Dordogne holiday guide: what to see plus the best restaurants and hotels

The food, wine and idyllic lifestyle of this region’s villages have always appealed to Brits – and with Brexit looming they’re settling in record numbers – but that has not dimmed its thoroughly French allure.

Action stations: 12 months of fitness holidays for 2018

Let this year be one of get up and go rather than fly and flop with our pick of activity holidays for each month – around the UK and abroad

Creche course: a family skiing holiday in France

With round-the-clock childcare on hand in the quiet, family-friendly village of Ardent, mum and dad get to snowboard some of the best slopes in the French Alps while the kids are entertained back at base

A little piste of Christmas in the Austrian Alps

The high Alpine resort of Katschberg proves perfect for a family of mixed abilities, and December’s lantern-lit advent trail leaves everyone feeling festive

Smoke on the water: a boating holiday adventure in France

On a family break along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, Emma Cook and Co are out of their comfort zone, especially when their new boat breaks down. Still, there’s always Strasbourg to savour

Bordeaux’s free holiday cabins: basic but still beautiful

Dotted around Bordeaux, Les Refuges Périurbains are architect-designed shelters that cost nothing to stay in – though don’t expect hot tubs or minibars