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Join the big cheeses at the Caerphilly Food Festival!

Caerphilly Food Festival

Caerphilly Food Festival is set to once again delight visitors when it returns to the town on Saturday 12th May.

Thousands are expected to descend on Caerphilly town centre – just a ten-mile hop from the capital city of Cardiff – as it plays host to 100 stall holders who will tempt taste buds with delicious aromas, sizzling sounds and mouth-watering produce. 

The streets will be transformed into a marketplace between 9am and 5pm bursting with culinary delights complemented by craft and activity stalls and the ever popular farmers market. 

The event promises to be a fun day out for the whole family with activities planned throughout the day including face painting, donkey rides, a children’s fun fair and street entertainers.

The British Dal Festival with celebrity chefs and home-cooked food

 British Dal Festival Romy Gill

This week, the first British Dal Festival kicks off in Bristol with events to celebrate the magic of dal – dishes based on split pulses – taking place across the city between Monday 19th and Sunday 25th March. 

The British Dal Festival will culminate in a Grand Dal Finale at Paintworks, Bristol on Sunday 25th March. Celebrate and feast on dal of all kinds, with dal-icious vibes and music to reflect the diversity, versatility and deliciousness of dal and the pulses that make it.

Best Easter Holiday Breaks for all the Family: for under £200!

Best Easter Holiday Breaks for all the Family: for under £200!

Easter is upon us once again, which means chocolate in abundance, the first bank holiday of the year, bunnies, and the ever-popular Easter egg hunt!

No need to search high and low for that bargain break this year, however, as Jurys Inn has rounded up the top family holidays for under £200, across the UK.

As the weather warms up this spring, keep the kids busy at these top Easter attractions and discover a new part of the country – it’s the perfect time for eggs-ploring!

Brighton – Spring Barn Farm

Visit the fun-filled Spring Barn Farm near Lewes for the perfect day out with the kids. Spring into action on the Giant Jumping Pillows, explore Treetops Towers adventure play area, or whizz through the air on amazing zip wires.

April's RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a must-sea!

RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Credit: RHS and Huw John

The RHS Flower Show Cardiff in April will feature eco-friendly Regeneration Gardens, which champion reusable materials, and is set to inspire with its Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.

The annually anticipated floral spectacular – partnered by wealth manager Brewin Dolphin – will highlight the sensational Welsh coastline with a host of themed gardens and related features and activities to spark the imagination as 60 nurseries from all over the UK come together in Floral Marquee and Plant Village.

As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS has revealed an exciting line-up, bringing vibrant Show Gardens, floral displays, interactive activities and the brand new Regeneration Gardens to the grounds of the stunning Bute Park from 13 to 15 April. 

Price hikes during school holidays? Not with QHotels!

It’s always good plan ahead when it comes to school holidays. Thanks to QHotels, you now have something else to add to the list of possibilities.

The hotel chain has announced its new package of fun family friendly offerings, including a FREE stay for children under 16 years sharing a bedroom with adults, FREE meals for those aged four years and under and, if parents prefer to book a separate room for the kids, 50% off the second room booked. What’s more, families won’t be charged a premium for travelling in peak holiday times, instead, they will be offered rates of 40% off if they book by 28th February on two night breaks until 30th April 2017.

20% off Family & Friends Railcard this half term

Family & Friends Railcard

National Rail has announced 20% off its Family & Friends one year Railcard from 3-20 February – perfect for fun trips this February half term.

The sale means that the Railcard, which saves a third off most adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares, will be available for just £24, for a year’s unlimited usage – helping family and friends enjoy fun-filled trips, without breaking the bank.

To take advantage of the sale visit: familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/sale and use code: FEB17

For cash-strapped parents needing inspiration this half term, Family & Friends Railcard has compiled five exciting trips for families:

Get back to nature

KIDS ZONE launches at New Forest Water Park for 2017

Kids zone launches at New Forest Water Park for 2017

The re-opening of the summer season of the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark takes place on April 29th and New Forest Water Park will be launchinga ‘Kids Zone’ providing exclusive facilities for the 6-14 year old age range.  Following the success of the extended Wibit apparatus in 2016, demand has called for a designated area on the freshwater lake for young participants to enjoy the thrill of the water, in a controlled environment.   

Christmas in London

Christmas in London

It is difficult to find Christmas things for the family to do in London that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for Step Outside Guides, who have published a delightful book which does exactly that.

‘Christmas in London’ captures the excitement and splendour of London during the festive season without calling for any help from your already groaning purse or wallet, since everything in the day is cost-free. But this doesn’t mean you will be short-changed in any way. 

School's out, Football's in!

  • With free time aplenty, a fun-fuelled family afternoon at your local FA Women’s Super League match is the perfect cure for cabin fever and restless kids looking for outdoor entertainment
  • With ticket prices starting from as little as £2, the FA WSL is set to provide quality, affordable football for the whole family to enjoy
  • Perfect day out for football fans and families alike, complemented by match day activities and, most importantly, a chance to meet the players post-match!

