Under the volcano: a tour of Etna and north-east Sicily

In the shadow … the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, with Etna in the background. Photograph: Alamy Sicily holidays Under the volcano: a tour of Etna and north-east Sicily The famous mountain dominates the region but its small towns, food and festivals are just as captivating for a family trip   The little girl, dressed […]

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10 of the best UK outdoor family culture trips: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Wayland’s Smithy, Ashbury, Oxfordshire An ancient burial mound in a moody copse, about 20 minutes’ walk from White Horse Hill, at Uffington. A walk here takes in gently undulating farmland, with plenty of sloes to collect from well-stocked hedgerows. A trip to this section of the Ridgeway is best finished with a picnic […]

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Broads horizons

The first, and last, time I went on a boating holiday it ended in ignominy, my friends and I having managed to wedge our 60ft narrowboat sideways across the Kennet and Avon canal while attempting an ill-advised three-point-turn. The shame of having to hide “below decks” while a crowd of onlookers gathered on the towpath […]

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The best family-friendly museums in the UK: readers’ travel tips

The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds does an incredible job of helping kids to understand how lucky they are to have vaccinations, antibiotics and even the basics, such as clean water. It’s a Victorian street complete with smells and printed cards (describing nasties like bed bugs), plus it highlights the horrors of cholera and there’s […]

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