Monday Escapes #55

Monday Escapes #55

Good morning and welcome Monday Escapers. I’m in total holiday planning mode at the moment with three blog review trips coming up soon… a cottage break in Cornwall with friends, a family holiday in Lincolnshire, a week at Bluestone in Wales and I’m trying to arrange our European summer road trip at the moment too. I’m exhausted just thinking about all of the packing, unpacking and laundry I will be doing!

Family travel inspiration: Sifnos, a Greek island with beautiful beaches

Family travel inspiration: Sifnos, a Greek island with beautiful beaches

If you are struggling to make the all important decision – where to spend your eagerly anticipated family summer holiday, then this article may just help you decide! We have teamed up with Verina Hotels Sifnos, a complex of Greek boutique hotels and villas in the western Cyclades Greece, to share with you why we feel the island of Sifnos is perfect for beach loving families.

Our travel plans for 2017 & some rather exciting news!

Our travel plans for 2017 & some rather exciting news!

Last year we planned to go on a ski holiday to France and revisit our old home, Savannah, in the USA… Instead we went on a family water sports holiday in Greece and a cruise around the Mediterranean and Canaries! Clearly we are hopeless at sticking to plans, mainly because we find it so difficult to choose as we enjoy all types of holidays – from camping through to cruising and everything in between…

A splashtastic day at Siam Park, The Water Kingdom, Tenerife

A splashtastic day at Siam Park, The Water Kingdom, Tenerife

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…

Five years, two kids, countless walks & holidays – one Britax pushchair!

Five years, two kids, countless walks & holidays – one Britax pushchair!

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.

Tips for cruising with kids by experienced cruisers

Tips for cruising with kids by experienced cruisers

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…

Your 5-point guide to thrifty family travels

Your 5-point guide to thrifty family travels

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.

Reviewed – A family break at Barmouth Bay Holiday Park

Reviewed – A family break at Barmouth Bay Holiday Park

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.

Review Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

Review Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

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.

A splashtastic time white water rafting in Cardiff

A splashtastic time white water rafting in Cardiff

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…

Travel Loving Family’s guide to the BVI

Travel Loving Family’s guide to the BVI

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….

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centre

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centre

We celebrated Easter last year with a visit to Wyevale Garden Centre in Gloucester to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.  If you are considering booking it as a special treat for your children this Easter we can definitely recommend it. The event is taking place at selected Wyevale Garden Centres from the 1st to the 23rd April, pre booking is essential.  This is how we got on last Easter…

Monday Escapes #54

Monday Escapes #54

Good morning and welcome Monday Escapers. Another fortnight has passed and spring is finally here, hurrah! The last two weeks have been rather low-key as I’ve been looking after my boys who both had chicken pox. My youngest caught it just before the half term holidays and my eldest the week after the half term… he is like me and doesn’t like to miss out on the fun!

Monday Escapes #53

Monday Escapes #53

Good morning Monday Escapers! I hope like me you are enjoying your first lazy morning of the half term holidays?! I didn’t intend on having a lazy start to the half term, my husband and I were supposed to be enjoying a few childfree days in York but instead we are home looking our youngest son who has chicken pox, bless him! Hopefully he will feel better soon and we can make the most of the half term events taking place in Gloucestershire.