My Ski Weekend Checklist

A Ski Weekend Checklist for a weekend which includes Sauna, Skidooing, Ice Skating and Dinner out too! This weekend I am lucky enough to be heading off to Morzine with a group of other travel bloggers to try out TG Ski's luxury catered ski chalets in Morzine. We are not only going to ski, but we are going to try ice skating, skidooing, night sledging and the spa too! [ 267 more words ]

Top Ten Tips for Visiting Winter Wonderland – Event City

Here are Top Ten Tips for visiting Winter Wonderland Manchester!

Free Christmas Gift for all Mini Travellers Readers – No Sign Up!

We wanted to say a big thank you to all our readers this year! So please grab the free Christmas travel game below and from all of us at Mini Travellers, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing our journey, we hope this makes yours just a little easier !

Christmas at York Museum Gardens

When you and your family are invited to “the biggest display of lighting and special effects York has ever seen” there is a high level of expectation! So we arrived for ‘Christmas at York Museum Gardens hoping those expectations would be met (or our 5 and 8 year old were going to be having a serious moan about being dragged out into the below freezing temperatures!

GoPro HERO5 Black Action Camera

If you were thinking of buying a Go Pro Hero 5 for anyone for Christmas (or for yourself) I've just noticed they're down to £299 on Amazon from £399. We should have bought one first time round as Matt kept jumping into the pool without putting the covers on. This doesn't need a cover!

*NB affiliate link which means if you use this link I get a few pennies, but you don't pay anymore.

Review | Round the World in 80 Days | The Lowry Manchester

Round the World in 80 Days at The Lowry is a fun-filled round the world trip without leaving Salford! The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Fogg and his valet, the brilliantly named Passepartout, travel from Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. [ 416 more words ]

Pagel France

Nice easy competition here!

Can anyone recommend any kids ski gloves? I find the mittens fall off their skinny wrists. Age 6 and 7? Thanks

Review | The Gruffalo Live on Stage | The Lowry

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. If you know this line you like most parents I know will have read the book cover to cover and probably watched the film of The Gruffalo. This year the Gruffalo stage show has come to the Lowry Theatre in Manchester where I was lucky enough to be invited with my daughter for the opening show. [ 291 more words ]

Review | The Bear at Waterside Arts Centre

Wondering whether to go and see The Bear at Waterside Arts Centre - it's on until 6th of January and tickets are available now. You can even pre-order a Slumber Pack for £2 containing a carton of milk & a cookie! When it comes to festive icons – Raymond Briggs has the market nailed – with The Snowman and Father Christmas… [ 66 more words ]

I’m off skiing on Friday with Tgski Chalets Morzine. What do I need to pack? I have KEEN Snow Boots and a new North Face jacket from, goggles and skis/ski boots are being sorted there 🎿 What do you wear to go out in the evening? Jeans and a jumper? Flat boots? Can’t wait to spend some time with parentshaped Zena's Suitcase - A Travel Lifestyle & Parenting Blog and Ickle Pickle

10 Family Friendly Alternatives to Center Parcs

10 Family Friendly Alternatives to Center Parcs for you to consider.

Not everyone loves Center Parc. It may be out of price range or it may be too big and too overcrowded, so I regularly get asked for alternatives to Center Parcs and what we might recommend. So in no particular order here are 10 Family Friendly Alternatives to Center Parcs that you may want to consider with reviews from me or other Family Travel Bloggers.

Center Parcs – Winter Wonderland

Anyone heading off to Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs this Christmas?

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie [DVD] [2017]

After our snowy walk this is what we're watching today. If you've not seen it it's a perfect stocking filler for the kids!

Win a Nozstock Festival Family Ticket for 2018!

Fancy winning a Family Tickets to Nozstock Festival? In 2017 we went to the amazing Nozstock Festival on a very very wet weekend in July, you can read our full review here!! The rain however didn't dampen any of the Nozzers spirits and it was a fantastic weekend. To celebrate their 20th anniversary Nozstock have given us a Family Ticket for 2018 to give away to one lucky reader. [ 562 more words ]

BBC1 announce that The Highway Rat will be shown on Christmas Day

BBC 1 announce that The Highway Rat will be shown on Christmas Day!

