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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 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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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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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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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 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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