Lady Betty Afternoon Tea York - Family Friendly - Otis & Us

How about afternoon tea at Bettys in York, can you take a baby though?

Otis and Us - Family Travel Blog

How Child Friendly is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?

How Child Friendly is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? It's on until 28th August!

I wish I had taken them earlier. I was worried about the crowds and rushing around but I put a plan in place that made sure we had a relaxing time. During one of the performances I watched my children more than the show just to see how spellbound they were. I have been going to the festival for years with friends and this year was the first time I had brought my children (aged 9 and 11). I can highly recommend it!

Outdoor fun at Wildwood Escot A Family Day Out - Otis & Us

I'd love to go and see the otters at Wildwood Escot after reading this post from Otis and Us - Family Travel Blog

Crealy Meadows – Safari Tent Glamping in Devon

Why you should think about Glamping At Crealy Meadows

Crealy Great Adventure Park & Resort

A two-week Cambodia itinerary with kids - mummytravels

You can keep on travelling when you have Kids MummyTravels - family travel daughter is only 5!

Just So Festival

Starts today!

Daily Mail

This is incredible!

Sofitel at Heathrow Terminal 5

The night before our trip to Corsica with Simpson Travel we stayed overnight at the Sofitel at Heathrow. This was our second stay at the Sofitel at Sofitel London Heathrow and you can read the review of our first visit here. There is literally no better place to stay if you are flying out of Terminal 5. It is literally across a walkway from the departures lounge and you can even take the airport trolleys almost to the door! [ 487 more words ]

Instagram Photos

Stunning day @lowthercastle today #lakedistrict we picked a fab day to come #ukexplore

Instagram Photos

Love the colours in the #lakedistrict when the heather is around. Having a lovely few days up here with family and off to meet friends today! Why not join in with our hashtag #ukexplore simply tag your photos when exploring the uk and be in with a chance of winning @nationaltrust family day pass every month: in fact there are two chances to win as I choose a winner and @charly_dove does too!

Travel Tips: Freeloader Child Carrier

This Summer we were excited to be given the opportunity to trial the Freeloader Child Carrier and give our opinion on it. The Freeloader Child Carrier is specifically designed to support carrying children aged 2 1/2 and upwards on your back. The maximum carrying weight of 80 pounds/36kg. However, our six year old is only 20kg so I would estimate it could last you for quite a while!

My Freeloader

Review: Bush Farm Bison Centre Campsite

This looks like a fabulous campsite in Wiltshire

Villa Gorilla, Kinigi near Musanze Rwanda | Volcanoes National Park

During our 14 days in Rwanda we had the pleasure of staying for 2 nights at VILLA Gorilla. Villa Gorilla is located at Kinigi near the headquarters of Rwanda’s famous Volcanoes National Park. It has 4 comfortable rooms, each with private bath and toilet facilities, and it also has a Family Lodge. There are many many places to stay near the Gorillas and naturally most have Gorilla in their name.

World Fusion Tours

Wars of the Roses at Warwick Castle - Plutonium Sox

Have you ever visited Warwick Castle did you know you could stay there?

Plutonium Sox

Learning to Ride a Bike | #BraveByNature

So this Summer Holidays we decided it was time for the girls to learn to ride a bike! Find out how we got on! Are they #BravebyNature? #ad

Things to do and see in Thailand with kids - babyfoote

Things to do and see in Thailand with Kids!


Summer Styling with Laura Ashley

Now I usually stay away from these sorts of posts as I am by no means stylish. I like clothes but have a love hate relationship with my figure and you won't often find full length pictures of just me without the kids. However when I went to the fabulous Sani Dunes earlier in the Summer with Sarah we were sent some lovely clothes by… [ 135 more words ]

Families Merseyside

I know I know it's Summer but tickets are out for this and it sells out fast!

Family Day Out in London on the River

Family Day out with MBNA Thames Clippers, Cutty Sark, Rivington Grill and Emirates Airline……Seeing London from a Different Perspective When I was offered the opportunity to visit London with MBNA Clipper, I had some reservations. I don’t live in London so it would be a long day plus we were just back from a weekend camping at a festival so I was expecting my 9 year old to be tired. [ 1,556 more word ]

5 things to keep children entertained when travelling that don't involve screens - The Spirited Puddle Jumper

5 Things to Keep the children entertained when travelling!

The Spirited Puddle Jumper

25 Books to Read on Holiday

I love reading books on holiday. It's my favourite thing to do. I mean actual books too. I fill the suitcase with book after book after book. I read fiction and non-fiction of all types but I do love reading books about the country I'm in at that particular time there is something extra special about that. Here are some of my favourites and some from others too... [ 1,591 more word ]

Junior Magazine

Great competition here!

