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 tow living in a smaller town is a lot less stressful that dragging them through the city to and from school would be! When Jurys Inn asked if we’d like to be Brightonians again for a couple of days this…

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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 coast. You can also visit Blackpool Zoo or soak in the coastline from the top of Blackpool Tower. Other locations such as Llandudno offer fun on the pier and a great toboggan run for all the family! Wildlife safari Are…

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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 too annoyed about that as I want to settle in to the new normal of school runs and routines. Talking of routines its suddenly dawned on me that the lack of wardrobes in the kids room (and ours!) means that…

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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 free. We’re not though so we paid but the kids admission was free as they are under 17. The grounds are expansive, with lots of different areas to explore. We followed the path adjacent to the stream that runs all…

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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 was the perfect place to base ourselves to explore it. We took the scenic route there, which took us through Henley and along the winding path of the Thames into Oxford, where we pulled up at The Jurys Inn hotel…

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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 was wide enough for ball games, and the way the sand slopes so gently is perfect for little paddlers, unlike some of Brighton’s beaches that have a sudden drop a few feet into the water! Mundesley Beach has life guards…

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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 here’s my literary London itinerary…

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