A family meal at Côte Worcester

Where is your go-to place for eating out with children? Côte certainly wouldn’t have been our first choice. Recently though, they’ve developed some fantastic activity packs for little ones, along with a children’s menu. Better still, they were really flexible with my two. One of whom is vegetarian, and the other has just started doing meat-free Mondays. Of course, she decided this after we’d booked Côte for a Monday. Children’s activity packs at Côte The most difficult thing for us about taking the children out to eat is keeping them entertained. For us, it’s an opportunity to teach them how…

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Back to school with Smiggle

How do you decide what to buy for children and how much is too much? It’s a difficult balance between always saying no and ending up buying things they don’t need. We’re not a family that always buys a new pencil case and rucksack for the new school year. By the same token, we rarely buy the girls things when we’re on a day out. Recently though, the girls have started to show more of an interest in acquiring things. So, we’ve given them birthday money to spend. They’ve started to have a couple of pounds a week in pocket…

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Thursday photo #275

After another week of exploring the UK in our camper van, the girls have had yet more brilliant experiences. We’ve also had our fair share of mud. Thankfully, by the time we arrived in Northumberland the weather was on the turn. Unfortunately, they’d had weeks of fairly terrible weather before we arrived so the campsite was like a bog.  Body boarding A few years ago, we bought the girls a cheap body board each for a beach holiday. Dressed in their wetsuits, off they went into the sea. I can’t remember how old they were at the time, but neither…

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A dog friendly family holiday at Lake Bala in North Wales

As an open water swimmer, there’s something appealing about camping on the banks of Lake Bala. Famous for the Big Welsh Swim, a dog friendly miniature train and a great a variety of water sports, Lake Bala has it all. But was it a good place for a family holiday with children and a dog in tow? We spent a week at Glanllyn Caravan and Camping Park on Lake Bala to find out.  Glanllyn dog friendly campsite, Lake Bala Every summer, we have a couple of weeks away in our camper van. This year, I insisted we go somewhere that…

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Thursday photo #274

There’s something rather appealing about the unpredictability of the British weather. We’ve had a few days away this week, enjoying the scenery in Lake Bala. Of course it has rained, but I’m struggling to care. A stunning location, wild swimming a 30 second walk from our van. Spending our days outside with the odd dash indoors for a coffee or hot chocolate to escape the rain. It’s not everybody’s idea of relaxation, but we love it. Winding down You may have guessed from my blog that up until now, the school holidays have been somewhat busy. We’ve been loving every…

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