Its Whitsun half term in Wales. Well, sort of. The children have been away from school for nine weeks now, so it doesn’t really feel like a school holiday. But it should have been and we usually go away during this week. Either abroad or taking advantage of how nice the weather usually is in the UK now. And, as far as the weather goes, this year is no exception!
So, in honour of Whitsun half term in Wales, which we usually observe, we’ve decided to cut ourselves a bit of slack this week. You see, we’ve been working pretty hard during these exceptional circumstances (or crazy times, whichever way you want to look at it).
Cutting ourselves some slack involved us actually taking this Bank Holiday Monday off. It’s the first one we’ve taken this year so far and we really felt we needed it. Perhaps unfairly, we felt a bit guilty (what’s that all about!?) but it did us the world of good. As we write this the sun is shining, its about 25 degrees, and we’re only too aware that weather like this can’t be taken for granted here in Pembrokeshire! We’ve put the tent up and we may even sleep in it one night!
And after this short post we are going to down tools, enjoy the weather and have some fun as a family. Just as we should with the remainder of this half term.
We’ve been looking back at a lot of our travel photos recently and it struck us that we’ve been to some great places during this school half term holiday. Here are a few of them.
We went to St. Lucia in May and, although for us, this was B.C (before children) we still went during the Whitsun half term in Wales. It wasn’t deliberate. It’s just the way things fell.
St Lucia was fantastic by the way. This was the view from the sun lounger!
When the children were really small (one still in a pushchair) we went to Menorca. And we enjoyed it so much we went twice. It really is a good travel option for younger families. The weather is usually warm but not too hot in May and it’s just a 2 hour flight from most UK airports.
When the children were a bit older we started going to Florida and the first time we went included Whitsun half term. We happened to be there for one of the Star Wars weekends at Hollywood Studios. Lucky for us as we’re all big fans. ‘May the force be with you’.
Again, we enjoyed it here so much we’ve been back several times. For us, this is probably the ultimate family holiday. All of us really love Walt Disney World. With so much to do there’s something for everyone and just something ‘Magical’ about the place. We’ve been 3 times but would definitely go again which probably says a lot about how we feel about the place.
In May the weather was really good. But then this is ‘The Sunshine State’. We also ticked off a ‘must do’ by paying a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.
We’ve been to Center Parcs around a dozen times and at least a couple of those were in May. Again, we’ve been there when it was only Whitsun Half Term in Wales and not the rest of the UK and this probably meant it was not as busy as during other School holidays.
We’ve always enjoyed our breaks there and find it very relaxing. It’s a great place to go as a young family and as part of a larger group. There’s so much to do and not all weather dependent but we have been lucky with the weather there in May and that always makes the experience a bit more enjoyable. www.centerparcs.co.uk
We’re fortunate to have family in Exmouth and have been to stay with them a few times including during Whitsun half term. Again, we were lucky with the weather then which allowed us to get out and about and see what Exmouth has to offer. It’s a lovely part of Devon. Quiet and peaceful with a bit of a relaxed vibe. Good for families there’s a nice beach, plenty of nice places to eat (outside if you choose) and, of course, crazy golf!
We went to Venice in the Whitsun half term and it was great. The weather was fantastic and it was relatively quiet. It happened to be another one of those where it was only Whitsun half term in Wales and not in the rest of the UK so that may have contributed to the number of people travelling at that time. There are lots of things to do in Venice for families where children are in or nearing their teens.
All in all we’ve found Whitsun half term break a great time to travel. The weather can be very good for UK based holidays as well as European city breaks, especially to places which don’t rely upon the Summer heat. We’ve also found that long haul to American can prove to be cheaper than waiting for the Summer school holidays which are often busier as well.
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