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Film, food, festivals and fun – every reason under the sun to visit South Devon

From cliff top views and country lanes to rolling fields, moors and wild adventures on land and sea, South Devon is an incredible area to visit, packed with activities, personality and amazing places to explore. With over 120 miles of coastline, no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a national park, the South West Coast Path and a host of nature reserves, this wonderful part of the world is just aching to be explored.    If you’ve never been to South Devon, or maybe you haven’t been there for a while, think stunning coastline, rolling hills, beautiful period towns and fishing villages, lovely cottages and holiday homes set in amazing locations. If that doesn’t cast an image for you then you won’t have to wait long before Hollywood does it for you, and it’s all down to one man; Donald Crowhurst.    Never heard of him? Well you soon will when his story appears in cinemas across the globe later this year. Starring Colin Firth as Crowhurst …

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Science Museum – Robots and Wonderlab

We were so fortunate that our recent February half term took place a week after seemingly most of the country’s. This meant that our trip to the Science Museum was not the crushing melee I had feared it might be; I don’t deal well with crowds. I was also concerned that the children would not actually be able to get stuck in with the myriad hands-on experiments if Wonderlab were full to bursting. Thankfully, my fears remained unrealised; we didn’t even have to queue to enter the building! We began our science adventure with a scoot round the Robots exhibit. Open until 3rd September 2017, Robots is an interesting collection depicting the rise of the machine and its increasingly human traits. From the website: “From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our …

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Talbot Hotel, Ripley

On Saturday, James and I left the children with my parents and disappeared to Surrey for the night. We were invited to review a gorgeous hotel, the Talbot; full of history and original features. Upon arrival, we were directed to our room, which was the Shrewsbury – one of nine bedrooms situated in the 15th Century coaching inn. For any Tudor geek (hello), the room was a treat. It creaked and gurgled a little, which only added to the charm. An authentic Tudor bedroom! We had dinner booked in for 6:30 so headed down to the restaurant, which is also situated in the old coaching inn. We had terrines (salmon and ham) and wine to start, pork belly and steak for mains and sticky toffee pudding and chocolate mousse for dessert. The food was lovely, full of flavour and really nicely presented. The pork belly, in particular, was delicious. The restaurant was a little dark for my liking but gorgeously decorated. Alongside the modern restaurant is a traditional 15th century bar, which is a real …

New Year Wanderlust

Winter sun has never appealed to me more than right about now. The weather is cold and dark and we are all back at work and school with long busy days that tire us out. Weekends recently have been too cold, really, to properly enjoy time spent outdoors. We have been to the park and the beach, of course, but our visits never last long because one or other of us inevitably starts turning blue and we have to head home. The children are full of pent up energy, grumpy, arguing, in real need of a proper run out (I realise they sound like dogs here but it’s true). Tell me it’s not just us? Last February we headed to Greece for some winter warmth and I am starting to wish we had booked something to brighten up this new year too. Of course, just because we have no immediate plans doesn’t mean I haven’t been lusting over winter sunshine breaks online! The Canaries seem to be immensely popular for families at this time of …

UK Holiday Destinations Loved by British Mums

If that expensive holiday to the Bahamas is off the cards this year, where else could you take the family that’s a little closer to home? We’ve put together some of best location right here in the UK – not including Butlins or Legoland – along with lots of helpful information about where to go and what other mums have said. Pembrokeshire Coast Pembrokeshire’s coastline is so beautiful that it comprises the UK’s only coastal national park. Here you’ll find some of the most picturesque landscapes in the whole of the country, as well as many sandy coves for the kids to make a sandcastle or two.  There’s load to do here, including visiting the dinosaur park, boat trips and visiting National Trust stately homes.  Mums say that they love the fact that there is so much space on the beaches, as well as how many there are to choose from.  There are plenty of places to stay along the Pembrokeshire coastal path, including hotels like the Clock House at Marloes, which has received dozens …