*Collaborative post. Five party houses in the UK which have taken my fancy for my upcoming 40th birthday. I’ve included a few budget friendly options and a couple of luxury ones too.
*Collaborative post. One of mine and my hubby’s fave discussions, (in close second to talking about our boys!) is what we would do if we won the lottery. We have spent hours over the years discussing elaborate plans for paying off our mortgage, spoiling family and friends with lavish presents, the charities we would support and where we would jet off around the world.
Normally the first week of January is my least favourite time of year. The Christmas festivities are over, the tree and decorations have been packed away and everything just feels, well a little flat and boring to be honest! This year I was determined to continue with the new year celebrations for as long as possible and so jumped at the chance to review Darwin Forest Country Park.
When looking for family holiday ideas the first place I always head to are the websites of my fellow family travel bloggers. I love reading their personal experiences of family holidays, being inspired by their photos/videos and following their tried and tested tips for travelling with kids. This article shares five blogs which I read on a regular basis and think you’ll enjoy reading too.
Looking for family holiday ideas? 35 world leading travel bloggers share their favourite holidays of 2017 to inspire your family travels in 2018!
This video features highlights of the best family attractions in Lanzarote. The attractions you don’t want to miss on your next family holiday to Lanzarote!
Not only does Lanzarote offer more than 3,000 hours of sun annually, short flights from the UK (a very doable 4 hours with even energetic toddlers) and great beaches, the island also has MANY fun attractions for kids of ALL ages. Here are 15 of my favourite things to do in Lanzarote with kids.
This article looks at the essentials needed for a short break in the sun including a comfortable and stylish swimsuit and versatile dresses which can be worn on the beach and in the bar.
One of the aspects I love most about blogging is being invited to visit destinations that I wouldn’t necessarily go to and being completely blown away by the experience.
Over the summer holidays my boys and I spent two fabulous weeks exploring Nantes and southern Brittany with my parents in their motor home. Our press trip was organised by the Brittany tourist board. I have shared below the Brittany road trip itinerary that the tourist board put together for us to help you plan your family holiday to Brittany. I hope you find it useful.
Considering whether you should visit the Glénan Islands with kids during your next holiday to Brittany? You would be crazy not to!
One of the highlights of our travels around southern Brittany was a boat trip to Houat Island, located northeast of Belle-Île.
The Moroccan city of Marrakesh is a vibrant, bustling city, full of culture, colour and community spirit. The Red City, as it is affectionately known, offers lots of fun experiences for all ages including camel rides in the desert and haggling for a bargain in the souks! This article shares itinerary ideas for a short city break in Marrakesh with kids.
What a fabulous way to start the week! I am so excited to announce the lucky winner of our Bookings For You giveaway. Drum roll please….
Boat rides, exploring pretty lakeside villages, splashing in waterfalls, riding in a ‘bucket’ lift… there is so much to do in Lake Maggiore.
There is no doubt that the six islands that make up Hawaii are perfect for honeymooners. However the islands, and particularly the largest of the islands, aka ‘the Big Island’ also has lots to offer for families too.
It’s been nearly a year since we cruised as a family and ten years since my hubby and I exchanged our rather glam life at sea for a life together on land. I was therefore very excited to join 140 of my fellow bloggers for the first #BlogCampOnboard the MSC Preziosa.
Although our Italian adventure is now sadly over for one lucky family it’s just about to start…
We stayed at Camping Du Letty in Benodet in a motorhome for six nights at the end of our 12 night road trip around Brittany in mid August. Camping Du Letty is a four star family friendly campsite located directly on a beach. It literally has every facility you can possibly need for a family camping/touring holiday. We absolutely loved it and are already planning a return visit!
When beginning to research our two week road trip starting in Nantes I was blown away with how much there is to do with kids in the historical city…
Seven ideas for autumn outdoor family adventures including reviews by mums in the know for the best caving, forest rope courses & bike ride trails in the UK
I think I’ve found the perfect place for a family ski holiday in the French Alps and I have a feeling you will agree with me!
This article shares family city break ideas in Europe, all tried and tested by real families. The cities selected offer child friendly attractions, family friendly accommodation and good public transportation.
