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Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Get a better deal for your Summer Holiday

If you’re like us and looking forward to your summer holiday already this year, it’s a good time to start planning if you want to get a good deal. A recent study* by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) suggests that  a third of us (34%) booked their holiday further in advance in 2012 compare... Read more

Argentina and Chile order evacuation of Copahue volcano

Residents living near Copahue were also evacuated last year after the volcano eruptedChile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano in the south of their shared border. The authorities in both countries issued a red alert - the highest possible -... Read more

How to avoid holiday rip offs

Hands up if you've ever fallen foul of hidden costs? Us too. From airline check-in charges and baggage fees to the exorbitant cost of hotel Wi-Fi, it’s easy to be held to ransom over hidden costs on holiday. The extras all add up, so it’s worth being aware of some of the pitfalls. Major high stree... Read more

The ultimate guide to 2015's best festivals

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of welly-clad punters squelching through the mud 'somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire' (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking that festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the others a disservice. After... Read more

Columbus Sponsors Selsdon Little League in Croydon

The Selsdon Little League in Croydon is a great place for kids aged 7-13 years old to play football and netball in a fun and friendly environment. Run entirely by volunteers, Selsdon Little League provides a place for families to come along on Saturday mornings and enjoy meeting other parents and th... Read more

Five tips for keeping the kids calm on holiday

"Are we there yet?" "But I don't want to go!" "I feel sick..."Ah, the joys of taking the little ones on holiday, eh? You've saved up all year for this holiday, paying the hiked up out-of-term-time fares through gritted teeth, yet the kids are not sharing your enthusiasm.We asked the nation's parents... Read more

Not too late to book a family summer holiday

Summer goes all too quickly; it feels like only yesterday that we were all pining for the sun to get itself into gear. And yet here we are a month or two later; we've had the hottest day of the year so far, and for a while there parts of the UK were hotter than in Hawaii. Aloha! But you know what? ... Read more

Education experts call for term time fines to be abolished

Just when parents were getting used to the idea of a fine if they take their children out of school, education experts have urged headteachers to look at each absence on a case-by-case basis.Until last September, heads could grant up to 10 days' leave a year for family holidays in 'special circumsta... Read more

Ten facts about Lapland that you may not have known

Heading off to Lapland this Christmas? Lucky you. The domain of elves, reindeer, festive magic and that little known 'Santa' character, the largest and northernmost region of Finland is beloved by families the world over for being the epitome of Christmas spirit. If you're whisking your family off... Read more

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