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I haven’t been on a caravan holiday for years but when we got the opportunity to stay in the luxury Belle Aire Holiday Park in Norfolk a few minutes from the beach in Norfolk, we jumped at the chance as it sounded like a perfect weekend break for our family. We have two kids under 5, (and a 6 month old puppy), and Belle Aire Holiday park in Hemsby is both child and dog friendly. Run by the same family since 1971, they have a large play area as well as nightly entertainment, a restaurant and a small shop. Some of the caravans and chalets on the site are privately owned but Belle Aire has recently refurbished a few of the chalets, which now look very bright and contemporary inside. They also have a selection of brand new luxury caravans. We stayed in one of the new 3 bedroom caravans and were really impressed by the comfortable beds, the central space and the storage. We even had plenty of room for our puppy’s crate in the living area. The beach at Hemsby is just a few minutes walk away and the village has several amusement arcades amongst other amenities. However […]

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Smithills Open Farm near Bolton is, at it’s heart, a dairy farm and as such cows feature heavily in any visit!  From hand-feeding the calves to watching them being milked, if you’re a fan of cows like our Amy, then Smithills Farm is a great place to visit. And, even if cows aren’t your thing then there’s still a wide variety of other animals to see – basically anything you’d expect on a farm – pigs, horses, goats, sheep and some you wouldn’t – like meerkats, snakes and owls! We’ve been to Smithills Farm so many times in the last few years and think it’s a really lovely day out – with that in mind, I wanted to share thirteen things to do at Smithills Farm. 1. Watch the cows be milked Watching the cows being milked is Amy’s favourite thing to do at Smithills Farm – the herd is 100 cows strong with around 50 being milked by robot and 50 being milked the old fashioned way. The robot is super high-tech and allows the cows to be milked all day long with minimal input from the farmer. The cows wear a special necklace which the machine reads – […]

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Anglesey is an island in Wales, just off the mainland’s northwest coast. There are so many things to do in Anglesey with Kids and it makes for a perfect weekend or week long break. It’s known for its beaches and ancient sites. You even get to Angelsey using the 19th-century Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, which are sights in themselves. Anglesey is also a great place to stay as it doesn’t take that long to get from North to South or East to West. All of the following amazing things to do in Anglesey with kids are in easy reach. Rhosneigr A favourite area of ours in Anglesey is Rhosneigr and not just in summer, Rhosneigr is a popular all year round. There are two sandy beaches – Traeth Crigyll and Traeth Llydan, both great for family holidays and surfing. Rhosneiger is also home to The Oyster Catcher café with its funky bar, good food and beach huts on the balcony! Just take you time in this pretty little place, eat ice cream, play on the beach and generally soak up the sky. Tip: Rhosneiger is the perfect place to play some of our Free Beach Games Beaumaris […]

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We recently spent a weekend at Holmsley Campsite in the New Forest with Camping in the Forest, so what did we think? Holmsley Campsite is just a short drive from wonderful beaches at Bournemouth and Christchurch, and is ideally situated for a seaside break. We were there for an exciting project with Camping in the Forest more info on that below, but we have been to that neck of the woods before and spent a lot of time on some gorgeous sandy Dorset beaches. The Dorset coast really is spectacular and is lined with miles of beautiful award-winning beaches, making the site a brilliant place to stay.  Whilst we were there this time we visited Paultons Park (less than 30 minutes away) took a boat trip from Christchurch to the Isle of Wight and had a fabulous family walk.  Where is Holmsley Campsite? Holmsley Campsite, New ForestForest Road Christchurch BH23 7EQ (Use BH23 8EB for Sat Nav’s) 01425 674502 What is Holmsley Campsite like? Not only is Holmsley Campsite in a brilliant location, but the site itself is beautiful too. As we drove into Holmsley Campsite there were ponies grazing on the side of the road and as we pulled […]

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In May, we were invited along to the launch of the re-imagined Snow Park at Manchester’s Chill Factore.  The Snow Park sits next to the Chill Factore’s giant indoor ski slope, and offers the whole family a chance to play in the snow together, whatever the weather.  When we last went to the Snow Park, it was set up as a contest, where you work with your family/friends to go on as many activities and clock up as many points as you can on each of the activities.  You had a set time on each of the 3 zones (tubing, ice luge and sledging) and points earned were converted into mountain metres – the ultimate aim being to earn enough metres to reach the top of Everest. The new design has done away with this competition element, and you are now free to go on whichever of the activities takes your fancy during your 1 or 2 hour slot.  The biggest difference in the new design is in the tubing area.  You take an inflatable donut, drag it onto a travellator and are carried up to the top of the tubing slope.  Previously, there were only 2 lanes to go […]

