10 Ways to save on Family Holidays 

Family holidays can be expensive, so much so more parents are opting for ‘stay-cations’ instead of booking a trip out of town or overseas. That may sound like a good idea at the time, but the novelty of staying home during the holidays quickly wears off! Adding up the costs of airline fares, larger hotel rooms and tickets to experiences, and wondering how you’re ever going to afford your next holiday? You need to read on. Don’t put your dreams of holidaying in an exotic location aside, we’ve got some tips…

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Travel – Family Cruises, would you dare?

Whatever you think of cruises as a holiday option, most travel experts will tell you that they are a fantastic way to see the world – it’s just a question of finding the right liner and cruise company. But what about if you have young kids in tow? The picture most of us have of cruises is a ship packed full of retirees and middle-aged people lounging around on a deck and sinking back the booze. The big question is – is this the reality? Let’s take a look at…

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Travel: Days out in Costa Dorada

The Costa Dorada translates as the ‘Golden Coast’, and golden it is! An area stretching for over 200km of the coastline of Spain. It is steeped in history, with many of the towns and villages growing from the small settlements that surrounded castles and fortresses centuries ago. Flanked by mountains on one side and the Mediterranean sea on the other there is so much to fill your time with on a holiday there, if you wanted to do anything other than lounge on the sand and swim in the sea…

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Travel: Two days in Brighton with Jurys Inn

Brighton is amazing, I love it as a city so much; it’s vibrant, unique, there is so much to do and I’ll never get bored of it. It’s just a shame that having kids meant we were priced out of the market when it came to buying in the city! I lived right in the city centre for most of my 20’s; opposite the train station and on Gardner Street opposite the Komedia and I adored the hustle and bustle. I think now that I have two small people in…

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Travel: Six Ways to Holiday in the UK

So many families, couples, and solo travellers choose the same holiday destination year after year because it’s comfortable. But by doing this you’re missing out some amazing experiences. There are many beautiful destinations around the UK suitable for all kinds of holiday goers, whether you have young children, gadget-obsessed teens or it’s just you and your partner. Seaside breaks Why not soak up the sun at a popular seaside town? Blackpool offers all kinds of fun for the kids with Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle Waterpark sat right on the…

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Sunday Scrapbook: The Dorset, Brighton & Storage wars

Hello! Long time no see, or it feels like it anyway! I didn’t do a Sunday Scrapbook post last week as there wasn’t a great deal to report that I wasn’t already writing about and I just sort of fancied a week off! We went to Wakehurst with my mum last weekend for her birthday and had a few days away in Oxford and I shared that here. This past week seems to have flown by, the summer holidays are over half way over now though I can’t say i’m…

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Days Out: Wakehurst Botanical Gardens, Sussex

It was my mums birthday on Saturday, and it’s a tradition that we go out somewhere nice for the day as having an August birthday generally means that we can expect good weather. Thankfully this year was no exception and we had a lovely sunny day with a slight breeze to help us keep cool! We decided on Wakehurst, which is a huge botanical garden in East Sussex near Haywards Heath that is run by funded by Kew Gardens, though if you are a National Trust member you get in…

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Travel: Exploring Oxford & the Jurys Inn Hotel

Last week we hot-footed it up the A23, past London and on to Oxford. Oxford is a city that I have always wanted to explore, I have vague recollections of visiting it as a young teenager on a day out with my Dad but I honestly can’t remember what we did or where we went! I’ve read a few books based in Oxford and of course recognise many of the stunning college buildings from films and TV shows but I wanted to visit as a family, so the Jurys Inn…

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Travel: Mundesley Beach in Norfolk

Last Monday we spent the morning at Mundesley Beach on the Norfolk Coast. A gorgeous expanse of sandy beach, multi coloured bold, beautiful beach huts and a gently sloping shore, perfect for paddling! In all honesty there’s not a lot more to say about it other than the kids loved it! We arrived around 10am and it wasn’t at all busy, but by the time we left a couple of hours later it was really filling up with families marking their pitches with windbreakers and deck chairs. The sandy beach…

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Travel: A Literary London Itinerary

It’s no secret that I love London. It’s my favourite city to visit though I don’t think I’d want to live there, especially not with two young kids! I was born there though, and I think that helps me feel tied to it in some way. I love reading history books about London, or historic novels set there and one day I’d love spend a weekend exploring my favourite parts of London from the books I enjoy so much. Using London Serviced Apartments as a base to explore the city…

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Lavender Loving

On Monday last week, I bundled the kids in the car and drove up to the outskirts of London to find Mayfield Lavender Fields. Now I may be succumbing to a cliched ‘instamum’ fad but who cares! I wanted pretty pictures of my adorable offspring sat amongst the lavender! Little did I know the little blighters would do as much as they could to foil my attempts at getting a picture perfect shot; refusing to obey orders and running in opposite directions! I also couldn’t get the case off my…

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Go Ape Alice Holt – Review & Video!

Who’d have thought you could have so much fun attached to some wires with metal hooks swinging amongst the trees? Well you can, and I did at Go Ape Alice Holt on the Hampshire/Surrey border. The course is celebrating it’s tenth year and I was invited along to give it a go! Now I had done Go Ape once before, but it was about eight years ago and I had forgotten almost everything about it, other than it was exhilarating and a bit of a challenge! So I arrived with…

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