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Family Holidays to Spain

Alcudia Garden Aparthotel

Alcudia Garden Aparthotel

Alcudia

Room Only

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 for 4 Nights

From Bristol

From
£118 pp
Solivaret

Solivaret

Alaro

Bed & Breakfast

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 for 4 Nights

From Bristol

From
£251 pp
El Acantilado

El Acantilado

Bajamar

Self Catering

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 for 7 Nights

From London

From
£342 pp

Family Holidays to Portugal

Mar A Vista Albufeira

Mar A Vista Albufeira

Albufeira City Centre

Room Only

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 for 4 Nights

From Bournemouth

From
£98 pp
Torre Velha

Torre Velha

Albufeira Vicinity

Room Only

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 for 4 Nights

From Bournemouth

From
£99 pp
KR Hotels - Albufeira Lounge

KR Hotels - Albufeira Lounge

Areias de Sao Joao

Room Only

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 for 4 Nights

From Bournemouth

From
£148 pp

Family Holiday Deals to Turkey

Kaan Apartments

Kaan Apartments

Marmaris

Self Catering

Wed, 09 May 2018 for 14 Nights

From Manchester

From
£294 pp
Ozlem 1 Apart Icmeler

Ozlem 1 Apart Icmeler

Icmeler

Self Catering

Wed, 09 May 2018 for 14 Nights

From Manchester

From
£298 pp
Bilnur Apartments

Bilnur Apartments

Icmeler (Marmaris)

Self Catering

Wed, 09 May 2018 for 14 Nights

From Manchester

From
£311 pp

Family Holidays to Greece

Sunshine Crete Village

Sunshine Crete Village

Koutsounari

All Inclusive

Sat, 12 May 2018 for 3 Nights

From Leeds Bradford

From
£284 pp
Maria Lambis Apartments

Maria Lambis Apartments

Heraklion-Stalis

Self Catering

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 for 7 Nights

From Newcastle

From
£392 pp
Villa Elite

Villa Elite

Hersonissos-Koutouloufari

Self Catering

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 for 7 Nights

From Newcastle

From
£392 pp

Family Holidays to Egypt

Elysees Hotel

Elysees Hotel

Hurghada

All Inclusive

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Birmingham

From
£464 pp
LABRANDA Garden Makadi

LABRANDA Garden Makadi

Makadi

All Inclusive

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Birmingham

From
£469 pp
Hawaii Riviera Aqua Park Resort

Hawaii Riviera Aqua Park Resort

El Gouna

All Inclusive

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 for 7 Nights

From Birmingham

From
£500 pp

Recent Family Holiday Information and Recommendations

  • Top 10 last-minute half-term holiday deals

    Looking for a family break but no time to browse? Our pick of late deals in Europe and further afield will ease the way to a February escapeCyprus is one of the most popular winter sun destinations in Europe. In February it won’t be hot and the sea temperature will be a bracing 16C-17C but it’s a lot warmer than northern Europe and in many ways more pleasant without the summer crowds. Base yourself in Paphos and think of this as a sunny city break, rather than a week on the beach. The harbour city, in the west of the island, has a wealth of Greco-Roman and medieval sites including the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, a fortress, and an old town that was revamped for the city’s stint as joint European Capital of Culture in 2017. Stay at the beachfront Amphora Hotel and Suites, which has views of the harbour and a pool and is within walking distance of the castle and other sights.• £428pp for seven nights’ B&B including return flights departing Gatwick 11 February for 7 nights, book through onthebeach.co.uk Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … the Ragged School Museum, east London

    Once a school that provided a free education for destitute children, a row of 19th century warehouses is now a free museum giving visitors a chance to step back in time – and into the classroom – for a strict Victorian lessonIn 1877 Dr Thomas Barnardo opened the Copperfield Road Free School, the largest of three ragged schools (charitable institutions that offered the poorest children a free education) in a row of three warehouses on Regent’s Canal in Tower Hamlets. Now an underfunded, independent museum (opened in 1990), a small exhibition offers an insight into how tough life was in east London in the late 1800s, but the highlight is one of the original classrooms where visitors can attend a lesson led by an actor in Victorian costume. The museum is in the second phase of applying for a lottery grant, which will allow it to make vital repairs to the largest of the three warehouses, though the aim is to retain the authentic atmosphere of the building. Continue reading...

