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mifold Review The latest travel accessory to arrive in our house is the mifold grab and go child restraint from mifold UK.  We regularly travel with a 4 year old and a 6 year old and I’ve been interested in the mifold travel car seat for a while now.  When we received an email asking us to review the mifold car seat for the blog we were very keen to say yes.  Here is what we discovered about this innovative portable car seat: What is the mifold Grab and Go Travel Car

Over recent years, France has seen something of a resurgence as one of the most popular family holiday destinations among discerning travellers from the UK.  With leading operator Brittany Ferries offering great value holidays in France with accommodation and quick enjoyable ferry crossings to five major ferry ports across Northern France, it’s never been easier to enjoy a French adventure with the family. The big question being – where should you go? If time is on your side, setting out on a voyage of exploration comes highly recommended. If you’ve

Devon is such a beautiful part of the UK with so much to offer, but a lot of people seem to pass it by in favour of it’s more famous neighbour Cornwall and I really don’t know why.  This is such a shame as Devon is a beautiful county packed with things to do and we think it’s a lot more accessible than Cornwall, especially from the Midlands or the North of England.  We’ve visited a few times over the last couple of years so we wanted to share with

If you are looking for the top things to do in Liverpool with kids then you have definitely come to the right place.  I’ve always thought of Liverpool as one of the best cities to visit in Europe and the UK and I’m really looking forward to sharing my ideas with you. Liverpool is a great city to visit with kids as there is literally loads for you and your family to do while you are there.  When we visited the city with the kids we were so impressed with

Even though Indie and Brook are only 6 and 4 years old respectively we have managed to get through quite a bit of children’s luggage already.  The girls have grown so quickly and this has definitely changed the type of girls suitcases that they need. We’ve learnt a thing or two about not only what to pack in our suitcases but also buying the right kids suitcase depending on age and the type of trip we are taking. With all this family travel knowledge, we have been scouring the internet in

Travel, particularly in the summer holidays can be an expensive activity, yet for many parents, it is the most suitable time to go away due to the school holidays.  There’s also sometimes a sense of pressure to keep up with the playground parents all discussing their break away, and you don’t want your children to feel left out. That said, not every family can afford a summer holiday abroad as now more than ever, travel to the most popular summer sun destinations within Europe is expensive.  This is mainly because

As a family we were super excited about our trip to Wales with Visit Swansea Bay during half term.  I have to confess I really didn’t know very much about the area before our visit, but I’ve returned feeling completely inspired by all the things there are to do in and around Swansea Bay, the beautiful award winning beaches and the stunning countryside they have. If you haven’t visited Swansea Bay, The Mumbles and Gower yet, I really think you should add it to your UK bucket list very soon.

I have to confess I’d never heard of Cofton Holidays in Devon until very recently. Since our visit to stay in their luxury apartments at the Eastdon Estate I’ve literally been telling everyone about them, so it seems only right for me to share our holiday here with you too. Brook and I drove from Nottingham to Devon for a long weekend at the holiday park, and I knew we would be too early for getting the keys to our apartment when we arrived.  I didn’t mind though, as I’d read

If you have a young family, you might not want to put them through the torture of erecting a tent every night or pay the price of a villa hire. Thanks to the internet, you can now hire budget accommodation that will keep you and the kids happy and content and make exploring the countryside easier. Below you can read more about some of the best options to consider this summer. Trailer Tents If you are looking for a fun way to travel and have all the comfort you need

Road Trip Essential Tips Over the last few years we’ve done more than our fair share of road trips with kids.  You might have seen our post about exploring Cornwall earlier this year or when we headed off to Devon for some jurassic adventures. At first we were nervous about getting in the car and going on a long car journey with the kids, but now we feel like dab hands at it.  Whether you are hitting the road with toddlers or young children, we are going to be sharing