If you want to experience a festival with your kids this summer it’s not too late! Below I have listed ten of the best family friendly festivals taking place this summer 2017, including three this weekend. (Many of these festivals…
Our highlights of the last Cornbury Music Festival, including dancing along to the Kaiser Chiefs and Byran Adams, celebrity spotting and hot air balloon displays…
Advice on the best age to visit Disney, reviews of on-site and off-site accommodation, links to great special offers…
Tenerife has been popular with Brit’s for years as the region almost guarantees sunshine year round. Of course it’s not just the sunshine that makes people flock to Tenerife. The short four-hour flight and diverse family-friendly attractions make the island easily accessible and appealing to families too. This article shares five of our MUST see sights in Tenerife.
Our favourite fairytale destinations for family holidays in the UK & Europe. If you want to take your kids to meet elves, trolls and mermaids read on!
We were delighted to receive an email inviting us to review Bluestone, Wales. Friends have raved to us about Bluestone for years, particularly since we’ve had kids and we’ve been keen to check the Pembrokeshire resort out for ourselves.
If you are a little apprehensive about taking your kids to a music festival here are our five reasons why you should take your kids to Wychwood Festival in 2018!
Recently my husband and I have felt like kids again since being invited to review adult Micro Scooters, (and join our boys who were asked to review Micro Scooters for kids!) Here’s how we’ve been getting on…
Since I set up this blog two years ago we have enjoyed some wonderful experiences as a family and worked with some amazing travel brands. I have also met some incredibly talented, supportive and like-minded people who all share my passion – travelling as a family and inspiring other families to do the same.
I am absolutely delighted to give you the chance to win a week in an Italian villa, worth up to £1,395!
If you are an active family who loves trying new sports and activities you will LOVE Tattershall Lakes!
Some of our most memorable family holidays have been road trips, both in our car and in my parents motorhome. We love how road trips allow us to be spontaneous, stopping at places that take our fancy and whizzing by places that don’t! This post shares our favourite family road trips, in the USA, UK and France.
Nothing quite beats escaping the tourist crowds and exploring a hidden gem. This article suggests 11 hidden travel destinations in Europe, where you can enjoy mixing with the locals, eating authentic food and experiencing unique adventures.
If you are looking for a luxurious holiday home to rent in Cornwall with family or friends check out this review.
We are delighted to give our readers the chance to win a fabulous family break
Travelling with kids involves more consideration and careful planning than travelling as a couple… long gone are the days where my husband and I jumped in the car with only a rain jacket each! Here are my packing tips for life on the go with kids, I hope you find them useful.
At the end of the February half term holidays we were invited to review Brooks Country House, a newly renovated 22 bedroom Georgian manor house set between Hereford and Ross on Wye.
We are delighted to give our readers the chance to win a luxury family break at Ardencote, Warwick, a stunning four star hotel nestled in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.
As a quintessentially English town, it’s not surprising Stratford-upon-Avon has lots of places to indulge in miniature sandwiches, tasty fruit scones and beautifully presented cakes. This article shares three of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in the medieval riverside town.
Planning a family day out or holiday in Stratford-upon-Avon? This guide – 11 of the BEST things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon with kids – aims to make sure you and your kids have a memorable time when visiting the medieval town!
If you are looking for a quaint and quirky self catering cottage near Stratford-upon-Avon we can thoroughly recommend Brassknocker Cottage. A 17th-century stone cottage large enough to accommodate families of up to five people. Read on for our full review and photo tour.
This article shares honest family holiday reviews and destination recommendations by 24 family travel bloggers who have explored hidden gems in the UK and travelled the world with their kids and partners.
When researching attractions to visit during our cruise ship visit into Tenerife, there was one attraction that really stood out. When a couple of friends then recommended Siam Park, the Water Kingdom and I read on Trip Advisor that it has been voted the number one attraction in the world, the decision was made and tickets booked! Read on for our review of Siam Park, Water Kingdom, Tenerife…
Last year my four year old muttered those words that every parent dreads, “he wasn’t the real Santa was he mummy?” We were on our way home after our third visit to Santa in a month. Charlie was only four, although he was old enough to realise that the teenager in a badly fitted felt red suit did not look anything like Santa.
