Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast

Old Harry Rocks

My husband has kayaked out to Old Harry Rocks with Kian a few times now, but I have always been left in charge of the small people. Last week was our 14th wedding anniversary and when he asked what I wanted to do, it was top of my wish list. We booked a half day Old Harry Rocks Tour with Fore Adventure, who are based in Middle Beach car park in Studland Bay. The tour starts on the beach, with an introduction to the tandem kayaks and how to use them safely by our guide for the day, Josh. The bay… Continue Reading “Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast”

Testing out our new Paddle Board on the River Stour

SUP Board

My husband has been hinting that he wanted his own paddle board ever since had a SUP lesson in Studland Bay with Fore Adventure last year, so I surprised him with one for his birthday. We knew the kids would be keen to give it a try too, so decided to head to the river as we knew it would be a bit calmer for their first try. Eye Bridge, on the Kingston Lacy estate in Wimborne, is the perfect location for paddle boarding, as the River Stour is wide and gentle at this point, there is a small car… Continue Reading “Testing out our new Paddle Board on the River Stour”

Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope

Hotel-Alteora-Futuroscope

When researching our recent holiday to France, I wanted to stay as close to Futuroscope as possible. The area around Futuroscope reminded us of Milton Keynes as is surrounded by a business park and hotels, so there are plenty to choose from, including one on site, but we opted for Hotel Altéora Futuroscope, just 500m from the main entrance. Situated opposite the Palais des Congrès, the hotel does offer a free shuttle bus service to the park entrance, but we chose to walk along the tree lined road as it is just a 10 minute walk. With five of us… Continue Reading “Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope”

3 tips for enjoying long haul flights with children

Plane

Everyone gets a bit terrified when planning a long journey with children. The benefit of a car journey is that you can stop every now and then to get some fresh air and a little personal space. Travelling by aeroplane, however, is a different matter entirely.  We’ve all seen it when standing in line waiting to board. Parents and children getting ushered along to board first, and you can feel a collective inward groan from the other passengers. Perhaps you are one of those groaning at the thought of being stuck in a metal tube thousands of feet above the… Continue Reading “3 tips for enjoying long haul flights with children”

Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou

La Citadelle

When I visited Puy du Fou for the first time last year, I stayed at Îles de Clovis, which is a middle age lake-side settlement with fifty huts built on stilts, with thatched roofs and half-timbering, that were eco-designed to recreate the authentic ambiance of a village from the Merovingian period. There are five themed hotels to choose from; Le Logis de Lescure – an 18th century lodge, La Citadelle – a medieval castle, Camp du Drap d’Or – a Tudor style encampment that look like opulent tents, La Villa Gallo-Romaine – an ancient Roman villa and The Îles de Clovis. When we… Continue Reading “Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou”

How to plan for a gap year trip

Gap Year

Your once little ones have now reached the terrifying age of 18 and are officially no longer children. Suddenly the doors of life burst open and things that were once illegal are now part of their everyday lives; being able to vote, get married, apply for a mortgage, get a tattoo, just to name a few.  An increasingly popular thing young adults often find themselves doing is heading off on a gap year.  The experience of going it alone and seeing the world can be one of the best times of their life, and a memory they will remember forever.… Continue Reading “How to plan for a gap year trip”

Tower Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday with exclusive family events this weekend

Tower-Bridge

Did you know that Tower Bridge was officially opened on 30th June 1894 and is celebrating its 125th birthday this Sunday with a host of 125th birthday events taking place over the coming weeks. To celebrate the official anniversary weekend, on 29th and 30th June, you can meet the workers, engineers and passers-by that once inhabited Tower Bridge for a special admission entry offer of £1.25, which is available for all visitors when purchased on the day, including exclusive souvenir bookmark. Tickets cannot be booked in advance so make sure you arrive early. Taking inspiration from the ever-growing archive of… Continue Reading “Tower Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday with exclusive family events this weekend”