Why Haven holidays are not for us

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 happened when we went on a Haven Holiday. Why Haven? As the girls get older, we try to go on holidays to places where…

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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 Hoburne got in touch and asked if we’d like to go and stay at their gorgeous resort in Blue Anchor, my first question was whether Bubbles was invited too. As it turns out, not only is the 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…

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Taking the stress out of a London city break with National Express

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 the National Express with the aim of taking the stress out of a London city break. But did we succeed? Getting to London with National Express 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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10 tips for visiting Kielder Forest in Northumberland

We bundled the kids and dogs into the car and set off on a mammoth drive to Kielder Forest. After setting up camp at the beautiful Kielder Village Campsite, we embarked on an epic battle with mud, rain and midges. Here are our top tips for visiting Kielder Forest. 1. Be prepared for the midges We thought we were prepared for the midges. We had both cream and spray repellant with us and we knew we’d need to keep the tent doors closed to avoid letting them in at night. But this really wasn’t enough. Our first mistake was that the insect repellant was…

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10 tips for visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island in Northumberland

Last week, we loaded up the car and headed for a week camping in Northumberland. It’s a part of the country I’d never visited before, but it was such a beautiful area we’ll definitely head there again. Whilst we were there, we spent a day on Lindisfarne Holy Island. This fascinating island has great historical significance and the coastal views are stunning. Here are a few tips if you decide to visit. 1. Check the tide times before you travel Despite being an island, Lindisfarne is accessible by road. However at high tide, the road is impassable so it is…

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Thursday Photo #112

This week, we’re lucky enough to be spending the week at Bluestone Wales, on a last-minute holiday. I will be reviewing Bluestone separately but suffice to say, we’re all having a brilliant time. It had been quite a busy week even before we set off on holiday, with a day out at the National Sea Life Centre on Friday, a family barbecue on Saturday and a day of catching up on work and getting ready to come on holiday on Sunday. Since arriving at Bluestone, the weather hasn’t been particularly kind to us. Luckily, Bluestone is the perfect place to be…

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