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Motorway breaks … near the M5

In the first of a series on family attractions near UK motorways, we pick spots just off the M5 for those ‘are we nearly there yet?’ moments

Hanbury Hall
Distance from junction 4 miles
Follow signs for A38 Droitwich
This beautiful, 300-year-old Dutch-style country pile has 20 acres of recreated early-18th-century gardens, a church and a canal within its 400 acres of parkland. Children can play hide and seek in the fruit garden, orangery and orchard, or work off pent-up energy on the adventure playground and nature trails. The house offers puzzles to solve and traditional toys to play with. There’s a bowling green, giant games of chess and dominoes, plus a tea room dishing up summery flans, chutneys, jam and cakes made from ingredients grown in the kitchen garden.
nationaltrust.org.uk/hanbury-hall; adult £10.60, child £5.30, family £26.50; garden and park only £7/£3.50/ £17.50

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10 of the best restaurants and cafes in Lisbon

As Lisbon’s biggest market is transformed into a gourmet food hall, we take a look at the best places to eat in Portugal’s capital, a city renowned for its seafood – and custard tarts

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A Lisbon food tour

Within weeks of its opening in May 2014, the new food court at Mercado da Ribeira – Lisbon’s biggest fresh food market – has become a firm favourite among Lisboans. The first permanent foodie venture for Time Out, the market hosts a total of 35 kiosks – all branded in the same smart black and white signage and selling regional specialities, including Azeitão sheep’s cheese, plates of ham from the Alentejo, and custard tarts from award-winning cafe Aloma. Tins of sardines in beautiful retro packaging at the Conserveira de Lisboa, wines from Garrafeira Nacional or chocolates from Arcádia make great presents to take home. In addition, five top chefs have restaurants here, offering clever dishes playing with Portuguese flavours from €5 (marinated mackerel with gazpacho at Alexandre Silva). Settle yourself at one of the high wooden benches and it would be very easy to while away a few hours eating your way around Portugal’s culinary highlights. The original fish, fruit and vegetable stalls on the other side of the huge 19th century building still sell their wares every day, except Sunday, until lunchtime.
Avenida 24 de Julho, open from 10am to midnight (Sunday to Wednesday), 10am to 2am (Thursday to Saturday)

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