Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

24 September 2018

Days Out in Devon – Cadover Bridge, Plym Valley, Dartmoor

Dartmoor is a place that we often drive across, on good weather days, possibly stop for a short walk and take in the views, or head to in search of Sunday lunch when we are staying in Devon on a family holiday, however it’s not somewhere we have spent a whole day in one place before on a family day out … until this past summer while on a staycation in Devon.


30 July 2018

My 5 Favourite Places to Photograph (AD)

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I have loved taking photographs for as long as I can remember. I’m not so keen on being in front of the camera mind you, much more comfortable behind the lens. I’m lucky to have travelled to lots of places where I’ve been able to take photographs that have created great memories for me. Here are five of my favourite places around the world to take photographs, I wonder where I’ll go next.

20 June 2018

Taking our Tweens to Tynemouth by Metro (AD)

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Tynemouth is a beautiful coastal town on the north banks of the River Tyne in North Tyneside. Less than 10 miles from where we live in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, it is also less than ten stops on the Metro.

Tynemouth has been named as the best place to live in the North, according to the Sunday Times, and this once sleepy seaside resort has charmed its way to the top with its elegant Victorian architecture, sweeping beaches, craggy cliffs with a vibrant cafe culture. It’s popular with surfers, hipsters but would it be popular with tweens? 

We headed to our local Metro Station in Byker to travel to Tynemouth by Metro one Sunday to find out.

24 April 2018

5 things to do in Barcelona with kids (AD)

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world. Who could fail to love this beautiful city on the shores the Mediterranean Sea? It has art, culture, shops, history, attractions, sea & sand and football. 

The capital of Catalonia, it is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains and medieval quarters. So Barcelona with kids. It’s a city I think my boys will love and I’d love to take them there, so for this post, we’ve teamed up with Musement - a website that helps travellers get the best from destinations by providing a great choice of local tours and attractions bookable on multiple devices. So if you are thinking of planning a Barcelona family holiday, read on ...

5 family-friendly things to do in Barcelona

19 April 2018

Holidaying with Hadrian! A staycation at Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland (REVIEW)

At the Heart of Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain comes to life! As well as the Hadrian's Wall Trail, there are amazing Roman Forts such as Vindolanda and Housesteads, fantastic countryside and a wealth of accommodation too. 

We were invited to review some new luxury B&B lodges close to Hadrian’s Wall, aptly named Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges. In fact, they are just 120 metres off the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. So read on to discover how we found our complimentary two-night stay … 

22 February 2018

Our 8 Favourite North East Coastal Family Walks - worth braving the cold for even in winter and early spring

The Lake District may have taken top honours in the nation's top 100 walking hotspots recently revealed in ITV's 'Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100' but we’ve picked out eight of our favourite coastal places in North East England, that are perfect for family walks in Winter, and early Spring ... or any season really!

8 Favourite North East Coastal Family Walks

13 February 2018

A Family Staycation in Northumberland at Felmoor Park (REVIEW)


Forget Me Not Lodge has got to be one of the most aptly named holiday lets I've ever been to. Located just half-an-hour north of Newcastle, this family-friendly and pet-friendly, two bedroomed luxury lodge with a hot tub, is a perfect place for a family staycation in Northumberland and after our recent press trip there, one we won't be forgetting it in a hurry.

dog friendly and child friendly luxury accommodation in northumberland with hot tub

22 January 2018

A Family Staycation in Durham at Radisson Blu Hotel (REVIEW)

Earlier this month we took advantage of the boys' school holidays and stayed mid-week in Durham, to take up an invitation to stay at the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel in a family room.  So if you are looking for vacation or staycation ideas this year, read on to see what we thought...

A Family Staycation in Durham at Radisson Blu Hotel

13 November 2017

Staying at Sleeperz Hotel in Newcastle (And being a tourist in your home town) (REVIEW)


It’s not often that you get to be a tourist in your own city. But that is exactly what we did during the last half-term break. We were tourists in NewcastleGateshead. A place, where I have lived for over twenty years, and where the boys have always lived. It was great. It has given us all a totally new perspective on the place where we live. And we didn’t just have day trips every day either, we actually stayed in a hotel too. A Sleeperz Hotel.

family room review Sleeperz Hotel in Newcastle

30 October 2017

Enjoying The Discovery Adventures Podcast by Land Rover on Family Days Out (AD)

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What do you do when you are in the car? Do you drive in silence; listen to the radio, CDs or playlists? What about when the family is in the car? 

16 October 2017

Where To Book A Family Holiday in Late Autumn (AD)

This warm weekend has made me realise just how much I've missed the sunshine recently. Suddenly I'm longing for a bit more of it and craving another holiday. Have you ever taken a late-autumn break?

Where do you holiday? Where do you go and how do you choose where to go? And is it different now to before you had children?  With so many places in the world offering different things,  it's sometimes not so easy to choose. Which is where companies like Tots to Travel can help with their experience of crafting perfect family holidays.

