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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 …

Christmas on the i360

Today we took a flight with Santa, in Brighton of all places. The sea a reflection of the slate grey sky, I was not very optimistic that we would see a great deal, but the children were rather giddy with excitement. We were asked to arrive at the British Airways i360 20 minutes pre-flight, which gave enough time to have our tickets scanned, pose for photos, present our bags for checking and be scanned before entry. Soon after checking in, we were boarding the i360. The children, of course, couldn’t wait to check out the views. Inside the donut, as we affectionately refer to it, is spacious with seating around the back wall. There is a champagne bar but no toilet. Then there are the views. Admittedly, beneath today’s drape of mist, we could not see much further than the Marina, but it was interesting to see Brighton from a new perspective. All this week, right up until Christmas Eve, there are Santa flights twice daily, at 2 and 4pm. There is an increased fee …

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Breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre

On the day that Jasmine turned eight, we visited our local Wyevale Garden Centre to have breakfast with the big man himself. This is our third year and we always enjoy it. There is so much included in the ticket price, as well as the magic of meeting Santa. When we arrived, we were shown to our table, which was decked out with activity sheets for the children and Christmas crackers for all. The children busied themselves with pulling crackers and doing some colouring whilst waiting for breakfast to arrive. We adults were offered tea or coffee and the children were given a choice of orange or blackcurrant squash (I chose to upgrade my coffee to a latte as I’m not keen on filter coffee). Breakfast itself was delicious, and the only minor complaint was that Jasmine would have liked bacon as part of the child’s plate, though she did enjoy what she had. Sonny, still the fussy monkey he has always been, did not want his cooked breakfast – the staff were very obliging …