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We had an amazing day out at Warwick Castle earlier in the year, and we were so excited to be going back to stay in the Knight’s Village.  We knew we were in for a good time, but didn’t expect to be completely blown away by the whole experience.  If you haven’t stayed at Warwick Castle with your little one’s yet, I strongly recommend that you add it to your family bucket list, and here’s why. Warm & Friendly Welcome We arrived at Knight’s Village on Saturday afternoon and headed

This summer I’m focusing our family travel experiences very much on the UK.  It’s a perfect time of year to enjoy what our country has to offer in terms of family holidays and I really want my children to understand that the country where they live is just as beautiful as destinations abroad. Travelling in your own country is a great way to enjoy and celebrate your own culture and heritage and what’s even better is it’s really accessible for families.  As soon as the summer holidays begin, the car

We made some lovely memories as a family on our recent weekend trip to London which you might have seen on the blog recently.  I thought it would be a good idea to round up our experience incase you were looking for some inspiration to plan a trip to London with your family. We travel regularly with our 3 and 5 year old daughters, and it definitely comes with some challenges.  They clash regularly and have a tendency to become over excitable, but we feel that they are learning something valuable about their

Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights on the River Thames with it’s imposing gothic towers and mighty suspension cables.  It’s a must see London attraction for anyone visiting the city and it certainly left a big impression on us during our visit.  It’s a stones throw from the Tower of London so we caught a glimpse of the bridge when we first arrived in Tower Hill.  I was really excited for our visit after seeing it from across the water.  My husband was feeling a little more nervous

Going to Buckingham Palace is probably on every travel itinerary for tourists who are visiting London, especially for the first time.  The Royal Mews is just next door but is probably a less visited attraction, which I think is a real shame.  During our family weekend at Hilton London Canary Wharf I really wanted to show the girls, aged 5 and 3 years old, where the Queen lived.  Buckingham Palace London is an incredibly British institution, and I wanted to introduce Indie and Brook to one of the most iconic

After arriving in London for the weekend, we headed straight towards the Tower of London on the underground.  It was a great place to start our weekend itinerary and it was actually a first for the whole family.  As we came out of Tower Hill Tube Station we were greeted with a view of the historic Royal building and it really made us feel excited about what was in store.  We arrived at lunch time, so we had to stop to feed the kids first.  There are plenty of restaurants near to

Taking young children on a city break is not with out challenges, but the rewards far outweigh the hurdles you have to overcome. Staying at the Hilton London Canary Wharf is definitely a good place to consider if you want a successful city break with kids. Our children are 3 and 5 years old, and they had an amazing short break when we stayed with Hilton Hotels recently. As parents, we also got some much deserved down time too, thanks to picking a great hotel to stay in. Stay in

When our holiday to Butlins was confirmed the first thing I looked up on their website was what’s on for kids?  When I saw the shows and activities on offer I knew that our two little girls would love every minute of our holiday there.  Daddy and I were also looking forward to having them be entertained all day, as we have two kids that have to be busy.  If they aren’t busy, and they slip into boredom, they can be a bit of a handful to say the least.  Being so

We were lucky enough to be invited to Butlins Holiday Park in Minehead for the Easter Bank Holiday.  We stayed in the Butlins Chalets at West Lake Village and hated to share with you what we thought.  It was the perfectly timed holiday as not only did we get a long family weekend away together, but it was also my birthday.  We were really ready for a family holiday.  Daddy had been working so hard and Indie was feeling very fragile after a particularly long term at school. I’m one

Today I’m bringing you a guest post from a young travel blogger, Max Lami, who is currently exploring Barcelona.  She is sharing with you her experience of visiting the beautiful English town of Bath in the hope of inspiring your next trip.    If you’re looking into England as a vacation spot or are just looking for a weekend escapade, Bath will be perfect. Small enough to charm but big enough to fill an entire weekend of activities, this historic town has much to offer. Getting to Bath by Train The train ticket

When your planning a holiday with friends or family, sometimes staying at an airport hotel is a sure fire way to get your trip off on the right foot.  You might have heard that I went to Iceland recently, and we were flying from London Gatwick Airport.  Our flight was at 7am in the morning, so staying at the Sofitel London Gatwick was an ideal way to start our holiday. I was able to drive to London Gatwick Airport from Nottingham at a leisurely pace the day before our trip,

The Easter holidays always cause a bit of a dilemma in our household. Taking place half way between the festive fun of the Christmas break the long summer holidays, finding days out that the whole family can enjoy seems to get more difficult every year. Luckily, there are plenty of experiences in and around the capital that are sure to keep everyone happy and no one should be put off experiencing them in the light of recent events. Sample the Sweetness of an Easter Chocolate Workshop Nothing says Easter quite

My husband and I have been talking about where to stay in London with the kids for a while now.  We want to take them both on a sightseeing tour  as we know they will both enjoying seeing the what the city has to offer.  Princess loves to visit London, but we always have an event to attend and very limited time actually exploring.  We have been looking for a hotel close to the popular tourist attractions that the kids will enjoy staying in, and will be comfortable for us

This Easter we have been invited to take a short break at Butlin’s in Minehead and we are one very excited family.  They are a holiday brand I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while as I can remember visiting Butlin’s in Skegness when I was a child.  Things have changed a lot since the 80’s and its pretty safe to say that so has Butlin’s!  Read on to find out why we are looking forward to our UK family holiday. A Relaxing Stay in the New Lakeside Chalets Butlin’s