13 September 2017

Top Tips for Visiting Warwick Castle (REVIEW)

I love castles. Even got married in one. And I count myself very lucky to live in a country with more than its fair share of stunning castles, of which Warwick Castle is among the best in the UK.
We recently enjoyed a family day out at Warwick Castle with our boys, aged 8 & 10. As well as its own fascinating past it's also got Horrible Histories for the boys and hubby was very impressed to discover that Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, loosely based Lord Walder Frey on Richard Neville, also known as Warwick the Kingmaker. 

We had such a great time that we thought we'd share with you our top tips for visiting Warwick Castle.

Top Tips for Visiting Warwick Castle

29 August 2017

10 Ways to Keep Tweens Happy in London on a Budget

Last summer we headed to London with our young boys for a short-break of a couple of days en-route to Devon and a visit to the Grandparents.

Like on any trip away we knew we’d need to eat, find accommodation, to pay for travel there and in and around London, and we also wanted to take in a few attractions – paid for and free - as well as have a really good time. Our budget was less than £500 for a three-day trip.

This is how we did it and kept our tweens happy!

14 August 2017

10 Places To Visit With Kids in NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle upon Tyne is not only the most northerly city in England but also the place where I have lived for over half my life. It's a university city, Newcastle and Northumbria, located on the north side of the River Tyne in northeast England. On the south side of the river is where you find the town of Gateshead - there are seven bridges connecting the two places across the river.

We love travelling. Discovering new places, meeting new people and doing new things. We had an absolutely brilliant time in Loch Ness earlier this year but it's also easy to forget how many great places on our doorstep. Within 15 minutes of our home, we can be at any number of fantastic attractions, both free and paid for in Newcastle and Gateshead.

9 August 2017

The Benefits of Holiday Friendships - Bloggers Experiences

One of the best things about holidays as a child is the friends you can make. Playing on the beach, building sandcastles, splashing in the sea, snorkelling, rock-pooling … you name it all of these activities are far better to do with other children, rather than your parents once you reach a certain age.

The Benefits of Holiday Friendships - Bloggers share their experiences of their own and their children's holiday friendships.

7 August 2017

10 Things to do with Kids within a one hour drive of Loch Ness

The whole family recently spent a full week in Scotland based at Loch Ness in a very beautiful lodge on the shores of Loch Ness. As well as the amazing views on the six-hour drive from Newcastle we also saw some amazing places on our travels on both the East and West coast of Scotland. 

The Highlands has so much to offer visitors. Here are our top 10 things to do in Scotland with kids that are within a one-hour drive time of Loch Ness.

17 July 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 6 - Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Loch Lomond

After a week in Scotland, staying on the shores of the beautiful and enigmatic Loch Ness, it was finally time to leave. So after we had cruised on Loch Nessdiscovered waterfallsexplored historic battlefieldstaken a road trip with the Harry Potter train and spotted castles and dolphins the week was sadly but finally over.

We had to be out of our self-catering accommodation by 10 am but we had the whole day to enjoy the journey home and make it an extension of the holiday rather than just a seven–hour ordeal! So our journey took us through the Great Glen Way, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond and Glasgow before crossing the border and arriving back in Newcastle.

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Loch Lomond

10 July 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 5 - Castles and Dolphins

If you have been reading our recent posts you’ll know that last month we took a family holiday to Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. Before we travelled, I had thought that it would be a good trip - but honestly, I never dreamed it would be half as amazing as the week actually turned out to be.

So far during our week-long stay in Scotland we had cruised on Loch Ness, discovered waterfalls, explored historic battlefields and taken a road trip with the Harry Potter train but on day 5 our plans changed and we'd end up in both the West and East coasts of Scotland photographing castles and dolphins.

Family Holiday to Loch Ness with Castles and Dolphins at Eilean Donan, Plockton, Black Isle and Moray Firth

3 July 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 4 - Relaxation, Rain and Bluebells

At the end of May, we took a family holiday in Scotland. In the Scottish Highlands at Loch Ness to be precise. 

After spending the first few days of our trip enjoying a cruise on the Loch itself and learning about Nessy, discovering waterfalls and battlefields and then taking a road trip with Harry Potter it was time to chill. And with a day of rain forecast, we decided to spend most of the day at the lodge. Well, it would be a big shame not too when it was so lovely.

Loch Ness Holiday Lodges and Invermoriston Falls.

26 June 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 3 - A Harry Potter Road Trip

During half-term in May, we headed to Scotland for a family holiday. Our family of four based ourselves in a lodge overlooking Loch Ness and spent a week exploring the Scottish Highlands. On day 3 we headed west for a 'Harry Potter' road trip. Can you believe that it is 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, the iconic Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published?

A Harry Potter Road Trip through Fort Willam and Glenfinnan to Mallaig.