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Travel Products for Summer 2019

We have found some of the latest and funkiest products for making your travels with little ones that bit easier:

Munchkin Inflatable Duck TubMunchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub – £9.95

Make sure bath time routines are not disrupted by taking the Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub on your trip. The padded inflatable bath in the shape of a duck makes bathing comfortable for kids and the Munchkin White-Hot Safety Disc reveals the word ‘HOT’ when the bath water is too hot for baby. This is the perfect weekend away accompaniment for little ones 6 – 24 months old.

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We’re All Going On A Family Holiday!

We're All Going On A Family HolidayWritten by Claire Zakks, aka Mama Zakss

Picture this – you’re lying on your pineapple printed beach towel, best Love Islander swimsuit, feeling the warm sand trickling between your toes, the sound of the sea swishing calmly in the distance, ice cold Fanta lemon, the ultimate summer drink, quenching your thirst… that’s what holidays are about right?!

Well that’s what they were about, until you throw a child or two into the equation and we have a very different scenario. Your towel is likely to be hotel issued to save on that essential packing space, you’ve gone for comfort over style on the one piece M&S swimsuit, grains of sand being kicked up all over you, on your towel and in your bag guaranteed to remain there forever, peace and tranquility has turned to ‘Mummy, Mummy’, tantrum, squeal, repeat and that Fanta lemon, well that has likely been kicked over, leaving a sticky mess attracting a line of the local Spanish ants. Continue reading

Win a Toddler Break at Hengar Manor in Cornwall, worth £306

Win a toddler break package at Hengar Manor in Cornwall, including tickets to Camel Creek Adventure Park.

Escape to a rural oasis with a stay at this 35-acre country estate in the heart of Cornwall. With the rolling hills of Bodmin Moor nearby and the north coast just a short distance away plus lots to see and do on-site, Hengar Manor is a popular option for a self-catering break.

THE PRIZE: The winner will receive a Toddler Break (3 nights Fri – Mon or 4 nights Mon – Fri), staying in a luxury caravan or lodge sleeping 6-8 people. Dogs are also permitted (2 max.) Continue reading

Review of a Family Day Out to Warwick Castle, including the new Falconer’s Quest bird show

Written by Tim Freed, April 2019

Freed Family at Warwick CastleToday we visited one of our favourite places for a family day out – Warwick Castle. We had been invited to review their new bird of prey display – Falconer’s Quest, which is a fantastic addition to the activities and shows available.

If you haven’t been to Warwick Castle, it’s an amazingly well-preserved, ancient place. Unlike most castles, which are now little more than ruins, Warwick Castle was inhabited by its owners, the Greville family (the Earls of Warwick), until 1978 – relatively recently, considering its grandeur and history (there has been a settlement on the site since the 10th century).

But I won’t give you a history lesson – you no doubt want to know what it’s like as a family day out! And the short story is, it’s great! Continue reading

A Special Kind of Holiday

Real Family Holidays are all about encouraging people to discover and experience the natural world.

Real Family Holidays are all about encouraging people to discover and experience the natural world.

Editor’s Review, Our Real Family Holiday in Orielton, Pembrokeshire, August 2017.

Written by Tim Freed

Last August we had an amazing holiday with Real Family Holidays, who have sites in stunning locations across the UK – we were in Pembrokeshire in Wales. We loved it, and I think you might too. Let me tell you why…

Firstly, these holidays are stress-free. They are full board, so there is no cooking or washing up to do, and no food shopping. Hooray! The buildings are in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK, and the grounds are safe with plenty of space to play and explore.

The day trips were amazing. From our base in Pembrokeshire, we swam in the sea and built sandcastles; the children learned to be knights at Pembroke castle; we saw a Bird of Prey display; went crabbing; and enjoyed a boat-trip to Cromer island. There was so much to do. Continue reading

Travelling Abroad with Toddlers: 10 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Do It

Ready to start our adventure, we travelled reasonably lightly

Ready to start our adventure, we travelled reasonably lightly

Guest Post by Aisling Gray from Mummy on the Run

 Travelling abroad with toddlers can be a daunting task for even the most relaxed parents.  The research and planning, the choice of destination, the duration of the break, not to mention the packing required, for normal daily life with a toddler as well as thinking about all the contingencies.  Once you get started on the mountainous task, it’s quite likely that you might consider packing it all in and opting for a staycation instead.

My advice is stick with your overseas adventures!  I’m sure you won’t regret it and I offer this advice with some experience: we have recently returned from a one-month adventure in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia with our four and a half year old and our, at the time, almost three year old.

The trip was full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences which were possible even with toddlers in tow.  Travelling with the kids was so much easier than I could ever have anticipated – they are quite a handful at home so I had low expectations for the trip.  The whole experience has given us a renewed thirst for travel and a fresh view that family travel doesn’t have to mean resort holidays every year if you don’t want it to.

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Handy Holiday Products

gro black out blindHere you will find some handy products that can make travelling with a little one a lot easier.

Gro Anywhere Blind – £34.99

A portable blackout blind that has been designed to be put in place in minutes. Attaches directly to the glass using suction cups, ensuring a close fit that really does block light properly.

 

 

 

 

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Are we there yet? Top tips for driving with kids

Guest post by Tracey McBain from Lookers

With a little planning and thought, nightmare family car trips can be a thing of the past

With a little planning and thought, nightmare family car trips can be a thing of the past

It’s every parent’s nightmare — there’s half of your journey left to go and the kids have reached the end of their tether. There’s already been three tantrums, and they’ve spent the last hour asking the dreaded question: “Are we there yet?”

However, what if I could tell you there was another way?

If you follow a few simple tips and tricks, you can take a lot of the stress out of car journeys with the kids. In this article, I’ve brought together three tips that will help you and your family enjoy hassle-free car journeys during staycations and days out for years to come.

So, read on to find out how to keep your kids entertained on your next car journey. Continue reading

Tribal Hearts Festival – Brand new Family Festival in Bucks for 2016

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12th – 14th August 2016 – Green Park, Buckinghamshire

Imagine a festival with a difference – a retreat where families come together as one big tribe for a moment in time. A home where hearts beat in time with the earth, hands reach out to connect with one another, and our words meet little ears with compassion to nurture.

Tribal Hearts Festival brings natural living and family life together with workshops, children’s activities, stalls and entertainment and will take place on 12th – 14th August 2016 at Green Park in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.

 

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Review: Return to North Hayne Farm Cottages, North Devon

Review by Tim Freed, Editor

North Hayne Holiday Cottages

North Hayne Holiday Cottages – 7 different cottages are situated around the central courtyard, all named after Peter Rabbit characters

The lights were on, it was toasty warm and, as I walked into Squirrel Nutkin cottage, it seemed that all the tension in my body just dissipated… it felt as if we had come home.

It was a comment echoed by a couple of the other families staying at North Hayne Farm Cottages at the same time as us – and one of them was on their 5th visit! Which begs the question – why is this place so special?

We first stayed at these delightful holiday cottages in October 2014, and we absolutely loved our visit. We are not the kind of family that typically returns to the same place to holiday each year – we tend to prefer new experiences and new places – but this place has something about it. Continue reading