12 UK holiday ideas for 2016

Since having the children, we’ve calmed down our travelling somewhat. Much as we love exploring the world, we’re firmly of the opinion that the children will benefit more from travelling when they are old enough to remember it. So we are busy discovering the incredible British Isles. Here are 12 UK holiday ideas for 2016 – one for every month. January Bluestone National Park Resort, Pembrokeshire: Last January, we headed to Bluestone as a family and with some extended family and friends in tow. Lia was only eight months old at the time and had only recently started sleeping through…

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Christmas traditions: competition

With this being Libby’s third Christmas, we are starting to develop our own Christmas traditions. I have to admit, some of them are a little bit odd. Despite the children being so young, we have got into the habit of going ice skating every year. It’s great fun for us all and afterwards we eat muffins, drink tea and visit Santa. Perfect. The other thing we have got into the habit of doing is using our handmade advent calendar to bribe the children to behave. I know, I am officially a terrible parent. It has naturally evolved that Libby thinks it…

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Making holiday memories

I often write about my crazy holidays back in the good old days before having children. So when I was asked to share a post about childhood holiday memories, I thought it would be a doddle. I thought back to photographs of me on the beach as a child. Wearing a ridiculous sun hat, being covered in ice cream, walking along the sand and throwing stones into the sea. But since spending countless hours thinking about it I’ve realised I don’t really remember that much about childhood holidays. I think my earliest memories of holidays were when I was about ten years…

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Eating like a Brit abroad

When I go on holiday, it’s all about the food. I know, it shouldn’t be. It should be about spending time with my family and relaxing… is it really possible to do both when you have children?? Back in the days before children, I went to some wonderful places and ate some brilliant food but as a vegetarian, it can be difficult. Take our mishap in Rome for example. I adore Italian food, particularly pizza. So all those years ago when my husband proposed (he passed me a note in the Sistine Chapel) we decided to celebrate with a pizza…

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The Isle of Wight with dogs

Our dogs have always been part of the family. At home, they’re always there. If we go for a day out, we take them with us if we can. So when we go on holiday, we actively look for places to go that the dogs can come along to as well. The Isle of Wight was one of the most dog friendly places we’ve been to. A camping holiday in the Isle of Wight For us, a holiday is all about being out and about in the fresh air so camping is the natural choice. Of course, this means that…

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Top 10 tips on packing light

This post is for you, my husband who no longer has any idea what packing light means. There was a time, not so very many years ago when we could go on holiday without the kitchen sink. In fact, we coped for a month in New Zealand with just a motorbike pannier each and a small rucksack between us. These days, we travel with two kids, two large dogs, an estate car and a folding camper (over-sized trailer tent). We have even had a genuine discussion about whether to bring the cat next time. So to remind us how it’s…

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10 family campsite essentials

Since having children, camping has become a whole different beast. When it was just us, we had no issues with pitching up in a field or on a cliff top and wild camping. With young children, our needs are a little more complex. Here are the top ten things we look for in a campsite these days. 1. Dog friendly A family holiday wouldn’t be complete without the dogs. We do occasionally have a few days away without them, but we would never leave them behind if we’re camping so we would actively avoid campsites that won’t accept dogs. 2.…

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