Experience Freedom with CycleFest & Giveaway!

As the weather is finally getting brighter and warmer by the day I’m getting excited about spending time outdoors and planning activities and fun things for us to do during the Spring and Summer, and expect quite a few others will be too! One of the things that is on our agenda for the summer is bike riding, we’re lucky to live a few minutes from the beach and also have the South Downs National Park on our doorstep too so there is plenty of outdoor space to explore locally… but the rest of the UK is also perfect for cycling holidays, and CycleFest have found three perfect locations in England, Wales and Scotland for families to get together and explore the great outdoors on their bikes. On each Bank…

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Review: All New Kia Sportage

We spent a week of our Easter holidays in Wales, via a day and night in Gloucester, and we were lucky enough to have been given a Kia Sportage for the week to put it to the test; both on winding Welsh roads and motorway driving to see how it fared as a family car for a week away. The Kia Sportage is a great car to travel in, comfortable and spacious inside and fun to drive. It is a really smooth drive on all sorts of terrains, with plenty of features for both comfort and safety. We had the All New Kia Sportage 3 1.7lr CRDi, which is the most environmentally friendly Sportage model. With 19″ Alloys, 8″ touch screen Sat Nav/Media system, reversing camera, Dual A/C, heated seats…

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World of Dinosaurs at Paradise Wildlife Park

We were so lucky to be invited to Paradise Wildlife Park on Saturday for the grand opening of their new attraction, the World of Dinosaurs. Now we’d not been to PWP before, nor any specific dinosaur experience so we really didn’t know what to expect. Our day was absolutely wonderful from start to finish, the kids loved it and we did too! I’ll start with the World of Dinosaurs but will share more about the Wildlife Park later on. (Image from PWP Facebook page) As part of the grand opening we watched a video about how the dinosaurs took their trip across the world, through all weathers to finally arrive at their new Hertfordshire home, and you could tell from the emotions in the team that the project had been…

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Travel: Caalm Camp Glamping in Dorset

I don’t think there are many mums who woke up on Mother’s Day in a yurt, but I was one of them as we had a weekend away in Dorset last week. There is a lovely peaceful atmosphere at Caalm Camp, a campsite with six large circular yurts, all built in a traditional mongolian style, and I should say ‘glampsite’ rather than campsite as this is much, much more special than a traditional campsite. Wooden beans radiate from a central circular skylight, with two supporting uprights – all hand painted in a gorgeous glossy colours. We stayed in the Cowslip yurt, and we were amazed to see painting on every piece of wood work including the door! Inside all the furniture is cosy and functional; beds with proper sprung mattress,…

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Travel: Destinations all Booklovers Should Visit

Credit Literature is full of gorgeous locations, from ranging moors to beautiful buildings and architecture. The best books describe these destinations so well that you can see them in your mind, losing yourself as you read. Leaving your own four walls behind and living for a little while in these stunning places. Sometimes, these words are from another world. Far away planets or space stations, different universes and places out of time. But, others are set in our world. These breathtaking views and imposing buildings aren’t just a figment of the author’s imagination that has come to life in their words. They are real places, alive in all of their glory and they are places that you can visit!  These destinations are all over the world, and as a booklover…

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Travel: Iconic Movie Set Locations

If you consider yourself a lover of film and TV then there’s no better holiday idea than to visit the set of your favourite movie or show. Films are shot all over the world and many of these famous sets are turned into lucrative tourist attractions that gather plenty of people from all over the world. For true die-hard fans of film and TV, or even if you’re just curious and have some interest in the shows or movies that you watch, here are some of the most iconic movie and TV sets that you can plan a holiday around. Game of Thrones – Ireland image credit There are actually several castles that have been transformed into film sets in Ireland. There’s Castle Ward, a 14th century castle that was…

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Wanderlust – What to do in Costa Rica

I have never visited America, neither Central, North or South, but there are a few destinations in each that I’d absolutely love to visit! In Central America the top of my list is Costa Rica- partly because it has earned the title of ‘The happiest country in the world’ but also because the landscape is beautiful and nothing like we get here in the northern hemisphere at all! Whilst browsing online through Costa Rica rentals I was blown away by the amount of stunning locations that are available. Think infinity pools in a private villa in Manuel Antonio and gorgeous secluded bungalows in Playa Hobo, pure paradise if you ask me!  Although we do love a relaxing family holiday, we also love a bit of an adventure too and Costa Rica has so much to offer in the exploring…

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