Everybody we spoke to about Warwick Castle raved about what a great day out it was, so when we visited Royal Leamington Spa for the weekend, we knew we had to go.  We took the girls to Cardiff Castle last year and we were really impressed with how much they enjoyed it.  You might not think that a castle is the ideal place to take a 2 and a 4 year old for a day out, but they absolutely loved it.  What really sold me on the idea of wanting to visit more

We’ve been thinking a lot about where we want to visit in the UK this year as a family.  One of our travel goals for 2017 is to show the children more of the country where they live.  We are lucky enough to have a lot of beautiful countryside, really historic places as well as some truly stunning coastline to share with them.  We have also discovered a new love for castles and really want more of them to feature in our travel plans for the year ahead. We’ve been

This year we want to visit more castles, and in particular we want to visit Warwick Castle.  I’ve heard so many good things about what a great day out Warwick Castle is, I think we, as a family, will love it.  I was talking to a friend about it just the other day, and she was so enthusiastic about visiting there.  She couldn’t speak any more highly about the activities that are available and the attraction itself. It seems like Warwick Castle heard this conversation, and about how keen I

Kew Gardens is a beautiful open space in Richmond Upon Thames, South West London.  A while a go, the girls and I were invited to visit Kew Gardens for the day by The Original Muck Boot Company.  I was really excited to take the girls to Kew Gardens to explore, as it was a place that none of us had visited. Kew Gardens attracts all kinds of visitors as it’s a beautiful place, full of iconic buildings and rare and significant plants.  It also attracts lots of families who enjoy open

Holiday Inn Express very kindly invited us to stay at their London Stansted Hotel when we returned from our short city break to Venice.  Our flight from Venice Treviso Airport wasn’t due to arrive at London Stansted Airport until 11.40pm in the evening, so the thought of driving back to Nottingham at that time seemed an incredibly unsafe thing to do.  I’m no spring chicken and I value my sleep, especially after spending the day exploring Venice, making a mad dash to the airport bus stop, and being slightly delayed

When you are trying to book a city break for a girlie weekend, and you live in different parts of the country, things can get a little complicated.  I was planning a trip with a friend of mine who lives in London, and there was definitely a point where we looked like we might not pull it off.  Not one to be deterred, I was confident there was a way to make things a lot easier for ourselves.

Do you know when a day out is just so good, you firstly struggle to pick your favourite moment and secondly, you are still talking about it a week later.  That’s exactly what happened to us when we visited West Midlands Safari Park for the day.  It’s been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while, so when they got in touch with us on Twitter, I was absolutely delighted and accepted the invitation immediately.  

This post  is sponsored by East Midlands Trains I’ve loved train travel since I was a child and it’s no wonder that it’s still very much a feature in my adult life. I will also confess it’s my favourite way to travel above all other modes of transport.  If I can travel by train, I will,  whether it’s for work or pleasure.  As a busy Mum and blogger I need to make the most of the time I have, and I find that I can use being on a train

London is constantly changing, ever evolving and has so much to offer, which makes choosing things to do and eat in a quick twenty-four hour time-frame pretty tough. As a regular visitor to the city, I wanted this 24hrs visit to be a bit different, even a little quirky.  This would be a rare child free twenty-fours for us, and these are the plans that made the final cut.  Feeling very footloose and fancy free, here’s what we crammed into our short visit to London. 

Princess and I have been to London to find out all about what is happening this summer with Thomas & Friends at the beautiful Waldorf Hilton Hotel.  We were both very exited as we boarded the train for the big city.  Princess loves Thomas The Tank Engine, so she was really looking forward to the party at Palm Court.  I was looking forward to afternoon tea but also getting a sneak peek inside one of London’s famous luxury hotels. We headed to Aldwych after a slow stroll through Covent Garden.

Jamie’s Italian heard that Kaz and I were going to be staying in London for Britmums Live and very kindly invited us to the restaurant in Angel to try out the Super Lunch menu.  Kaz had never been to Jamie’s Italian before so I was really looking forward to seeing what she thought of it.   I was also looking forward to the chance to catch up with her over a lovely meal before heading off to the Holiday Inn Fringe Party in Camden Town.

There are so many options for places to stay in London that you really can find the perfect place to suit your needs. London has everything from budget hotels, b & b’s, luxury hotels to gorgeous serviced apartments. Kaz from Ickle Pickle’s Life And Travels and myself were heading to London for the weekend to go to Britmums Live and it was the perfect opportunity for us to catch up without our families in tow.  So that we could make a weekend of it, Kaz found us the perfect place to

Coventry is one of the fastest growing cities of the U.K. It is a city that is rich in culture, unique and offers a wide range of things to do all year round.  Coventry really has moved into the 21st century with it’s head held high, leaving it’s somewhat dull reputation well and truly behind. From museums and theatres to various events, shopping and fine dining—Coventry is now an all time favourite with tourists and residents alike.

One of the best things about Norwich is its incredible history.  The Norwich of the past is still very much present in the towns’ beautiful modern landscape. There are so many fascinating places to visit within the town, but in a short break it would be impossible to see them all.  Starting with these 5,  from the Plantation Gardens to the Norwich Market, and you are guaranteed to learn a little more about Norwich history.

My faith has recently been restored in the UK family holiday after our recent trip to Wales and I’m already starting to think about the next road trip.  After a little research on the internet it soon became apparent that Woolacombe is the next place I would like to take the family. Now that my daughters are that little bit older, car journeys are becoming easier.  Throwing everything they need in the boot and taking to the road without having to worry about baggage allowance and security issues actually has a

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