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On our final day in Hamburg my daughter and I headed across town from the Holiday Inn we were staying at to find Tierpark Hagenbeck (Hamburg Zoo).  We managed the bus and subway journey just fine, until an over helpful passerby tried to put us on the wrong S Ban. It was quickly resolved and we were soon heading in the right direction in time for our appointment with Sabina who was going to be giving us a guided tour that day. Despite being a cold November day, the weather

It was pretty grey and damp when we arrived in Hamburg, so I was really pleased that the first activity we had planned was a visit to Chocoversum in the heart of the city’s historic centre.  If you are looking for things to do when it’s raining in Hamburg, Chocoversum is a great place to put at the top of your list as it’s inside AND it’s all about chocolate.  Everyone loves chocolate now, don’t they? My 3 year old daughter and I joined an English speaking tour at Chocoversum which

When we found out that the Come To Hamburg project had arranged for us to stay at the Holiday Inn Hamburg for our visit to the city we were really excited.  We have been lucky enough to stay with Holiday Inn a few times now, and we were also staying with Holiday Inn Express at London Stansted as our airport hotel for this particular trip so it all fitted together really well. Arriving at Holiday Inn Hamburg The Holiday Inn Hamburg is situated just outside of Hamburg, but do not

We decided it would be a great idea to begin our Hamburg city break adventure with a London Stansted Hotel.  We are huge fans of Holiday Inn Express and with such an early flight planned, staying in an airport hotel with kids always makes things go a little bit smoother. We arrived at tea time and we were able to leave the car in the car park straight outside the hotel entrance.  We unpacked, but of course it didn’t matter if we forgot something in the first run or decided

On the day well left Camp Katur and our little Hobbit House on the Camp Hill Estate we decided we would go and explore Hackfall Woods near Masham.  We thought it would be a nice idea to take a little walk before the 3 hour drive back to Nottingham. Now, it’s safe to say that I didn’t do my research very well and I didn’t really know what I was letting myself and my 5 year old daughter in for when we pulled into the tiny carpark near Masham.  I thought we

If you are as obsessed with travelling with kids as me, then I’m guessing it’s also important to you that they are as healthy as possible when you go on your adventures.  Regardless of whether you are going on a summer or winter holiday, the last thing you want is for someone to get sick. We enjoy travelling all year round, which could mean going on a beach holiday in summer or taking a city break in the winter.  I know families enjoy all kinds of holidays all year round

Is it possible to feel like you have had a proper getaway by just spending 24 hours at a hotel?  We visited the Belfry Hotel & Resort in Birmingham for an overnight stay in the summer to find out if it could be done and here’s how we got on. Myself and all three kids packed into the car and took the 50 minute drive from Nottingham to Sutton Coldfield on the outskirts of Birmingham where The Belfry is located.  This was going to be the only holiday we took with

I personally love Wagamama, and I really want my kids to love it too.  The food is always fresh, healthy and super tasty and I think it’s a great place for kids to experience Japanese food.  Wagamama is a great restaurant for kids with it’s bench style eating experience and child friendly chop sticks, but what did my daughter make of it all on our recent visit to Wagamama in Bath. We were both very hungry when we arrived at Wagamama after our day exploring the city of Bath together,

Bath is a beautiful city in England and there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t enjoy a family visit here with children.  These things to do in Bath with kids will inspire you and your little ones to enjoy the very best of what this historic UK city has to offer. Bath had been on my list of UK cities to visit for many years, and I finally got to visit with my 5 year old daughter for a 2 day city break in the summer. We were on the look

If you want to make the most of a quick road trip, it’s a good idea to plan somewhere to visit on the way to your destination.  We decided to visit Brimham Rocks on our recent weekend trip to North Yorkshire, and felt that the best way to share our experience was in photos. The weather was on our side that day, but sadly the traffic was not.  As it was bank holiday weekend, there was heavy traffic around Leeds Festival, but we still managed to spend most of the

Buckland Abbey is just a few minutes drive from the Moorland Garden Hotel and very close to Yelverton, so it’s a perfect family day out if you are visiting Devon.  As you may remember from our review of the hotel, we had to postpone our visit to Buckland Abbey due to the rain.  After spending a day relaxing at the hotel, we were certainly ready to get started again and were very much looking forward to seeing which moor otter we were going to meet and learn more about Buckland

During our visit to Devon this summer we were invited to the Two Bridges Hotel which can be found in the very heart of the exceptionally beautiful Dartmoor National Park.  It’s also the sister hotel of The Bedford Hotel, where we also had the pleasure of staying for the night during our visit to Tavistock. On arrival, we drove over the bridge that leads towards the characteristically white buildings of the hotel in anticipation, wondering how the Two Bridges Hotel would compare to the Bedford Hotel which had made such a big impression

I was really inspired by how much fun my daughter and I had on our road trip around the south of England this summer.  Travelling with kids can be a fantastic experience for the whole family, but how you approach it can make all the difference.  We very much enjoyed spotting otters in Devon, and this really helped us to explore and enjoy the area of Dartmoor.  Cornwall is another very beautiful part of the UK, and it’s somewhere I’m really keen to visit with all the family for a

