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Wales is a beautiful holiday destination, and offers some of the most beautiful beaches that the UK has to offer.  There are several holiday options available for visitors, but the most relaxing has to be a stay in a Welsh holiday cottage.  They are perfect for families, groups or couples looking for Wales holiday cottages, and I’ve picked 4 of the best for enjoying the sea and sand, and setting your own holiday itinerary.

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.

UK outdoor holidays are becoming increasingly popular as they offer that sought after ‘get away from it all’ experience just a few hours drive away from home.  Throwing everything you need in the back of a car without having to worry about baggage allowance or check in times certainly has it’s appeal for families and couples who are starting to choose a UK holiday over travelling abroad. Not everyone has the time, or inclination to erect a tent or gather all the equipment required for camping, but don’t rule it

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.

More and more families and couples are choosing to take their next holiday in the UK.  Over the last few years, after spending many holidays abroad, I’ve really come to appreciate the benefits of taking a UK holiday.  We have an exceptionally beautiful country, that millions flock to every year as tourists, so lets join them and explore what the UK has to offer. How much of the UK have you seen during the time you have lived here?  It dawned on me that I have actually seen very little

Last year Daddy and I took the kids to the local seaside for a day trip.  The weather wasn’t particularly great but we were determined to spend the day playing in the sand.  The rain had slightly different ideas, and did put a slight dampener on things.  Our youngest daughter wasn’t on her feet yet, so she was on lock down under the rain cover in her buggy.  Princess was drowned in her Thomas Land poncho but at least she was able to enjoy the sand a little bit more

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.

When we took our holiday in Pembrokeshire, one thing I really wanted to do was visit Folly Farm Park.  While we were staying at Bluestone National Park Resort, we were lucky enough to be able to spend lots of time with our friends,  Kaz and Pickle from Ickle Pickles Life and Travels.  They have become great friends of ours over the course of our blogging journey and it was lovely to be able to catch up with them during our holiday. As a surprise, Kaz very kindly arranged for us all to have

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

I have wanted to visit Bluestone National Park Resort for so long and last week my wish finally came true.  The girls and I headed off on a road trip to beautiful Pembrokeshire to see what the best holiday resort in Wales had to offer.  I was also super excited as a visit to Bluestone meant I was able to catch up with my gorgeous friends from Kaz and Pickle from Ickle Pickles Life and Travels.  I couldn’t wait to spend some proper time with these guys and I knew

Next week, my daughters and I are heading off to Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales for a mid week break.  We are leaving the boys home alone so we can go and enjoy the beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches and get a big dose of fresh air.  We are so excited!  It got me thinking about how easy it is to jump in the car and enjoy a UK holiday, and I’ve since found out that more and more of us are enjoying midweek breaks in the UK.

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.

Just recently I’ve had very itchy feat.  I think our experiences of visiting Liverpool and exploring Larmer Tree Festival have reignited my travelling spirit.  I’ve started to reminisce over places I have visited, which I think is my way of telling myself I am long overdue a proper holiday. Our recent visit to Liverpool, reminded me in some ways of a weekend trip I took to Dublin a few years back to celebrate my 30th Birthday.  Alright, it was more than a few years ago, but it was a place that made

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

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