New Forest Fairy Festival 2018

Back in August 2016 we visited the New Forest Fairy Festival for the first time and the kids fell in love with this eclectic event. Sadly we missed it last year as were away, but I promised Eliza I would take her again this year before we dropped Isaac at Cup Camp in the New Forest. The New Forest Fairy Festival is held in Burley, New Forest and is a weekend packed with entertainment and workshops for the whole family everyone is positively encouraged to dress in your finery and take part in the fancy dress competitions that are held on both… Continue Reading “New Forest Fairy Festival 2018”

A visit to Turtle Bay Bar and Restaurant – Bournemouth

Turtle Bay B'mth

We have been itching to try Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, for some time now and last month we were invited to our local Bournemouth branch to try out their fab menu. Turtle Bay specialises Caribbean sharing food, inspired by beach shack & street vendors across the Caribbean islands and their menu is packed full of great tasting dishes which you can choose to share with your fellow guests, or keep all to yourself. We opted for the Jerk Jerk platter with marinated jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, Jamaican beef patty, chicken flatbread, sweet corn fritters & super green… Continue Reading “A visit to Turtle Bay Bar and Restaurant – Bournemouth”

A Busy Day of Fun at Countryfile Live

Tree Climbing

We love exploring the British countryside as a family and watching the TV program Countryfile on a Sunday evening is our guilty pleasure. If you have not seen it, it is all about the people, places and stories making news in the British countryside. It features a good mix of conservation and British wildlife, farming and also has the best and most accurate weekly weather forecast we have found. It has also given us lots of ideas for family days out. This weekend we headed to Blenheim Palace for our very first visit to Countryfile Live and our first impression… Continue Reading “A Busy Day of Fun at Countryfile Live”

La Cinéscénie at Puy Du Fou – Review

La Cinéscénie

Puy du Fou is like no attraction I have even witnessed and, if I am honest, I am still struggling to put into words how awesome it is. The shows are literally ‘out of this world’ and will have you questioning yourself about how they pull off some of their amazing stunts and tricks. There was not one show that didn’t impress me and I loved them all, but throughout our visit we were told “Just wait for La Cinéscénie“. La Cinéscénie costs an extra €27 on top of park admission, although you can get this discounted if you buy it… Continue Reading “La Cinéscénie at Puy Du Fou – Review”

Exploring York with the JORVIK Group Pastport

City of York

I have wanted to visit York for some time, but living on the south coast it is too far away for a day tree and even a weekend break is a bit of a stretch, so when we ventured to the Yorkshire Dales for a family walking holiday, we added a day to our trip, so we could pay a visit. My fascination with York began when we learned about Vikings in school and now, with the kids learning about British history, plus our fondness for the show Vikings on Amazon Prime, we went in search of some Viking history.… Continue Reading “Exploring York with the JORVIK Group Pastport”

France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou

Last weekend I travelled to Nantes, France with Britmums on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses. Puy du Fou is France’s best kept secret despite being their second largest theme park, attracting over 2.26m visitors a year. Calling Puy du Fou (pronounced “pwee de foo”) a theme park is actually doing the park a disservice as it is so much more. There are no rides and no tacky merchandise, just pure entertainment in the form of spectacular daytime and evening shows and four period villages. When walking through these villages, you feel like you have… Continue Reading “France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou”

Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou

The Îles de Clovis

When Britmums invited me on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses, France I was intrigued. Labelled as a theme park and rated as the best in the world, I am still struggling to find the perfect words to describe it, other than “WOW!!”. What Puy Du Fou (pronounced Pwee de Foo) does offer is spectacular, immersive and awe-inspiring shows, rather than rides, that get your heart soaring and spark your emotions and the fun begins as soon as you step into one of their unusual hotels, which promise to send you… Continue Reading “Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou”

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”

A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage

Carisbrooke Castle Eliza

This weekend we were invited to stay on the Isle of Wight with Island View Holidays at Rookley Country Park and I put together an itinerary of where we would like to visit. Typically, the kids picked Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, where we had visited and enjoyed last year, but Hubby and I were more keen to take in some of the history of the island. On our journey from Yarmouth to Rookley where we were staying, we drove past Carisbrooke Castle and all agreed it was somewhere we would like to visit. Carisbrooke Castle is an English Heritage… Continue Reading “A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage”

Martinhal Cacais – the perfect location for a family holiday in Portugal

Over half term we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Lisbon, Portugal with Martinhal Resorts. We split our time in Lisbon between two of their family friendly resorts, Martinhal Cacais on the coast and Martinhal Chiado, the world’s first city centre Family Hotel, situated in the old town. As you might expect, the two resorts offer very different breaks, but both were perfectly suited to family travel and offered all the home from home comforts that you need when travelling with children. Martinhal Cacais was our first port of call on our holiday and is perfect for… Continue Reading “Martinhal Cacais – the perfect location for a family holiday in Portugal”