The Eden Project is a surreal, unworldly landscape born in a rather peculiar location. Hiding in a quarry in Cornwall, it's the brainchild of Tim Smit, who had a vision to build the largest captive rainforest in the world. Changing this barren quarry crater forever, the Eden Project, has been quoted as the 8th Wonder of the World, and it might just be one of the most beautiful transformations you might ever witness.
The Eden Project is an all round fabulous place for families to lay eyes on, to soak up facts, to get touchy feelie, and to meet what you eat from around the world. It's also a brilliant rainy day destination.
The Eden Project certainly has the wow factor with views like this from the Rainforest Lookout
The North Devon coastline is stunning. Blessed with magnificent stretches of golden sand to secret secluded coves, this designated area of outstanding natural beauty is a fabulous place to explore as a family. We're lucky to call this beautiful coastline our home and with us fresh off the ferry from our Winter season in the Alps, we are definitely staying local this half term.
Here are our top seven family beaches for you to discover this half term.
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.
If you’ve never visited Sark, the tiny traffic free island in the Channel Islands, put it firmly and squarely on your bucket list! I’d been hankering to visit Sark for some time and with a family trip to Jersey organized, I seized the opportunity to tag on a 4-night stay.
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
Whether it’s sandy beaches, water sports or history that floats your boat, Jersey is now the hotspot of the UK for family holidays. Post Brexit, the increase of terror attacks in Europe and the dwindling value of Sterling abroad means more families than ever are keen to stay closer to home. With more sunny days than you can shake a stick at and deserted sandy beaches, this Island paradise is a must for families wanting to try somewhere new inside their own borders.
Here are our top things to do as a family in Jersey.
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.
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!
If you’re able to emotionally detach from your family home and want to maximize it’s potential whilst sitting empty, then Airbnb’ing your home to fund your family travels could be for you. Following on from my previous Airbnb post Live in a Tourist Hotspot? Fancy a free holiday? Airbnb your gaff and get going here's part 2 - 10' Airbnb Do's and Don'ts
Do - add local photos to your Airbnb profile
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!
Do you take your children out of school for family holidays? If so, you’ll have been glued to the outcome of the case of Jon Platt in the High Court last Friday.
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.
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far