Taking a Novasol European Tour

Eco Gites Lenault

Have you heard of Novasol before? No? If I am honest, neither had I before they asked me to run a fun quiz in my house with a bunch of my friends, all about the locations in Europe where they have holiday homes. Novasol Holiday Homes  is part of the Wyndham Holiday group and have over 44,000 holiday homes in 29 countries, all across Europe. Whether you want to rent an apartment in Spain, a houseboat in Germany, a thatched cottage in the Netherlands, a Chateau in France or a lakeside villa in Norway they have something for everyone and… Continue Reading “Taking a Novasol European Tour”

Packing Light with a Family

Trunki

As a family who travel regularly with 4 of our children, we often find that space is at a premium, so packing light is essential. We have a seven seater car and with one of the seats up in the boot, you can imagine that squeezing in all the paraphernalia that comes with travelling with kids can be a challenge and we are often faced with a spot of car jenga. In order to squeeze everyone and everything we need into the car we utilise every single bit of space we can find in the car. Thankfully the kids are still… Continue Reading “Packing Light with a Family”

The Annual Poole New Year’s Day Bath Tub Race 2017

We always try to attend local events, especially those that are raising money for charity and this year we finally got to the annual New Year’s Day Bath Tub Race on Poole Quay. What we were not expecting was the sheer number of people who turned up to watch the race and we struggled to get a good view as our planned location to watch the race was rammed already, but we did manage to find a raised flower bed to stand on to get a view of the race. There were literally thousands of people lining the quayside to… Continue Reading “The Annual Poole New Year’s Day Bath Tub Race 2017”

10 Reasons to Buy a Merlin Annual Pass this January

We love exploring the UK with the family and often head out for day trips both near and far from home. Of course day trips cost money and one of the way we save on our travels is to buy a Merlin Annual Pass which gets us into 32 attractions across the UK. Merlin have just launched their famed January sale for the Merlin Annual Pass, meaning that you can get 12 months of fun from just £109 per person, but is it worth it? The simple answer is “Yes!” We have had so much use out of ours in… Continue Reading “10 Reasons to Buy a Merlin Annual Pass this January”

10 Things to do in Dorset in Winter with Kids

Bournemouth Pier

Finding things to entertain the kids in winter can be a real challenge with many local attractions shutting down for the coldest months, but there are still lots of fun things to do with the kids. Bournemouth Wheel Fancy seeing Bournemouth from 100ft in the air, then this is for you. Hurry though, it is only open until 7th January. Ice Skating We have three rinks to choose from locally although the open-air one in Bournemouth Gardens operated by Ice Skate Bournemouth is only open until 3rd January. The Cool Coast Rink at the BIC is open until 19th February and… Continue Reading “10 Things to do in Dorset in Winter with Kids”

Robin Hood at The Mayflower Southampton

Robin Hood

This year I have been in Panto heaven with not one, not two but three pantomimes to see. My first was Cinderella at the Pavilion, Bournemouth, the second was Aladdin at Lighthouse, Poole and on Christmas Eve, Hubby surprised us with tickets to watch Robin Hood at the Mayflower. We love our local productions, but there is something special about the Mayflower as it seats 55,000 people and always does West End quality productions. This year the Panto stars were Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace (Alfie and Kat from Eastenders) and Jeffrey Holland of Hi-De-Hi fame as the Dame. It… Continue Reading “Robin Hood at The Mayflower Southampton”

#SailwithSanta with City Cruises Poole

Last year we enjoyed a rather blustery Santa Cruise with City Cruises Poole and despite the weather doing its best to dampen our spirits we couldn’t wait to do it again this year. Thankfully this year the weather was the complete opposite of last year and Poole Harbour was a millpond when we arrived to Sail with Santa. We were over the moon to be welcomed by Dr Balloonman whom had entertained the kids so brilliantly last year. We collected our complimentary soft drink and cookie for the kids and our mince pie and warming coffee (they also offer a glass of mulled… Continue Reading “#SailwithSanta with City Cruises Poole”