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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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The Real Family Holidays centre in 850 acres of ‘wow’

The Real Family Holidays centre in 850 acres of ‘wow’

Margam Country Park, the home of Real Family Holidays Centre in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, will have you and your children saying ‘wow’ from the moment you pull in the drive. Margam Discovery Centre, your home for your stay, is set in the midst of the park where deer wander freely, often passing directly past your bedroom window. The state-of-the-art modern low carbon building, only open since 2009, looks like something out of the Channel Four programme Grand Designs. The…

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The affordable holiday other families don’t want you to know about

The affordable holiday other families don’t want you to know about

The phrase “location, location, location” couldn’t be more fitting than for Real Family Holidays’ Orielton centre. In our nine-day stay we notched up six different breathtaking beaches and we didn’t even cover all of those within a half-hour radius. Additionally, within that distance, there was a multitude of other attractions – Pembroke Castle (three hours into our visit we were still discovering new rooms), Carew Castle (even the perimeter walk is worth the visit), Folly Farm and unspoilt seaside resort Tenby…

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Looking at plankton and other ‘dull’ Real Family Holidays activities you must try

Looking at plankton and other ‘dull’ Real Family Holidays activities you must try

Strangely, you may think, looking at plankton under a microscope had never been on my bucket list. Yet, it formed one of my highlights of our Real Family Holidays (RFH) Dale Fort experience – and that isn’t meant to sound like a negative. Bear with me a second here, it WAS more interesting than watching paint dry, I promise. Whenever I think of our stay at Dale Fort, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, the incredible view and the things we learned during…

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Our first Real Family Holidays experience ended in tears!

Our first Real Family Holidays experience ended in tears!

Real Family Holidays centre, Start Bay, Devon There were lots of tears at Real Family Holidays’ (RFH) Start Bay centre in Devon – but only as everybody left. The friendly, compact nature of the centre meant we got to know the other eight families staying during our five days very well, without the presence of each other ever feeling intrusive. The centre is perfectly equipped, the location is beautiful and – if our experience is anything to go by –…

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Why we’re advocating a holiday firm we’re yet to use

Why we’re advocating a holiday firm we’re yet to use

I can’t imagine anywhere in the world being able to offer more as a travel destination than our homeland in the UK. Within 60 miles of the town where we live in the East Midlands there’s more to see and do than life allows and much of it well away from any well-trodden tourist trail. There are woods to run, jump and play in (Bourne / Boston Woods), bustling and unspoiled beaches (Skegness / Holkham), all manner of public parks…

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