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Family Holidays to Spain

Castillo Beach Park

Castillo Beach Park

Caleta de Fuste

Room Only

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£145 pp
Catalina Park Apartments

Catalina Park Apartments

Las Palmas

Self Catering

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 for 7 Nights

From Bristol

From
£185 pp
Alta Galdana

Alta Galdana

Cala Galdana

Room Only

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 for 7 Nights

From East Midlands

From
£197 pp

Family Holidays to Portugal

Navarras

Navarras

Porto

Bed & Breakfast

Sun, 30 Dec 2018 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£261 pp
Hotel Navarras

Hotel Navarras

Amarante

Bed & Breakfast

Sun, 30 Dec 2018 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£306 pp
Atismar

Atismar

Vilamoura

All Inclusive

Fri, 21 Dec 2018 for 7 Nights

From Leeds Bradford

From
£325 pp

Family Holiday Deals to Turkey

Kavala Studio

Kavala Studio

Bodrum

Self Catering

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£415 pp
Mavi Kumsal Hotel

Mavi Kumsal Hotel

Bardakci Koyu

HB

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£540 pp

Family Holidays to Greece

Litsa Studios .

Litsa Studios .

Malia

Self Catering

Fri, 10 May 2019 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£114 pp
Happy Days Studios Malia

Happy Days Studios Malia

Heraklion-Malia

Self Catering

Fri, 10 May 2019 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£120 pp
Quayside Village Hotel

Quayside Village Hotel

Kavos

Self Catering

Sun, 02 Jun 2019 for 7 Nights

From Bristol

From
£189 pp

Family Holidays to Egypt

Elysees Dream Beach Hotel

Elysees Dream Beach Hotel

Hurghada

All Inclusive

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£382 pp
LABRANDA Garden Makadi

LABRANDA Garden Makadi

Makadi

All Inclusive

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£408 pp
Tia Heights Makadi (ex Le Meridien Makadi)

Tia Heights Makadi (ex Le Meridien Makadi)

Makadi Bay

All Inclusive

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£425 pp

Recent Family Holiday Information and Recommendations

  • Our big exotic sleepover: a single-parent tour of Egypt

    As the Land of the Pharaohs edges its way back on to the tourist map, our writer and her daughter join other single-parent families on a new group tourWater buffalo call softly as the waters of the Nile lap at the boat. Kingfishers swoop in the dim light, silhouetted against a mosque on Aswan’s distant bank. Mia, 13, is in a huddle of kids on the upper deck of the wooden felucca, our home for the night. Thanks to some expert child-whispering by our Egyptian guide, Walid – and some instructions from YouTube – they are fashioning a kite from bits of wood, string and tarpaulin, while the adults chat over cool beers. Related: Sailing the Nile in style Related: Alive with artisans: Cairo’s al-Darb al-Ahmar district – a photo essay Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Bodmin Jail, Cornwall

    An imposing 18th-century prison brings to life an era of harsh punishments – fun for all the family, if your children like grisly tales and ghost stories A former jail on the edge of the town, built in 1779 by prisoners of war. Inside the gloomy and imposing granite building there are six floors of chilly cells, life-size models of inmates, and grim tales of crimes and punishment. Thanks to its grisly past, it claims to be one of the most haunted attractions in the UK, with a resident medium and a cast of ghosts. In short, it’s the perfect attraction if you want to scare your children with some real-life horror stories. The jail is in the midst of a £30m development that will add a 63-bedroom hotel within the two original prison wings, and a new £8.5m attraction and education centre. Related: A local’s guide to Falmouth, Cornwall: 10 top tips Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham

    This indoor twist on a Legoland theme park builds up the fun with its miniature city, rides and play area but crumbles when it comes to entertaining older kidsThe latest UK collaboration between global heavyweights Merlin Entertainments and the Lego Group recently opened in Birmingham city centre (in a former car park) at a cost of £7m. It’s an indoor (more compact) version of a Legoland theme park: imagine a giant playschool designed by a creative, six-year-old Lego fanatic. Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Gilbert White’s House and Gardens, Hampshire – review

    The home of the nature-obsessed clergyman is a treasure trove of flora, fauna and kids’ games. And there’s even a gallery devoted to heroic explorersThe home of an 18th-century naturalist may not seem the obvious choice for a day out but a £2.5m revamp – aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and finished this summer – really ups the ante for this house and beautiful garden in Selborne, Hampshire. The nature-mad clergyman poured his love of flora and fauna into what has become the fourth most-published book in the English language (and never out of print), the 1789 Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. Budding Gerald Durrells will love the stuffed animals and delicate skeletons of bats and more, plus interactive wildlife-spotting games. Continue reading...

