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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Both of my boys are sports mad and with half term on the horizon I have been looking into things we can do as a family that is of interest to my difficult tweens! Yes, they could do these activities on their own, but we are all about having fun and making memories as a family.
There is nothing more magical than a story and imagine being told a tall tale from the top of the tower. Yes, really this extra special experience will take place on Saturday mornings throughout May and June at the top of the Blackpool Tower.
Over the October half term we spend 5 days at the amazing Potters Leisure Resort and I have been wondering just how to put into words how much fun we had and that is why this review has taken so long to get live! Everytime I re read it I wanted to add more. So if you are currently thinking of a holiday take a read and see just what we thought.
My boys are big Blackpool fans. We went back this summer for second year running and had a great time. There is so much to do and enjoy and this summer for the first time since I was a child we visited the Blackpool Tower Circus and each year they have a panto which runs from 22nd November 2015 to 17th January 2016.
Blackpool, when I mention it to you what do you think? We have just returned from our second visit to Blackpool with the kids, after an amazing visit last year.
Both of my boys love Blackpool and all the attractions, but as they are getting older so are their tastes. So what is their to enjoy in Blackpool when you are ten.
With two boys aged nine and ten unplugging can be an issue sometimes. Not the time spent unplugged but the high tech tantrums when I tell them that it is time to turn off! We call it reluctance to transition in The Mad House. We recently had an unplugged weekend at Sherwood Pines (Nottinghamshire) with Forest Holidays and it was a huge success.