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Travel: Enjoying an arctic expedition

With flying times from the UK to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard less than six hours away, and no long sea journeys involved, it is possible to experience the true majesty of the Arctic, just 500 miles from the North Pole, without having to travel to Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Russia.

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Children are working longer hours than their parents, study shows. Photos: Center Parcs

Children are ‘working’ longer hours than their parents, study shows

The ‘Cult of Busy’ has now infiltrated to our children as research shows primary school kids are ‘working’ – either in school or scheduled activities for up to 46 hours a week

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Some of the latecomers arrive back in Leeuwarden after dark.

Travel: A unique Dutch winter challenge

With a cold snap currently sweeping across Europe, more than 15,000 Dutch ice-skaters and more than two million winter sports fans have been waiting patiently since 1997 for a proper big freeze in the hope that 2017 will be the year in which the Elfstedentocht is permitted to go ahead.

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Travel writer Ella Walker outside Jane Austen's house.

Travel: Book a novel weekend break

Trudging through the misty graveyard of St Nicholas Church in Steventon, Hampshire on a chilly Saturday morning, I could really do with some of the ringed patterns Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra strapped to their boots to keep off the sodden, muddy ground.

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Helsinki's Tuomiokirkko Cathedral in Finland

Travel: Where to go in 2017

Sarah Marshall checks out five different destinations for you to consider this year.

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Swiss Alps

Travel: Swiss slopes are no swizz

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law, and Bono are names that pop up during discussions of celebrities who regularly ski in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, known for it’s excellent slopes, exclusivity and famous clientele. I’ve come here to see if it’s possible to enjoy Verbier on a more modest budget than the likes of Prince Harry might have at their disposal.

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The Toronto sjyline is dominated by the CN Tower

Travel: Christmas in Toronto

I discover the yuletide magic on offer in Canada’s biggest city

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Airport luggage. Photo: Genevieve Hayward

Clothes, tech and dentures - some of the items lost at UK airports

Lost clothes and glasses mingle with more unusual items in the lost property boxes at the UK’s airports.

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Fire in Milton Keynes delays trains to Bedford

Fire in Milton Keynes delays trains to Bedford

A fire near the tracks at Woburn Sands has now brought all trains to a standstill between Bedford and Bletchley.

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FEATURE: Full steam ahead on ‘magnificent’ locomotive

FEATURE: Full steam ahead on ‘magnificent’ locomotive

Hannah Richardson takes a trip back in time to the days of luxury steam train travel

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The Blackpool Tower Circus

Travel: Blackpool’s hard to beat for British seaside fun

When I mentioned that we were off to Blackpool with the grandchildren, I didn’t get the same positive reaction as with some of the more exotic trips that I’m lucky enough to make when I wear my travel writer’s hat.

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Stockywards Championships

Travel: Cowboys and culture in Texas

On a recent tour of Texas, I visited Fort Worth, the Wildcatter Ranch in Graham and the city of Dallas where she visits the best of both worlds on an action-packed road trip.

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TRAVEL: Sampling a taste of Istria

TRAVEL: Sampling a taste of Istria

Urged on by a series grunts and whistles, Joseph’s two long-haired dachshunds raced into the sun-dappled Istrian forest and within minutes had helped unearth a small black truffle.

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Woburn Forest will be lit up with over 70,000 fairy lights.

TRAVEL: Tonnes of artificial snow and 70,000 fairy lights set to turn Woburn Forest into Winter Wonderland

Between November 7 and December 19 Center Parcs will transform all five of its villages into spectacular Winter Wonderlands.

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So haunted that a priest was called in to perform an exorcism: Borthwick Castle near Edinburgh (Photo: TSPL)

Hallowe’en mini break: haunted places in the UK to stay overnight

For a more unusual weekend break, try a getaway in one of these ‘haunted’ hotels, castles and guesthouses which you can stay in around Hallowe’en – or any time of year.

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Harry Carter who won the Super Sibling Award in 2015 with his brother Finlay

Center Parcs backs Tommy’s Super Sibling Award 2017

Center Parcs has announced it is sponsoring the Super Sibling Award in the Tommy’s Awards 2017 for a fourth year, helping to recognise children who have shown courage during the early arrival of their new baby brother or sister.

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How to make the most out of your plummeting pound

How to make the most out of your plummeting pound

The plunging value of the pound can make it disheartening to think about how little bang you may get for your well-earned buck in the aftermath of Brexit.

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Waddesdon Manor at Christmas. Photo: Stuart Bebb

Five things you simply cannot miss at Waddesdon Manor before Christmas

Looking for things to do with the kids in the run up to Christmas, help is at hand.

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Serene and relaxing surroundings at Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Tackling the misperceptions of Center Parcs

Center Parcs as a family getaway is pretty much unrivalled but it is also often burdened by unfair misperceptions.

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The vineyards along the Douro River, Portugal.

Travel: Europe’s grape escapes

Sarah Marshall from the Press Association stomps to her heart’s content at Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal

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