Nice one Cyril! Alpacas and more in North Cornwall – £99 pp with holidaycottages.co.uk
With play barns, pony rides, a pets’ corner and a collection of alpacas available for walks, make this February half term the most memorable yet with a seven-night self-catering break at Summerwood Cottage (sleeps six), near Bude. Set on a working farm within easy reach of Cornwall’s many family-friendly attractions, there’s also the option to have a local chef deliver delicious meals direct to your door. Arriving Saturday 16 February, a week’s stay costs £99 pp (£593 total) with holidaycottages.co.uk (01237 459888) www.holidaycottages.co.uk
Bovey Castle (kids stay free) this Feb half term – from £409 per night with Pride of Britain Hotels
Family-friendly Bovey Castle on Dartmoor is offering free stays for children this February half term. Activities include a new Deer Park Tour (£12.50 pp), falconry displays and family swims in the Elan Spa plus a range of bookable activities. Bovey Rangers (ages 6-14; £35 per session) and Bovey Bears Den Club (ages 3-6; £15 per activity) offer activities from archery to brass rubbing. Families can choose to dine in the flagship Great Western restaurant or the more informal Smiths Brasserie. A night’s B&B in a Junior State Room (two adults and two children sharing) costs from £409 per room. Valid 17-24 February. Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).
Hunt for fossils on the Jurassic Coast – from £320 per night for a family of four at the Alexandra
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is ripe for fossil hunting, the perfect family activity this half term. Visit Lyme Regis, where ample examples have been found dating back to the Early Jurassic period and the sheer number and quality of finds have made the charming town one of the world’s most famed fossil-hunting spots. Budding palaeontologists should make the clifftop Alexandra their base, a beautiful historic boutique hotel set on the Jurassic Coast, offering exceptional sea views and access to both the beaches and the famed South West Coastal Path. Stay in a Cottage Apartment (sleeps four) from £320 per night. Call the Alexandra on 01297 442 010 (www.hotelalexandra.co.uk)