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What do you get if you cross Hollywood Stunts, polar bears, giraffes , wild animals and super heroes??… Answer..Yorkshire Wildlife Park! This half term we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster. I have wanted to take the children here for a while so when the opportunity arose to visit, on a half decent day this half term, I jumped at the chance!  I’m so glad we did. For those that haven’t been, it’s a fantastic day out and well worth a visit. Those that know how great this place is have an annual day pass! Yorkshire Wildlife Park is so much more than animals it is educational fun and will easily entertain big and small children for hours and hours. From start to finish the day was easy and full of fun! Getting to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Getting In Yorkshire Wildlife Park in South Yorkshire is close to the M18 junction 3.  The Park is well signposted from the motorway and the sat nav postcode brings you straight to the door . Something I am always grateful for ! The Post Code DN4 6TB will direct you to the established roads opposite the new entrance. Once you reach the […]

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I was delighted to be invited to RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019 on a personal mission to find out what the worlds best garden designers are doing to help get children back outside and inspire the next generation to love gardening and the world around them. This was my first time at Chelsea as I have been busy raising three girls for the last 10 years, and this is not an event you can take your children too. However, I successfully snuck away whilst they were all busy at school and enjoyed a much appreciated day of escapism, wandering amongst the stunning plants and gardens and the visiting celebrities that also attend on Press Day. Gardens provide the backdrop for many happy childhood memories, be it digging up worms in the school garden, searching for woodlice under a log, picking apples in a grandparents garden, or kicking a ball around a lawn. Yet sadly fewer and fewer children are getting the opportunity to spend time enough outdoors, and social media and computer games are proving to be an increasing distraction. As well as providing happy memories, the benefits for children’s physical and mental well-being of spending time outdoors are […]

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On 18 May, Kew Gardens opens its new Children’s Garden to the public. This marks an exciting new chapter for younger visitors to the historic Kew Gardens. Mini Travellers were lucky to be given a sneak preview of the Children’s Garden, and have been counting down the days until it opened to the public so we can visit again. In keeping with the rest of Kew Gardens, the educational opportunities are not forgotten, and the core theme of the Garden are all the four elements plants need to grow. There is an ‘Earth Garden’ where children can whizz down enormous cylindrical slides into sand, where they can dig and play until their hearts are content. In the ‘Air Garden’ they can marvel at the windmills, lie in a giant hammock, hop across giant colourful spheres and bounce on mini trampolines. The ‘Water Garden’ has the a fantastic water play area, with plenty of opportunities for children to divert streams, make big puddles and jump across stepping stones. Grown-ups may enjoy the ‘Sun Garden’ the most, with plenty of seating in perspex tunnels, which provide a wonderful warm and colourful outlook, through which to watch children play.  The Garden is set […]

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BBC Summer Social is back and bigger than ever. Taking place in the beautiful setting of Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August, the BBC promises a weekend of fun for all the family. You can read our full review of BBC Sumer Social 2018 here. Saturday 3rd August Saturday sees a big pop line up on the main stage along with CBBC favourites, broadcast live on the CBBC channel and on BBC Radio 2 with Jo Whiley. Busted take to the stage along with Rak-Su, Pixie Lott, John Newman, Nina Nesbitt, Max & Harvey, Amelia Gething, New Hope Club, Four of Diamonds, Lewys Ball, Rosie McClelland and Holly H. Also included in the line up are the Horrible Histories Movie and Britain’s Got Talent’s Mersey Girls. The perfect feel good day for all the family. Sunday 4th August Sunday is pitched towards younger festival go-ers, with Mr Tumblr headlining the main stage alongside Andy Day & The Odd Socks, Dr Ranj, YolanDa’s Band Jam, Cook and Line from Swashbuckle, Hey Duggee and special live performances from big family shoes. All of the activities on site are available to everyone, and included in the ticket price of £23.50 plus £1.50 (free for under 2s). For your chance to win a family pass to a day of […]

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Have you ever been on holiday to the North Norfolk Coast? If not why not, there is so much to do and here are 10 things to do on the North Norfolk Coast that shouldn’t be missed in the Summer. The North Norfolk coastline is one of the most beautiful in England. Great dunes over the beach with traditional wooden beach huts dotted along the edge. It really is picture postcard perfect. Visit Stiffkey Stores Stiffkey stores is a little hidden treasure not far from Blakeney. With cakes and curiosities it’s simply beautiful and sets you off on the right foot for a relaxing weekend away.             View this post on Instagram                     We’re looking for some lovely individuals to join our team here at Stiffkey Stores. Permanent and seasonal positions available. If you’re interested please send us an email to info@stiffkeystores.com Thank you! Xx #werehiring #norfolkjob #stiffkeystores #stiffkey #job #norfolk #northnorfolk A post shared by Stiffkey Stores (@stiffkeystores) on Mar 14, 2019 at 1:18pm PDT Wells-next-the-sea Wells-Next-the-Sea is a vey child friendly place on the North Norfolk Coastline.  A little but more slot machine than […]

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