  • It’s a jungle out there: Costa Rica with kids

    Full of exotic animals and rainforests but also child-friendly, Costa Rica is the perfect natural playground for a family adventureIt’s dark in the rainforest, the air thick with strange croaks and chirps, and our group moves slowly, following José’s torchlight. As he gestures for us to stop, we gather around in silence, the adults as keen as the children to see what he’s spotted. There on a leaf, with its bulging orange eyes, neat green body and comically big tangerine feet, sits a Costa Rican tree frog. Cue delighted squeals all round.“It’s so cute!” whispers my niece, Georgia, and I nod, partly relieved it’s not a boa constrictor or tarantula. Continue reading...

  • A family ski trip: Le Buet, the French Alps

    A fun, communal ski week for families is perfect for both beginners and more experienced skiers – and offers the chance to learn a few unexpected skills, too‘And this is your circus instructor...” Those words, both intriguing and slightly alarming, are not what you expect to hear at the start of a week’s skiing. But this wasn’t a typical ski trip. For a start there were 80 of us, complete strangers at the beginning, sharing a youth hostel. Then there was the unusual location – a hamlet at the far end of the Chamonix valley – the yoga, and the group hand-holding, both literal and metaphorical. Continue reading...

  • 20 of the best indoor family activities for half-term

    From the UK’s longest indoor ski slope to the Roald Dahl Museum, Rachel Dixon picks fun days out from her new book for childrenMore days out: 20 outdoor activities This fun-packed museum has six zones – covering topics such as the human body, nature and technology – with 400 interactive exhibits. The current temporary exhibition is devoted to digital art, and children can create their own animated creature. Over half-term, kids can enrol in Ghoul School, where terrifying teachers include Dr Frankenstein, a witch and a werewolf. Lessons cover potion-making and survival skills, and dressing up gets bonus marks. For adults, Halifax’s recently renovated, 18th-century Piece Hall is next door to the museum. • £12.95 (with re-entry for a year), closed Mondays except during holidays, eureka.org.uk Continue reading...

  • 20 of the best outdoor family days out for half-term

    From underground labyrinths to gazing at the stars, these autumnal activities are a great way to get the kids out and aboutMore days out: 20 indoor activitiesCombine adrenaline thrills with autumn colour as you bounce, swing and zipline through the treetops at Zip World Fforest, which offers six “adventures” in woodland in the Conwy valley. The Treetop Nets, Europe’s longest net walkway, and the Fforest Coaster are gentlest. Older children may prefer Plummet 2, which opens on 19 October, where they will be dropped 30 metres through a trapdoor, for a near free-fall experience, courtesy of two powerfans. And if that isn’t scary enough, a Ffear Fforest Night Pass (20 Oct–4 Nov) gives evening entry to the park and access to the tree nets and Fforest Coaster, with lots of Halloween frights and extras. • Adventures from £10; Plummet 2 £15pp, or £20 for two; Ffear Fforest Night Pass £25 in advance; zipworld.co.uk Continue reading...

  • Family-friendly pubs and cafes in the UK: readers’ travel tips

    Kids’ menus with plenty of choice, helpful staff and, in some cases, play areas, make these reader favourites perfect for family meals outHolidaying in Dorset two years ago, we hopped across the county line to the River Cottage Kitchen and Deli in Axminster. The bright, airy dining room amply accommodated the racket and mess that accompanied our family of four and we enjoyed a decent meal. What stood out was how accommodating they were of our daughter’s severe allergies – to dairy, eggs and peanuts. Despite these restrictions, she was served a full three-courses without the compromises to which we have become accustomed. A dairy- and egg-free chocolate brownie was a treat rarely found outside our own kitchen. Viran Related: 10 of the best seaside cafes and restaurants in the UK: readers’ tips Continue reading...

  • Will the new Sherlock Holmes escape room be the best in Britain?

    ‘The most anticipated game in the history of escape rooms’ is nearly here. We get immersed in Sherlock Holmes and round up the best of the rest in the UKIt’s a phenomenon that started in Japan and has spread rapidly around the world: the escape room, a physical game where participants solve puzzles and riddles against the clock to break out of virtual prisons, dungeons and other “locations”. The number of rooms across the UK has soared to around 1,200 this year, a growth of 40% since 2017, according to Ken Ferguson of Exit Games, and continues to grow. In 2013 there were just seven. Continue reading...