The Good Life Experience

We are going to The Good Life Experience this September.

We also have a discount code for you if you fancy coming along too it’s MINI10 and gives you 10% off!

Only 496 tickets left!

Get yours now and come along and join in with a weekend of fun, discovery, music, food and books! It's all about THE GREAT OUTDOORS!

Is it worth taking a 5 year old to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre?

Recently, whilst I was up feeding Matilda, I was doing my usual browse of Facebook. As I was scrolling through endless posts on a local mum group, one caught my eye – “Can anyone tell me whether it is worth taking a 5 and 3 year old to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden”. I felt like it was fate, I needed to read on and see what the general consensus was before I took Hugh (4 ¾yrs) later that week.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

A fabulous family trip to Eurocamp Official in Normandy including a video tour!

Practically Perfect Mums

Foodies Festival Tatton Park

The Foodies Festival takes place across 10 different locations from April through to September and claims to be ‘the UKs biggest celebration of food, drink and wellbeing.’ Since becoming a parent, I have learnt to appreciate the ‘finer’ things in life; good food, good drink and the occasional period of time away from the chaos of family life! When we were asked to review the Foodies Festival at Tatton Park, I was only too happy to oblige! [ 444 more words ]

Gwel an Mor, Cornwall – A view of the sea

Gwen an Mor, Cornwall - A view of the sea

Ten Things I Didn’t Know About Camping With Kids

10 Things I didn't know about Camping with Kids until we tried it!

Any of these ring true for those of you camping this Summer!

Kendal Calling with a Baby

Find out how we got on at Kendal Calling with a 7 week old baby! Before the arrival of our little boy, and in fact even before we decided to try for children in the first place, my wife and I discussed what sort of impact having a child would have on our life. As 'older' parents (I am in my early 40's) we have had the opportunity to see lots of our friends and acquaintances go through the transition from 'a couple' to 'a family' and we really admired how people can make the child part of your life, whilst still..

17 Things To Do in Reykjavík With Kids - My Travel Monkey

17 Things to do in Reykjavik with Kids

My Travel Monkey - A Travel Blog

Travel Essentials: Isbjorn of Sweeden Clothing

ISBJORN of Sweden really do know how to make fantastic outdoor clothing for children. Two very adventurous boys put a pair of trousers and jacket to the test after hearing so much about ISBJORN clothing for kids. What better place to test than a rock face in the Italian Alps and the British Lake District. Samuel age 11 loves rock climbing so you need hard wearing, tough and stretchy clothes. [ 363 more words ]

So I know it is the Summer Holidays and we should really be talking about that, but what do people like doing at October half term? It comes round quicker than you think. Last year we went to Cyprus and had lovely weather, but not sure what to do this time round!

Nozstock The Hidden Valley | Family Friendly Festival

Is Nozstock a Family Friendly Festival? In 2016 five Mini Travellers went to Nozstock The Hidden Valley and this year 22 of us went back, proving I think what a good time they had in 2016 to convince us all to go en masse. Last year the sun shone and was kind to Nozstock and the self labelled Nozzers that attend. Nozzers partied late into the night, did yoga in the sunrise and sipped lager on the hills, however as we drove down the M6 on Friday lunchtime into rain that can only be described as torrential we did wonder what on earth we were doing. [ 1,418 more word ]

Fabulous Family Friendly Holiday to Corsica

Why not grab a cup of tea or a glass of something cold and come and have a watch of our latest video about our Family Friendly Holiday to Corsica with Simpson Travel I can guarantee it will make you want to book a trip to Corsica!

9 of the Best Restaurants for family dining at Disneyland Paris - Reviews by a mum of 3 - Awaybies

Off to Disneyland Paris why not check out some of the restaurants Awaybies Kids recommends.

Photos from Mini Travellers - Family Travel's post

It's the small things in life that are sometimes the most important to make sure a child's outdoor adventures are fun.

We spend so much on our children's footwear making sure we don't damage their growth and we found using Bridgedale socks THE most comfortable of all.

Samuel age 11 and Luke age 8 put these socks to the test in an extreme way, mountain biking, hiking and climbing crags in the Lake District.

Watch Samuel's video he could not stop raving about them.