Packing to go away on holiday with young kids can be daunting. There are countless essential items to remember and so many possible scenarios/nappy explosions to prepare for! Packing to go on a cruise requires more consideration than a regular family holiday as you have evening dress codes to adhere to plus varying temperatures to be aware of…
I worked onboard P&O Cruise ships for three years, first assisting and then managing the shore excursions department. I hope to share my insights into booking shore excursions verses sightseeing ashore independently.
If you are visiting Madeira for only one day there are five experiences that you absolutely CANNOT miss!
One thing that really struck me during my weekend in Costa Barcelona, is how we are now more likely to share a photo/status update on social media than pop a postcard in the post. Although I really miss posting and receiving handwritten notes, I do love the ability to update family and friends at home in real-time.
We used our Britax pushchair everyday for five years! It has been on countless walks, flights and survived being thrown onto baggage conveyor belts at airlines around the world. Last weekend we used it for the last time and I felt quite emotional. It has been part of so many amazing memories and I can’t bring myself to throw it away. Have you thrown your old pushchair away or are you keeping it as a rather large baby keepsake? Read on for a review of the Britax B-Motion 3 pushchair.
It is a well known fact that Barcelona is home to many family friendly attractions however, I’ll let you into a secret I discovered during my four days exploring the countryside and seaside towns surrounding the city…. Within a one hour radius of Barcelona there are many, equally fabulous, places to visit with kids!
I’m very aware that cruising with our boys is going to be slightly (ahem!) different to when we used to work onboard. In an effort to be fully prepared and make the most of our time onboard I have asked for tips from some of my fellow travel bloggers who have experienced cruising with their kids. If you are considering booking a family cruise you will also find these tips very handy…
For the last few years I promised my old friend and work colleague that we would visit him onboard his ship during a turnaround day in Southampton. Finally a few weeks ago we did it! In this article I share our photos of a tour around P&O Cruises Britannia.
Costa Barcelona has something to appeal to all ages and interests
Early Thursday morning I am flying out to spend four fabulous days discovering what Costa Barcelona has to offer for families and as you can imagine, I am VERY excited!
Last weekend we visited Puzzlewood, Perrygrove Railway, Dean Heritage Centre and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Park. It was an action packed weekend which involved treasure hunts, creating forest arts and crafts, tree top adventures and walking ferrets! We share our reviews and top tips for visiting the Forest of Dean here in our latest post…
Have you ever stayed in a place that just feels right? A place where you could imagine you and your family living? This weekend we were invited to discover what there is on offer to entertain families in the Forest of Dean. We stayed in an idyllic two bedroom cottage called Parish Mill located on the edge of the Forest of Dean in Longhope.
You cannot beat insider tips from mums in the know!
I share my dress code tips from working onboard ships
So far so good with the weather this summer in Britain, although whether the heatwave will last for any great deal of time remains to be seen. But, either way, it’s enough to give each of us the holiday buzz. The plummeting pound may have consigned many of us to staycations this summer, but many more have either been abroad already or will still be excitedly looking forward to getaways abroad.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon chasing my boys through the vibrant lavender fields at Cotswolds Lavender. If you have not been before I would definitely recommend a visit, although you will have to be quick as they are currently harvesting the crop to make essential lavender oils. The last day to visit is this Sunday, the 7th August. The farm will then close until next summer.
Hands up if you like the idea of taking your kids to a weekend music festival but are apprehensive that it could be a big expensive messy mistake? Honestly, you are not alone! For years I have admired photos on Facebook taken by friends who made festivals with kids look relaxing, effortless and fun!
Schools break up for the eagerly anticipated summer holidays next week and as with many other families we plan to go camping to enjoy time together outdoors. From experience we have found that preparing to camp with kids takes considerable time and effort. We share our top tips in this article.
Our ten top tips for attending RIAT with kids including what to pack (ear defenders are a MUST for little ones), best places to sit for the air show…
Barmouth Bay Holiday Park is owned and operated by Away Resorts. The company, which prides itself on offering great British holidays, owns five holiday parks all located in stunning locations – Whitecliff Bay in the Isle of Wight, Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire, Mill Rythe in Hampshire, Mersea Island in Essex and Barmouth Bay in Snowdonia, West Wales. We were delighted when the lovely people at Away Resorts invited us to review Barmouth Bay Holiday Park.
Barbados is one of the most popular and longest-established islands in the Caribbean. It is a food lovers paradise and a perfect choice for families too. Visitors can expect turquoise blue Caribbean sea on the west coast and Atlantic surf on the east coast.
