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Plan the year

See these destinations at their best by planning your family fun by season. Try tulips in spring, pick summer fruits in the UK, dive in the autumn and embrace winter snow

Spring Tulips in the Netherlands

With the new Eurostar connection to Amsterdam from St Pancras, you can all be enjoying boterkoek (butter cake) in the Dutch capital in under four hours. Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower festival – runs from March to May each year. This trip with NH Hotels starts in Amsterdam and includes a night’s stay and day at the festival, 20 minutes’ south.

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From £72pp, including dinner, B&B, transport and festival entry.

Spring Coasteering in Scotland

Sure, it might not be as warm as other parts of Europe, but the Isle of Skye is a playground for outdoor pursuits. Its craggy crevices make for superb coasteering: jumping from rock to water with an expert guide. Don your wetsuit and traverse the Cuillin Ridge while taking leaps of faith as you gorge walk and rock-climb, before a hearty lunch and gallons of hot chocolate. If the sun’s being particularly generous, you can even go for a swim.


Travel Details

Family activity day from £225 (family of four).

Spring Family fitness in Portugal

‘Wellness’ is a buzzword for 2018, so why not embrace it as a group? Pine Cliffs Resort near Vilamoura has picked up countless awards for its family offering and has a number of complimentary experiences such as yoga and meditation, where you can find zen together. The kids’ club activities including zorbing, football camp and aquaball are superb, too.

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Doubles from £86 per night (kids under 12 go free).

Spring Learn Spanish on the ground

The easiest way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture of the country. With this week-long trip to Granada you’ll take trips to the market, the multi-faceted Alhambra fortress and work together in a fun, situation- based, problem-solving environment that works for groups of all ages. You’ll know your zumo naranja from your café con leche in no time.

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Travel Details

Seven nights from £963pp (adult) / £750pp (child) including self-catered accommodation and tuition.

Summer Water sports in Greece

With its staccato coastline, its myriad islands and shallow pools, Greece makes the ideal base to learn wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing, and to improve on swimming skills. Mark Warner offers superb tuition from beginner to advanced level, where kids will leave a holiday with a new skill.


Travel Details

Seven nights full-board at Lemnos Beach Resort from £2,900 (for a family of four), including flights.

Summer Fruit-picking in Surrey

Showing little ones first-hand where their food comes from is the best way to educate them about seasonality and to prove how easy it can be to eat local produce. Crockford Bridge Farm is open every day from May and invites families to come and pick their own berries, with farmers available to answer any questions your children may have.

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Travel Details

Entry is free, berries from £4.25/kg.

Summer Adventure in Slovenia

Children of eight and over can enjoy a week of active fun in the intriguing mountains of Slovenia. They’ll love hiking the Julian Alps, swinging through the trees on a zip line, crossing high rope bridges, exploring caves, off-road cycling through flowery meadows, and coastal sea kayaking.

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Travel Details

Eight days from £1,299pp (adult) / £1,249pp (child).

Summer Ranching in the States

Home to five national parks, a whopping 43 state parks and seven national monuments, Utah provides the perfect stetson-toting base for an authentic cowboy or cowgirl experience. Summer at this elevated spot sees excellent temperatures, and on-ranch activities in Antimony include fishing, hiking, tubing and sheet shooting. For more experienced riders, there are cattle drives where the whole family can join in the fun.

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Travel Details

Four nights from £1,628pp, full board.

Autumn Camel trekking in Morocco

Make like a nomad, get the hump and explore North Africa’s deserts on the hoof. It’s a great way to enjoy authentic Arabic culture as kids over ten will become firm friends with the guys steering their steeds, who’ll introduce them to the Berber ‘Blue Men’ of the Sahara. The Tizi n’Tichka pass, backed by the Atlas range, is one road trip where they won’t need entertaining.

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Travel Details

Eight days camping from £445pp.

Autumn Go diving in Egypt

The Red Sea offers some of the best conditions in which to learn to dive. There are gentle currents, visibility is excellent and dives can be tailored to include snorkelling, so the family can swim as a pack. Children aged eight can take the PADI Bubblemaker course, which goes 2m below the surface, ten-year-olds can leave with a Junior Scuba Diver certificate and over 15s can do the Open Water Course.

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Travel Details

Seven nights from £1,580pp, including flights.

Autumn Scrambling in the Lake District

This part of Cumbria comes to life in the autumn. Ghylls, narrow mountain streams create natural pathways that anyone aged six and above can scramble, climb and crawl through. There are a range of routes available, though our pick would be the Esk Gorge: a labyrinth of tight ravines and mini-drops that are guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.

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Travel Details

One day from £35pp.

Autumn Explore India's golden triangle

With its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past, Delhi and its surrounds have something for all ages. Agra’s mystical Taj Mahal will make a memory of a lifetime, while there’s plenty to see in the rest of Rajasthan, such as the Pink City of Jaipur. G Adventures runs an eight-day tour that ticks off everything you’ll want to see. Be sure to try street-food gulab jamun; kids and adults will fall for this doughnut- like, syrup-soaked snack.

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Travel Details

From £549pp.

Winter Sledging with huskies in Sweden

Mush your team of huskies through the remote forests of Jukkasjärvi as you explore one of the most isolated landscapes on Earth: Swedish Lapland. Kids of eight and over can flit between sled and snowmobile, sleeping in cosy lodges before ending with a night in the original Icehotel. Snowman building optional, but recommended.

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Travel Details

Three nights from £1,811pp, including meals.

Winter See the Northern lights in Finland

This dramatically beautiful Scandi country is often overlooked as a place to see the Aurora Borealis, but you have just as good a chance of spotting the celestial phenomenon here as you do in its neighbours. It’s better value, too, and Auroral activity arrives on up to 200 nights a year.

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Travel Details

Three nights in Wilderness Hotel Muotka Sodankylä from £1,335pp, including flights and most meals.

Winter Hit the slopes in France

Val Thorens in the Tarentaise Valley is the highest ski resort in Europe and, as such, offers some superb snow. At the top of the Funitel Peclet lift, you’ll also find Europe’s longest toboggan run – an epic 6km. Stay with White Mountain Chalets in friendly Saint Martin de Belleville, where your in-house chef will whip up top-notch dinners paired with excellent wines and breakfasts for champions.

Winter See snow monkeys in Japan

The Japanese macaque is native to northern Japan and is the most northerly living non- human primate on the planet. They’re super-cute, friendly, and spend their days slipping in and out of onsen (thermal spas) and scavenging for food.

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Travel Details

Eight-day tour across the Japanese Alps,starting in Tokyo and ending in Kyoto, from £4,450pp, including flights, activities, accommodation and most meals.

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