Exploring Literary London with Kids

I adore London, always have and probably always will do and have written a few posts about visiting London in the past (here on the London Eye, and here on a river cruise most recently) though I don’t think I’d ever want to live there if I’m honest! The hustle and bustle is great for a few days but then I get long to be back bedside the seaside at home! Last weekend I took the little people up to London for a weekend of fun filled literary activities… not that they appreciated the literary connections as much as I did, if at all being so little but I had fun planning the trip and they had fun ON the trip so we were all happy! Literary London We spent our first afternoon enjoying…

I adore London, always have and probably always will do and have written a few posts about visiting London in the past (here, and here most recently) though I don't think I'd ever want to live there if I'm honest! The hustle and bustle is great for a few days but then I get long to be back bedside the seaside at home! Last weekend I took the little people up to London for a weekend of fun filled literary activities... not that they appreciated the literary connections as much as I did, if at all being so little but I had fun planning the trip and they had fun ON the trip so we were all happy!

Marwell Zoo

Visiting a Zoo was on our family Bucket list for this year, as Arlo had never been and Athena was only about 18 months when she went to London Zoo so doesn’t remember it. I absolutely love animals and could watch them all day every day so thought Marwell would be a great place to spend the day as they have such a variety of animals. We went on a Thursday just after they re opened for the year and spent a full day exploring. I’ve made a video of our day too. 

Paultons Park – Peppa Pig World & The Lost Kingdom

For Arlo’s birthday we spent the day at Paultons Family Theme Park, home of Peppa Pig World and both kids had a blast! It was a Friday so it wasn’t too busy at all, though the busiest area of the park was Peppa Pig World for sure, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many toddlers in one place! I made a video of our vlog too, you can see that at the end of the post. We’d never been before so spent a bit of timing exploring the map to work out where to go first, the park isn’t so huge that it feels like a mission to get from area to area which is handy with two small kids. We visited the Critter Creek area first, Athena…

Travel: Three Must See Places to Visit in the Midwest USA

I’ve got a BUMPER blog takeover post today, I’m away with family in the deepest depths of Norfolk and the internet here is next to useless, but I’m so glad I’ve got this post to share with you as it is one that I have LOVED reading because a USA road trip is on my bucket list and some of the places in the Midwest USA that Alisa has written about sound amazing. I’ve read all of Bill Brysons books and have fallen in love with some of the places he’s written about and this makes me want to visit America even more! You can read more about Alisa at the end of the post but here are three fun facts: Alisa grew up in a family-owned Italian restaurant &…

Travel: Best Destinations for Family Holidays

Many parents feel restricted when choosing a family holiday, but the truth is that families are spoiled for choice when deciding where to go. There are a so many options to choose from; short-term break to longer-term trips, from camping to all-inclusive. Here are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about your next family holiday! City Breaks Sometimes a short break is the best and city breaks are a wonderful, low-stress option for families needing to get away. European cities are chock-full of child-friendly restaurants, places to stay and many interesting and exciting things to do, from historical sights to fairytale castles. Barcelona, for example, has everything for a fine break – beautiful weather, delicious food, a distinctly Spanish pace, whimsical architecture and a pretty stretch of beach to rest…

Five things to remember when travelling with kids

It goes without saying that travelling with kids is a very different experience to travelling without them – whether that’s with a partner, a friend or a group of friends. Before the kids were born, I became a Mum and parenting seemed to dominate everything, I remember being able to make spontaneous decisions about booking a late holiday or getting up on a Friday morning and deciding to head off somewhere for a long weekend. All I needed then was a sense of adventure, a bag full of my stuff, and I was all set…

Travel: Our Roadtrip & Vlog

The week before last week we went on a UK road trip… I hate the term ‘staycation’ but I guess that’s what it was! Six nights away from home,  three individual nights in different hotels on the way up north and then 3 nights in a hotel in the village where my dad lives on the Cumbrian coast in the Lake District. I’ve put together a little holiday vlog, mostly for us to look back on but I thought I might as well share it too, that’s at the end of this post and along with it I thought I’d share some snippets and photos too.