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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

2018 Travel Wishlist: Californian Road Trip

We all have different travel wishlists that consist of various ideas and destinations we’re keen to visit. For me, I’ve put California right at the top of my wishlist. It’s known as The Golden State, and if there were Olympic medals given out for the best travel destinations, then it would certainly take home the gold! My dream is to go on a tour of California – mainly because there are so many things to do/see, and so many great cities to explore. So much so that deciding on one single place to go is impossible, so, a tour it is! If I were to go on this tour in summer, here are my top picks for where to visit: The iconic Hollywood Sign. Source Los Angeles Of course, you can’t go to California without taking a trip to LA. It’s the home of the Hollywood Hills and the epicenter of world entertainment. LA is a big city – it’s almost like a state within a state! There are so many great places to stay …

Summer Sun Wishlist

It is only in recent years that the promise of warm, sunny weather in a holiday has ever appealed to me; prior to this I resolutely stuck to Northern European city breaks (Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Brugges).  These trips adequately satisfied my wanderlust and didn’t pose the same risks as beach holidays, ie I was unlikely to be burned to a crisp within 30 minutes of landing. In 2016, however, we were invited to visit family in Paros, a Greek Island effectively defined by its climate.  And guess what?  We had a great time.  The bright, warm weather meant that we could be outside for as long as wanted every day.  The children could swim in the sea, build sandcastles, play in the park long after they would usually be indoors at home.  They slept so much better as a result of all the fresh air and exercise and barely touched a screen in two weeks.  Furthermore, I discovered that yes, I will still burn easily if out in direct sunshine (I am a redhead, after …

Going to the Grand National Festival

Sport events can be a family thing and horseracing festivals are a special occasion to visit the racetrack with the whole family. Here in the UK the two biggest festivals are the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, both just a few weeks apart in March and April accordingly. Horseracing may sound something adults who do gambling may enjoy more, but the truth is these events have always been family oriented with things to do aside from watching the races or testing your luck with the bookies. Sure, the events are crowded and last the full day, which might be a little too much with children to keep an eye on. But there’s usually early morning events prior to the races were kids can enter the stables and meet the horses. Festival booths are laid out around and inside the venue to shop souvenirs with numerous food selections. Races will begin late in the morning or noon and occur every 45 minutes. The Grand National is probably the biggest event of its kind, not only …

Getting Out and About this Easter

I don’t know about you but I am heartily sick of the seemingly endless winter we have endured this year; the weekend just gone it was snowing yet again and the children didn’t really want go anywhere or do anything.  It has been cold and wet and muddy for months and I am craving some good old-fashioned outdoor fun this Easter holidays.  With this is mind, I have put together a few suggestions on things to do over the holidays and every single one of them is an outdoor activity – fingers crossed we finally get the decent weather necessary to carry them out! Bike or scooter ride A great way to burn energy and something that all the family can be a part of, bike or scooter rides are fun and free.  Perhaps drive or take the train somewhere new to make it a bit more exciting.  Psst: if you’re on the lookout for a new scooter this season, Proline have some brilliant examples over on their website. Go Ape If you’ve a head for …