Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts

Lisbon, Portugal

The weeks between Christmas and the February half term holiday always feel miserable weather wise, and this year is no exception. As I write this storm Georgina has blasted into the UK and is doing its best to batter our house and garden, with our just repaired fence looking a little precarious already. Last year we headed to Angus, Scotland in February and had the most amazing time, playing in the snow in Glen Doll, exploring Scottish Castles and sampling the delights of Edinburgh but this year we have tempted away by some winter sun and are heading to Portugal.… Continue Reading “Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts”

Never be without charge with the VARTA Slim Power Bank

VARTA Power Bank

Tired of your phone battery dying just as the ideal photo opportunity arises? Never miss out on capturing that Instagram-worthy selfie, landscape or flat lay again, with the latest pocket-sized portable power solution from VARTA. The VARTA Slim Power Bank is a smart design, combining sophisticated style with technical precision. It’s packed with enough power to charge a phone two and half times over or one tablet fully. With two ports to allow two devices to be charged simultaneously, as well as a USB Type C outport to charge the latest smartphones, you’ll never be short of power again. What’s… Continue Reading “Never be without charge with the VARTA Slim Power Bank”

Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland

Searching for Santa at Santa's Lapland

Day two of our three-day trip to Saariselkä was our Search for Santa day. We were given our coach times the day before we left and we were one of the first to arrive for our day that promised to be packed full of fun. Tucked in our pockets were our magic tickets (the kids letters to Santa, that we had “posted” a few weeks previously) and the timings for our husky rides, the only set time given on the day. The rest of the day we could do whatever took our fancy. We arrived to a covering of fresh snow… Continue Reading “Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland”

Cabin Zero Travel Bag Review #mycabinzero

Cabin Zero

We do a fair bit of travelling and have been looking for the perfect weekend bag that can carry everything we need so we don’t have to continually get suitcases out of the loft. Being a family travelling as a group of five, finding the right bag was no easy task. The bag needed to be light-weight, multi-functional, compact, easy to carry but also durable and sturdy. Let me introduce you to Cabin Zero! This bag is their ‘Classic’ – an ultra-light cabin and travel bag which has a large 44 litre capacity. The bag also features side compression straps,… Continue Reading “Cabin Zero Travel Bag Review #mycabinzero”

Packing for the family holiday: 5 medical essentials

First Aid Kit

Family holidays are always guaranteed to be a bundle of fun, so long as you’re guaranteeing your health and safety are on top form. Here are five medical essentials to keep in mind before heading on your travels. Pack a basic travel kit Depending on where you’re going, you’ll want to bring a basic kit that includes all of the essentials. Consider everything from plasters to a thermometer, so that no matter what predicament either you or the little ones land yourself in, you’ll always be well equipped to deal with it. Remember to include sufficient medication, too. Things such… Continue Reading “Packing for the family holiday: 5 medical essentials”

10 Reasons we are Staying with Pitch Village at Camp Bestival

Pitch Village

This year will be our 4th year at Camp Bestival and saying we are excited is an understatement! Last year, however, we discovered a new way to camp and will never go back to general camping again. Pitch Village takes the fuss out of festivals so you can get back to enjoying the bands and amazing atmosphere! They are a “pre-pitched accommodation provider” which means they will have everything from the tent pitched to the mattress inflated before you arrive on site. The benefits of staying with Pitch Village 1.  One Car: Before now we have had to take two… Continue Reading “10 Reasons we are Staying with Pitch Village at Camp Bestival”

A Trip to see the Ducklings at Arundel Wetland Centre

Arundel Wetlands Centre

I grew up in West Sussex, not far from the beautiful town of Arundel. I have fond memories of travelling up the River Arun, stopping off at the Black Rabbit for lunch, charging around Swanbourne Lake and visiting the Arundel Wetlands Centre in the hope of spotting my favourite ducks. We last visited the Wetland Centre in August 2015, but we have been itching to return to see the ducks in all their colours and hopefully some ducklings too. Arundel Wetlands Centre is home to exotic ducks, rare geese and water voles. Make sure you go armed with some 20p’s… Continue Reading “A Trip to see the Ducklings at Arundel Wetland Centre”

A Stay Play Explore Short Break in Leicestershire

National Space Centre

This weekend we were invited to try a Stay, Play and Explore short break in Leicestershire. For just £149 (£159 during bank holiday weekends) a family of 2 adults and 2 children can visit any 3 out of 10 exciting attractions and enjoy overnight accommodation including breakfast at a choice of 4 star family friendly hotels and for larger families like ours you can buy an additional child ticket for £20. The attractions included are National Space Centre, Conkers, Twycross Zoo, Twinlakes Theme Park, Stonehurst Family Farm, Swadlincote Ski Centre, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Bosworth Water Park  and King Richard III… Continue Reading “A Stay Play Explore Short Break in Leicestershire”

Our Travel wishlist for 2017

Carnival Vista

Writing a travel wishlist for the year is always trickier than a days out one as a lot depends on being able to get time off work and having the money to do it. Our travel plans have already changed this year with our holiday to Disneyland Paris during the kids extended half term break, cancelled as Hubby cannot get the time off work. To say we are disappointed is an understatement as every time Sebby sees an advert on the TV he exclaims that he wants to go there. Lesson One: Book school holiday time off as early as… Continue Reading “Our Travel wishlist for 2017”

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?”