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Family Holidays to Spain

H Top Planamar

H Top Planamar

Banjul

All Inclusive

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 for 4 Nights

From Liverpool

From
£171 pp
Condado Apartments

Condado Apartments

Belek

Room Only

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 for 5 Nights

From Birmingham

From
£176 pp
Diamar

Diamar

Arrecife

Room Only

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 for 2 Nights

From London

From
£210 pp

Family Holidays to Portugal

Jardim da Amadora Hotel

Jardim da Amadora Hotel

Lisbon

Bed & Breakfast

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 for 3 Nights

From London

From
£169 pp
Residencial Lar do Areeiro

Residencial Lar do Areeiro

Kallithea

Room Only

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 for 3 Nights

From London

From
£169 pp
Hans Brinker Hostel Lisbon

Hans Brinker Hostel Lisbon

Marques de Pombal/Parque Eduardo

Bed & Breakfast

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 for 3 Nights

From London

From
£178 pp

Family Holiday Deals to Turkey

Saray Hotel

Saray Hotel

Oludeniz

Bed & Breakfast

Sat, 02 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£342 pp
Happy Nur Hotel

Happy Nur Hotel

HISARONU/FETHIYE

Bed & Breakfast

Sat, 02 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£348 pp
Carmina Hotel

Carmina Hotel

Hisaronu

Bed & Breakfast

Sat, 02 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£353 pp

Family Holidays to Greece

Lefkimi Hotel

Lefkimi Hotel

Kavos

Bed & Breakfast

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Inverness

From
£164 pp
Yianetta hotel

Yianetta hotel

Corfu

Room Only

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Inverness

From
£182 pp
Sevastos Studios

Sevastos Studios

Faliraki

Room Only

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£336 pp

Family Holidays to Mexico

Hostel Amigo

Hostel Amigo

MEXICO DF

Room Only

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£979 pp
New York

New York

DISTRITO FEDERAL

Room Only

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£1,024 pp
Segovia Regency

Segovia Regency

MEXICO D.F.

Room Only

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 for 7 Nights

From London Gatwick

From
£1,040 pp

Family Holidays to Egypt

Panorama Bungalows Resort

Panorama Bungalows Resort

Hurghada

All Inclusive

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£420 pp
Amar Sina

Amar Sina

Sharm El Sheikh

Room Only

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£456 pp
Coral Hills Resort

Coral Hills Resort

Om El Seid Hill

Bed & Breakfast

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Manchester

From
£502 pp

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    Our tipsters tuck into everything from good strong tea and cake to scallops and langoustines – but all these coastal pitstops make the most of their gorgeous settingThe Rosemarkie Beach Cafe is run by community volunteers and set on the beachfront looking over the Moray Firth towards Fort George, not far from Inverness. It’s dog-friendly and serves good strong tea, homemade cakes, and the best sausage and black pudding sandwiches. It’s also a good place to browse secondhand books and CDs, and a social history exhibition, about local wildlife. We were there on a cold March day looking for dolphins and had given up. Set up by cake, strong tea and pig, we bumbled down the wonderfully clean beach and there they were: a school of bottlenose dolphins, just offshore. A good day out and a memorable drive home to the sounds of a triple CD collection of classic Motown bought at the cafe. • rosemarkiebeachcafe.infohowlinwilf Continue reading...

  • National Beekeeping Centre Wales, Conwy: ‘Connect kids with ecology – because the bees need us’ – review

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  • 10 of the best early summer breaks in France: readers' tips

    Our tipsters love a pre-season jaunt across the Channel – it’s the perfect time to visit Mediterranean villages and idyllic Atlantic resorts, or to go walking in the French AlpsCassis, around an hour’s drive from Marseille, is a tiny port town famous for its salty rosé (not to be confused with blackcurrant liqueur crème de cassis, from Burgundy) and herb-scented whites. We had the delight of a vineyard tour at Clos Saint Magdeleine, where the family greeted us like long-lost friends and took us on a journey through the vines, allowing us to sample their beautiful pale rosés made with grenache and cinsault grapes. The town has a great little beach under a towering cliff, Cap Canaille, one of France’s highest. Taking a boat or hiking three or four kilometres you can visit the many calanques (steep-sided limestone inlets) along the coast, which offer deserted bays for swimming. In May, just before the high season begins, accommodation should be that little bit easier to find.Alice Pedroza Continue reading...

  • Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall: ‘At every turn there is something unexpected to discover’ – review

    This National Trust property near Falmouth is a delight for younger visitors with a maze, sheltered beach, nature trails to explore and rope swingsOriginally home to a wealthy Quaker family (the Foxes), these subtropical gardens sweep down through three valleys to a sheltered beach on the River Helford. Nature trails run through wild flowers and tree ferns, a miniature art gallery is tucked into an upturned boat and a tiny thatched schoolroom is still complete with blackboard tablets. In May the bluebell displays are a highlight. At every turn there is something unexpected to discover. Continue reading...

  • Rolling back the years: a nostalgic railway cottage in Wales

    The Landmark Trust’s latest restoration offers the chance to journey by steam train to an isolated Snowdonia cottage with a curious history – and its own request stopThe driver is standing beside the locomotive, which sighs gently. Steam pothers from a brass pipe. “We’ll put you in the first carriage,” he tells us. “Then you can get down at Coed y Bleiddiau.”We head into a fine saloon car, its seats deeply cushioned and buttoned, everything polished and painted in smart livery. My mother (84) perks up. “Our first holidays were always by train.” Continue reading...

