TRAVEL: HOME AND WAVE; Great UK Trips for the Kids

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Byline: BY IAIN MAYHEW

I T'S nearly that time of year again when shares in Valium start soaring. Yep, the kids will be on summer holiday.

So where do you take the little darlings to keep them - and you - happy, either for days out or short breaks in the UK?

Over the next few weeks Mirror Travel will be serving up some suggestions on special events this year.

CORNWALL

EXPLORE the rugged coast with wonderful surfing beaches and delightful fishing villages such as Padstow, Boscastle and Port Isaac.

Bridge House B&B in Boscastle village has just been refurbished. It has a family room sleeping four with en suite facilities, and for stays of two nights or more for two adults and two children the price is pounds 84 a night. Tel: 01840 250011.

For more on what's on in the area click on www.visitcornwall.com

LONDON

PETER Pan comes to Kensington Gardens on Saturday July 23

(11am-5pm,) when the famous London park will be transformed into "Neverland" in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

It's a great family day out and children - dressed as fairies, pirates or maybe Peter Pan himself - can follow a treasure hunt round specially created areas such as Tiger Lily's camp, the Pirate Ship or the Fairies' Palace. Penny Farthings, matchstick girls and nannies in uniforms pushing prams conjure the spirit of J M Barrie's London, with actors performing scenes from the story.

Tickets: pounds 12 each or pounds 42 for 4. Full details at www.gosh.org or call 0870 247 1208 to book tickets.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition teams up with the Guy Fox History Project to encourage children to discover London's exciting past with the Summer Kids' Trail.

The easy-to-follow map will give kids the confidence to navigate the bustling London side streets (with Mum and Dad's help), join in a treasure hunt and imagine London in a different age.

First, visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition and discover London from 42 metres above the Thames. With fantastic views, informative guides, computer displays and short films, families can travel back in time to the Victorian age and view the magnificent engines used to power the bridge in the Engine Rooms.

On the trail you will be led to the Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, and can climb the 311 steps to the top. You'll get a certificate if you make it.

Tower Bridge Exhibition and the Monument are open every day and the Summer Kids' Trail runs from July 23-September 4. Joint tickets are: adults pounds 6.50, children (5-15 inclusive) pounds 3.50 and concessions pounds 4.50, children under five free. Visit www. towerbridge.org.uk

WALES

THERE won't be a chance for your children to get bored if you take a family fun break at The Vale Hotel Golf and Spa Resort, where Clive Woodward and his 47 British Lions stayed before touring New Zealand.

It is set in 600 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside, where parents and children can enjoy free activities and big discounts.

The two-night family break, from pounds 195 for two adults and two children under 12 in a family room, includes: four-star accommodation, full breakfast, goody bags for under-sixes on arrival, free tennis, squash, swimming and golf driving range tokens, reduced green fees and discounted rates for quad biking

Family fun breaks are available from July 1 to August 31, subject to availability. Additional nights from pounds 115 per room per night. …