A Stay at Newfield Hall in the Yorkshire Dales with HF Holiday’s

Gordale Scar

Last summer we enjoyed our first walking holiday with HF Holiday’s at their stunning Lake District property, Monk Coniston which was set on the shores of Coniston Water. This May half term, we headed out on another adventure with HF Holiday’s, but this time to Newfield Hall, a grand 19th century country house with magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales. We arrived late at the property, having done battle with the bank holiday traffic, but still got a warm welcome. Poor Sebby had been ill in the car just as we arrived and the manager helped us get sorted quickly… Continue Reading “A Stay at Newfield Hall in the Yorkshire Dales with HF Holiday’s”

Poppies: Wave at Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries

Poppy Wave

Did someone say “FREE day out”? We love exploring museums with the kids as it gives them a real insight into life gone by or an interest in science and they are even better when they are free. Fort Nelson is a 19th Century Fort which looks over the city of Portsmouth and the Solent and displays a number of significant pieces of artillery and artillery related artefacts through the ages. There are over 700 items of artillery from many countries which span over 600 years, many of which are brought to life whilst sensitively telling the unique stories behind… Continue Reading “Poppies: Wave at Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries”

What to pack for a walking holiday with kids

Walking Holiday

Last year we enjoyed our first walking holiday in the Lake District and loved it so much we have just returned from another break, but this time in Yorkshire. We travelled with HF Holiday’s who specialise in walking holidays and have some fabulous Family Walking Holiday’s to choose from. Accommodation is in a country house setting, with all breakfasts & evening meals served at family-friendly times, plus you are provided with a tailored packed lunch for every walk. There is a choice of up to four guided walks a day for all abilities with experienced and knowledgeable guides leading the… Continue Reading “What to pack for a walking holiday with kids”

Knights of Royal England’s Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace

Jousting winner

Over the first May Bank Holiday weekend, we were invited to watch the Knights of Royal England’s Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace has been on my visit wish list for some time and it certainly did not disappoint. Blenheim Palace is a stunning English country house situated in the civil parish of Blenheim near Woodstock, Oxfordshire most famous for being the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. It is now home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. We arrived… Continue Reading “Knights of Royal England’s Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace”

5 fantastic days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon

Ever since the rise of seaside resorts and the arrival of the railways in the late 1900s, Devon has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Famed for its fantastic beaches, landscape World Heritage Sites and quaint villages and towns, Devon is a great holiday destination for the whole family. I have teamed up with holiday cottage specialists Blue Chip Holidays to compile a list of our top days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon. The English Riviera – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Probably the most famous destination in Devon, is steeped in… Continue Reading “5 fantastic days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon”