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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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Get the sweet smell of success with a must-do trip to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

Get the sweet smell of success with a must-do trip to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

When it comes to smells which leave you with an enduring sense of a great time at a visitor attraction, a farm is surely up against it. But Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Pembrokeshire managed it for us. No, it wasn’t that farmyard smell (which wasn’t very evident anywhere) and it wasn’t even the aroma of the candy floss and popcorn from the vintage fairground area. No, strangely enough, the smell which stimulated our nostrils most emerged from…

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The superb Iron Age visitor attraction without the modern-day price tag

The superb Iron Age visitor attraction without the modern-day price tag

A very affordable visitor attraction which leaves you with a feelgood factor is always going to be a winner – and that’s what you get at Castell Henllys. The Iron Age village nestled in the gorgeous Pembrokeshire countryside and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has special themed events throughout the school summer holidays. To be honest, we’d say it benefits from that little extra uplift. The site is a series of reconstructed roundhouses built upon the foundations…

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Plymouth on a budget: How you can enjoy Britain’s Ocean City at little cost

Plymouth on a budget: How you can enjoy Britain’s Ocean City at little cost

If cash is tight while you’re on holiday, it can be an ongoing struggle to find things to do to keep everyone amused – particularly if you have children with you. We know the importance of working to a limited budget, since the length and inclusions in our family gap year are dependent on us squeezing all we can out of our cashpot. So we were more than pleased to manage to do plenty in and around Plymouth on a…

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Why we’re taking the leap into a mid-life family gap year

Why we’re taking the leap into a mid-life family gap year

How did we get to this point? The one where I’ve given up my job, we’ve rented out the house, deregistered our seven-year-old son from his school and stand on the precipice of a round the world trip. At 46 years old, I shouldn’t even be thinking about globetrotting for another 20 years. That’s the right time for poring over motorhome adverts and embarking on carefree travel, isn’t it? It does take a certain mindset to consider a big venture…

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