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Cheap UK October half-term holiday and theme park deals for a family staycation from £9pppn

FAMILIES who missed out on a summer holiday this year can start planning ahead for the October half term.

Hotels, holiday parks and theme parks all have a number of great deals to welcome back kids next month.

Holidays abroad are looking more unlikely than ever, with popular destinations including France, Spain and Greece facing quarantine restrictions, meaning Brits are unable to visit without self-isolating on their return for two weeks.

Instead, staycation holidays are on the rise, with campsites across the UK selling out this summer, and similar demand expected for the October half-term.

Director of Blackpool Tourism Alan Cavill said half term is the busiest time, something which is expected to continue this year despite the pandemic.

He told Sun Online Travel: “For autumn and winter, there is a pent up demand for people.

“Our busiest week is October half term week as people don’t want to go abroad and they take holidays in Blackpool as one of the few places that is open and still doing stuff.

“A lot of our attractions can still function when weather is bad, such as the Blackpool Illuminations you can drive through.”

If you fancy getting away for the half-term week, there are some great deals you can already book in, as long as you’re quick.

Theme parks are also open again, with many offering cheaper deals and new experiences.

Alton Towers is once again launching Scarefest, their Halloween themed annual festival with scary mazes and experiences.

Legoland and Thorpe Park also have deals from day tickets to longer stays at their own hotels on-site:

Fancy a last minute holiday this weekend? With the heatwave to hit 28C, there are some great bargains if you can go away in the next few days.

If you still want to head abroad, Cyprus remains one of the safest options with some of the lowest new daily coronavirus infections.

We’ve also rounded up cheap half-term deals to Paphos, Ayia Napa and Larnaca, starting from just £237pp.

There are also a huge number of castles around the UK that you can stay in and they might not be as expensive as you think.

In fact, we found several properties where you can live like a king or queen for a bargain – with one starting from just a little over £9 per person per night.

Gallanach Castle in Oban, Scotland, can sleep up to eight people in the Garden Wing.

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