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Family Holidays to Spain

Andalucia Hotel

Andalucia Hotel

Benidorm

Room Only

Sat, 04 Sep 2021 for 7 Nights

From Copenhagen

From
£214 pp
Primavera Loix

Primavera Loix

Benidorm Levante

Self Catering

Sat, 04 Sep 2021 for 7 Nights

From Copenhagen

From
£373 pp
Marconi Benidorm

Marconi Benidorm

Benidorm City Center

Bed & Breakfast

Sat, 04 Sep 2021 for 7 Nights

From Copenhagen

From
£451 pp

Family Holidays to Portugal

Residencial Monumental

Residencial Monumental

Funchal

Room Only

Thu, 01 Jul 2021 for 5 Nights

From London

From
£315 pp
PortoBay Serra Golf

PortoBay Serra Golf

Santo Da Serra

Bed & Breakfast

Thu, 01 Jul 2021 for 5 Nights

From London

From
£467 pp
Jupiter Algarve Hotel

Jupiter Algarve Hotel

Praia Da Rocha

Bed & Breakfast

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 for 7 Nights

From East Midlands

From
£1,575 pp

Family Holiday Deals to Turkey

Club Tuana Fethiye

Club Tuana Fethiye

Fethiye

All Inclusive

Wed, 01 Jun 2022 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£555 pp

Family Holidays to Greece

Katia Beach

Katia Beach

Kassiopi

Self Catering

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 for 7 Nights

From Dublin

From
£300 pp
Annaliza Aparthotel

Annaliza Aparthotel

Ypsos

Self Catering

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 for 7 Nights

From Dublin

From
£419 pp
Paleo Art Nouveau

Paleo Art Nouveau

Paleokastritsa

Bed & Breakfast

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 for 7 Nights

From Dublin

From
£557 pp

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    Holidays, especially abroad, are off the cards for many this summer. So it’s good to remember they aren’t always the idyllic break we dream of. Here are our readers worst experiencesWe went on holiday for Christmas to a friend’s parents house in Marlo – a village in Victoria, Australia. We got there on Christmas Eve to find the only shop was pretty bare – so Christmas lunch was a frozen turkey roll, Fanta, chips and some frozen peas. I made a Christmas tree out of a stick and some toilet rolls, determined to be cheerful. On Christmas morning, I woke up and went outside. It was nice and hot – yay, beach day! Then I stepped on a very large brown snake on the doorstep and screamed. I found another snake in the lounge room, one in the toilet, and others all around the house. It was my idea of hell. I had no idea whether they were poisonous but it didn’t matter. I was terrified. Lesley Podesta, retired, Australia Continue reading...

  • 10 of the UK’s best beach cafes and bars, chosen by readers

    Seaside fish and chips is a great institution, but our tipsters also recommend coastal hotspots for crab sandwiches, ice-cream and wakame sesame saladThe coastal path between Eyemouth and Saint Abbs is littered with tales of smugglers and shipwrecks. Names like Cauldron Cove and Horsecastle Bay hint at dark deeds and dangerous tides. In Saint Abbs the Ebbcarrs Cafe serves hearty portions of the daily catch – langoustines, lobster, dressed crab and steaming bowls of Cullen skink – to weary walkers. Fishing is a family business. The boats in the harbour that supply the cafe are owned by a generation whose ancestors perished in the 1881 fishing disaster, when 189 men – fathers and sons – lost their lives in a freak storm. In fact, the food was so good that we stopped in again on the way back.Christopher Watson Guardian Travel readers' tips Related: 10 of the UK's best seaside cafes and beach shacks Continue reading...

  • 10 easy walks in Britain for families with younger children

    Shorter distances, a dash of history, plus plenty of wildlife and nature make for fun family-friendly adventures Distance 2.5 milesStart/finish Cothelstone Hill car park, Broomfield, TauntonHow to get there By car, 6 miles west of M5 junction 24 Continue reading...

  • UK campsites with half-term availability

    It’s not too late to book a last-minute campsite for half-term. Here’s our pick of sites with space leftWardley Hill is a family-owned, off-grid campsite in six acres of the Waveney Valley near Beccles, on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. Wildflowers and grass are left to grow to encourage bees and butterflies, interspersed with mown spots for camping (there is space for up to 15 tents and four campervans). Glamping options include tree tents, bell tents and huts, including one with hammocks for beds. The site has a woodland, a small stream and tree ponds, plus a recreation field for cricket and kite-flying. There are compost toilets, two hot open-topped showers, fire drums made from old washing machines and a book exchange. Beccles has a heated lido, which is also the starting point for the Big Dog Ferry, a three-mile boat trip along the River Waveney to the Locks Inn community pub. Norwich is a half-hour drive away.• From £17 a night for two adults, hostunusual.com Continue reading...

  • 10 challenging UK outdoor adventures for children and teenagers

    Activities like hiking, cycling, surfing and kayaking are ideal for enjoying nature as a family. Take your kids’ skills to the next level on one of these advanced trips this half term Challenging yourself on an outdoor adventure and overcoming fears, be they of heights, injury or humiliation, is an important rite of passage for older children and teenagers, and a great way to boost self-confidence and resilience. And with many school activity trips cancelled for the second year running, here are some ideas for parents looking to plug that gap off their own back. The kind of transformative experiences kids can only have when they get out into the elements and leave their bedrooms and comfort zones behind. Continue reading...

