ Forest Ranger. OurÂ on-location wildlife expertsÂ are always happy to share the secrets of the forest. For more serious adventurers,Â try one of the activities led by the Forest Ranger. You can learnÂ survival skills, wander the lesser-knownÂ woodland pathsÂ and even stalk through the forest at night withÂ night visionÂ equipment.
If it'sÂ peace and quietÂ you need, then the forest is the place to find it. Try ourÂ luxury cabinsÂ atÂ Keldy, hidden beneath the trees on the edge of theÂ North York Moors. Or stay at theÂ Forest of Dean, where you canÂ up the pace with a canoe trip down the River Wye.Â Or how about telling the children that you are staying inÂ Sherwood Forest, on aÂ Robin Hood adventure!
For mini adventurers looking for a little more activity,Â the woodland is the perfect place for imaginations to run wild.Â Build a den, go bug hunting, or play hide and seek. Get out a little further and enjoy the fresh cool air on aÂ family bike ride, making sure toÂ stop off at a nearby pub for lunch.
Family time exploring Keldy Forest
Enjoying nature doesn't need to mean leaving modern life behind!Â Our cabins are extremely comfortable and you can even choose to have your own private outdoor hot tub.Â After the day's activities, put some logs on the wood burner and play a board game or two, or get the popcorn ready andÂ put your feet up for a cosy family movie night.Â And, once the children are fast asleep in bed, you can enjoy theÂ peace of the forest at night as you sit out in your hot tub, gazing at the stars.
With more of us looking forward to shutting off our screens and getting closer to nature, now's the time toÂ book your Forest Holiday.Â Cabins are selling fast for half term â€“ make sure you don't miss out!
What's your perfect half term adventure? Let us know in the comments below!