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Affordable day trips and short breaks via ferry for half term and autumn

Hop on a ferry for a fun and affordable day out or mini break this half term and beyond. With over 80 routes to choose from, Discover Ferries’ 12 members offer a wide variety of options, no matter where you’re looking to go.  To find out more about all the destinations that Discover Ferries’ 12 members serve, visit www.discoverferries.com




Enjoy a mini cruise with a mini price when you travel with P&O Ferries between now and 29 December 2018.  Head to beautiful Bruges from just £40 per person, based on two people sharing, on a mini cruise from Hull. Two nights’ accommodation in an ensuite cabin, return coach transfers to Bruges and two nights’ of live entertainment are all included. Known as the chocolate capital of Europe, Bruges’ picturesque cobbled streets and waterways provide an ideal backdrop for a perfect break.

P&O also offers mini cruises to Ghent, Ostend, and Ypres in Belgium, plus Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam in Holland. To find out more, visit www.poferries.com/en/hullzeebrugge/minicruise/minicruises-miniprices


Hop across the Channel with Brittany Ferries this half term for a four-night self-catering break in Normandy. Set in the heart of a beautiful forest, the elegant B’O Resort is located near the thermal sop resort town of Bagnoles de l’Orne, which is filled with Belle Epoque buildings. A family of four can stay for four nights from just £109 per person, including return ferry crossings with a car, and make the most of the resort’s excellent facilities such as its indoor thalassotherapy pool and kids’ pool with waterslides. To find out more, visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/offers/self-catering-holidays/half-term-apartment-break

Alternatively, choose from a range of picturesque cottages in a variety of superb French locations, from now until the end of the year. Whether you fancy a rural retreat, a coastal getaway or a village visit, Brittany Ferries is offering up to 25% off on selected cottage holidays, which you can secure with a deposit of just £40 per person. To find out more, visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/offers/self-catering-holidays/save-25-cottages-france

Travel from Dover to Calais with P&O Ferries, for as little as £80 return for a car and up to nine passengers. Enjoy a three or five day break exploring the port city of Calais and its surroundings, or travel further afield to see more of France. Whichever option you choose, you are bound to  have fun with unbeatable French cuisine, French wine and quick, stress-free travel. To find out more, visit  www.poferries.com/en/dover-calais/offers


Head to Jersey from Portsmouth or Poole this autumn with Condor Ferries from just £43 per person each way, based on two adults and two children travelling with a car. The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey has so much to see and do, from beautiful beaches and its excellent zoo to its fascinating war tunnels. To find out more, visit www.condorferries.co.uk/offers/to-jersey/uk-to-jersey-breaks-for-families/


Enjoy a half term hop to Ireland with Irish Ferries from just £189 for a car and four people – that’s just £47.25 per person. This special 24-hour fare gives families time for an overnight stay and sightseeing in Dublin before returning to the UK the next day (accommodation is not included). It’s a great-value treat for families living within easy reach of Holyhead, which includes Manchester, The Wirral, Chester, and North Wales. To find out more, visit www.irishferries.com/uk-en/special-offer-pages/next-day-return-sterling/

Alternatively, enjoy a five or seven night break in an idyllic cottage from £409 per family, including ferry crossings – plus stay an extra week for free! To find out more, visit www.irishferries.com/uk-en/holidays/ireland-holidays/Escape-to-an-Irish-Cottage/

Looking for a fun day trip? With its rich history, excellent museums and buzzing food and drink scene, it’s hard to beat Belfast – and you can head there with Stena Line from Cairnryan from as little as £5.00 return.  To  find out more, visit www.stenaline.co.uk/ferries-to-ireland/day-trips/cairnryan-belfast-5-daytrip-by-foot

Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly may feel like the Caribbean, but they’re close enough to visit for the day from Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group offers day trip fares for two adults and up to three children for £69.50. Arriving on Scilly around midday, you can enjoy an afternoon of exploring the islands before returning to Penzance. To find out more, visit www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/scillonian-day-trip-offer/

Isle of Man

Getaway with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company by booking a three- day midweek break for a car and two passengers from just £71.50 each way. If you fancy exploring the island for a little longer then you can book a five-day short break for a car and two passengers from £95.50 each way. Bring all the family with additional passenger rates starting each way from £19.75 for adults, £10.75 for children and infants under four years old can travel for free. To find out more, visit www.steampacket.com/offers/cars

Isle of Wight

Light up your child’s half term by taking them to Robin Hill’s electric woods on the Isle of Wight this October. The Festival of Light, inspired by the Hindu festival, Diwali, promises a stunning spectacle of light, colour and sound, where every visitor is guaranteed to be wowed by the themed activities on offer.

With Red Funnel Holidays, a family of four can enjoy a comfortable stay at Wight Bay Hotel in Sandown, return vehicle crossings with Red Funnel and entry to electric woods at Robin Hill Adventure Park from £463*. Families can also save up to 25% off attraction and event tickets, as well as up to 25% off ferry travel when booking as a package with accommodation. To find out more, visit www.redfunnel.co.uk

*based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing one vehicle and sharing a family room staying 23-26 October 2018.

Whether travelling to The Festival of Light or one of the island’s many other great family attractions, kids aged 5 to 15 go free with every adult foot passenger day return ticket when travelling with Wightlink this half term. To find out more, visit www.wightlink.co.uk/go/discounts/kids-go-free-this-october-half-term/


For the perfect family day out in London this half term, combine three unique experiences with a joint ticket for MBNA Thames Clippers, London Transport Museum and  Emirates Air Line. Enjoy fantastic views as you fly over and sail along the Thames and discover lively exhibitions at the London Transport Museum, situated in the heart of Covent Garden, where your little ones can relive their exciting travel experience all over again in the All Aboard play zone, skippering the Thames Nipper or serving passengers in the Nipper café. Adult return fare packages are just £34.20 and under 5s travel for free. To find out more, visit www.thamesclippers.com/whats-on-discounts/london-transport-museum-emirates-air-line-river-joint-ticket-packages

The Netherlands

Not only can you save up to 10% on travel to the Netherlands with Stena Line this half term, but kids and pets can go for free! Stena Line is also offering customers 10% off pre-booked on board meals and cabins on overnight crossings. Arriving at the Hook of Holland, you are just 30 minutes’ from the dynamic city of Rotterdam and The Hague, and just over an away from the capital city of Amsterdam. These Go Autumn offers are only valid on new bookings made from now until 14 October 2018. To find out more, visit www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland/offers/goautumn-sale18

DFDS is offering 2 for 1 on mini-cruises from Newcastle to Amsterdam, just in time for autumn half term. The famous capital is home to stunning canals, fascinating museums, vintage shops and outdoor markets, so is a great place to explore as a family. The range of deals on offer include a two-night mini-cruise in an ensuite cabin with coach transfer from £45 per person and a 2 for 1 cruise and stay break from £47 per person. To find out more, visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/about-us/press-centre/2-for-1-trips-to-amsterdam-this-autumn

West Coast of Scotland

From ancient castles to wonderful wildlife, the West Coast of Scotland has something for everyone. In order to help day trippers make the most of their time, CalMac Ferries offers a series of exciting Day Adventures in conjunction with its partners across the Hebrides. Prices start from just £7.20 per adult and £3.60 per child. To find out more, visit www.calmac.co.uk/things-to-do/day-adventures