Short Breaks

Walking the National Forest Way: a stroll amid a transformed Midlands

May 3, 2017

It’s the time of year to check out the bluebell woods of England’s National Forest, which stretches over the former mining fields of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. We take it stage by stage, with stops for food and sleep The National Forest, now more than a quarter of a century old, is the result of […]

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The best of rural Portugal: readers’ travel tips

May 3, 2017

Lush mountains, meandering rivers and hilltop villages await visitors to Portugal’s understated countryside. But where’s best place to stay, eat and enjoy a vinho verde? Our tipsters have the gen Nungwi Village We had our best glass of Portuguese wine on the whitewashed rooftop of a tiny shop in the medieval hilltop village of Monsaraz, […]

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Discovering Portugal’s wild side

May 3, 2017

For unspoilt countryside, top camping, hiking, wild swimming, plus great local food and wine – and all doable in a weekend from the three main airports – try one of these itineraries from Edwina Pitcher’s Wild Guide Portugal Nungwi Village Away from the busy coastal resorts, Portugal is a timeless and magical place. To the […]

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Pitch perfect: the UK’s best tiny campsites

May 3, 2017

Love camping but not campers? In an extract from his book, Tiny Campsites, Dixe Wills picks Britain’s best miniature sites, where nature’s the star, nights are silent and even the loos have great views Until 2016, the first thing visitors learned when staying at Dennis Farm was that it was not the campsite called Dennis […]

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10 of the best music festivals in Europe

May 3, 2017

Whether they’re in countryside or a post-industrial landscape, Europe’s 2017 festival calendar means new events, old favourites, frenzied masses and boutique charm A small festival in Katowice in south-west Poland, OFF has, over the past 10 years, built an international audience thanks to a challenging and intriguing mix of acts. This year’s selection emphasises female […]

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The alt city guide to Brighton

May 3, 2017

Brighton’s festival scene in May could be the reason for a spring visit but this creative and collaborative seaside town has inspirational art, music, food and drink on tap year-round You might imagine that Brighton, the seaside resort and party town, and Brighton, the lefty, bohemian city (the only one in the UK with a […]

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10 of the best British farm attractions

May 3, 2017

Easter’s not complete without lambs and chicks, and the UK’s family-friendly farm attractions are geared up for the school holidays, with events from rides and races to bottle feeding This organic dairy and arable farm prides itself on a “hands-on” approach: visitors are encouraged to feed and groom the animals and watch planting and milking […]

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City breaks with kids: Nantes

May 3, 2017

This cycle-friendly city on the river Loire has family attractions galore, super street art and tasty food options for children • In this series: Paris | Barcelona | Amsterdam | Berlin | London | Rome Not any more … Nantes is a wonderland for kids and parents. The city, on the river Loire, has seen […]

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The best family attractions in the UK: readers’ travel tips

May 3, 2017

This spring, unleash the children’s pent-up energy at these less-well-known day-trip destinations, from Cornwall to North Yorkshire, chosen by readers • Want to add a destination to the list? Share your tip in the comments Hawkstone Park Follies is a historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments […]

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From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser

May 3, 2017

Two boats that once carried refugees across the Mediterranean are now taking daytrippers along Amsterdam’s canals – a reminder to the city of its debt to immigrants We wait on the quay, looking at a boat. It’s strangely familiar: the colour of rust, paint flaking, revealing layers of colour beneath, and Arabic lettering on the […]

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