  • The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday review: sort of I'm a Child Get Me Out of Here

    It’s Cyprus ahoy for the kids from the Channel 4 show but it’s not all sunshine and water slides, for while there may be chocolate spread for brekkie, there’s also squid tasting to be done. Yuck, sort of!I’m watching The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday (Channel 4) with a five year old and a three year old. Then tomorrow we’re going on holiday. Perfect, maybe we’ll get some tips.Oh, they’ve got passports (still red, I’m already beginning to feel nostalgic about them). We won’t be needing those where we’re going. Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset

    Chocks Away! This huge, family-friendly museum is packed with jets and helicopters that children can climb into – and an exhibition on women aviatorsThe Fleet Air Arm is the part of the Royal Navy responsible for naval aircraft, and this museum, in four enormous hangars tells its story, from the first manned kites towed behind naval vessel at the beginning of the 20th century. The tale continues with helium-filled airships, seaplanes, bi-planes, jets, bombers and modern delta-wing craft. While it’s great for aviation enthusiasts, it’s family friendly, too. Kids can climb into a real Sea King helicopter, board Concorde 002 (the first British prototype to be flown), dress up as a pilot, and squeeze into the cockpit of a Vampire jet. Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Cornwall

    With miniature steam engines, a special Santa train, a lake and maze, this charming small attraction near Newquay is a great day out for families with younger childrenBoard a narrow-gauge (15in) vintage steam train and weave through leafy woodland to the site of historic East Wheal Rose mine. Once there, paddle a canoe or giant swan around the boating lake, explore gentle nature trails or the wooden fortress, play crazy golf and ride more tiny rare trains, such as the 7¼-inch woodland railway, with sit-astride benches. Continue reading...

  • The best Christmas days out 2017

    Our pick of great days out this December ranges from skating on London’s rooftops to Santa steam train rides, fairy-lit gardens and carols by candlelight Continue reading...

  • Wildest dreams: a family camping trip in Oman

    Wild camping in the Omani deserts with a seven-year-old sounds daunting but, with a tour guide in tow, it’s the best and most affordable way to enjoy the country’s staggering scenery Camped out in the wilds of Oman’s Al Jabal Al Akhdar mountain range, we were full of self-congratulation on finding the perfect spot. Yet while we were marvelling at the sunrise from atop a nearby peak, our campsite was being raided. Once we got back down we caught the culprits, a herd of mountain goats, red-handed: replete with the honey, halwa and fruit we had been saving for breakfast, they were reluctant to budge – even to the tune of us banging picnic plates. Related: Oman: 'You’ve never heard silence until you get to the Empty Quarter' Continue reading...

  • Creche course: a family skiing holiday in France

    With round-the-clock childcare on hand in the quiet, family-friendly village of Ardent, mum and dad get to snowboard some of the best slopes in the French Alps while the kids are entertained back at baseIt is the sort of perfect day skiers dream of. Several inches of fresh snow have fallen in the last few days, the sun has appeared at last, everything looks glorious. And yet, as our gondola rumbles out of the lift-station and swings up through the pine trees, a guilt-ridden expression of sorrow clouds my partner’s face. Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio, Leavesden, Herts

    This tour of the behind-the-scenes magic that went into transferring JK Rowling’s stories from page to screen will delight fans of the boy wizard, especially at Christmas, but watch out for expensive extrasA self-guided tour of the studio where the eight Harry Potter films were made. A vast hangar features all of the sets – starting with the Great Hall, currently decked out for Christmas with sparkling trees, tables laden with festive food and, for the first time, an ice-sculpture, icicles and a floating orchestra from the Yule Ball (until 28 January). After being ushered through the Great Hall, you are free to go at your own pace. The Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, with a cabinet of 800 hand-labelled vials of “memories”, Hagrid’s hut, the Potions classroom, lined with 500 bottles, the Weasley’s Burrow, Diagon Alley, the dark and misty Forbidden Forest (watch out for Aragog lurking in the shadows), and Hogwarts Express are all there. We ate our lunch in the “backlot” outdoor area in front of Privet Drive, Hogwarts Bridge and the triple-decker Knight Bus, before moving on to a section dedicated to art and design showing the many intricate creatures, artwork and architectural models specially created for the films. Continue reading...

