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The Big Six: Waterpark holidays

If Walt Disney World Florida feels, well, a world away, then stay closer to home at Splash Landings, located within Alton Towers theme park. It has a Caribbean motif and contains its own waterpark, with lazy river, "Bubbly Wubbly Pool" and the Master Blaster wet rollercoaster. During the summer holidays, the waterpark runs two sessions per day, from 10am-3pm and from 4pm-9pm, so an overnight stay means you'll make the most of it.

Real life by the Red Sea

As the shine comes off Sharm El Sheikh, the nearby resort of Hurghada is enjoying its place in the sun, says Andrew Eames

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