Lundy is like marmite. You'll love it or hate it. Anyone like us, with even a whiff of outdoors adventure, are guaranteed to fall in love with this windswept granite island. Only 10 miles off the dramatic North Devon coastline, Lundy, owned by the National Trust, is Britain's first ever marine conservation park. Stunningly beautiful, a haven for wildlife & with only 28 permanent habitants, Lundy is the perfect place for adventuring families to explore. Here we give you our top 10 tips to get the most out of your trip.
I've hankered to stay in a lighthouse since I was a young girl, my nose buried in countless Famous Five novels. I still can't think of a more exciting prospect of bedding down for the night, perched on a blustery headland, the rough seas lashing salty spray against the windowpanes.
My childhood wish was finally realised, amid the blowy Atlantic westerly winds on our recent stay in the charming Old Lighthouse Upper on Lundy Island.
The Old Lighthouse accommodation on Lundy island is the perfect base to explore the wilds of this tiny island
375 days ago my husband and I made a concrete decision. To move to France to do a ski season. With our children.
As 2016 recedes, it is with gratitude and a smile that I wave it goodbye. 2016 for us was a year of planning & anticipation. And the year I started The Family Freestylers blog. A lot can happen in a year, 365 days. Decisions made that change your lives. Today we finally realised a dream of our own. Walking through the snow with our children to their first day at school in France.
Thank you so much to everyone that's shown so much support for The Family Freestylers blog and our dream of heading to the snow. Here's a round up of our best bits of 2016 and where we'll be heading in 2017.
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.
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.
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far