Swap canvas for wood by booking into one of these cute hobbit houses for the weekend. Set in the heart of Exmoor, slap bang next to Wimbleball Lake, these pods are perfect for families wanting to get out on the water and guaranteed to keep you cosy this Autumn.
Perfect for autumnal weekends or rainy days, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is a great way to switch kids on to the threat of our oceans and how we can all play a part in protecting it. Plus after one entry, you can return free for the rest of the year!
An escape to La Valette Campsite, perched on a cliff top on the East coast of Sark, makes a perfect base for families to explore this traffic free, cycle happy island, only 24 miles from the French coast of Normandy.
Epic views from La Valette campsite
I love catching a ferry. It’s normally the start of a great adventure. Ferries are the very essence of island hopping, more often associated with our Mediterranean neighbours, than the UK. But we forget that we, as an island nation have numerous ferry ports dotted around our shores. Albeit less glamorous than Capri, Mykonos or Santorini, UK ferries do link us to some pretty fabulous destinations.
In a bid to start exploring some of the cool locations that UK ferries can drop you to, we took a Condor ferry from Poole to The Channel Islands and on to St Malo in Normandy.
Approaching the Channel Islands - a scene more reminiscent of Greece than the UK
Location, location, location! If its tranquil beach side living you’re after then La Ferme du Vau Tocque on the South West coast of Jersey is the perfect family getaway. A stone’s throw from the beach, this restored farm cottage in over an acre of grounds, nestles in an idyllic position on Ouaisne Common far from the hustle and bustle of life.
Want to instill the travel bug in your littles? Need some literary inspiration for imminent Summer road trips? Here are our firm family favourites - books to connect your kids to nature and amped with the adventure spirit.
This weekend we were the guests of Outdoor + Active, a fantastic adventure activity centre nestled into the South East corner of Exmoor National Park. With a glut of water sports activities on their perfect lake side location, and an equally impressive array of land based action, we were seriously impressed with what this centre had to offer families. If you’re like us - an outdoorsy family, loving anything with a faintly adventurous whiff, then put this place firmly on your radar!
Throwing yourselves into the festival season or planning a summer holiday on the road? If your camper is bursting at the seams, ease cramped conditions by investing in a drive away awning. We were delighted to have the chance to review the pole free Vango Idris II Airbeam Drive Away Awning during our half term week in Cornwall.
If you’ve got an active family chomping at the bit each weekend, frothing for something fun and challenging, booking in a day at the Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall is an absolute must!
A little closer to home, this review on a UK family run motorway service station, may seem mundane, but pulling over on a road trip up North last weekend, I was so wowed, particularly the thought put in for families, I thought it was worth sharing.
Proper kids backpacks are a rarity in this day and age. Surrounded by a vast array of plastic Disney emblazoned options, most kit is cheaply made rubbish which could never endure a long haul trip.
I wanted my girls, who at 3 and 6 were old enough to carry a small backpack on our 9 week trip, to contribute to lugging around our necessities and to get savvy with the cold reality of what every traveller experiences - limited capacity and what to pack. Which toys to take was their decision. They knew the size of their luggage & that they had to carry it - an important lesson for a prospective world traveller.
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far