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NEW CENTER PARCS UNVEILS FIRST LODGE

Center Parcs has revealed what the lodges will look like at its fifth park, due to open later this spring near Ampthill in Bedfordshire. The Woodland Lodge, show in the picture, is the first of 625 lodges to be opened at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, a few miles from junction 13 of the M1 and…

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CALL THE POPCORN BUTLER PLEASE DAD

The first thing my kids do when we go into a room in a family-friendly hotel is to pick the place clean like vultures. If there are cookies on a plate, within seconds only crumbs remain. If there are puzzle books, within minutes the word searches are a spider web of biro crossings out. If…

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TEN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN PARIS

The French capital is a perfect place to take children of all ages – it has open spaces, museums, grand buildings and family-friendly attractions. Here is my choice of ten interesting things to do with children when in Paris. The Jardin du Luxembourg  On a sunny day, there are few places better to spend the afternoon with…

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POT LUCK: A SOUVENIR OF COSTA BRAVA

Whenever we are travelling, there is always pressure to bring back a souvenir. And – much to the satisfaction of tourist shop owners around the world – the children have an innate ability to home in on the piece of plastic that has both the highest price and the biggest tat factor. That’s why it…

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UNDERSEA ADVENTURE IN COSTA BRAVA

“What was your favourite thing about today?”, I asked my son and daughter on a recent jaunt to Spain’s Costa Brava. It’s the sort of question that typically drives them mad – along the lines of “What did you do in school today?” Unlike school where the same things crop up with monotonous regularity, in…

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A STORY OF HOLIDAY T-SHIRTS

One of my favourite memories of holidays in my youth was choosing the holiday T-shirt. Each year, my mum would let me and my brother choose a new T-shirt for the holiday ahead. I remember one in particular, featuring Mighty Dyno. It came from the Kay’s catalogue or possible C&A in Norwich. Although exactly where…

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