They are not bulky so fit any shoe but they make sure there is no rubbing.

When they get wet you apparently don't notice and they dry super quick.

Top Tip: make sure you get a spacious size as the tumble dryer does shrink them a little.

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain | The Birmingham Stage Company

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain by the Birmingham Stage Company at the Garrick Theatre, 2 pm or 4 pm. This play alternates with Gangsta Granny. The performance lasted just over an hour. This play was very suitable for children aged 5 to 12; this group made up 60% of the very lively and enthusiastic audience. We had two engaging actors taking us through interesting history facts from the Romans to WW1. [ 198 more words ]

Jurassic Kingdom Tour | Family Day Out

I took my 3 children (10, 9 and 7) to visit the Jurassic Kingdom outdoor exhibition at Phillips Park in Manchester. The exhibition is touring the country, and was in Manchester for about 3 weeks before heading off to Blackpool. Jurassic Kingdom is basically a guided walkway around the park, with various fantastic model dinosaurs along the route. Each dinosaur has a placard with some interesting facts, and we were given a quiz sheet at the beginning, which is a great way of encouraging the children to actually read the facts instead of just looking at the dinosaurs! [ 248 more words ]

Mousses Villas Lefkada, Greece – Practically Perfect in Every Way

Still one of the most Family Friendly places for young children. Can't recommend it highly enough!

Simpson Travel

The Wizard of Oz | The Plaza Stockport

My 3 children (10, 9 and 7) and I went to see the Wizard of Oz production at the The Plaza Stockport on its opening night last night. The film version with Judy Garland is one of my favourites of all time, so I was probably as excited as the kids and the show didn’t disappoint. It was billed as a panto production, although it really was a pared down version of a panto (meaning that the cast was smaller and it didn’t go on far too long with unnecessary songs added in for the adults’ benefit, both bonuses in my humble opinion). [ 297 more words ]

Ruzizi Tented Lodge | Akagera National Park

As part of our Family Holiday to Rwanda we spent two fabulous days in Akagera National Park staying at Ruzizi Tented Lodge. Ruzizi Tented Lodge was the loveliest place we stayed in Rwanda and by far the most exciting for our three girls aged 6, 5 and 5. I mean we stayed in a tent on the banks of a lake where you could see hippos and crocs from your bed, and shared breakfast with monkeys - what's not to love!

World Fusion Tours Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Friends of Akagera National Park

Hurrah For Gin

Seem familiar?

MummyTravels guide to the Isle of Wight - mummytravels

A Guide to the Isle of Wight with Children, I haven't been since I was a child!

MummyTravels - family travel

North East Family Fun - A UK Family Travel & Lifestyle Blog

It's always good to find a free day out during the Summer holidays! If you live in the North East do follow North East Family Fun - A UK Family Travel & Lifestyle Blog they have LOTS of great ideas for the Summer.

Ferry across the Mersey including Spaceport | Family Day Out

On a sunny but blustery day in the Summer holidays I took the girls on a Ferry across the Mersey on Mersey Ferries. If you're anything like me you can't actually make that statement without singing it to the tune of the Gerry & The Pacemakers hit. We went to take advantage of their River Explorer Package which not only includes the return ferry across the Mersey, whether you start Liverpool or Wirral side, but also includes access to Spaceport at Seacombe terminal and The U-Boat Story at Woodside.

Camping and Caravanning Club: Sheriff Hutton Campsite Review - Otis & Us

If you are on the look out for new campsites, how about The Camping and Caravanning Club site at Sherriff Hutton?

Otis and Us - Family Travel Blog


Can anyone help with any recommendations?

Don't Panic! Claudia's got your school holidays sorted..., 06/08/2017, Claudia on Sunday - BBC Radio 2

So last night I was on BBC Radio 2 talking to Claudia Winkleman about things to do in the Summer Holidays!

Free being Forestry Commission Woods and Forests and the Gruffalo trail, Cheap being National Trust family membership and Splurge being a Family Friendly Festival like Just So Festival - you can listen to me here if you'd like to!

Silver Cross Avia Stroller| Review

What Hannah Did Next put the Silver Cross Avia Stroller to the test, find out what she thought!

Woodovis Park review: 5-star family camping near Tavistock, Devon - Tin Box Traveller

Why not check out this award winning campsite in Devon

Tin Box Traveller - family travel blog loved it

Lemonade Holidays

Experience the best skiing in Val d'Isere with Mark Warner