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Holiday Inn Alicante  Playa San Juan

Holiday Inn Alicante Playa San Juan

Alicante

Room Only

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 for 3 Nights

From Newquay Cornwall

From
£128 pp
Hostal Savoy

Hostal Savoy

Alcoy

Room Only

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 for 3 Nights

From Newquay Cornwall

From
£142 pp
Sun Palace Albir Hotel And Spa

Sun Palace Albir Hotel And Spa

Albir

Bed & Breakfast

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 for 3 Nights

From Newquay Cornwall

From
£182 pp

Family Holidays to Portugal

Bayside Salgados

Bayside Salgados

Albufeira

Room Only

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 for 7 Nights

From Newquay Cornwall

From
£159 pp
Clube Alvorferias

Clube Alvorferias

ALVOR

Self Catering

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 for 7 Nights

From Newquay Cornwall

From
£166 pp
Hotel D'Alcoutim (Ex Guadiana River)

Hotel D'Alcoutim (Ex Guadiana River)

Alcoutim

Room Only

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 for 3 Nights

From Newquay Cornwall

From
£166 pp

Family Holiday Deals to Turkey

Greenmar Apart

Greenmar Apart

ICMELER - MARMARIS

Self Catering

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 for 7 Nights

From Glasgow

From
£430 pp
Blue Lagoon Hotel Marmaris

Blue Lagoon Hotel Marmaris

MARMARIS / MUGLA

All Inclusive

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 for 7 Nights

From Glasgow

From
£461 pp
Club Munamar Resort

Club Munamar Resort

ICMELER/MUGLA

All Inclusive

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 for 7 Nights

From Glasgow

From
£496 pp

Family Holidays to Greece

Imperial Studios

Imperial Studios

Ammoudara (Heraklion)

Room Only

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£278 pp
Classic Studios

Classic Studios

CHERSONISOS ANISSARAS

Self Catering

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£294 pp
Classic Apts

Classic Apts

Anissaras

Self Catering

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£295 pp

Family Holidays to Mexico

Hotel Jardin

Hotel Jardin

Cancun

Room Only

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 for 15 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£834 pp
Hotel Xbalamque Resort & Spa

Hotel Xbalamque Resort & Spa

Cancun Beach/Tourist Zone

Room Only

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 for 15 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£880 pp
La Casona Real

La Casona Real

Cozumel

Room Only

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 for 15 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£925 pp

Family Holidays to Egypt

Sand Beach Hotel

Sand Beach Hotel

Hurghada Centre

Bed & Breakfast

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 for 5 Nights

From London

From
£496 pp
Roma Hotel

Roma Hotel

Hurghada

Bed & Breakfast

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 for 5 Nights

From London

From
£504 pp
Riviera Plaza Abu Soma

Riviera Plaza Abu Soma

Soma Bay

HB

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 for 5 Nights

From London

From
£512 pp

Recent Family Holiday Information and Recommendations

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  • French (almost) without tears: a summer school break in France

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  • Modern family: Greece with grown-up kids

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  • 12 of the UK's best driving pitstops – readers’ travel tips

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  • Take the kids to … National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

    From Del Boy’s three-wheeler and Harry Potter’s Flying Ford Anglia to crazy Top Gear contraptions, this museum in the New Forest has tankfuls of va-va-voomThe grand family home of the motoring-mad Montagu family in the New Forest and the site of one of the finest collections of cars, motorbikes and motoring memorabilia in the world. There are more than 250 vehicles on display, from early motor carriages and 1920s “gangster” cars to legendary land-speed record breakers and motoring marvels, such as a giant orange on wheels. There’s also a full-size caravan made from Lego and familiar TV show cars, too, such as Del Boy’s Reliant Regal from Only Fools and Horses. Continue reading...

  • 'I've got my summer sorted': the holiday plans of authors, comedians, chefs and DJs

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  • Take the kids to … Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes

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  • Take the kids to … Kynren, County Durham

    A cast of 1,500 reenacts 2,000 years of history in just 90 minutes in a show of Olympic-opening-ceremony proportions dubbed ‘an epic tale of England’An outdoor live show that zips through 2,000 years of English history, with appearances from the Venerable Bede, Boudica, William the Conqueror, Cardinal Wolsey, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Kevin Whately (his voice, that is), not to mention a lifesize Norman longship, a revolving house and a replica moving steam train. Starting at dusk and ending in darkness, it’s told from the point of view of a time-travelling local lad, which draws in young audiences immediately. Continue reading...

  • The new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers

    Kids will love the floor-to-ceiling, Postman Pat and Octonauts-themed fantasy on offer – and there’s a bar in the back for adults if their enthusiasm needs a boost‘Designed through the eyes of a five-year-old” is how Alton Towers bills its latest theme hotel. If my nearly-four-year-old were in charge, there’d be a mermaid-filled swimming pool, ice-cream fountains, and the casts of Moana, The Jungle Book and Octonauts incarnated to be her best friends and French-plait her hair.The CBeebies Land Hotel, created in partnership with the BBC TV toddler channel, gets close – it has Octonauts bedrooms for a start. Postman Pat, In the Night Garden, Swashbuckle and Something Special ones too. These 34 themed rooms and suites, alas, cost £75 a night more than the 42 standard rooms, decorated with those yellow blob CBeebies ident characters that no child ever gave a dirty nappy about. I imagine those prepared to indulge their little darlings enough to bring them here – and let’s face it, this is up there with a Disney trip as spoiling goes – will feel obliged to fork out on their favourite show’s suite, too. Continue reading...

  • Southend-on-Sea: the arty way is Essex

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  • Flying across London – on the new South Bank zip wire ride

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  • Forget the kids’ club – here is the best kind of family holiday

    All children really want from a holiday is attention from their parents – even if they’re teenagers. So ditch the tech and engage them in chats, banter and eye contactThis summer’s trip is, without question, going to be the world’s worst holiday. That is the current view from two thirds of my family, namely our four children (who are all fully blown teenagers, or just about to be). The trip in question? Ten days walking in the French Alps. Without much in the way of screen, console or shopping time, but – as I take pleasure in reminding them – with lots in the way of hearty exercise and family time. Which is how I like it. Especially with Scrabble as an optional extra.“Bare boring,” is the summary from our 17-year-old son, who is loudly and openly plotting to escape (apparently via Uber) to Geneva airport, to catch a plane that will bring him back to Heathrow in time for the Reading festival. Good luck with that one. His bank account shows he has £67 to his name.What children and young people really do not want on family holidays is an extension of their normal life Related: Take the kids to … Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Devon I gained a huge insight into the way my youngest child operates, what he is interested in, what makes him laugh Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Devon

    A spooky classic ghost train, a coconut shy and wobbly mirrors all add up to good old-fashioned fairground fun at this charming attraction near DartmoorThis quirky museum-attraction is filled with working vintage fairground rides, fairground art, try-your-luck stalls and a penny arcade. Board the 1940s ghost train, ride the speedy Edwards’ Golden Gallopers carousel (much faster than modern versions and with original carved wooden horses), spin until you’re queasy in a teacup or bump to your heart’s content on the 80-year-old Super Dodgems. Continue reading...

  • 10 of the best narrow-gauge railway journeys in Britain

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  • Hut stuff: Bournemouth’s new beach lodges

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  • Sicily's best beaches: chosen by readers

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  • Saltdean Lido reopens in Brighton

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