Postman Pat, Mr Bloom, Mr Tumble, the Octonauts, the ZingZillas, Upsy Daisy and the Numtums – Surely for a two-year old these are the coolest characters to celebrate your birthday with?! My youngest son certainly thought so when he celebrated his 2nd birthday with all of his favourite CBeebies characters at Alton Towers Resort a couple of weeks ago!
FUN, RELAXING & EASY are not words commonly used to describe a family holiday but this is exactly how I would describe our stay with Mark Warner!
I have divided my top tips for a Mark Warner summer holiday into two sections – booking tips and practical tips. I hope you find them useful for making the most of your family holiday!
It is a new concept to our family holiday childcare. Apart from one brief experience whilst on holiday in Antigua we have always kept both boys with us whilst on holiday, occasionally taking it in turns to have some time out. My husband and I were therefore apprehensive about using the childcare at Mark Warner’s Lakitira Beach Resort.
Wychwood Festival you ROCK! We have had an incredible time today! If you are planning on attending the event check out our Wychwood Festival review and our top tips for a memorable weekend.
Berkeley Castle has been on my wish list of places to visit with my sons for a while, I was therefore delighted to be invited to the popular family attraction to review and host a family pass giveaway. The castle was completed in the late 12th century and has been the home to the Berkeley family ever since. It is the oldest inhabited castle in England, set in a staggering 6,000 acres of rural estate.
As soon as I opened the email from Traverse Events describing the eagerly anticipated ‘Sunday Experiences’ I signed up for the white water rafting at the Cardiff International White Water Centre. There were two reasons for this – Firstly to make the most of being child-free for the weekend (whoop!) and take part in an activity I could not yet enjoy with my two and five-year old sons. Secondly…
This is the third article in the series ‘Tips from a Flight Attendant’ featuring tips for preventing travel sickness. Sarah has assisted many passengers combat travel sickness during her five years working as a flight attendant and she kindly shares her experience with us in this article.
Over the last few years my husband and I have become experts at carefully navigating our way around our front room floor without disturbing complex train tracks. Both of our boys are train mad and therefore we jumped at the opportunity to review the Staffordshire based attraction knowing they would enjoy the family fun at Thomas Land!
Antigua is located in the Eastern side of the Leeward Islands. The unique selling point of the island is that it has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. Although I visited many beaches during my frequent stops in Antigua whilst working on the cruise ships and more recently during our family holiday, I cannot (unfortunately) vouch for all 365!
Thoughts of a Caribbean holiday conjure up images of swaying palm trees, powder white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and steel drum music. Whilst these images are perfectly accurate and indeed the main draw of the region, the 7000 islands that make up the Caribbean also have a unique appeal, character and charm. Some of the islands are also better suited to families than others. This article looks at the most family friendly Caribbean islands.
If you have visited Tortola whilst on a cruise do not make the same mistake that I did, in thinking that you have ‘done’ the British Virgin Islands… I had visited Tortola every fortnight for three cruise seasons when working onboard cruise ships however, during a familiarisation trip with the BVI tourist board, I quickly realised that I had barely scratched the surface of what the region has to offer during my time at sea….
Copenhagen is a fabulous city break destination for families. The city is more compact than other major European city break destinations such as Paris, it is also very child friendly with many family attractions.
So the carefree days of travelling with just hand luggage and a passport may now be over however, there are lots of unmissable holidays when you have children. This article will highlight the holidays you can look forward to as a new parent.
A summary of the experiences my husband and I enjoyed before having children. The carefree days with no worries of baby nap times…
Invest time and money in buying and packing the right kit, consider your baby’s routine and pack your sense of humour!
This article will list travel kit which has proven invaluable during holidays away with our boys and also provide travel tips to ensure fun memorable family holidays!
I’m always on the look out for new festive events to try and so jumped at the chance to review the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle during its grand reopening at the weekend. So what did we think about the light trail? Is it truly spectacular and worth a visit over the next two weeks?
I absolutely love this time of year… meeting Santa, watching panto, Christmas shopping but bloody heck it’s expensive! With the kids breaking up from school soon I’ve been looking for some festive and budget-friendly things we can do together over the Christmas holidays. I thought you may find this list handy too!