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Top 10 family-friendly holiday alternatives to Center Parcs

If a big, sprawling holiday resort doesn’t appeal, try one of these small-scale collections of apartments or cottages where there are enough on-site activities and facilities to keep children happy for days

This collection of 10 self-catering apartments (each sleeps between two and eight) is owned by two families, and their first-hand knowledge of what travellers with young children need really shows. Never mind accommodation that comes with trundle beds, there are also washing machines, Pacapod baby changers and Bananagrams. Happy children make for happy holidays and – with everything from a woodland trail, treasure hunt and camp-building kits to a games room, Wendy house, tennis court and sandpit on site – there’s a good chance of that here. Craft and fitness activities run in the school holidays and if all that fails to keep the children entertained, it’s a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk to Putsborough beach.
Two-bedroom apartments (sleep 4 + 2) from £665 a week over May half-term or £805 over the summer holidays. Short breaks occasionally possible – check the website,

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