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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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10 tips for visiting Kielder Forest in Northumberland

It is fair to say that a visit to Kielder Forest can be hit and miss. It is indisputably beautiful and an amazing place to be in touch with nature and get away from it all. However, it can also be wet and at certain times of year the midges are unbearable. We set up camp at the beautiful Kielder Village Campsite and embarked on an epic battle with mud, rain and midges. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your visit to Kielder Forest. 1. Be prepared for the Kielder Forest midges We thought we were prepared for the…

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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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