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Where Can I Go On A UK Family Holiday This October Half Term?

The little ones have not long been back at school but October half term is soon to be upon us, a time where families up and down the country look to think of ways to get that mix of much-needed rest and keeping those youngsters occupied.

The new ‘tier system’ communicated by the government has perhaps left some people confused as to where exactly they can enjoy a UK holiday, but worry not, your good friends here at icelolly.com are on hand to clear things up if a short break away this month is what you’re looking for.

All information in this article is correct at the time of publishing.

What does the tier system mean for people living in England?

The government recently announced a three tiered system for people living in England, with those in tier 1able to benefit from the lowest level of restrictions going through to those in tier 3 who have the strictest guidelines imposed upon them.

Most areas of southern England are in tier 1 whilst some parts of the north are in tier two, and currently the Liverpool, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire areas are the only parts of the country to be placed in the tier 3 category.

What parts of the country are permitted to go on holiday in England?

You should first find out which tier your area falls into before booking a holiday in England, and you can find more information about what this means regarding holidaying within this country based on your section of the system below:

Tier 1

  • You can take a holiday anywhere in England that also falls into the tier 1 category
  • You are allowed to take a holiday with people from other households in England, though must socially distance and the number of guests cannot exceed six
  • You should avoid sharing a vehicle or bedroom with people outside of your household or support bubble

Tier 2

  • You can go on holiday in England outside of your local area, though are not permitted to share accommodation with people outside of your household or support bubble
  • You are also not permitted to socialise with other people in any indoor setting, other than those within your household or support bubble

Tier 3

  • Currently the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire are the only parts of England impacted by the tier 3 regulations
  • You may stay in hotels and other guest accommodation, providing it is only with people in your household or support bubble

Where can I go on holiday in England?

So perhaps you fall into the tier 1 category and want to book a holiday in England with another family, or maybe your particular area is in the tier 2 section and you just want to enjoy a break away with your own household.


The big question now is “where should I go?”, but don’t worry, our team are on hand to help! We’ve picked out a number of English holiday spots we think you’ll love, so take a look and get that October half term break all sorted.

All availability and prices correct at the time of publishing

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