20 great ideas for last-minute summer holidays

Mark Frary of 101 Family Holidays shares his pick of late-summer family getaways, from kayaking and adventure trips to luxury hotel stays in the former palaces. Read on and book now to make your summer last longer. The summer holidays are in full swing but it’s not too late to book a last-minute trip before…

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A family summer holiday alphabet (part 1)

The house is currently filled with the sounds of Matilda the Musical as YDS has just started doing some choir lessons at lower school to learn all the songs. If you haven’t seen it, you must, it is surely one of the musical highlights of the last decade. One of the best tunes is The…

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Where to go for May half-term…and save money

Whether you call it Whitsun, the May half term or the summer half-term, there is little doubt that the week-long school holiday at the end of May, is a great time to get away. The short-haul destinations in Europe are warming up nicely, with places around the Mediterranean in the 20s Celsius, although the sea…

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20 amazing villas to suit all budgets for summer 2018

Who doesn’t love a villa holiday? Villas are perfect for getting away from it all and for families who want to have a holiday that is not dictated by a hotel timetable. And of course there is also the all-important private swimming pool. Here are 20 great villas that are still available for summer 2018…

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Baby steps: Finding a hotel for your first trip as a family

Taking baby for a first trip away from home is a daunting prospect for many. Most hotels that parents visit in the years before the arrival of the newest member of the family seem, on reflection, to be highly unsuitable. Suddenly, the balcony wall seems far too low and the hotel pool seems to be…

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Is skiing the perfect family holiday?

  The perfect family holiday should combine, IMHO, six things: Getting there should be easy. That doesn’t mean that long-haul is out but it should be as painless as possible. It should offer a range of activities, among which every member of the family gets to do something they personally like at some point. There…

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