  • Just the ticket: Interrailing with the family

    Wandering Europe on an Interrail pass is a rite of passage for many younger people. But does the idea have the same appeal with partner and child in tow?When I told my friend I was going interrailing, she laughed. “Interrailing! So will you be listening to The Cure and trying to snog 18-year-old boys?”Unlikely – although I knew what she meant. Back in my twenties I, like everyone I knew, went interrailing. But I’d never considered it for a family holiday until a 52-year-old friend returned raving about it and I woke up to the notion that I didn’t have to spend a fortune on peak-season airfares. I looked at the Interrail sites (interrail.eu and myinterrail.co.uk) and discovered that the prices remain fixed year-round, and that under-12s travel free. That did it. I planned our trip and my partner Richard, our seven-year-old daughter Hani and I took off for two-and-a-half weeks over the Easter holidays. Continue reading...

  • City breaks with kids: Prague

    A family break to the Czech capital means interactive museums, parks full of activities and sweet treats for children – and an abundance of cheap beer for the parents • In this series: Paris | Barcelona | Amsterdam | Berlin | London | RomeMuseum fans are in luck, as Prague has more than 60 to choose from. Older kids will get a lot out of a visit to the Jewish Museum in Prague (adults £11.50, children £7.60, under 6s free, family ticket from £30), while younger kids will enjoy the city’s smaller, hands-on offerings. A trip to the Karel Zeman Museum (adults £8.60, under 15s £5.50, family £17), close to the Charles Bridge, is a good choice because it showcases the work of the pioneering Czech film director with plenty of interactive elements. Visitors can explore the strange science-fiction worlds inside the museum and then track down the equally surprising artworks on nearby Kampa Island, some by celebrated Czech artist David Černý. Continue reading...

  • 12 of the best beach towns in southern Europe

    Quiet islands, Venetian harbours, sumptuous seafood and golden sands … these seaside towns in France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Portugal are ingrained with the spirit of summer Continue reading...

  • ‘I’m Spartacus!’: gladiators galore at Nîmes’ Great Roman Games

    At one of Europe’s biggest re-enactment spectaculars, this year’s show is Spartacus-themed. So, take a seat in the mighty arena alongside 12,000 spectators (togas optional)The first gladiator is down, flailing his gladius towards the emperor before being pummelled by a giant hammer (thankfully, into a furrow of sand left by one of the racing chariots). Two “slaves” rush on and drag his body off towards the spoliarium. Suddenly, everyone is up out of their seats: the retiarius (net man) has dropped his trident and the mirmillones (fish men) are closing in.Nîmes’ Les Grands Jeux Romains (Great Roman Games) is one of the biggest re-enactment spectaculars in Europe. Sitting among 12,000 handkerchief-waving spectators in the city’s first-century Roman amphitheatre last year, I realised it makes for a mesmerising and charmingly-brutal event. Having already featured Hannibal (2015), Cleopatra (2016) and, last year, Boudicca, this year’s games, which take place from 28-30 April, is devoted to Spartacus.It’s also the first time female gladiators will fight at the games. 'I am Achillia and will be fighting Amazonia' Related: Marseille city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels Related: Montpellier in the spotlight: development mania in France's fastest-growing city Continue reading...

  • 20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

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  • Take the kids to … Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

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  • Family cycling trails in the UK: readers’ tips

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  • 20 great mini adventures in the UK

    It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and get into the great outdoors. From souped-up bike rides to white water rafting for beginners, there’s an adventure here for everyoneSuits Water babiesDifficulty ModerateKnown – with a large pinch of salt and bundles of imagination – as the UK’s Galapagos, this small island off the coast of Devon has an abundance of wildlife to discover. The cliffs are home to scores of birds from puffins to kittiwake, razorbills and guillemots, the grassland harbours the Lundy pony and sika deer and the sea grey seals. It’s these aquatic mammals that offer the most memorable encounters. Renowned for getting up close and personal with snorkellers, they often nuzzle their human visitors (despite rules stating people should keep a distance!). • Swim with Seals £69.50pp including ferry from Ilfracombe, bristolchannelcharters.co.uk Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Vauxhall City Farm, London

    This city farm has plenty of animal attractions worth ‘chicking’ out this Easter but it makes for a fun-filled visit year round – and it’s free, tooOne of London’s oldest city farms, Vauxhall has just celebrated its 40th anniversary with a new cafe and education centre, built with an injection of cash from property company St James. It makes the most of just under two acres with rabbits, ducks, chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas, kunekune pigs, horses, ferrets and guinea pigs. There’s also an impressive turkey called Trevor (all blue face and dripping red snood), donkeys Bert and Ernie and a healthy population of newts and stag beetles. It’s perfect for an Easter day out, with new born lambs gambolling and just-hatched chicks and ducklings to coo over. There’ll be an Easter trail to follow, and craft workshops, too. Continue reading...

  • The best family days out in the UK for spring 2018

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  • Take the kids to … People’s History Museum, Manchester

    A march through Britain’s political and social history may sound heavy-going but clever curation, family trails and interactive exhibits will delight visitors of any ageIn a beautiful russet-hued, steel-clad pumphouse on the banks of the river Irwell, in the regenerated Spinningfields district of the city centre, this free museum charts the history of working people from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. The main exhibition begins by examining the 1819 Peterloo Massacre (the site of which is just down the road). Visitors are led through colour-coded galleries, which celebrate radical thinkers, reformers and activists on the journey to universal suffrage. There is also a focus on ordinary people’s lives: the chance to play a board game in an early 20th-century kitchen, operate a till in a co-operative shop, as well as play a protest song on a 1950s jukebox. Explorer packs and regular children’s events add to the family-friendliness. Continue reading...

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  • Brian Cox’s top 10 science day trips

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  • Pagan ritual: riding Alton Towers' new Wicker Man rollercoaster

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