Discovering Bournemouth’s Hidden Gems

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This is a collaborative post; our spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. Last weekend we decided to make the most of the sunshine we've been having and head down to Bournemouth to enjoy the beach. It's a bit of a drive for us, so we've not explored the area much before, but it's a great place to visit, with lots of beautiful spots to visit and there are plenty of hotels in Bournemouth if you decided to stay over and make a weekend of it. We were asked to check out some of Bournemouth's hidden gems, so I did a bit of research to take us away from the tried and tested places and came up ...

The Barbara Hepworth Museum: A Hidden Gem In St Ives

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On our most recent trip to St Ives, I was finally able to find some time to myself to head off to a spot I've wanted to visit for ages: The Barbara Hepworth Museum and sculpture garden. It was Barbara's studio for many years and she described it as "a sort of magic", and it really does have that feel to it. It's a tiny museum, tucked away in the back streets of St Ives, and the garden feels like an oasis, filled with her distinctive sculptures. As soon as you step up the museum's stairway and into the garden, you are met with a sense of calm. It was definitely one to make alone, without the kids in tow! Just ...

Dig For Victory with Konfidence’s Golden Bucket Competition! {AD}

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This is an advertisement feature as part of my Brand Ambassador role with Konfidence If you're anything like our family, you're just sat here waiting for a bit of sun so that you can head down to the beach this summer! We love nothing better than feeling the sand between our toes and splashing in the waves. If you have a beach trip planned, why not take part in this year's Golden Bucket Sand Art competition by Konfidence? There are a whole host of brilliant prizes on offer, including a family hotel stay in Cornwall, Mark Warner vouchers, and prizes from Trunki, Cuddledry, Milton, Snoozeshade, and more! The competition runs for 12 weeks and is for children aged up to 8 years ...

Walking the Bath Skyline

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Before our children came along, a long walk was one of our favourite things to do. I love following a guided walk, ticking off the milestones, and feeling like you're the only people around for miles. On our recent child-free trip to Bath, we'd been recommended the Bath Skyline walk as a must-do. It's a 6 mile circular walk, which takes you around the West and South of Bath, offering fantastic views of the city centre. It also skirts around the edge of Prior Park, a National Trust landscape garden, which had been on my list to visit while we were there, so I was very keen, despite the drizzle which we awoke to on the Saturday morning. The Bath Skyline ...

More Postcards From St Ives

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We visit St Ives every year, but this was the first time we'd visited in the height of summer and we really couldn't have been luckier with the weather! We headed down after our week in the Cotswolds, which had been very busy, so I'd decided it would be best to have a really quiet week in Cornwall and just stick to playing on the beach and exploring St Ives. Which turned out to be exactly what we all needed! I love visiting a place that is now so familiar and finding new ways to see it - new angles, different times of day - there's always something new to see. I went for a walk early one morning and took ...

How To Spend A Day In Bourton on the Water

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We've just got back home from a week in the Cotswolds, where we stayed in Bourton on the Water. We loved exploring the Cotswolds, with it's pretty little villages, and although I worried that basing ourselves in Bourton on the Water might have been a bit too touristy, it was perfect for us as a family with young children, as there was so much to do right on our doorstep. Bourton on the Water is the perfect place to spend a whole day, as there are numerous tourist attractions, none of which take very long, so even the shortest of attention spans can't fail to get bored!     Parking at Bourton on the Water Parking in the Cotswolds towns is always difficult, but ...

The Prettiest Villages in The Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds is packed full of so many picture perfect villages, filled with chocolate box cottages and flowing rivers. It's how I suspect people who don't live in the UK must picture England! It's a place that I've not managed to explore as much of as I'd have liked - I suspect partly as it's that bit too far away to visit on a whim with small children, but close enough that we've not felt it worth staying before. But I completely fell in love with it on our recent trip, and I'm already planning another trip, perhaps in the autumn to see it at a different time of year. There are so many villages to explore, and we only managed ...

Planning A Family Holiday To Devon

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages Devon ticks so many boxes for us as a family holiday destination, and it’s right up there on my list. We’re huge fans of Cornwall, with it’s beautiful coast, but for some reason we always sail through Devon without stopping, and I think it’s time we explored more of what this beautiful county has to offer. I’ve been planning a family trip to Devon for next year and the more I research, the more it appeals to me - there’s so much to do for families!   The Beach You don’t go to Devon and not plan to enjoy the beautiful beaches it has to offer! We love the beach, so would plan to base ...

A Family Visit to Chicheley Hall

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A hotel stay with a young family is often a bit of an intimidating prospect. An unfamiliar room and surroundings can be difficult for children to adapt to, and there's always the worry of whether a hotel will be accommodating to families. We've only attempted it once as a family of four, and it's fair to say that it was a total disaster with no sleep had by anyone. But we've definitely been feeling the need lately for quality time together as a family, so when Chicheley Hall got in touch to invite us to stay we couldn't say yes quickly enough! Just one look at their website and the beautiful 18th century house and beautiful grounds had me looking ...

What To Do In The Lake District With Kids

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages A few years ago, pre-children, my husband and I had the most wonderful break in the Lake District. We stayed in a super luxurious hotel, went walking every day, before coming back to the hotel to relax in the bath and then head to the swanky hotel restaurant for dinner. We absolutely loved the beautiful scenery and as part of our plan to explore more of the UK, it's been really high up on our list. But there's no denying that our plans for a trip to the Lake District have changed now that we have children to consider. No more long rambles for us! But there's still plenty for us to ...