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About Take the Family

Take the Family operates, an online resource brought to you by parents for parents. Our customers are the best providers of family holidays, breaks and days out. We bring their outstanding offerings to the attention of UK based mums and dads who are looking for great value and inspiration.

Why we set up Take the Family

We were bored.
bored of parents being ignored
bored of being told we couldn't take the family there.
Or there.
And definitely not there
bored of people asking our children to be quiet
bored of reading the same thing about the same place
bored of hearing there wasn't a high chair
or that it was more expensive at half term
we felt it was time for a change
time for a travel website written by parents for parents
ok, we might not change the world
but we might help parents see a little more of it
family holidays will always invite perspiration
we just wanted to offer a little more of the inspiration
plenty of ideas
useful tips
friendly advice
even someone to talk to
and thanks to parents, it seems to have worked
mums and dads now take part in our discussion forums every day
and help other mums and dads.
We've grown too,
we now feature over 275 different destinations
From Hadrian's Wall to the Great Wall of China
Plus over 1,200 family-friendly hotels and trips
Oh and a fair few money saving offers too
So hopefully when you next takethefamily on holiday it will be a little
bit cheaper...
And a lot less boring.


The Team

We love taking our families on holiday. And we’re dedicated to helping you do the same.  So, here’s who we are, where we come from and what we like…

Lucy Ace, Managing Director
With 10 years experience in hospitality and technology and 2 young children, no one is better placed to run Take the Family on a day-to-day basis than Lucy. Press spokesman and our public face, Lucy is the person to contact if you want to tell us what you think (good or bad).

Rhonda Carrier, Head of Content

One-time editor of The Guinness Book of Records, Rhonda Carrier could easily hold of the record for greatest contribution to travel journalism, having written and/or edited for Frommer's, Time Out, Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and Cadogan. Living in Manchester, she continues to travel frequently with her long-suffering family – horror novelist Conrad Williams and their three young sons, Ethan, Ripley and Zac.

Gemma Chase, Business Development Manager
With 12 years experience in the Travel Industry working for Simply Travel, and Teletext Holidays, Gemma knows her way round the online travel world like the back of her hand-held device. Apart from being our new business guru ,Gemma spends her time looking after her 2 daughters,  longing to be lounging on some far flung beach with the children and her husband / all of Take That.

Two of the four founders remain closely involved as Directors:

Andy Cook, Director
Andy has extensive travel industry and management consultancy experience. He holds an MBA from New York’s Columbia Business School and has lived, worked and travelled across the globe. In 2003 he was unable to find ideas for family holidays in one place on the web and, under a year later, Take the Family was born. Andy has three sons who can’t wait for their next adventure.

Sam Cartmell, Director
Following 4 years in journalism, Sam moved to Hong Kong where he became an advertising copywriter and helped to re-launch Cathay Pacific Airways worldwide. Back in England, Sam now works at The Red Brick Road - an ad agency he co-founded in March 2006. Clients include Tesco and Magners. He has also created award-winning websites for Mini and Peperami. Sam is married with three young daughters.

Now, that's enough about us, what about you? If you're looking for inspiration about where to go, or you'd like to check our special offers and possibly book a holiday or more, or you just want to have some questions answered about the complexities of family travel....hopefully we can help you and, wherever you end up going, bon voyage!

Ring 08432 907480 and book your family holiday with our specialist travel consultant and receive a free Boden voucher. (ATOL T7480)
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