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 in a newly refurbished cottage with Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight

Rookley Lakes

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight to see their newly refurbished holiday cottages and lakeside homes. Rookley Park is part of Island View Holidays which own several sites on the Isle of Wight, as well as sites in mainland UK too and we set off on a Wightlink ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on a wet and blustery day. Rookley Park is home to a beautiful collection of holiday cottages, lakehouses and caravans in a (mostly) sunny parkland setting at the heart of the Isle of Wight. This idyllic countryside location is within… Continue Reading “A Stay in a newly refurbished cottage with Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight”

Words and Phrases to Make Sure You Know before Your Big Trip

Saariselka

Wherever and whenever you set out on your adventures, it is always good to be a little prepared, and that includes knowing a little of the language of the place you are visiting. Even just some basic vocabulary can make all the difference and with so many language learning services and tools around such as Duolingo or Language Trainers, there’s no reason as to why you shouldn’t prepare yourself. In the meantime, knowing what you want to learn is half the battle. See which words and phrases you should learn that will surely come in handy no matter where you are… Continue Reading “Words and Phrases to Make Sure You Know before Your Big Trip”

A visit to Pena Palace with the kids

Pena Palace

In my last post I talk about visiting the beautiful town of Sintra and Castelo Dos Mouros with the kids. Once we had climbed down from the castle, we caught the 434 tourist bus to take us up to Pena Palace, the most popular tourist attraction in Sintra. It is possible to walk it but it is situated at the second highest point of the Serra da Sintra so not ideal for little legs. Thankfully we jumped the queue for tickets as had bought a combined ticket for both attractions earlier in the day. Once inside you can walk up… Continue Reading “A visit to Pena Palace with the kids”

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”