With many parents frantically planning how to occupy their kids’ time over the summer period, the FA Women’s Super League is on hand with solutions aplenty!

Enjoy magical waterway days with the Canal & River Trust's free summer guide

Tell the time with a dandelion clock, watch the dabble of ducks and dazzle of damselflies or count the spots on a ladybird. Make some time for the great outdoors this summer with the help of the Canal & River Trust's free, family-friendly activity book. Full of fun, inspirational activities the guide will ensure your family heads outside and has a real summer of adventure.

Make your own leaf boat, cook up some healthy duck food, create a canal collage, make your own binoculars and go on a waterway wildlife spot. The guide has 20 different activities, both for rainy and sunny days, to enjoy.


SPAM® Can Tour will be flying high at Blackpool Airshow – 7th & 8th August 2016

SPAM Can Tour has already served up more than 15000 fries

Visitors to the Blackpool Airshow will be in for an extra treat this year as the nationwide SPAM® Can Tour rolls into town.

Celebrating 75 years in the UK, the team at SPAM® Brand will be showing what ‘SPAM® Can’ really do, from delicious SPAM® Fajitas to BBQ favourites like SPAM® Kebabs.  The big highlight is a SPAMTASTIC™ vintage airstream, which will be serving the increasingly popular SPAM® Fries to all visitors for FREE!


Vintage on the Dock Lindy hops into Albert Dock Liverpool

Vintage on the Dock Credit Culture Liverpool

Vintage on the Dock returns to Albert Dock Liverpool on July 9 and 10, bringing a free, family weekend celebration of 20th Century vintage cool to the North West’s most visited tourist attraction.

Visitors looking for some seriously stylish eye candy can browse the vintage marketplace, with the best traders hand-selected by keen-eyed curators, Dotty’s Vintage. From vintage clothes and accessories, to mid-century modern homewares, records and music memorabilia from the 1920s through to the 1990s, the vintage marketplace is a treat to behold.

Competition now closed - Win a complimentary day ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Children to GreenWood Forest Park,

Greenwood Forest Green Dragon Roller Coaster

Visit GreenWood Forest Park, North Wales’ leading family adventure park, Set in 17 magical acres, discover for yourself why it’s an award winning full day out.

Jump aboard the world’s only people powered roller coaster, zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales, enjoy the Jungle Boat Adventure and discover the super bouncy Giant Jumper. Plus, explore the turrets of TreeTop Towers, take off your socks and shoes for the BareFoot Trail or take a ride on the zippy Moon Karts. Smaller tots will also find adventure in the Little Forest PlayBarn, Toddler’s Village, Tunnel Warren and the Little Green Run.

Alice in Wonderland, the Great Outdoors and More in Eastbourne this Half Term!

Rock Pooling at Holywell beach Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is providing some great family days out this May half term, with literary themed activities weaved into the Redoubt Fortress’s offering, many visits from some much-loved characters at Drusillas Park and free tennis to watch at the Aegon Eastbourne Trophy.

The Redoubt Fortress which houses Lewis Carroll’s bed desk from when he regularly holidayed in Eastbourne is borrowing inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland writer in its ‘Secret World of Words’ activity week.


Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy celebrated with vibrant mix of pageantry and performance

Shakespears 400 year legacy celebrated with a vibrant mixx of pageantry and performance, photo of parade

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 2016, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned an extra special programme of celebrations in honour of William Shakespeare - Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright with a vibrant mix of music, performance and family fun. From Shakespeare-inspired opera and sonnets performed hip-hop style, to an exclusive BBC Radio 3 workshop and creative doodling on a giant Art Cube, there’s plenty to celebrate this special anniversary year.

Castleton Caravan Club Site

Castleton Caravan Club Site is set within the heart of Peak National Park and is an ideal location for a family holiday to unplug and rediscover the great outdoors, get lost on nature trails and to get your wellies dirty with the whole family. The site has breath-taking views of the local countryside and boosts, toilet and shower facilities as well as wi-fi and laundry services so campers and caravanners have a comfortable visit.

The site is ideally located for lots of family fun actives such as cycling around the peak district, seeing how high you can climb on the rock climbing walls and discovering the underground rock formations in the local potholes.

The Headland Hotel

Dog and Hotel reflection in the sea

The dog friendly Headland Hotel, in Newquay, Cornwall, is in the prime location for family holidays. For those with teenage adrenaline junkies, The Headland’s own surfing club, The Surf Sanctuary, offers coaching for activities such as Coasteering (ages 12+) and Kite Surfing (ages 15+). And, located just a stone’s throw away from Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach, you certainly won’t hear any calls of “I’m bored” from the kids. There are also paddle boarding and surfing activities suitable for younger guests.