Travel Mamas, can I ask you a question?  Are you in charge of the summer holiday packing list? I bet a lot of you are responsible for the holiday packing checklist and organising what to take on holiday and I want to lend you a hand to make travelling with the kids easier. In my house I’m the person who makes the holiday essentials list and packs the suitcases.  Seeing as I have a few holidays under my belt now, I wanted to share with you my tried and tested holiday

There are so many kids luggage on the market at the moment that I decided to bring you the top kids fun cases for helping you plan your next holiday.  It’s a great idea to get children involved with packing their own suitcase, and with so many designs available, packing for a holiday can soon turn into a fun activity. Small children’s suitcases are great for hand luggage or for having their personal items to hand during travel.  As well as clothes, children also like to pack their favourite toys,

I’m the first person to admit that staying in a hostel probably isn’t my first choice when it comes to planning a road trip, but when I saw the pictures of The Bristol Wing I could see it featuring in our family travel plans.  This new hostel in Bristol is fun and funky and a great place to introduce your family to different types of places to stay in the UK. Can You Stay in a Hostel with a Family? If the hostel has private rooms or small dorms then

More and more family friendly festivals are popping up over the UK which means there will be more of you writing out your festival camping checklist this summer ahead of these events.   We are going to be visiting Timber Festival next month and the Just So Festival in the summer holidays so we wanted to share our best festival tips and tricks to make sure we all have a great time! If you are looking for festival tips for first timers or your an old hat at camping with

Glamping at Warwick Castle is probably one of the best castle stays in the UK for children.  We were lucky enough to stay in a Warwick Castle Knights Lodge last year which we loved and were overjoyed when we were asked to come and stay over at the new Warwick castle glamping for 2018 in The Avenue of the Kings. It happened to be Brook’s birthday too, so what better present for a 4 year old princess than to provide one of the latest Warwick Castle clamping reviews.  It seemed

Glamping with kids is one of the easiest and best ways to get your children enjoying the outdoors at this time of year.  We were lucky enough to be invited to Wigwam® Holidays Millside near Grantham recently and I was super excited to be able to take the girls glamping in Lincolnshire and spending some quality time with them in the fresh air. We decided to leave Daddy at home and make it a real girlie weekend away for myself, Brook and Indie.  Wigwam® Holidays Millside provides luxury glamping near Nottingham

A Special Family Weekend in London We are huge fans of taking the kids on London city breaks, and it’s made so much easier by the fact that taking the train from Nottingham is really convenient for us.  The kids love a train journey anyway, and it always makes travelling a little bit easier for us as a family.  As long as we have plenty of snacks, drinks and activities to keep the children busy you can always be guaranteed a fairly smooth trip journey to the capital by train.

If you are a regular reader of Zena’s Suitcase you will already know that I’m passionate about putting kids at the heart of family travel.  Do you remember when Indie and I visited Amsterdam?  She was totally in charge of the itinerary for our holiday, and she had such fun researching and planning what she wanted to do for that trip.  When it came to the city break itself, she embraced every single minute of it and all the usual moans and groans you’d expect from a small child on

For a lot of families, holidays are associated with very long periods spent inside a car. When you have young children, it can be a bad idea to fly, and most parents will avoid this with their kids, instead choosing to keep their journeys in land. This isn’t always the best way to spend your breaks, though. Someone will have to drive, and this will mean missing all of the scenery which is on display, all while the kids are asleep in the back. It doesn’t have to be this

Over the last couple of years we have had the absolute pleasure of being able to enjoy some wonderful Devon holidays with kids in this beautifully picturesque part of the UK.  I think going on holiday to Devon is sometimes overlooked in favour of places like Cornwall or Wales, which is such a shame, as it has so much to offer, especially if you are travelling the UK with kids. If you consider that Dartmoor, the Jurassic Coast and a wonderful selection of beautiful blue flag beaches are literally on

Hello readers! Thanks so much for stopping by once again.  If you are new here, a huge welcome to you as well and I really hope you enjoy what you find here on Zena’s Suitcase blog. I guess you might have stumbled across this post if you are looking for places to eat in Exeter with kids?  That’s great news as I have a super family friendly cafe I think that you will love! We visited the Board Cafe in Exeter recently and here’s what we thought of our visit.