  • Islas Cíes, Galicia: Spain’s treasured islands

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  • Restorative powers: a stay at historic Llwyn Celyn

    As the Landmark Trust opens this 600-year old house in Wales’s Black Mountains, Owen Sheers finds its period details offer a richly atmospheric stay We arrive in a storm. It is late, the night alive with wind and slanting rain. For the last few miles the narrow lanes, lit by the car’s headlights, have been strewn with a winter confetti of leaves, twigs and branches. In contrast to all this wild movement and scattering through which we’ve been driving, our destination, Llwyn Celyn (meaning holly bush) at the mouth of the Llanthony Valley near Abergavenny, appears as a mass of stillness and solidity, looming dark above us. With no exterior lights and the rain dashing the windscreen, it’s hard to make out much more so, with two sleeping children in the car, I head into the house to find their bedrooms. Related: A country diarist walks the Vale of Llangollen Related: Weekend warriors: adventure beckons in the Brecon Beacons Continue reading...

  • Travellers' tales: four very different backpacking trips

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  • St Albans Museum & Gallery: ‘A reason for locals to feel proud’ – review

    It’s a bit of an oddball but this free museum brings the city’s Roman and recent past to life in ways kids can enjoy rather than endureIn the middle of St Albans, one of the UK’s smallest cities, is this unintentionally eccentric new museum, part funded by the local community who helped bring it to life. The building was designed as a grand courthouse and its Georgian splendour has been restored to house a curious range of galleries that chart the most famous and the lesser-known parts of the area’s history (from its origins as Roman Verulamium to its role in the printing industry), alongside modern art and exhibits. Friendly and plentiful staff help bring the building’s past to life, showing visitors round the old cells or whipping up mock trials in the courtroom, which doubles as a cafe. Continue reading...

  • It's not over yet: 20 great late-summer escapes in the UK

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  • Weald & Downland Living Museum, West Sussex: ‘Helps children imagine rural life centuries ago' – review

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  • Under the volcano: a tour of Etna and north-east Sicily

    The famous mountain dominates the region but its small towns, food and festivals are just as captivating for a family tripThe little girl, dressed in a yellow satin robe, stepped on to a crane and waved at the crowd below as she was hoisted on high. The crane stopped 20 metres above the ground and the child was helped on to a metal seat on the side of a towering float topped with a crown and a cross. There she perched, a human decoration shining in the August heat, held in place just by a bar around her waist. The crane slowly descended to pick up another child. Related: East Sicily: what to see plus the best bars, beaches, restaurants and hotels Continue reading...

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  • Wild west Wales: beaches, birds and a brew

    The coastline of Pembrokeshire’s Marloes peninsula is glorious and uncrowded, the wildlife on nearby Skomer island is superb, and a new cafe on the way to both is the icing on the cake At Musselwick beach, the yellow sand, hemmed in by black slate cliffs, is an idyllic picnic spot, as we discovered after persuading our two scowling boys to walk the 20 minutes from Marloes village. They duly built acomplicated sand fort just in time for the tide to roll in and destroy it – the beach is only accessible for four hours a day, two either side of low tide.As we puffed back up the steps, we passed a dreadlocked fisherman in black neoprene, clutching a harpoon, with a serious-looking knife strapped to his thigh. He was in search of sea bass. Continue reading...

  • New Zeeland: happy returns to the Netherlands coast

    As a child, Caroline van Keeken hated family trips to this sleepy coast. But it’s now a popular holiday destination – and it turns out travelling with her livewire father is terrific funTwelve years ago, my father bought a holiday home in Zeeland, a coastal province in the southwestern Netherlands. Since then he only ever spends time at home – in Amsterdam – when his plants need watering.According to the latest figures, over half of all tourists visiting the coast of Zeeland are Dutch. As a child, I spent many a holiday here. However, during these brief escapes to Zeeland I always longed to escape back to Amsterdam. I did not know what to do with myself amid the endless, deathly quiet fields of maize, and the locals my age whose dialect I could not understand. Besides, I had secret but no less serious plans to launch an international career as the Dutch Britney Spears, so these seaside holidays did not suit me. Related: Explore it with a local: Leeuwarden, the Netherlands’ capital of culture Related: Top 10 affordable hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Amsterdam Continue reading...

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