  • Happy valley: a family gathering in the Yorkshire dales

    With families spread far and wide, it’s good to get the gang together. Ruaridh Nicoll sticks a pin in the map, and ends up eating, drinking and walking around MalhamBill Bryson once said of Malhamdale: “I won’t know for sure if it is the finest place there is until I have died and seen heaven (assuming they let me at least have a glance), but until that day comes, it will certainly do.” The much-loved travel writer was a local resident. He also talked of the “Malham wave”, where drivers would raise a finger in recognition when passing on the local roads.As my brother and I pulled in one Friday in September after a long drive from London, we got the wave, only it wasn’t a friendly greeting a van driver gave us, but rather the finger.My eldest brother, gazing down to the pub, complained that it was ‘pointless to walk without purpose’ Continue reading...

  • A little piste of Christmas in the Austrian Alps

    The high Alpine resort of Katschberg proves perfect for a family of mixed abilities, and December’s lantern-lit advent trail leaves everyone feeling festive I’m zig-zagging slowly down a beginners’ slope trying to avoid the three-year-olds zipping across my path and under the outstretched arms of a giant Mr Man. My two daughters, age 12 and 10, glide along behind me. As we pull to a stop I breathe a sigh of relief. I didn’t fall over that time.“High five,” says Nico, our instructor. My daughters slide into position beside me, nonchalantly touching gloves with him as they do so. I try to reach over to his hand without going bottoms up again. I miss. Related: To ski or not to ski? Are the Alps fun without hurtling downhill? Continue reading...

  • Chhattisgarh: the heart of rural India

    Kate Eshelby and family enjoy the pristine lands and age-old ways of the people of Chhattisgarh stateThree men in huge straw hats covered in peacock feathers and tinsel are playing wooden flutes as they herd cows and water buffalo on the edge of the jungle. Even the animals sport necklaces of bright flowers. This is Chhattisgarh state, in east-central India: little visited, yet rewarding, it’s a land of elusive leopards, tigers and animist beliefs that gained independence from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh in 2000. I’m here with my husband Mark and our two boys, aged four and two. This may sound an unusual choice for a family holiday but Chhattisgarh works, because it’s quiet and rural and free of India’s city chaos. Continue reading...

  • The best winter light festivals across the UK

    Switch on the Christmas spirit at one of these illuminated spectacles taking place up and down the country this season Continue reading...

  • Cool for kids: 10 top family-friendly hotels in the UK

    Hotel living and little ones might not, traditionally, go hand in hand, but the best modern accommodation is fun, unfussy and open to all – especially mini VIPs. Our favourites have all-ages activities and go above-and-beyond to cater for kidsPolurrian Bay HotelLizard Peninsula, CornwallSet in 12-acres of clifftop gardens with direct access to the South West Coast Path, the Polurrian exudes laid-back luxe. Come for the private beach, outdoor pool with sea views, cinema room, kids’ high teas and baby-listening service. Stay for the Ofsted-registered creche (offering two free hours of childcare a day), the Blue Room escape space for older kids – complete with table football and pool – and a heavenly spa that you’ll actually have time to use. “We want the entire family to enjoy their holiday without compromise,” says manager Steve Cobbin. “That even stretches to a Sunday lie-in service for parents.”Big Blue HotelBlackpool, LancashireWith a private entrance to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach theme park and rollercoaster views, this blue-painted modern hotel is a no-brainer for families who want to experience all the fun of the classic seaside resort. Contemporary bedrooms with bright Designers Guild fabrics extend to fun family rooms sleeping up to five, and children’s areas include funky bunk beds, wall-mounted snakes and ladders games, and TVs with inbuilt PlayStations. In the restaurant, kids get to make up their own pizzas, tortilla wraps and ice-cream sundaes. Related: Walk this way: 10 great British country hotels Continue reading...

