My Top Tips for visiting Miracle Square and Pisa

Baptistry

The fourth port we docked in on our Mediterranean cruise aboard Carnival Vista was Livorno which is a short coach ride from Pisa and Florence. We made the decision to just visit Pisa and take the kids along for the ride as it was a relatively short excursion in comparison to some. We parked in a car park at the edge of the town and hopped onboard a trolley (land train), which took us on a bumpy ride around the town, showing us the sights before ending up in Miracle Square itself. I never realised that there was so much… Continue Reading “My Top Tips for visiting Miracle Square and Pisa”

Enjoy Spooktacular Views this Half-Term as Kids Go Free at The View from The Shard

The Shard

To celebrate Halloween and October half-term, The View from The Shard will be offering each paying adult, two child tickets free of charge (valid for children aged 4 – 15 years) between Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 30thOctober 2016. Wrap-up your little pumpkins and head to The View from The Shard, where you will be able to spot both historic and modern landmarks and discover over a 1,000 years of London’s history. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, and the tallest building in Western Europe, families will experience 360-degree views for up to… Continue Reading “Enjoy Spooktacular Views this Half-Term as Kids Go Free at The View from The Shard”

A Visit to Car Fest South

Right at the end of the summer we spent our last weekend of freedom at Car Fest South in Hampshire thanks to an invite from Peugeot. As it is less than an hour from home and we had just returned from a holiday abroad we made the decision to travel up to the event on both days, rather than camp. I have always wanted to go to Car Fest, but Hubby is not car mad and was skeptical about a car led event, but we all had the most amazing time. Car Fest is an annual motoring festival held in Cheshire… Continue Reading “A Visit to Car Fest South”

#Win Four Tickets to Fright Night at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park

Can you believe that Fright Nights at Thorpe Park are celebrating their 15th birthday this year? NEW for 2016, Thorpe Park unveil Platform 15 – the Park’s largest scare maze to date covering 450m in their woodlands which have never before been explored. Can you uncover the dark secret of the infamous Sleeper Express and outrun what lies at the end of the line? Live action horror mazes return alongside thrilling rides in the dark including THE SWARM, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, SAW – The Ride’s 100ft ‘beyond vertical’ drop and Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters.… Continue Reading “#Win Four Tickets to Fright Night at Thorpe Park”

Ten Things Not To Miss Aboard Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista

We have just returned from an amazing holiday aboard the Carnival Vista cruise ship which has so much to see and do onboard that you don’t actually have to step onshore if you don’t want to. Some activities only run on sea days and we only had one sea day on our 8 day Mediterranean cruise so you need to be on the ball not to miss some activities. Our top ten things to do onboard the Carnival Vista are: 1. The Sail Away Party Hosted on the Lido Deck as you leave the first port of the cruise, in… Continue Reading “Ten Things Not To Miss Aboard Carnival Vista”

Travelling to France: Ferry vs Plane

Condor Ferry

Back in February we made the journey from Poole to St Malo in France for half term. It was a holiday we thoroughly enjoyed, although surviving a ferry journey with kids in bad weather was a steep learning curve. Taking the ferry is far less hassle than travelling by air, as you avoid long queues to check-in, excess baggage charges and a 2 hour wait for your flight to even board. Taking a ferry means you have to be at the terminal an hour before you need to board and can arrive closer to your final destination by choosing the closest… Continue Reading “Travelling to France: Ferry vs Plane”

Our top places to visit in Rome

Trevi Fountain

Our recent cruise aboard the Carnival Vista first took is to Messina, Sicily, then Naples where we made a visit to Pompeii and the next stop was Civitavecchia, the port closest to Rome. There were plenty of planned tours to purchase onboard the ship, however, we made the decision to explore Rome on our own which involved a coach taking us on the 90 minute journey to the city and leaving us to our own devices for several hours. The coach dropped us a mere five-minute walk from the Colosseum and armed with just a basic map of the city and a… Continue Reading “Our top places to visit in Rome”