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Is it worth going on the London Eye at night?  That was the question I asked myself when I visited London for a weekend break last month. The London Eye is open until 9pm at night, and I was keen to see what the experience would be like in the dark.  Can you still have a memorable experience when the lights have gone out over London? I waited for my friend to join me on a very wet and dark night in December.  She was at work during the day so

London is an amazing city, and I was lucky enough to enjoy a child free break there a few weeks ago.  It was also a husband free break, as someone had to stay home and look after the kids.  I was completely footloose and fancy free, so to speak! I’ve spent a lot of time in London since being a child, and even lived there for a short time when I was in my teens, so visiting the capital by myself doesn’t phase me in the slightest.  It was actually

I received a very warm welcome when I arrived at Amba Hotel Marble Arch hotel, which always bodes well for a pleasant stay I think.  Getting off on the right foot sets the tone for the experience that awaits.  Alexandra checked me in without any fuss and showed me to my room once we had dispensed with all the formalities.  I thought this was a lovely touch and gave me chance to find out a little bit more about the hotel. While we were en route to my room she explained that

Staying at Hampton by Hilton at London Gatwick Airport is a great way to get your holiday off to a good start.  For me, a holiday begins the moment you leave the house so I like to make every aspect of the trip as enjoyable as possible.  I think this is so important when you have children too.  Arriving at you dream holiday destination fraught from travelling with kids is no way to kick things off is it? Hampton By Hilton Hotel We were recently invited to stay at Hampton

Great Yarmouth has plenty of things to do all year round with a great programme of events including theatre shows and racing.  This is such an important factor when deciding where to take the family on holiday.  If you’re anything like us, we like having lots of things to do, interesting places to visit and plenty to see when we are taking a family break.  I visited Great Yarmouth every year when I was a child, so it’s a place I can’t wait to share with my family now I

There’s nothing like saving the best till last is there, and York’s Chocolate Story was definitely a highlight from our weekend in York.  I’ve shared posts with you all week about our trip to Diggerland, our stay at Travelodge York Central and even some free things to do in York but you cannot pass through this beautiful English city without popping into York’s Chocolate Story.

When I was planning our weekend away, I actually struggled to find free things to do in York.  The city has a growing tourist economy and it really shows.  The city boasts 6 million tourist visitors every year, that spend in excess of over £600 million so lots of the best attractions charge an entrance fee. It seems that this booming tourist industry has left very little for the local visitor to York to enjoy on a budget.  A short weekend break, can soon end up costing you a small

During our recent weekend holiday break in York, we were lucky enough to be invited to Diggerland in Castleford.  I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about Diggerland over the last year, and was really intrigued as to what it was all about. I know what you’re thinking.  I have daughters, and are they really going to enjoy an action packed day driving JCBs at Diggerland.  Well the answer to that is yes, they loved it.  And here’s why…

Travelodge York Central invited us to enjoy a weekend break in one of their new family rooms recently.  York is a place I have been before, for a night out, but not somewhere I have really explored so we were definitely up for it. We hadn’t long returned from our visit to Travelodge Liverpool Central, so it was going to be interesting for us comparing the two hotel experiences.

Cornwall is easily the top UK destination for family holidays, and somewhere everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.  It offers the very best of British coastline and beaches making it the perfect playground for all it’s visitors. Cornwall is brimming with family friendly days out to keep children entertained during their stay.  Whether it’s a day out in St Ives, a visit to the Eden Project or a visit to the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, you can be sure your family will have lots of fun in this

If you are looking for a family short break, I can’t recommend Liverpool enough as a place to visit.  We went there recently really not knowing what to expect, and we ended up having one of the best short breaks we’ve ever had. People go to Liverpool for lots of different reasons.  We saw plenty of stag and hen do’s as it’s a very lively place for a night out.  If your feeling particularly adventurous why not take the Liverpool Karaoke Tuk Tuk.  It certainly seemed like a lot of

We were very lucky on our recent family weekend break to Liverpool to be invited to Knowsley Safari for a day out. None of us had been to Knowsley Safari Park before, so this was an amazing new experience for us to share together.  Daddy didn’t even realise that safari parks even existed in this country so it really was an eye opener for him. We arrived at the park when it opened and were given our arrangements for the day and the time we had to join the Knowsley Safari Baboon

Recently Travelodge invited us to stay at one of their hotels for a family weekend break.  It was great timing for us as we had also been invited to review a day out at Knowsley Safari Park so we agreed that a stay in Liverpool would work out well.  We were booked into the Travelodge Liverpool Central hotel and all we had to do was turn up. We were really looking forward to our weekend break.  We had never visited Liverpool before and the Travelodge Liverpool Central seemed like the

Wow, didn’t I get a treat this weekend!  I got a weekend of bedtime duty and headed to London for a very exciting event which you can read about here.  One of the recommended places to stay was the Travelodge London Central City Road Hotel, because of it’s proximity to The Brewery where the event was taking place. I booked by room back in January and used the Saver rate discount.  For 2 nights in central London, the cost was £119 for a double room with no extras.  For London

If your checking into Drayton Manor Hotel this week, you’ll notice a new addition to the staff team.  Noah Reeves-Walters, 9 years old, from Kidderminster will be on hand to answer the important questions of the day for half term week. Not, where’s the nearest cash point or can you point me in the direction of the ladies?  He’s there to give important advice to children who want to know how wobbly the jelly is, where has candy floss and where to sit to get the best soaking on Storm

It was such a lovely day that Mummy decided that we were all going on an adventure.  It was somewhere called Sundown Adventure Land.  I’d not heard of it before, but it sounded very exciting.  It sounded like we were going to have lots of fun.  Mummy and Daddy took me in the carriage, we passed lots of fields and houses.  I couldn’t possibly sleep as there was so much to look at.   When the carriage came to a stop, I knew we had to be there.  It didn’t

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