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Family Holidays to Spain

Mariscal Iv-v

Mariscal Iv-v

Benidorm

Self Catering

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£170 pp
Marconi Benidorm

Marconi Benidorm

Benidorm City Center

Bed & Breakfast

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£282 pp
Magic Tropical Splash

Magic Tropical Splash

Benidorm Poniente

Bed & Breakfast

Sun, 16 May 2021 for 7 Nights

From Newquay

From
£474 pp

Family Holidays to Portugal

Studio 17 Atlantichotels

Studio 17 Atlantichotels

Portimao

Self Catering

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 for 4 Nights

From London Stansted

From
£76 pp
Porto Dona Maria

Porto Dona Maria

Lagos

Self Catering

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 for 4 Nights

From London Stansted

From
£92 pp
Villas Barrocal Resort

Villas Barrocal Resort

Pera

Self Catering

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 for 4 Nights

From London Stansted

From
£137 pp

Family Holiday Deals to Turkey

Oglakcioglu Park Boutique Hotel

Oglakcioglu Park Boutique Hotel

Izmir

Bed & Breakfast

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£274 pp
Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Izmir

Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Izmir

Izmir City

Room Only

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£313 pp
Babaylon Hotel

Babaylon Hotel

Cesme

All Inclusive

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£327 pp

Family Holidays to Greece

Lemon Lane

Lemon Lane

Kavos

Self Catering

Tue, 17 Aug 2021 for 14 Nights

From Manchester

From
£628 pp
Cavo D'Oro Complex

Cavo D'Oro Complex

Corfu

Self Catering

Tue, 17 Aug 2021 for 14 Nights

From Manchester

From
£735 pp
Beach Star Beach

Beach Star Beach

Sidari

Self Catering

Tue, 17 Aug 2021 for 14 Nights

From Manchester

From
£759 pp

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  • How a hotel hero saved my family holiday

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    From open-air clubbing in north London to riding the dunes in the ‘South Wales Sahara’, here’s our pick of attractions and eventsLast week’s selection – all still going onTottenham was, pre-lockdown, one of London’s up-and-coming nightlife hubs, led by warehouse-with-a-conscience nightclub the Cause. The club remains closed, but its team has transformed several industrial spaces next door into Costa del Tottenham, an open-air venue with a festival spirit. It’s a large all-weather space, open daytimes and evenings, with DJs, street food and lots of outdoor seating. The Southside area has palm trees, murals and big beats on the Terrace; a few steps down the road, Northside has trestle tables inside and a tropical disco-style stage hosting quiz nights and craft beer bottomless brunches. Group tickets must be booked in advance (£10pp), and inside it’s table service via an app. A rota of street food traders ranges from Neapolitan pizza and spicy Indian kati rolls to vegan “tofish” tacos and fried jerk cauliflower in ginger beer batter with slaw.• costadeltottenham.co.uk Continue reading...

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