School holiday ideas for families

October half-term
Go leaf-peeping in Kew Gardens. From the four-star Chiswick Moran Hotel, 15 minutes’ walk from the gardens, you can tiptoe through the treetops on a walkway 18m above ground, warm up in the tropical palm house and visit Kew Palace.


Book now to meet Father Christmas. On a day trip to Finnish Lapland you’ll be kitted out in thermal suits and snow boots. An Arctic Circle crossing ceremony in a tepee is followed by a sleigh ride pulled by reindeer. After lunch Santa Claus will give presents to children aged 2 to 12. UK flights from London and various regional airports but

February half-term

Experienced riders (aged 12-plus) can see mountains, lakes, waterfalls and vineyards from horseback in the Andes. Day rides set out from a new, comfortable fixed camp in Mendoza Province, Argentina, far from roads at 2,400m above sea level. The seven-night holiday is from £2,640pp, including flights, full board and guided rides with cazenove+loyd (020-7384 2332,


Discover where the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin came from. Visit the rat catcher’s house and see the clockwork figures of the carillon re-enacting the story in the medieval German town. Sail from Newcastle on April 21 for three nights’ dinner and B&B in a hotel in Hameln, including coach transfers, from £289pp (0871 8220885).

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