It seems that the summer has happened it you haven’t been to a festival and now the boys are older (11 and 12) we are back to really enjoying festivals as a family. We used to regularly go to festivals BC (before children) and never missed a Reading Festival for 13 years! Rather than do a big festival with the kids we have been loving going to smaller and independent ones. This year we have been looking forward to visiting Nozstock The Hidden Valley.
We love festivals and used to regularly go to them BC (before children) and then started visiting them again last year with the kids. I love that my boys are a little older at 11 and 12 and can now stay up and really enjoy the whole festival vibe. However, it is a little (make that a lot) different to just going to a festival on your own and you certainly need to pack more! Make sure that you have a fab time at festivals with this comprehensive festival packing checklist
As the children get older finding a holiday that suits all the family can be hard. We discovered on our recent Family Friendly Villa Holiday that Mallorca was an amazing place for all the family. Our boys are 12 and nearly 11 and both love being active, but Mini loves history whereas Maxi not so much. MadDad is not a sun lover and would prefer to be active rather than sit by a pool. Me, well as long as I am not cooking I can deal with anything!
Before our trip to Mallorca with James Villas we had never been on a villa holiday. Now we are converts and I can safely say that it is something we will be repeating in the future. Our recent family friendly villa holiday was a real treat. It allowed us the comfort of a traditional Mallorcan home with its own pool and left me safe in the knowledge that my sometimes loud boys would not interrupt anyone.
Advertorial – Have you booked this years holiday yet? We haven’t, but we are already in the planning stage and excited to get it booked. So in conjunction with aqua card Holiday Hacks campaign, we want to share our holiday hacks to save you money.
I love going on holiday, but I hate getting ready for one now I have children. Before kids I was the type of person to pop a suitcase in on the bed in the spare room and my list net to it and over the week before the holiday add to it and then be all ready to go the day before. Now I find that just doesn’t work for me.
last year we dipped our toes back into festivals after 15 years. BC (before children) we were avid festival goers and we decided that at 10 and 11 the boys were the perfect age to spread their wings and start to enjoy festivals.
We LOVE holidays, who doesn’t? But as a mum, a family holiday is often not a holiday. In fact, it is often harder work than a week at home. Often the best family holidays we have had are the ones where we find a balance of the kids being happy and the adults being happy that the kids are happy!
This post about traveling at Christmas – Tips to help Santa find your family is in partnership with HomaAway. I have always fancied going away somewhere for Christmas, but every time I have mentioned it in the past the boys have always been reluctant. Finally this year I found out why…..
When Jump 360 invited us to try out their local facilities, the boys literally jumped at the chance (pun intended)! In fact, we decided to really put the North Easts biggest trampoline park to the test by taking along fourteen 11 and 12 year old boys for an hour of fast frantic fun.
Maxi and I have just returned from a wonderful weekend at Lakefest thanks to Bassetts Vitamins. What is Lakefest I hear you ask, well it is a family friendly festival held at Eastnor Castle Deer park in Herefordshire.
My boys are mini thrill seekers and now both of them are over 140cm and can go on every ride at Thorpe Park, so we decided to arrive early for our #FrubesSleepover.
Do you ever feel the fear when you are looking at booking a hotel room for the family? I don’t think that I have unrealistic expectations. I just want a comfortable bed for all of us, a great breakfast at reasonable price.
Do you love or dread the long summer holidays? I always find them challenging, but do love spending time with my boys and this summer I am teaming up with Calypso to bring you some fabulous simple fun ideas for the holidays. #HolidayHacks for kids of all ages.
It seems that travel with kids have changed a lot since I was small, mostly for the better. I remember being carried to the car in my PJ’s in the middle of the night and laid down on the back seat to go back to sleep without seatbelts, yes I am that old!
Festivals are not new to me or MadDad, in fact, we attended our first festival 22 years ago and were regular festival goers until Maxi was born 11 years ago. But Camp Bestival was to be our first festival with kids and tweens at that as the boys are 10 and 11.
Ever since experiencing the Sunderland Airshow of the bridge of a DFDS Seaways ferry, Mini has always wanted to cross the channel on a Ferry. So on our recent trip to Domain de Mathevies, France, we decided to brush aside the fact that I suffer terribly with seasickness and make the trip from Dover to Calais on a ferry.
With tentative glimpses of sunshine on the horizon, our thoughts turn to summer holidays. Aside from generous helpings of ice cream and hours a day spent on the beach, there’s really only one thing that makes a holiday truly special for little ones – waterparks. Inspired by an article recently posted on travel comparison site dealchecker, here are the top 8 waterparks of summer 2016!
We recently spent a week over the may half term Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France. Domain de Mathevies is a beautiful site situated in the Perigord Noir region of The Dordogne with a selection of accommodation from a Gite, Mobile Homes to luxury cabins. You can also pitch a tent, camper or caravan too. We stayed in a Mobile Home. As a p[arent the key to the perfect family holiday is often found in keeping the rest of my family happy. But Domain de Mathevies manages the holy grail – a family holiday that fitted each and every one of my family. The Perigord Noir region of France around Sarlat is more »
We have just returned from Camping de Mathevies in The Dordogne, France and from our home in the North East of England that was around a 15-hour car journey. So I thought I would share with our top tips for surviving a long car journey with kids.