Visiting Devon gave us as a family the chance to learn more about the fascinating Jurassic Coast and the incredible history and geology connected to this beautiful part of the UK.  Seaton Jurassic is an attraction I really think you should add to your list of things to do in Devon if you are keen to learn more about the dinosaurs that once lived here during prehistoric times.  Seaton Jurassic is a hands on and interactive exhibition that children of all ages will enjoy.  Brook who is 3 years old,

For our last full day in Devon we decided to visit Wildwood Escot for some outdoor adventure with the girls. After speaking to Claire at Andrewshayes Holiday Park this Devon attraction sounded perfect for us. It was close by and it sounded like another unique place to visit. We discovered that Devon has lots of interesting things to do during our visit, and it’s worth taking a look at Devon’s Top Attractions website as it’s packed with ideas and inspiration for your Devon holiday.  Wildwood Escot is mainly an outdoors attraction

Kids and transport go so well together, so it seemed obvious for us to include a visit to Seaton Tramway on our recent holiday to Devon.  If you are staying at Andrewshayes Holiday Park, it literally is on your doorstep. A really good option for visiting this Devon attraction is to drive to the tram station at Colyton and catch the tram to Seaton for a fantastic fun filled family day out. Seaton Tramway Review We left the car at Colyton in the free car park and headed into the

Our family love boat trips. They give us a different perspective on the place we are visiting and we get to enjoy our holiday at a completely different pace. Devon is literally perfect for boat trips, and we joined Stuart Line Cruises for their Jurassic Coast Tour during our family holiday last month. We joined the boat trip in Exmouth and I’ll be honest in that we had literally minutes to board before the boat departed. This is totally my fault for not giving us enough time to get there

Do you order organic fruit and vegetables from Riverford?  Did you know that they have a restaurant in Devon, called the Riverford Field Kitchen?  If it’s a restaurant you are interested in then read on to find out about our delicious family Sunday dinner and our Riverford farm tour.   We met the Head Gardener Penny Hemming at Riverford Field Kitchen to begin our tour, which started with a peek inside the Riverford Field Kitchen poly tunnel.  I was really excited about this tour as I feel so strongly about children

Did you know that you can now stay at Devon’s best family day out attraction, Crealy Resort and Adventure Park?  We were invited to stay in a safari tent at Crealy Meadows with our 2 kids aged 4 and 6 years old.  It could well be the best glamping in Devon for kids and here’s why. Glamping at Crealy Meadows is a great option for families looking for places to stay in Devon AND it’s literally right next door to Crealy’s Great Adventure Park which is perfect for little people’s legs. 

Travelling with kids is difficult on the best of days but having to do so with a sick child in tow can make it so much harder. Whether your little one has come down with a cold during holiday travel or is suffering a bout of stomach flu after eating something, it pays to know what you can do to make the entire process easier for everyone. Travelling with a Sick Child Travel Insurance Before you leave, getting medical travel insurance will give you so much peace of mind. This policy will

Can I be honest with you for a second? Before writing my blog, we hadn’t had much luck with caravan holidays and my husband relishes reminding of a not so successful holiday we had back in 2012 when Indie was a baby. I’ve been determined to turn this round and show him that caravan holidays, especially in Devon can be a great option for a family in 2018. When we received an invitation to stay at Andrewshayes Holiday Park near Lyme Regis, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to show

I’m guessing that if you have come here to find out about things to do in Tenerife, you have already booked your family holiday, but just incase you need some ideas I also have a great article on the top all inclusive hotels on this beautiful island that you might like to check out too.  If you are still deciding whether you should visit Tenerife, I hope reading this post will convince you that you will have a varied and interesting sunshine holiday here. Tenerife is such great destination for

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