Family Holiday in Malta proving popular in 2020

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Our Maltese Family Adventure Holiday is our most recent addition (new this summer) and is already proving really popular for 2020. This beautiful island captures the hearts of many with its stunning coastline, bays and vibrant entertainment district.

Featuring one of our best activity programmes, Malta offers coasteering, zip-lining across the sea, abseiling, snorkelling, climbing, kayaking and a full day at the local water park. Evenings can be spent enjoying the swimming pool, or wandering into St George's Bay entertainment district. Your free day can be spent on the local beach or exploring the rest of the island. 

Staying in an exclusive Acorn Guest House, in your own private en-suite family room, the Guest House is shared with other like-minded Acorn families, making this a really sociable holiday for you and the kids. Close to all the action, you can walk to the beach and entertainment area in the evenings and enjoy everything this wonderful island has to offer.

This is a holiday that offers it all. Fun activities in the great outdoors, evenings enjoying the local entertainment, relaxation by the pool or on the beach and lots of opportunities to make friends. 

Malta is a short flight away from the UK, with many budget airlines travelling to this destination. The airport is only 20 minutes away from the Guest House, making travelling here really easy. 

The perfect family holiday. 

Single Parent Family Holiday Review

 

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Acorn Adventure – family holidays. 17 years ago my life changed forever when I started working for Acorn in France. Fast forward 17 years later and I’m back with my own daughter (an acorn baby) to holiday as a family. My dreams literally came true.

Acorn Adventure very kindly invited me to holiday with them in exchange for an honest review (also probably because I’m the best member of staff they’ve ever had – I think it’s a bit like my employee of the decade award too)!

If you don’t know anything about Acorn Adventure, they’ve been around for a long time, over 35 years actually, so they are very experienced. Acorn offer outdoor adventure trips for schools, groups and families in 9 different activity centres across the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Malta. You can find out more about Acorn Adventure family holidays here.

We visited their site in the beautiful Brecon Beacons; set in the shores of the largest natural lake in Wales and nestled in a beautiful National Park.

I thought I’d put my review in separate sections so each area is easy to come back to. Brace yourself, grab a cup of tea and here we go…

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Going on holiday as a single parent...

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Prior to becoming a parent, travel and adventure were part and parcel of who I was. I’d taken a GAP year before university to India, where armed with a backpack and an ill fitting mosquito net, I trawled the subcontinent before settling in Kolkata [Calcutta] where I volunteered with Mother Teresa’s sisters in their orphanage, street dispensary, and home for the dying. I continued this wanderlust to the Philippines, Naples and the Bronx, before settling to my studies. I should point out that I’ve always been an incredibly nervous flyer, but the desire to see the world gave me courage to overcome that fear. I always imagined [rather idealistically] that should I ever have children, I would be putting my toddler in a backpack and revisiting places on my travels.

However, on becoming a mother [a single one], at the age of 32, I realised that I had suddenly become rather more cautious. Gone were my days of collecting intestinal parasites as a matter of pride, or taking risks and sleeping in cheap backpacker hostels. As much as I wanted to show my son the world and nurture him with a sense of adventure, I had neither the finances or courage to whisk him off to the subcontinent and beyond.

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Benefits of outdoor play: Ready, Steady, Go. Written by Verity Worthington.

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I’ve recently trained as a secondary school teacher, and as part of our training, we were sent on a day’s outdoor adventure. I always dreaded PE at school, not because I didn’t like exercise but because I didn’t like the regimental routines of getting changed and having no choice about what we did. I was also very conscious that I wasn’t perhaps as fit as the other girls, and wouldn’t be chosen first. Consequently I dreaded our day of outdoor adventure, and didn’t sleep much the night before. There was talk of climbing telegraph poles and high ropes. It all sounded awful. It’s incredible how school memories of exercise can impact upon us in adulthood. (No one mention the Bleep Test please!) On a serious note, our own apprehensions can be passed onto our children, and I’m conscious that there is much fun to be had the other side of my fears.

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Book your 2020 holiday now, pay 2019 prices!

We're excited to annouce that we've just launched our overseas 2020 family adventure holidays, which are now available to book.

It pays to book early because if you book by the 31st August, not only will you secure your preferred holiday, but you will pay 2019 prices, a saving of around £25 per person. 

To secure your holiday, you only need to pay a £150 deposit for the whole family, with nothing else to pay until 10 weeks prior to departure. 

What's new?

1. We've added even more single parent holidays in France.  Explore our single parent family holidays. 

2. We've increased our two centre holidays. With more of our customers seeking a two week holiday, we've added a few more coach holidays to France and Italy. 

3. Malta has almost sold out for 2019, so this popular destination will see a return in 2020- we have already had 2 bookings on day 1 of the 2020 launch. 

Explore our 2020 holidays. 

 

How to beat school holiday prices

 

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There is much discussion and debate about why holidays cost so much in the school holidays. It is a big source of frustration for many parents, especially for families who can't afford the peak prices and then have to consider whether to break the rules and take their children out of school in term time. 

At Acorn, we understand this and have created family activity holidays that are affordable in the summer holidays. Our 3 night UK breaks start from as little as £188pp during the months of July and August. 

A holiday in the Brecon Beacons during the summer holidays costs just £248 per child and £288 per adult for a 4 night mid week activity break in August 2019. This includes full board accommodation, a full activity programme, evening entertainment and soft drinks with meals. 

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Brexit extension provides certainty about travel arrangements for summer 2019

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The Government has confirmed today (11th April 2019) that the deadline for when Britain will leave the UK has been extended to 31st October 2019. This means travel to Europe this summer is as normal and you can take your family to European countries without any changes or uncertainty. 

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said:

“The Brexit extension provides certainty for people’s travel plans going into the Summer, meaning they can continue to book and travel without the uncertainties that come with a no-deal Brexit. 

“While many people have already made their holiday plans for this Summer, booking early to get the holiday of their choice, others have been waiting to see what happens with Brexit. Today’s announcement should give people total confidence to book their holidays and travel arrangements. 

“Easter is traditionally a popular time to book a Summer holiday. The return to popularity of Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, not to mention the rise of Bulgaria, is making prices really competitive, including in popular destinations throughout the Western Mediterranean.” 
ABTA has updated its Brexit advice page – abta.com/Brexit - confirming that current arrangements, such as the European Health Insurance Card and pet passports, will remain in place during the extension. 

Read ABTA's latest European Travel advice.