Family days out to break up long journeys

If you enjoy UK travel as a family then you’ll understand the trials and tribulations of long journeys with kids in tow. There’s not much more dire than traipsing in and out of service stations for everyone to go to the toilet. Then someone gets hungry so you stop again. All the while, the children are becoming increasingly bored and fidgety. Recently, we’ve stumbled across a solution to this travelling dilemma. Instead of stopping at service stations, we’ll have a longer break somewhere that we can all stretch our legs and get some fresh air. Here’s our guide to finding…

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Dog friendly family camping at Heligan Campsite in Cornwall

Campsites can be hit and miss. Occasionally though, you stumble upon a real little gem. One that gets everything right. Dog friendly with smart, clean, warm facilities. Located in the best place to take in sea views with off road access to cycle paths. Next door to one of the most incredible visitor attractions in the area. Planted with flowers around the site to make it even more stunning. Heligan campsite in Cornwall ticks all the boxes. Staying at Heligan Campsite, Cornwall Whether you’re a seasoned canvas camper, a camper van or caravan owner or prefer a little luxury, Heligan…

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Dog friendly family adventures in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Rolling hills, unspoilt countryside and long, sandy beaches. The Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of Britain’s dog friendly hidden gems. Located in the East Midlands, it’s easily accessible by motorway. Rail links with London are excellent, and yet it feels a bit like stepping back in time to when England’s landscape was dominated by greenery rather than houses and industry. Dog friendly accommodation in the Lincolnshire Wolds Canal Farm Cottages are a collection of holiday homes located in a tiny hamlet near Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds. We stayed in the adorable Barn Owl Cottage, which…

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Why Haven holidays are not for us

If you know someone who goes on Haven holidays then you may see their social media and think the holidays look fabulous. But then, social media is full of ‘perfect’ lives. Glorious, happy holidays to beautiful places. When I share information about a place we’ve visited, it’s almost always positive because it’s a recommendation. Often, they’re places we’ve paid to go to and I share them so others can discover a place we love. But life’s not always like that. Sometimes we go somewhere and it’s not great. And that can be important to share too. So, this is what…

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A dog friendly family holiday at Hoburne Blue Anchor

When we holiday in the UK, being able to take the dog is a priority. We make the odd exception for a short break but where possible, we want her to be able to come. So, when we were asked if we’d like to go and stay at their gorgeous Hoburne Blue Anchor resort, my first question was whether Bubbles was invited too. As it turns out, not only is the Hoburne Blue Anchor resort dog friendly, but so is the beach. Hoburne Blue Anchor resort The Hoburne resort at Blue Anchor has a range of static caravans and lodges.…

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Take the stress out of a London trip with National Express coaches

Most people would agree that children should visit their capital city. But what if the very thought of a trip to London stresses you out? This week, we boarded National Express coaches with the aim of taking the stress out of a London city break. But did we succeed? Getting to London with National Express coaches At 8.45 on a Monday morning, two of my sisters, the girls and I boarded a National Express coach from Cheltenham to London. This direct journey was due to take just under three hours but let’s face it, public transport never runs on time. Or…

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10 tips for packing a campervan for family travel

This is a collaborative post.  Just before the Easter holidays, we finally bought the campervan we’ve dreamed of owning. Its high top means we can use it in all weather and there’s plenty of space for adults, children and canines. Since then, we’ve made the most of the freedom it offers and headed for the coast on several occasions. And we’re loving every minute of it. But there’s also a steep learning curve when it comes to packing. Here are our top tips for clever packing. 1. Vacuum storage bags These are a revelation. If you travel without them, it’s…

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