Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
7:00 AM 5th September 2021

Beating The October Half-Term Boredom

With October half-term on the not-so-distant horizon, many parents will once again be scratching their heads for some child-friendly travel and “explore-cation” inspiration.

Many families ventured to Europe this summer, children in tow, and now want to make the most of the staycation hotspots within the UK after being deprived of travel and adventure for so long.

Others have yet to jet off from the British Isles and long to explore those green list, hassle-free and sun-soaked countries on the continent.

ToursByLocals, the world’s leading marketplace for private and customisable tours, is at hand. With over 4,500 guides operating in 193 countries, families won’t be stuck for creativity this autumn.

The following handpicked tours are not only family-friendly but can be customised for each individual group, ensuring that every member of the clan with be catered for, no matter what age.

Capital gains – London’s history, culture, and thrills
On this unique and bespoke tour, parents and children alike can choose from a range of activities as they embark on a fun-filled day around London. Families can mix things up with a blend of culture and adrenaline. Why not ascend to the top of The Shard for a panoramic view of the city before heading to the UK's tallest sculpture tower and ride the world's longest, fastest and tallest tunnel slide.

ToursByLocals offers the eight-hour Kids, City and Culture - Customised London Tour for £395 per group, for up to six people. The tour includes guiding services. Extra costs include food and personal expenses.

Head to the Scottish Highlands and feed Reindeer
Join local guide Peter on a delightful full-day adventure tour of the Scottish Highlands, where families will create lifelong memories in the beautiful rolling hills. From paddling in the glorious lochs to hitting the daring heights of the ski area for panoramic views, this tour is an exciting mix of the Scottish outdoors.

ToursByLocals offers the nine-hour Scenic Speyside Adventure for £590 per group, for up to three people.

The tour includes guiding services, private transportation. Extra costs include food and personal expenses.

Ride the waves on the Portuguese island of Madeira
Surfs up! Join local guide and surfing instructor Roberto on this exhilarating half-day excursion on the island of Madeira. Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ the island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, with glorious volcanic sand and tropical backdrops.

Suitable for children aged six and above, Roberto will lead groups to some of his favourite locations and share stories about growing up on the island. The tour is accessible to visitors of all skill levels and is an excellent welcome for beginners.

ToursByLocals offers the five-hour Madeira Surf Experience Half Day Tour for £301 for four people. The tour includes guiding services, surfing equipment and private transportation. Extra costs include lunch and personal expenses.

Take a cruise on a speedboat to stunning secret islands
Join your skipper Milos on this exhilarating speed boat tour of the hidden island of Split. The coastal city in Croatia is one of Europe’s most loved destinations attracting thousands of Brits each year to its luscious beaches.

However, on this unique experience, expert guide Milos will take groups to the more secret parts of the islands – that only the locals know about.

ToursByLocals offers the eight-hour Private Speedboat Hidden Islands Tour for £672 per tour, for up to four people. The tour includes guiding services and private transportation in a Speedboat Baracuda 545. Extra costs include food and personal expenses.

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