  • 10 of the UK’s best half-term day trips, chosen by readers

    From a Yorkshire pig sanctuary to shingle racing in Dungeness, tipsters pick their favourite family adventures for next weekTop of my family’s list for a half-term outing is Pigs in the Wood – a non-profit sanctuary for rescue pigs near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire set in 10 acres of woodland. We can see the pigs roaming freely and even cuddle them. The sanctuary is currently caring for 20 pigs with wonderful names such as William, Charlotte, Dougal, George, Fred, Plum and Hugo. There’s a minimum donation of £5pp to visit, which is used for their food, water, straw, shelter repairs and maintenance. We’re also going to sponsor a pig for £20 a year. Can’t wait!• 10.30-1.30pm Saturday and Sunday, booking essential, pigsinthewood.comMarc Neal Guardian Travel readers' tips Continue reading...

  • My kids can shoot up a climbing wall – but real rocks were a big challenge

    Climbing is more popular than ever. Ahead of half-term our writer takes her sons on their first outdoor course in East Sussex“I have no idea where to put my foot,” says my 10-year-old son, his voice a mix of fret and frustration. He is stuck halfway up a six-metre rock face, looking down at us for assistance.I’m standing at the bottom holding his rope with our guide, Chris McCellan from Hatt Adventures, and my eight-year-old, who is groaning loudly about the wait and pulsing with impatience for his turn. “I can’t tell you what to do,” says Chris kindly to the older one. “It’s like a puzzle, you have to try a few things out.”My son works it out eventually, beaming down from the top while he’s unclipping himself. Delayed gratification in action Continue reading...

  • 10 of Britain’s best family-friendly hotels – for you and the kids

    There are kids’ activities and food options galore at these hotels, where the emphasis is on fun, and relaxation, for allPassed down through four generations, the Trefeddian has a warm, relaxed feel and a great location between mountains and sea. There’s plenty to keep kids occupied, too, from tennis and golf to board games and an outdoor play area – with pony trekking, watersports, crabbing and candyfloss on offer nearby. Early children’s suppers offer the chance of a quiet adults-only meal, but there are also child-friendly options on the restaurant menu, ideal for whole-family dinners.• Family rooms from £110pp a night half-board (kids under 9 free), trefwales.com Continue reading...

  • 10 UK self-catering places to stay still available for the half-term holiday

    Demand has never been greater – or prices higher – but we’ve found 10 last-minute stays with adventure on the doorstepAlrewas is the kind of village where roses grow over whitewashed walls and candlelit pubs serve good old-fashioned pints. This half-timbered cottage, just steps from the canal, has a patio with wrought-iron chairs. There are 150 acres to explore in the National Memorial Aboretum, just a walk away, with a sensory play garden, Children’s Wood and Stick Man trail, not to mention poignant history. The arboretum launched a new free augmented reality app in March and an Outdoor Escape challenge opens on 29 May. Drayton Manor theme park and Tamworth Snowdome are both within 20 minutes’ drive and it is half an hour to Boscobel House, which has just reopened after a major upgrade. Besides a Victorian farm, an interactive trail and the oak tree where Charles II hid, there’s a new hide-and-seek themed playground.• Sleeps 4, £969 for 7 nights from 28 May, welcomecottages.com Related: 20 of the best UK hotels and inns for rest and relaxation Continue reading...

  • 25 of the best places to stay in Portugal

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  • 10 of the UK’s best places for fun on the water, chosen by readers

    From white-knuckle wakeboarding to a gentle punt ending in tea and scones, our tipsters pick great spots for water sportsI love paddleboarding on the River Wensum in Norwich. This stretch of the Norfolk Broads offers winding meadows, endless tranquillity and wildlife such as kingfishers, herons, swans and a family of non-native terrapin turtles. It’s an escape from reality only minutes from the city centre. We use Norwich Paddleboard Hire (£19.99 for half a day) every time the sun is shining: they have fantastic access to these waters and a pub on site for a beer or wine by the river when you finish. Adam Tiffany Guardian Travel readers' tips Related: 10 of Britain’s best waterside hotels This article was amended on 7 May 2021 to remove some personal information. Continue reading...

  • Top 10 railway walks in Britain, chosen by readers

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  • 10 of Britain’s best outdoor pools in the countryside

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  • ‘Respect the water’: RNLI lifeguard training in Cornwall

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  • 10 of Britain’s best arts festivals for summer 2021

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  • A floating cabin break on the Broads

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  • I spent lockdown on a Portuguese island

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  • 10 of the best new UK attractions to visit in 2021

    This year’s openings include a Latin American wetland aviary, the House of Frankenstein, and the UK’s largest eco parkLlys-y-Frân Lake in Pembrokeshire is being redeveloped into an activity centre. There will be about nine miles of cycle trails around the reservoir, a pump track to practise BMX and mountain-biking skills, and new watersports such as paddleboarding and pedalboarding (ie, a pedal-powered paddleboard with a handrail). Other activities include walking, fishing, archery and axe-throwing. Visitors can stay on the new 50-pitch campsite and eat at the refurbished cafe. The 142-hectare (350-acre) site is near the foot of the Preseli Hills, about 11 miles from Haverfordwest.• Free entry, opens later in spring, date tbc, llys-y-fran.co.uk Continue reading...

  • Play the field: 10 of the best glamping holidays in the UK

    Yurts, safari tents, shepherds’ huts and even a vintage school bus provide the perfect hideouts to glamp it up with nature on the doorstepNestling under the scots pines, two lorries have been converted into cosy cabins with a claw bath, toilet and kitchenette. They’re ideal for two, although small children can be squeezed into what was the lorry cab on a rollaway bed. Outside is a hot tub, picnic area and barbecue. Also available on the estate – an hour from Edinburgh – are three yurts, all with wraparound scenery of the Perthshire hills. • From £300 for two nights, alexanderhousescotland.com Continue reading...

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