  • Take the kids … to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire

    Jodrell Bank is famous for the monumental Lovell telescope – but alongside all the serious science there are plenty of fun activities and hands-on experiments to inspire kidsThe Lovell telescope, centrepiece of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, which has dominated the Cheshire countryside since it was constructed in 1957, was listed as a UK candidate for Unesco world heritage site status this month. As well as the world’s first fully steerable radio telescope, Jodrell Bank is home to a science discovery centre and for the past two summers has hosted the Bluedot festival of electronic music. Continue reading...

  • Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

    Few locals know about Walthamstow Wetlands in north London, which opens on Friday. But now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for freeFive more of the UK’s best birdwatching sitesWe’re strolling along Songbird Walk, beneath a row of waterside poplars very like ones Monet painted in Normandy. The October sky is grey but the footpath is lined with colourful wildflowers: yellow gorse, purple knapweed, white campion. With a liquid twittering, a flock of goldfinches swoop overhead, then a clear, penetrating song bursts from the bushes to one side. “Ooh, a Cetti’s warbler,” says wetlands director Veronica Chrisp.There has been a mill on this site since at least 1086 (it’s in the Domesday Book), producing paper and copper Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Woodlands Family Theme Park, Totnes, Devon

    Play zones and rides – outdoors and in – make this woodland-set Devon attraction a family treat, plus there’s plenty of half-term Halloween activities on the horizon, tooSet in woods (as the name suggests) in the south-west Devon countryside, this is the largest family theme park in the county. The multiple zones range from a petting zoo-farm and toddler village, to Ninja and Action zones, drop slides and faster rides for bigger kids (and adults!), not forgetting the watercoasters. Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … SS Great Britain, Bristol

    Set in a glass ‘sea’, Brunel’s revolutionary ship is alive with the sights, sounds and even smells of another ageIsambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain was called “the greatest experiment since the Creation” when it was launched in 1843. The first iron ship to cross the Atlantic, it travelled more than a million miles. Now restored and in dry dock, it is full of live actors and fun, interactive exhibits. Continue reading...

  • Take the kids to … Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

    This dream of a narrow-gauge railway and its one-third size trains make for a grand day out packing in great coastal views and fine fish and chips along the wayA 90-year-old narrow (15in) gauge steam and diesel railway stretching 14 miles from Hythe to Dungeness on the Channel coast. Everything’s on a titchy scale – from the platforms to the vintage wooden carriages – and wonderful wafts of soot pervade the route and its environs. My family has visited several times and the kids’ reaction when six and seven on arriving at Dymchurch station was always one of unalloyed joy. You may find some of that joy flattens out a bit after 20 minutes of trundling round the back of bungalows but you should enjoy peering into the shingly gardens with their bright blooms and the odd gnome. But great things await those who make it to the end of the line … Continue reading...

  • 10 of the best-value family ski trips

    Winter sports breaks can be seriously expensive during February half-term and the Easter holidays but there are bargains if you know where to lookAction Outdoors is the UK partner of UCPA, a French non-profit group that works to make outdoor sports holidays affordable. Its all-inclusive ski trips offer some of the best value going, with ski hire and 12 hours of tuition included in the price. Les Contamines, in the Mont Blanc region, is a friendly, quiet resort with higher than average snowfall that’s often overlooked in favour of big-hitting neighbours Chamonix and Megève. The slopes are especially suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, and the town is picturesque.• From £654pp at half-term (departing 10 February) with action-outdoors.co.uk, including 7 nights’ full-board, 6½ days’ lift pass, 12 hours’ ski instruction, 6½ days’ ski equipment hire and evening entertainment. Accommodation-only options are available and under-3s go free. Return Eurotunnel crossings from £150 per car. Tolls and fuel about £136 according to viamichelin.com Continue reading...

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