Our stay at the Hilton Leicester #StayPlayExplore

Hilton Leicester

Last week I wrote a post about what we got up to on our Stay, Play, Explore break in Leicestershire, but what was the accommodation like? As part of the Stay, Play, Explore package, we stayed at the Hilton in Leicester as it is an excellent base for exploring the attractions and landmarks of this city. The hotel is comfortable and modern and as a family travelling with 3 children, our room was large enough for us all with two queen size beds and a double sofa bed. This room was bright and airy and cam with a 32-inch plasma TV… Continue Reading “Our stay at the Hilton Leicester #StayPlayExplore”

Keep ’Em Quiet’ – The ULTIMATE travel pack for Kids

We are seasoned travellers with children and the key to a peaceful journey is keeping the kids occupied. What parent hasn’t been here? You’re five minutes into your journey with the kids, the immortal phrase “Are we nearly there yet?” has already been uttered, the tantrums start and they just won’t stop! You want peace and quiet, the other passengers are huffing and puffing, your child is bored – the iPad is on flight mode so Wi-Fi is disabled, they don’t want to watch the same episode of Peppa Pig again (as you forgot to download something else) – and… Continue Reading “Keep ’Em Quiet’ – The ULTIMATE travel pack for Kids”

A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

During our recent visit to Scotland our hosts, Louise and Graeme from Newton Farm gave us lots of fabulous suggestions of places to visit and one that stood out immediately was Dunnottar Castle. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland near Stonehaven, about an hour from where we were staying and is the inspiration behind Merida’s DunBroch family castle from the film Brave. The castle is hidden from the road and is a short walk along an uneven path from the car park but as soon as it comes into view you know you are visiting… Continue Reading “A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland”

What Are the Top Family Activities in Scotland This Winter?

Edinburgh

Be sure to pack your wellington boots and a rain jacket if you’re planning on visiting Scotland in the upcoming months! Don’t let the weather put you off, though; taking some time to visit this beautiful country in the winter months means fewer crowds, but still so much to see and do. While the children may not think Scotland is the most exciting and desirable holiday destination, the whole family may be surprised by the variety of activities, destinations and events on offer — all given an idyllic twist over the festive period. From city breaks to countryside strolls, here… Continue Reading “What Are the Top Family Activities in Scotland This Winter?”

The Jurassic Coast by Air and Foot

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go on a helicopter flight over the Jurassic coast, an amazing experience which I highly recommend. Being just half an hour long, it didn’t go all the way along the 96 mile coastline, instead concentrating on the area heading east from Exmouth along the Lyme Bay coastline to Lyme Regis and Charmouth and back again. We visit Lyme Regis and Charmouth fairly regularly but have never visited the Devon part of the Jurassic coastline which stretches as far as Orcombe Point near Exmouth so on a weekend break to Lyme Regis I… Continue Reading “The Jurassic Coast by Air and Foot”

Our Visit to the D-Day Beaches

Point Du Hoc

It has been a poignant few weeks with the anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944. Back in February we visited Normandy, staying at a gorgeous family friendly gite, which was the perfect base for exploring all the sites that were hugely significant during World War II. Top of Hubby’s wishlist to visit were all the beaches where the landings took place and I have to admit that even though the kids didn’t really understand the significance of where we were, they were happy to play whilst we looked at memorials etc. The first beach we visited was Utah Beach,… Continue Reading “Our Visit to the D-Day Beaches”

Butlins by the Sea!

This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to Butlins, Bognor Regis to experience their Diversity Break. We were all very excited, having stayed in the Wave Hotel back in 2014. The kids were especially looking forward to all the activities that they have on offer. This time we were booked to stay in the Gold Apartments and we unloaded the car as soon as we arrived and headed off to find our apartment. I hadn’t thought to tell Butlins that we had a toddler with us and sadly they had put us on the top floor which wasn’t ideal as the… Continue Reading “Butlins by the Sea!”

Dubai Dreams with the Teens

Disneyland Paris

Last time we went abroad with our eldest three children together they looked like this: It is horrifying to think that this was almost 13 years ago! We have had holiday’s in between but they were all in the UK, usually in a caravan somewhere in Cornwall or the Isle of Wight. The last holiday we had all together was to Coombe Mill in Cornwall for Christmas 2014, which I had thought of as our last full family holiday. I had thought that the days of holidaying with us parents had been and gone, however, whenever we go abroad they… Continue Reading “Dubai Dreams with the Teens”

How to Survive a Festival with Kids in Tow!

Camp Bestival

We have just returned from our third year at Camp Bestival, a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday. When we say we are off to a festival with children in tow, we get comments such as “Are you mad?”, “How do you cope?” and “Is it really suitable for children?”. In answer to those questions; we are not mad, we get organised and yes, the event caters for children of all ages as it features a truly enormous kids’ area with a host of thrilling activities from soft play and circus… Continue Reading “How to Survive a Festival with Kids in Tow!”

Enjoy a Villa Holiday and Bring the Whole Family Along

Villa Serena

Summer has arrived and families in search of sun, sand and unforgettable memories will love the assortment of activities and experiences on offer throughout Italy’s Puglia region. With a portfolio of luxurious holiday villas peppered across Puglia, Aria Luxury Apulia is the perfect platform to find private self-contained accommodation that the whole family will love. Chiara Tenuzzo, Director of Aria Luxury Apulia said, “Holidaying together is a hugely important way for families to bond and connect. Unlike hotels, private villas offer families the chance to enjoy each other’s company in an environment that’s intimate, relaxed and social. We’ve got something… Continue Reading “Enjoy a Villa Holiday and Bring the Whole Family Along”