Read more about it and find out what time below.


Ooh we love a good CBeebies panto! It’s on next week!

10 Things to do in Nottinghamshire with Kids

10 Things to do in Nottinghamshire with Kids

by Our Bucket List Lives - Family travel blog

Queue-busting tips for visiting Santa at Willow’s Farm this Christmas

Queue-busting tips for visiting Santa at Willows Activity Farm this Christmas!

Christmas at Harlow Carr | Glow Winter Illuminations

Christmas at Harlow Carr | Arrive early to the Glow Winter Illuminations to take advantage of extra activities too as these finish at 4pm but the lights are best seen after 4pm! RHS Garden Harlow Carr RHS - Royal Horticultural Society #Christmas #Harrogate

Still time to get away to Cornwall for Christmas!

Fancy spending Christmas in a warm cosy Cottage in Cornwall? These places still have availability and some great deals to be had for the Christmas week!


Taking children to Shakespeare's Birthplace. Is it a good idea? - the Pigeon Pair and Me

Is it worth taking the children to Shakespeare's Birthplace??

The Pigeon Pair and Me - family travel, kids' culture and London life

Fun Christmas Present Ideas for a Family that Loves to Travel

You can order all these presents online too!


Fab competition here from our friends Kiddyum could see Christmas dinner all sorted!

Today has been a really fascinating day on the blog! This picture is exactly where I was when I wrote the very first blog post and decided to create #MiniTravellers. I’m at Mousses in Lefkada on this photo and Matt had treated us to an upgraded villa with its own pool! We absolutely loved this Simpson Travel villa and it started a love affair! 💕 Today Rainbeaubelle wrote an article for the BBC News on people who successfully change careers and it’s obviously struck a chord with people as the article trended for a while and I have had thousands of views on the blog. I’ve also more wonderfully had loads of emails from people saying kind things about the change from lawyer to blogger and it’s been really love to read. So here is just a thank you from me to everyone who has helped me on my way! Thanks xxxx

Cadbury Dairy Milk 850g Large Bar by Cadbury Gifts Direct

**Giveaway** It feels like a chocolate kind of day today and who knew they did bars this big ❤️ 850g of lovliness!!

To enter our giveaway to receive a bar of this chocolate just for you - simply like our Facebook page and mention a friend, and if you win, then we will send them one too! Just because it's Christmas.

A winner will be picked at random after 7pm on Monday 18th December.

This giveaway is in no way connected with Facebook.

'Second chance careers' that paid off

Getting a lot of new readers this morning from a lovely article on BBC News this morning! Doing this is definitely more fun than law!

Review | Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven at Storyhouse Chester

We absolutely LOVED the Secret Seven StoryhouseLive in Chester! It's on until 14th January and is the perfect Christmas play! Highly recommended!

Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes is live today over on @travellovinfam #MondayEscapes

Love What Matters

Super cute!

Enid Blyton The Secret Seven at Storyhouse Chester

Do you fancy the Secret Seven at the StoryhouseLive in Chester this Christmas? Take a quick look at Lily's theatre review from yesterday!

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Christmas 2017

Last night we went to see The Lanterns at Chester Zoo. It was raining so it wasn't the most ideal time to go, but we had a lovely 45 minutes and enjoyed this years more theatrical style. It might take longer if you have little legs with you, but not much more.

Also whilst you do get to see Santa getting ready for Christmas, you don't get to meet him one on one so do prepare your little ones for that, particularly if you've been before and met him there!

Do ask any questions and I'll try my best to answer them as I know the feedback on this years event has been mixed.

Kids Eat Free at Viva Brazil

After our Ice Skating, Ice Sliding and Ice Bar visit on Thursday in Liverpool, we were booked in for dinner at Viva Brazil. I'd heard of Viva Brazil but with its focus on meat (16 different types at that) and a salad bar, I really didn't think it was the sort of place the kids would like. I couldn't have been more wrong - they LOVED it. [ 334 more words ]

You can have it all at the the Royal Sands Cancun -

The place looks wonderful! I'd love to go to Cancun.

