Written by Tim Freed, April 2019
Today 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
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
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.
In case you need some extra persuasion, here are my top reasons why you must travel abroad with toddlers: Continue reading
Here 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.
Guest post by Tracey McBain from Lookers
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
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.
Review by Tim Freed, Editor
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.
North Hayne Holiday Cottages – 7 different cottages are situated around the central courtyard, all named after Peter Rabbit characters
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
The North Hayne Farm Cottages
Following a recommendation from one of our readers, Kerry Shephard, we recently went for a family holiday at North Hayne Farm Cottages in North Devon. Put quite simply, we LOVED it. If you are looking for a lovely family getaway in the UK, then book yourself in – you won’t regret it.
And we aren’t the only family to be raving fans of this place. Check out their page on Trip Advisor and you will see 152 reviews* – ALL of them giving them the highest ratings possible. North Hayne Farm Cottages has also just won Silver in the Visit Devon Tourism Awards, and is up for more silverware in the South West Tourism Awards. Continue reading
I know some people love it, but when it comes to trawling the internet to find a great place to go on holiday, I quickly get bored. If I’m honest, I hate it. So when a friend recommends a place to go, I’m all ears! I love a good recommendation – it saves me hours of tedious searching and gets me a better result.
Which is why you will start to see us posting reviews on the Toddle About blog. Hopefully you will find our recommendations (and warnings) useful.
So… to our first review: Glamping at Secret Valley in Somerset.
Relaxing on the glampsite at Secret Valley in Somerset