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Playground Escapes Nearby Popular Holiday Sights

Playground Escapes Nearby Popular Holiday SightsYou may be familiar with the drill already, you’ve managed to survive getting to the airport, getting on the flight, arriving at your lodgings, unpacking all your belongings and keeping everyone together and alive for the first night. You’re now desperate to do some sight-seeing, after all this is your holiday too and it may also be your first time in a new location, be it Paris, Barcelona or Rome and you want to get some picture mementos. However, the kids aren’t as keen, after all, to them it’s a case of looking at a pointy tower for hours or walking around a dusty building made of old stone.

As most young children aren’t capable of seeing the wonder beyond their immediate surroundings, you need a way to find a balance between your holiday experiences and their child desires. If you are trying to get out to some popular holiday locations this year, consider this playground guide as your cheat sheet to allow the kids a place to let off a bit of steam while giving you a moment’s break to enjoy the scenery. Continue reading

Tips to Make Travelling With Twins Easier

Tips to Make Travelling With Twins EasierTravel is a very enriching experience you can enjoy with your family. You create a lot of wonderful memories by jetting off and exploring new destinations together, which makes all of the fuss worth it. And trust us, there will definitely be a bit of fuss — travelling on its own can take a toll on you, so imagine doing it with both your tiny twins in tow.

Despite how difficult it can be, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Pretraveller notes that travelling can help your children grow in tremendous ways, from nurturing empathy to sparking their curiosity. Implementing some workarounds will lead to a great getaway for all, which means that you’ll have a bit more time to plan your next family holiday! Continue reading

Toddlers Take Flight: 5 Fab Family Holiday Tips

Toddler Takes FlightOnce you’ve finished peeling your kids from the ceiling after too much festive excitement, there’s often a collective comedown in the first weeks of the new year.

But booking your family holiday for 2019 is one wonderful way to motivate your mob on those cold winter mornings and stimulate their spirits until spring has sprung.

If you’re taking flight with toddlers this year, you’ll need to be on your toes — so here are five fab family holiday tips to organise an outstanding trip.

  1. Family-friendly airports

Your choice of departure airports might be limited by your home location. Continue reading

Holiday at the Farm

North Hayne Farm CottagesWritten by Kym, Daniel and Sydnee – May 2018.

We have been visiting North Hayne Farm since our daughter was 18 months old and she is now 8½. We are on our 12th visit with 13 & 14 already booked for later this year and next year.

What can I say about this amazing place that makes it stand out from the rest.

The main thing is most definitely the team. Cheryl and Roger go above and beyond to make sure your stay is the best it can be. They are hardworking and dedicated and such lovely people. This showed from our very first visit and we knew that North Hayne Farm was somewhere very special that we would continue to visit for a very long time.

There hasn’t been a year gone by since we found the farm that we haven’t visited. We have done weekends, short breaks and full weeks and have visited at all different times of the year. Spring, Summer, Bonfire weekend, Christmas and all have been amazing. 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

It’s Welly Time: Winter Days Out and Half Term Activities

Whatever the weather, wrap up, go out and most importantly, have fun!

Whatever the weather, wrap up, go out and most importantly, have fun!

Get your woollies and wellies on and brave the winter weather to enjoy these fab days out.


Mini Meadows Farm: Lambing
From February half term.

Bottle-feed lambs and meet other cute newborn animals in the baby barn. Explore the exciting new indoor play area and don’t forget the larger animals will be waiting to meet you! £5 entry (under-twos free). £1 a bottle.

Naseby Road, Northampton, NN6 6HZ.  07824 393517.

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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.

In case you need some extra persuasion, here are my top reasons why you must travel abroad with toddlers: Continue reading

Tips to Keep the Kids Entertained this Summer

Tips to Keep the Kids Entertained this SummerThe summer days can be long and entertaining the children for free can be tricky. Sun-Pat Peanut Butter has created a guide that helps you keep the kids entertained everyday of the Summer holidays, with 42 free activity ideas – 1 for each day of the summer holidays.

You can download the full guide from the Sun-Pat website and you can enter a promotion to win a 1 of 420 sports kits they’re giving away over summer holidays as well.

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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

5 Great Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained this Christmas

Who doesn't love Christmas!

Christmas isn’t just about the presents

Christmas is a time for family, and when the kids’ school holidays begin, the time has come to plan some festive activities to do together. There are plenty of goings-on that really capture the spirit of the season, many of which can be done as a family to leave you all feeling rather Christmassy.

To give you some inspiration, we’ve decided to share five of our favourite seasonal activities that will keep your children entertained this Christmas. Read on to find out more. Continue reading