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Kent is Europe’s top family holiday destination beating Kerry and the Black Forest

  • Garden of England chosen by experts as Europe’s best family destination
  • Island of Skomer and Marloes Sands, Wales combine to take ninth spot
  • Kent singled out for the White Cliffs of Dover and seaside town of Margate

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline1

Published: 00:55 GMT, 17 June 2015 | Updated: 12:16 GMT, 17 June 2015

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The county of Kent is Europe’s top spot for a family holiday, according to travel guide experts.

The so-called Garden of England was chosen as the best family destination by compilers of Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2015, with County Kerry in Ireland in second place.

Two other UK destinations – the island of Skomer off Wales’s Pembrokeshire coast and the nearby Marloes Sands – were combined by the compilers and took ninth place in the 10-strong family Discount Holidays © holiday list.

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Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

Top spot: Kent was named as Europe’s number one destination for a family holiday. Judges singled out the seaside town of Margate (pictured)

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

The White Cliffs of Dover (pictured) were another important factor in handing Kent top spot in the European awards

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

Pictured are some of the county’s well known oast houses” />

Kent was seen as being ‘full of opportunities for time travel to intrigue curious young minds’. Pictured are some of the county’s well known oast houses

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

Family friendly: The resort of Broadstairs, which was once home to Charles Dickens, was singled out by judges

Kent was seen as being ‘full of opportunities for time travel to intrigue curious young minds’.

Singled out were the resort of Broadstairs, which was once home to Charles Dickens, the White Cliffs of Dover and the seaside town of Margate which has become ‘gentrified without losing its personality’.

Kerry in Ireland was described as a destination which ‘appeals to the imagination of travellers of all ages’.

The Ring of Kerry road trip around the country offers ‘attractions every few miles’, while Killarney National Park also gets a mention.

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

Two other UK destinations – the island of Skomer off Wales’s Pembrokeshire coast and the nearby Marloes Sands (pictured) – were combined by the compilers and took ninth place in the 10-strong family Discount Holidays © holiday list

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

Beauty spot: Kent saw off competition from the likes of Kerry in Ireland – described as a destination which ‘appeals to the imagination of travellers of all ages’

Skomer, sitting in a marine nature reserve, was seen as ‘sure to enthral young visitors’ while Marloes Sands, a mile-long sweep of beach ‘does a vanishing act at high tide’.

Lonely Planet also compiled the 10 best beaches in Europe, with two UK beaches making it into the list.

In sixth place was Bantham Beach near Kingsbridge in Devon which was described as ‘a true all-rounder’ good for surfers, families and walkers.

In seventh place was remote Sandwood Bay in Sutherland in Scotland, where the views more than make up for the cold sea water.

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

The Black Forest in Germany was named third on the list of Europe’s top family Discount Holidays © holiday destinations

But no UK destinations were chosen in the 10 best European places table which was headed by Icelandic port and fishing centre, Akureyri, with Leipzig in Germany second and The Azores in the mid-Atlantic third.

Top European beach was Jaz Beach in Budva, Montenegro, with Peniche Beach in Portugal third.

Lonely Planet editorial director Tom Hall, said: ‘The destinations have been chosen by our team of European experts. Some may be surprising, some are definitely under the radar, but all of them are great places to visit right now.’

THE TOP 10 FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS

1.

Kent, England

2. County Kerry, Ireland

3. Black Forest, Germany

4.

Budapest

5. Vorarlberg, Austria

6. Aland Archipelago, Finland

7.

Ibiza

8. Normandy, France

9. Skomer and Marloes Sands, Wales

10.

Bohinj, Slovenia

EUROPE’S 10 BEST BEACHES

1. Jaz Beach, Budva, Montenegro

2. Peniche Beach, Portugal

3.

Rondinara Beach, Corsica

4. Cale Goloritze, Sardinia

5. Vik Beach, Iceland

6.

Bantham Beach, Kingsbridge, Devon;

7. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland, Scotland

8. Cala Macarella, Minorca

9.

Voutoumi, Antipaxi, Greece

10.

Curonian Spit, Lithuania

Welcome to the White Cliffs of Dover

Kent Is Europe's Top Family <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination Beating Kerry And The Black Forest

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  1. ^ Julian Robinson for MailOnline (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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May was generous with its bank holidays, offering UK workers an extra two days off but now there is only one summer bank Discount Holidays © holiday to see us through until Christmas. Below is a run-down of the dates of all remaining UK bank holidays of 2015 and beyond:

31 August 2015, Monday summer bank holiday

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25 December 2015, Friday Christmas Day

The penultimate Discount Holidays © holiday of the year is Christmas Day, which is celebrated in many different ways around the world1.

Finns share a festive sauna, while in India families decorate a banana or mango tree and in Japan it has become customary to tuck into a festive feast of KFC on Christmas Day.

28 December 2015, Monday Boxing Day (substitute day)

Boxing Day was previously known as St Stephen’s Day. Many historians believe that the holiday’s current name may have come from the church practice of opening alms boxes the day after Christmas to distribute donations to the poor, Mental Floss2 notes. Historically, UK employers also offered workers and servants gifts or cash on 26 December and gave them the day off.

While the gifts may have dried up in many modern workplaces, the day remains a bank holiday although this year it falls on a Saturday, so the bank Discount Holidays © holiday is marked on 28 December.

Enjoy.

1 January 2016, Friday New Year’s Day

The sensible decision to introduce a day off following New Year’s Eve first came about in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1974.

Traditionally, the new year is welcomed in with a rendition of Auld Lang Sine at midnight and a vow to stick to a new year’s resolution.

References

  1. ^ many different ways around the world (www.theweek.co.uk)
  2. ^ Mental Floss (mentalfloss.com)