The new Monday Escapes

The new Monday Escapes

I have the absolute pleasure of welcoming you to the new Monday Escapes! As many of you will know, Ting from My Travel Monkey and Allane from Packing My Suitcase have decided to hand over the reins. They hosted their fabulous and inspiring travel linky for over a year and had over 160 bloggers link up more than 2,300 links. That is an incredible amount of inspiring travel stories!

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.

50 ideas for summer holiday fun in Gloucestershire

50 ideas for summer holiday fun in Gloucestershire

Worried about how you are going to entertain your children over the six-week summer holidays without spending a fortune?! Below you will find 50 ideas handpicked by me, a local mum, for summer holiday fun in Gloucestershire. The events and activities are divided into – free events; budget ideas that won’t break the bank; days out and rainy day ideas (in case this gorgeous weather doesn’t continue!)

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….

Pizza with the Num Noms in Gloucester Quays

Pizza with the Num Noms in Gloucester Quays

My first thought when asked to attend a party to celebrate the launch of the new Num Noms was what the heck are Num Noms! Fortunately Charlie, my five-year old, is more hip and with it! After giving me the ‘look’ (you know the one, the look that makes you question whether you have just grown another head!) he proceeded to patiently tell me that Num Noms are “little squishy creatures that smell nice and scoot about!”