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IncrEdibles festival at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens launch new edible festival in time for Bank Holiday

Tomorrow, May 25, Kew Gardens will be launching its new festival, IncrEdibles: A Voyage through Surprising Edible Plants, just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Half term city breaks

Best city breaks for February half term 2013

Now that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over, our minds are set on the next chance for a getaway – the February half term. With just under three weeks to go, it’s time to start planning, so just where are the best city break destinations to take the family in February?

Explore Galway on a fun family trip

Family-friendly attractions in Galway

Booking luxury Irish cottages is a great option if you're planning a family getaway. You can spend your days strolling in the countryside, riding horses on the beach and tucking into your favourite home-cooked meals together in the evening.

Kids will love cruises from Southampton

Cruises from Southampton are great for families

If you have young children and are not sure if a cruise is the right short holiday for your family, it certainly can be. Pick a ship that sets sail from Southampton, and you will not have to waste time catching a flight or keeping kids occupied at the airport.

Alicante is close to some top theme parks

What makes Alicante a great city for young families?

If you like your kids to learn something about the places they visit, the Spanish city of Alicante is the perfect destination to take them. Not only is it filled with top cultural attractions, but you are also just a short journey from the beach.

How to enjoy Osborne beach on the Isle of Wight, like Queen Victoria

How to enjoy Osborne beach, like Queen Victoria did

How to enjoy the Royal beach at Osborne on the Isle of Wight, which is being made public for the very first time this July, just like Queen Victoria would have done.

The royal beach is opening to the public for the first time

Queen Victoria's beach opens to the public

Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osborne,on the Isle of Wight, is going to open to the public for the first time.

The Muppets are helping families to enjoy New York City

The Muppets are NYC's official family ambassadors

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang of Muppets have been announced as the official family ambassadors for New York City 2012.

cheaper term-time holidays may disrupt your child's learning

Term time breaks can harm children

Taking a short break holiday during term time can damage your children's prospects, according to a new report by the Government’s truancy adviser Charlie Taylor.

Go Ape! adventure in the UK first hand review

I took on Go Ape! and make a monkey out of myself

Our writer (who’s afraid of heights) tries her hand at the swings and ropes in London’s brand new Go Ape! adventure course - and discovers weather she’s more of a Tarzan, or a Jane…

Families travelling this Easter should expect travel chaos on their short break getaways

UK expects travel chaos this Easter Weekend

UK airports warn 'travel gridlock' may strike at boarder control, whilst motorway disruptions and engineering works on train lines mean a long Easter weekend of travel chaos.

New LEGOLAND resort to open in Windsor

New LEGOLAND resort to open in Windsor

A new LEGOLAND resort in Windsor is nearing completion and is due to open on March 17th of this year. This unique family hotel will feature over 1,600 Lego models, from a giant fire breathing dragon to tiny delicate butterflies, and makes for an ideal short family break.

Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival

Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival welcomes newcomers

This year's festival welcomes on board some exciting newcomers. Hastings' very own Classroom on the Coast, a project of Hastings Fishermen’s Local Action Group (FLAG) is set to be the world’s first teaching kitchen and classroom at the heart of MSC Fishery.

Campingninja helps families find camp pitches

Campingnija random events - something for everyone

Are you itching to experience an ideal short break with a difference? Then why not try of the Top 100 Random UK Events compiled by Campingninja. With events ranging from festivals celebrating food and drink, music and walking respectively, to raft race, bog snorkelling and triathlons, there is something for everyone.

Family-friendly activities and attractions in Manchester

Enjoy family-friendly activities and attractions while visiting Manchester

Visiting Manchester gives you the chance to enjoy a range of fantastic attractions and activities that are suitable for the entire family.

Unusual hotels abound in Europe

Feature: Europe’s most unusual hotels

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in an igloo? Or how about a 1970s jumbo jet? All this and more is now very possible due to a growing number of unusual hotels opening up all over the world. From treehouses to caves...

revellers enjoying one of Britain's festivals

Feature: Family friendly festivals for the summer

With the British summer well and truly upon us, people from all over the country are busy making plans for festivals. Sitting on the grass, eating delicious organic food, and listening to favourite or new bands make summer festivals brilliant fun.

riding the rollercoasters in Europe's parks

Feature: Alternative theme-park breaks for all the family

Everyone loves theme parks: they’re fun, action packed, and always full of surprises. While America is renowned for its mega parks, there are a few little known gems in Europe. This was after all the place where they were born!

Keycamp solution to half term dilemma

Keycamp solution to half term dilemma

For families struggling to think of ways to keep the kids entertained this half term, Keycamp are on hand to offer some last-minute advice on how to have some family fun, while not breaking the bank.

Daycations growing in popularity

Daycation trend grows at the Trentham Estate

People in the UK used to take holidays, then came vacations, followed by ‘staycations’, now please welcome the ‘daycation’. A ‘daycation’ is also known as a day trip and the Trentham Estate in Stoke-on-Trent is a perfect daycation destination.

Torquay a great staycation destination

Staycations enjoy resurgence as Brits shun foreign holidays

More and more Brits are opting for 'staycations' as the economic uncertainty and high price of flights is driving many holiday holidaymakers to take a home-based holiday. Door2Tour.com, a website tour consolidator, has revealed new figures which show 'staycations' are likely to be around for a long time.

Explore the UK's forests with Forest Holidays

Welcome spring with a forest holiday

Escape the daily grind this spring with a short break with a huge difference, leave behind the stresses and concerns of the real world and escape to another, with a forest holiday. Welcome in the trappings of spring in a place where the birds are in full voice, a forest holiday is all about relaxing in a natural environment.

Keycamp is offering special Taster Breaks

Keycamp offer short Taster Breaks

Keycamp are offering new customers the chance to beat the crowds and sample a range of stunning locations with their special two nigh Taster Breaks. Ideal for couples or families who have yet to experience a Keycamp break, the Taster Breaks providers a flavour of Keycamp's outdoor living.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?