Summer 2012: Short and sweet
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 27 May 2012
Go on a tasty trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham, which has joined up with the Ramada Encore to provide overnight breaks for a family of four for £99. The deal includes B&B and tickets for two adults and two kids for the attraction, which tells Cadbury's delicious story.
Take advantage of the long days in Helsinki during its year as the 2012 Design Capital (00 358 20 740 2630; wdchelsinki2012.fi). Brands such as Iittala and Marimekko are among the big names taking centre stage in Finland's capital, where design is informing everything from shopping to sightseeing. Families with an eye for elegance can lodge in the suitably stylish Klaus K hotel, which has unveiled two new rooms specially designed by Harri Koskinen. BA (0844 493 0758; ba.com) has three nights' B&B here from £519 per person, with Heathrow flights.
Take a break from the kids on the new Rhône by Rail tour with Grape Escapes (0845 643 0860; grapeescapes.net), which travels by train between the Rhône Valley's premier vineyards, with tasting sessions at top domains such as Chapoutier. A six-day break costs from £789 per person, including train travel within France, accommodation, most meals, transfers and guided tours and tastings. Return train travel from London to Lyon can be arranged from £109.
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