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Month: September 2017

Our Golden highlights from three days in San Francisco

Our Golden highlights from three days in San Francisco

Cycling from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito across the Golden Gate Bridge and a visit to Alcatraz were my highlights of San Francisco. For my seven-year-old son the massage chair and Etch-A-Sketch in the reception area of our characterful accommodation, the couple of hours spent playing with local kids zooming down a concrete slide on a piece of cardboard, and getting a pesky wobbly tooth knocked out during a game of rugby with an American family were also up there. Three days in…

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Kids CAN enjoy long walks and other lessons in Snowdonia

Kids CAN enjoy long walks and other lessons in Snowdonia

If there’s one afternoon that sums up our Real Family Holiday (RFH) at Rhyd-y-Creuau, in Snowdonia, North Wales, it’s the led three-hour hill walk we enjoyed with half a dozen initially reluctant children. Barring one seven-year-old, who had two days earlier impressively fulfilled an ambition by climbing (very nearly) to the top of Snowdon, I don’t think any of the other children were unusual in not being very keen to take on a long walk. Yet at the end, having…

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Stunning location, great activities at Real Family Holidays’ Yorkshire Dales centre

Stunning location, great activities at Real Family Holidays’ Yorkshire Dales centre

Of the five Real Family Holidays locations we’d visited so far, the approach to Malham Tarn Field Studies Cente was certainly the most dramatic and, arguably, most beautiful. The 30 miles or so from the M6 to the centre, which overlooks Malham Tarn (a lake formed in the last ice age 12,000 years ago), is occasionally undulating, mostly green and dotted with rock formations. But it’s the six miles between Settle and the centre which really grabs your attention –…

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Five reasons to avoid Real Family Holidays…by an advocate of them

Five reasons to avoid Real Family Holidays…by an advocate of them

We’ve spent the summer with Real Family Holidays and we’re now passionate advocates of these family breaks with a difference. The truth is, though, that as much as we know we’ll be booking again, these trips aren’t for everyone. Here’s a few reasons you’d be best to avoid them. 1. If you can’t bear the thought of sleeping in a bunk bed. Your room at Real Family Holidays (RFH) really is just a place to lay your head. The rooms…

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