Given how large Florida is, it shouldn’t surprise that it can satisfy a broad range of tastes – including those of families. Indeed, it might not surprise you at all given how well-known Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort is. That is indeed a fantastic attraction, and I will soon return to that subject. Before then, however, I’m going to focus on several other great ideas for Florida holidays that adults and children can both enjoy. There’s water aplenty with these ideas… See Mermaids Perform at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

We had been looking forward to arriving at the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock for a few days by the time we checked in.  We had been camping at a festival over the weekend, and the lack of hot showers and mud had finally got to us.  We began to fill with excitement as sat nav announced we had arrived at the Bedford Hotel in Devon and got parked in the hotel carpark as quickly as we could.  A car has never been unpacked quite so quickly, and my daughter and

Have you heard of the Moor Otters Trail? If you are visiting Devon this summer then it’s a great way to explore the Dartmoor area and have some fun with the kids while you’re at it.  If you’ve been following my Twitter account, you’ll know my 5 year old daughter and I went to Dartmoor to find out more about the trail and to hunt down as many otters as we could find during our recent road trip. Over 100 otters have been designed by local and UK artists and

When you think of a family holiday in Europe, places like Portugal, France and Spain will instantly spring to mind. But even with places like Spain, there are certain areas you just wouldn’t consider as, on paper, they don’t seem suitable for a family holiday. Marbella is definitely one of those places. Known as the playground of the rich and famous, Marbella is filled with luxury yachts, beach nightclubs and more high-end fashion shops than the whole of the UK combined. It’s little wonder, then, that Marbella has built a

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

When you think of booking a holiday to the UK, everyone one thinks that London is the best city to go to.  Don’t get me wrong, London is a great city to visit, but the UK has a number of cities that offer great sight seeing opportunities and lots of things to do for families.  One city that really left an impression on us was Liverpool, and I think that it’s somewhere that lots of visitors to the UK would enjoy.  Did you know that because it still contains many

Our holiday in Menorca left a big impression on us to be honest.  The main reason was because it gave us the perfect balance of fun, sight seeing and the option to visit some great local restaurants in Son Bou. We loved our stay at Royal Son Bou Family Club and we also enjoyed visiting different places in Menorca.  Because we were staying half board at Royal Son Bou Family Club, we were also able to enjoy eating out as well as at the hotel.  We found having the option to

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

Just the thought of a family holiday in Florida makes me feel excited and it’s something that is very much on the horizon for us in the near future.  That’s why this list of things to do in Florida has been planned for a while now. I’m desperate to step off a long haul flight, with my Florida travel guide all mapped out, just waiting to make some of the most magical holiday memories for our family.  Travelling as a family is about many things for me, but one I’m

There’s always a lot going on in a busy house isn’t there?  Families notoriously have a lot to juggle in their daily lives.  There’s the battle of getting ready for the day with repetitive requests to get dressed, clean teeth and pack the school bag.    Once we’ve tackled getting ready, it’s time to deal with the never ending run of activities, clubs and social activities we play taxi to.   That’s all before we even think about our own 9 to 5 responsibilities and household chores.  Fitting in the

I promised you a few posts about what we got up to in Menorca after our stay at Royal Son Bou Family Club so here’s our family travel guide. This is all about things to do in Menorca with kids to help plan your holiday to this beautiful Balearic island. I spent quite a while with the travel guides trying to decide good things to do with kids in Menorca, and I soon came to realise that I really didn’t need to.  Menorca is a beautiful island that has been well

What do you look for in a family holiday? Is quality accommodation at the top of your list? Do you like to be surrounded by natural beauty? Does the family insist on visiting a resort with an excellent swimming pool? Perhaps your holiday isn’t perfect without a beautiful beach to build sandcastles on? If all of these things are important to you then I think you are going to love this post about our family holiday with Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins. During May half term we flew to Bordeaux

We took our young children to Royal Son Bou Family Club in Menorca for a holiday recently and can honestly say we were very impressed with this all inclusive holiday resort for lots of reasons.  If you follow my Instagram account you might have caught a glimpse of what we got up to. I’ve got a few blog posts to share with you about our family holiday in Menorca, and I’ll be talking about where we ate, where we visited and what we loved about the island.  First of all I’m going

If you are planning a holiday with your kids or travelling as a family then a great place for you to get ideas and inspiration is from UK family travel bloggers.  These lovely bloggers share real experiences that they have on holiday with their children to help you get the best from your own travels.  They are real families with real kids that talk about where they have been on some of the best family travel blogs, and they inspire me constantly with new destinations to take my children. Or

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

I cannot believe that Disneyland Paris is 25 years old already.  I still remember the park first opening and desperately wanting to visit when I was a child.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen when I was little but who can forgive me for thinking about wanting to visit Disneyland Paris now that I have two little girls of my own.  Holiday Inn and Air France helped us make that dream come true when they invited us all to Disneyland Paris for the weekend to enjoy the 25th Anniversary celebrations.  I knew the

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

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