Family Travel Tips #11

It is a sign of how exciting the summer holidays are that the past fortnight has flown by. We’ve been camping in the mud in Kielder Forest and having a bit of a tech break. There was no phone signal at all and somewhat sketchy WiFi. So instead we spent time cycling, walking and generally enjoying the scenery. Now that we’re back to civilisation, I can’t wait to hear what everyone else has been up to! Featured posts Carrie and I had a bit of a dilemma about our featured posts this week. I had initially chosen Dave’s post about glamping…

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Warwick Castle Knights Lodge and Wars of the Roses

We spent the weekend in a Warwick Castle Knights Lodge. We were there to watch the incredible Wars of the Roses show. Here’s a short video of what we were up to. Turn up the volume, it’s dramatic! Wars of the Roses Live This summer until 3rd September, guests can choose their allegiances in the Wars of the Roses live show. The battle takes place on the River Island. It is set in 1455, when the House of Lancaster holds throne. The House of York challenges the crown of King Henry VI and the ensuing battles last for 30 years. The first…

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16 tips for visiting Alton Towers cBeebies Resort and water park with young children

We spent a weekend at Alton Towers water park, theme park and resort. Whilst we had a brilliant time, a few tips could have made our stay even better. We were among the first people to try out the cBeebies hotel. We also put both cBeebies Land within Alton Towers theme park and the Splash Landings waterpark through their paces. Our children were aged 3 and 5, so the perfect age for the cBeebies experience. I wanted to share the things that would have improved our stay so that others will hopefully have a better time. Here’s a quick video…

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Why it is worth investing in a National Trust membership

Our National Trust membership is one of the best investments we make each year. So far, we’ve been paying the £108 a year for joint membership because children under 5 can go in free. We’ll soon have to upgrade though to a family membership – but even this only costs £114.60 per year. And once that’s paid, our National Trust days out are free all over the UK for the year. What is the National Trust? Just in case you’re not familiar with the British Institution that is the National Trust, I’ll give you a brief overview. The National Trust…

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Family Travel Tips #6

Half term seems to have arrived rather abruptly for us. It was such a short term anyway, and my daughter was off ill last week so she doesn’t seem to have been in school much since Easter. Are you going away this half term? We’re heading off for a few days camping in beautiful Northumberland. Carrie is away too although she’s gone somewhere more exotic – she’s sunning herself on a gorgeous beach in Crete. Featured posts Huge thanks to everybody who linked up to last week. I’m loving reading your posts about UK days out as well as exotic holidays.…

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Family travel tips #5

Welcome back to Family Travel Tips. This is the time when Carrie and I get together to wonder where on earth the last fortnight has gone. I hope you’ve had lots of fun trips and days out. But if you haven’t and you would still like to join in then don’t worry, you’re welcome to link up an old post. Featured posts I really enjoyed reading all the posts that linked up last time so choosing a favourite was a bit of a nightmare. But I had to go with this one about Road Tripping through Sicily from Smudged Postcard. If…

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A breathtaking evening at the Chinese State Circus

There aren’t many evenings out that are fun for the whole family. Entertainment after a certain time tends to be aimed at adults and whilst children are often welcome, it’s not necessarily much fun for them. One clear exception is the circus. And as circuses go, the Chinese State Circus is by some distance the best I’ve ever seen. About the Chinese State Circus The Chinese State Circus is world famous for skilful performances that wow the audience. The team comprises 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists and Shaolin Warriors. Each act is a few minutes long before moving on to a…

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