Crumble’s Search for Christmas | West Yorkshire Playhouse

Crumble’s Search for Christmas: West Yorkshire Playhouse’s enchanting Christmas adventure for 2-6 year olds If you’re looking for a festive outing for little ones, Crumble’s First Christmas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse is perfect for getting you in the mood for Christmas. Held in the courtyard theatre - which is big enough to impress little eyes but small enough not to overwhelm - it tells a story of friendship and bravery set in and beyond Crumble the woodland creature’s secret burrow. [ 274 more words ]

#UKexplore November 2017

We've been away in November and the weekends have seen lots of kids parties seemingly leaving no time for walks in the country or down by the beach. The weather hasn't really been that kind to us either, so my Instagram has really seen photos of sunnier climes than of the Uk! I'm sure December will change that but for now here are a couple of photos of Oman! [ 613 more words ]

Tips for Ice Skating with Kids at Liverpool Ice Festival

If you're thinking of taking the kids Ice Skating at Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival my Top Tip is to go in the week after school!!

Is it worth taking kids to the Ice Bar in Liverpol? | Liverpool Ice Festival

So is it worth taking kids to the Ice Bar in Liverpool during the Liverpool Ice Festival? Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival has created an ice bar again this Christmas. It's -28 degrees inside which is incredibly cold. It suggests on the website that you don't need to worry about catching cold because the only thing super-chilled in this bar are the drinks. [ 138 more words ]

The Village Screen’s Presents Frozen at Victoria Baths Manchester

#WIN a Family Ticket to see Frozen at Victoria Baths in Manchester. To enter, simply like the Mini Travellers Facebook page and post a comment below letting us know who you would take.
Enter by midnight on Monday 4th December. Best of luck to you 🤞💙🌎 *T&C’s apply - not endorsed by Facebook and all entries must be based in the UK.

In the Night Garden – Advent Calendar

It's time for the In the Night Garden Advent Calendar!

Every day from 1-24 Dec 24 VIP family tickets worth £188 will be given away for IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE 2018.

Review | Elf The Musical at The Lowry, Salford

I took my daughter (age 10) to The Lowry theatre to see Elf: The Musical. Like many, we are big fans of the film and watch it every Christmas. The theatre, as always, was easy to access and very welcoming. Based on the beloved hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. [ 285 more words ]

Discover the beautiful Musandam Peninsular, Oman

You will definitely want to visit when you see the spectacular photos in this post. We are gutted we missed this area when we were in Oman the other week.

Building a Lego Advent Calendar

It's the 1st December tomorrow and we took some inspiration from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls and built this Lego Advent Calendar - you can too!!

Don't forget if you build something tag it LEGO's #BuildtoGive and Lego will give a Lego set to a child in hospital. They're aiming to donate 20,000 Lego sets over the festive period.

So, get building! Raid your Lego tub and make something, share it on here, Twitter, Instagram - wherever - and know that you're doing a lovely little festive good deed.

The Village Screen’s Presents Frozen at Victoria Baths Manchester

The Village Screen’s Presents Frozen at Victoria Baths on Saturday, 9th December On Saturday 9th December, The Village Screen pop-up cinema will return to Victoria Baths, transforming the baths into an enchanted Christmas cinema. They are offering you the chance to win a family ticket to see Disney’s Christmas classic – Frozen. Snuggle up in your hats, gloves and blankets for a magical Christmas experience in a stunning location.

Find out how here!

Santa’s Christmas Party at the Cunard Building, Liverpool

So what is Santa's Christmas Party at the Cunard Building like? Earlier this week I attended the launch of Santa’s Christmas Party at the Cunard building. Opening today and on until December 24th, Santa's Christmas Party is intended to be something a little bit different and a bit more than your average Christmas grotto. To be fair it is - but it needs to be as the prices are quite a bit more too...

Free festive fun in London this Christmas - the Pigeon Pair and Me

Free Festive Fun in London this Christmas!

Lemonade Holidays

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