Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. The castle was built in 1177 by John de Courcy and is still remarkably intact, making it perfect for exploring. From the outside of the castle, you can see various models looking through windows, or guarding the towers which really bring the history to life. The kids were most fascinated by the “murder hole” in the ceiling of the gateway. It would have been used in defence of the castle, allowing defenders to fire, throw or pour harmful… Continue Reading “Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids”

Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line

Stena Line Lagan

When researching travel options for our holiday to Northern Ireland we decided that taking ferry would be the sensible and most affordable option as we would be able to take our car with us. Checking-in was straightforward and after picking up our boarding pass, we had a short wait before making our way onboard. What did surprise me was that the Stena Line Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast would take 8 hours and I did wonder if we would be able to keep the kids occupied for that amount of time, however I need not have worried about keeping the… Continue Reading “Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line”

Visiting Guinness Storehouse with Kids

Guinness Storehouse

During our visit to Northern Ireland we couldn’t leave without heading over the border for a whistle stop tour of Dublin, as it is only a couple of hours drive from Belfast. Hubby is a Guinness drinker, so visiting the Guinness Storehouse was the first thing on our list to do, plus kids under 13 go FREE, which is always a bonus. If you are travelling by car, there is also complimentary parking for Storehouse visitors on Crane Street. Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin and so confident of his product was… Continue Reading “Visiting Guinness Storehouse with Kids”

Top Tips for finding accessible holidays

Wheelchair Beach

Many of us take booking a holiday for granted, but what about those with limited mobility or those needing pet friendly properties for people with hearing or visual impairments? Many places in the UK and abroad now offer accessible facilities to cater for everyone’s needs, but it is important to do your research before booking to ensure that it meets your own specific requirements. Mobility Plus has put together their Top 5 accessible stays in the UK but here is my checklist for booking your holiday. Research Online Have a look at the accommodations accessibility statement and any other information… Continue Reading “Top Tips for finding accessible holidays”

What to pack when travelling with the kids

Ferry

Knowing what to pack when travelling with the family can be a challenge, especially if you are visiting somewhere with a temperate climate like ours. We prefer to travel out of season as the destinations we head to are often cheaper and quieter, however, it can also mean that the weather can be unpredictable, so knowing what to pack can give you a headache. This February half term, we headed to Northern Ireland by car, which although gave us a little more space for extra’s than if we travelled by air, still meant we had to pack fairly lightly as… Continue Reading “What to pack when travelling with the kids”

Puy du Fou – what is new for 2019

Medieval Village

Last year I enjoyed a press trip to Puy du Fou with Britmums and loved it so much that I have booked to take Hubby and the kids back to experience all the action in May. As well as all the shows that I saw when I was there, they have invested €28.5m into improving the park entrances and on a new spectacular immersive attraction and I for one cannot wait to see it. Grand-scale new attraction for 2019 – ‘Le Premier Royaume’ 2019 sees the opening of an extraordinary new production, ‘Le Premier Royaume’, which will be located in… Continue Reading “Puy du Fou – what is new for 2019”

10 Travel Goals for 2019

Walking Holiday

Our family motto is “Collect Moments, Not Things” and we love to travel, whether it is to somewhere 30 minutes up the road, or a few hours on a plane. If money was no object, I would have no qualms about home schooling the kids and heading off to see the world, however, like many families we are bound by budgets and school holidays, so we have to be a bit more realistic. Our top ten travel goals for 2019 Visit Iceland If you look back at my blog, Iceland has been top of my bucket list since I started… Continue Reading “10 Travel Goals for 2019”

Our Year of Travel in 2018

Paris

Last year I wrote a post all about our travel plans for 2018 and although we succeeded in travelling to the places we had already booked, plus a couple more, we didn’t manage to achieve any of the places on our wish list. This time last year we had planned holiday’s booked with Martinhal Resorts in Lisbon, Portugal, Camp Bestival and Christmas at Coombe Mill to look forward to, but this year we have booked nothing, mostly due to the fact that Hubby was threatened with redundancy at the end of the year and we only learned that he had… Continue Reading “Our Year of Travel in 2018”

My Top Posts of 2018

Bolton Abbey

I love looking back at my old posts, mainly as a reminder of the adventures we got up to throughout the year. I was also very excited to find out today that I made the top 20 travel bloggers chart in the UK for 2018 on Trips100, so thank you all for reading. Here are my most read posts of 2018 Our Favourite Beaches for Fossil Hunting in Dorset We live in Dorset and I love sharing our top tips for exploring this beautiful county. One of our favourite activities is fossil hunting and we have definitely got better at… Continue Reading “My Top Posts of 2018”