Bath has been on my travel list for years, and last week I finally got the chance to visit this historic city. It was our first trip to Bath as a family, and whilst we were looking forward to exploring a new city, we also wanted to relax. As the kids are getting older they both need their own space on holiday, so I booked a 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, which is about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Bath.

Light Box

I will be writing more about Bath Mill in the next few days, but wow what a stunning place to stay.… Continue reading

When I look back at 2016 and our year of travel, I love how many adventures we managed to fit in. Some trips were taken just me and the husband (ah blissful lie ins and child free times). Some were with girlfriends, where there was lots of chatter and far too much gin. But the majority were me, the husband and the kids. With Morgan turning 15 this year, I am under no illusion we are on borrowed time with family holidays. And whilst on one hand that makes me sad, it also makes me determined to pack as much travel and adventure in as we can.… Continue reading

At the start of 2016, I was inspired to join in with the Take 12 Trips challenge after reading Karen from Mini Travellers post. The idea is simple, to take 12 Trips over the course of the year, which was thought up by blogger Clare from Need another holiday. I have taken a total of 14 trips during 2016 (1 night or over), of which 2 have been girlie weekends, 4 trips with my husband and 8 as a family.

January

15 days into the New year and we were off on our first trip of 2016. It was a double celebration at Centerparcs, with Katie and I celebrating our birthdays whilst we were there.… Continue reading

I clearly remember last October half term. It seemed that everybody was away on holiday. Either basking in the sun, enjoying the theme parks in Florida or taking a break closer to home. I vowed then that we would go away the following October. And as the husband’s birthday coincided with the start of the holidays, it seemed the perfect time to go.

I posted last year about how we never tire of visiting Auchenlarie Holiday Park in Scotland. As we usually visit during the summer, we were eager to visit the beautiful area of Dumfries and Galloway in the Autumn.… Continue reading

The feeling of pure relaxation.

The feeling of never wanting to leave.

The feeling of being surrounded by forest and nature.

The feeling of sinking into your hot tub at the end of the day.

Our feelings of our recent relaxing weekend break to Forest Holidays.

Forest

 

Ever since we visited Forest Holidays last summer, we have all been desperate to return. The summer holidays were ticking along nicely. We had enjoyed days out, meeting up with friends, and a couple of overnight breaks away. It had been busy and fun. But towards the end of the holidays, we I just wanted to get away for a relaxing break.… Continue reading

As we have visited Walt Disney World (WDW)  in Florida 3 times, I often get asked which Disney Park is our favourite. Florida has 4 resort parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and each park offers different experiences. Here are our favourite parks.

Katie

Katie was 7 the last time we visited WDW, and it will come as no surprise that her favourite park is the Magic Kingdom. Where else can you go inside Cinderella’s Castle and be transformed into a princess before meeting Sleeping Beauty.

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Afternoon Tea at Slaley Hall

Regular readers will know that we spent May half term with Q Lodges, and I posted last week about the luxurious lodge we stayed in. We visited Slaley Hall near Hexham, and we were looking forward to exploring the local area as we have never been to Northumberland. However there was so much to do at Slaley Hall, we didn’t even leave the resort until it was time to go home. A stay here really can be as relaxing or as non stop as you want it to be. We managed a good balance of family fun activities, great dining experiences and a little pampering time for me.… Continue reading

During the May half term break, we spent 3 nights at the luxurious Slaley Hall resort in Northumberland.  We were invited by Q Lodges to stay in a 3 bedroom lodge, and experience what Slaley Hall has to offer.  I first heard about Q Lodges when Sarah, from Extraordinary Chaos stayed at Slaley Hall back in October. Sarah is the Q Hotels Ambassador, and she is doing an amazing job of highlighting the facilities that Q offers for families.

Q Lodges at Slaley Hall

Readers will know that as a family we LOVE lodge holidays, and it is our first choice of accommodation when staying in the UK.… Continue reading

Slaley Hall

You know when you arrive somewhere for the very first time, and you instantly know you are going to love it. That is how I felt when we arrived at Q Lodges, Slaley Hall yesterday just after 4pm.  It took 3 hours to drive from Cheshire to Hexham in Northumberland, and I didn’t realise what a straight forward journey it would be. Check in for the lodges is in the main hotel, and as soon as you enter the reception area you realise what a breathtaking place Slaley Hall is. We were given our keys, information pack and also our golf buggy keys. … Continue reading

We have visited Orlando in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Yes our ‘once in a lifetime trip’ back in 2011 saw us visiting the sunshine state 3 times in 25 months.  I thought I would share some of the activities, restaurants and places to stay when visiting Orlando.

Different activities to do in Orlando

I was going to write about our favourite theme park rides, which I am sure would include Thunder Mountain and Kali River Rapids. But then I thought about all the different activities you can do. Activities that you might not think about if you are planning a trip to Orlando.… Continue reading