May Half Term Family Holidays

Enjoy a family adventure on the Isle of Wight at our Freshwater Bay House

Make the most of the May half term on a spectacular family holiday. The summer half term and bank holidays come just at the point where families are craving an escape from the school year and the chance to break out on a walking holiday in the company of experienced guides and activity leaders. What's more a May half term family holiday is the perfect time to explore the British countryside with kids, avoiding the height of summer and crowds that can come with that.

As the mercury rises, destinations to discover during May come into their own as we edge towards midsummer, with longer days and hopefully plenty of warm sunshine. A great way to enjoy the great outdoors is by staying at one of our comfortable country houses all across the UK.

In the Northern Lake District, Derwentwater has an idyllic location alongside the lake shore and enough activities and guided walking options on the doorstep to mean you’re spoiled for choice, whether it’s tackling an iconic peak, setting sail across Derwent Water, clambering up the Bowder Stone or exploring a 5,000 year old Stone Circle.

The rolling hills around Church Stretton meanwhile offer fabulous views in May. Our country house, Longmynd House, has extensive grounds with plenty of space to play, a wildlife sculpture trail and an outdoor heated pool. Iron Age forts, train rides and walks straight from the door over Carding Mill Valley and the mysterious Stiperstones make this a perfect location for a May half term family holiday.

Kids will love Exmoor for a family holiday in May, as they get to stay in a stunning location at Selworthy, with superb scenery stretching away in every direction and views all the way to Wales. There’s wildlife to watch and guided walks with experienced leaders to discover the countryside right on the doorstep before giving in to the pull of the outdoor swimming pool and yet another chance to splash about with new friends.

Southern Snowdonia is home to Dolgellau, our stylish country house at the heart of one of Wales' secret corners. Tucked away from the honeypot hotspots to the north, there’s something for everyone from rolling green hills to high peaks alive with legends of giants, monsters and heroes. Conquer Cadair Idris, explore waterfalls, unearth a goldmine and kick back on Barmouth Beach for a May half term family holiday that’s hard to beat.

The Isle of Wight provides some stiff competition though, with our country house, Freshwater Bay, benefiting from a fantastic seaside location just above the beach. It’s location makes it one of our most popular family holiday destinations at any time of year, but during the May half term you get a bit more space when searching for dinosaur footprints on the beach, collecting coloured sands at Alum Bay and enjoying stunning walks on coastal paths and trails before beating a retreat to the extensive grounds, children’s playground and outdoor heated pool back at the house.

Did you know? Under 6s go FREE on our UK Family Walking Adventures.


Date Destination Nights


Under 6 Years
6-17 years

24 May

Derwentwater, Northern Lake District 7 £929 FREE From £49

24 May

Derwentwater, Northern Lake District 3 £429 FREE From £21

25 May

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight  7 £929 FREE From £49

25 May

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight  3 £929 FREE From £21

25 May

Selworthy, Exmoor 7 £929 FREE From £49

25 May

Selworthy, Exmoor 3 £419 FREE From £21

27 May

Church Stretton, Shropshire Hills 4 £579 FREE Special offer

27 May

Derwentwater, Northern Lake District 4 £579 FREE From £28

28 May

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight  4 £579 FREE From £28

28 May

Selworthy, Exmoor 4 £579 FREE From £28

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