Salisbury with kids

Forget London, move over Manchester, bye bye Birmingham, because according to Lonely Planet, the only English (and UK) city to make it into the top 10 to visit in 2015 is… Salisbury.

I’ve been to Salisbury a couple of times, visiting the astonishing cathedral with the world’s oldest mechanical clock and one of the few remaining copies of the Magna Carta, celebrating its 800th anniversary next year.


But the last time I went was before Minnie was born, staying at the very funky Lazy Cow hotel with its fantastic steak restaurant – although I was on the mocktails at the time – and having a grown-up weekend of history, culture and wandering.

It’s only a short drive away, so would make an easy day out with a toddler though as on our Winchester jaunt. So what else is there to do with kids in Salisbury?   Continue reading

Adventure Ocean – kids’ clubs with Royal Caribbean

The days when kids on cruises had to amuse themselves with a board game, watched over by a bored member of staff are long gone. These days, facilities for children on cruise ships can take over whole decks and entertain them almost 24 hours a day.

And as the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, isn’t short of options as we discovered on our day on board. For starters, there’s a 28,000 square foot complex set aside for the kids’ club, for babies aged six months up to teens.


As well as giving the play area a test, and experimenting with a homemade volcano in the science lab, I had a chat to Adventure Ocean manager Hugo Arenas about the child-friendly facilities. Continue reading

Exploring Oasis of the Seas – the world’s largest cruise ship with a buggy

Longer than five Boeing 747s, at 1,187ft Oasis of the Seas would dwarf the Eiffel Tower or the Shard if you laid either structure down next to it.

There’s room for 6,360 guests, more than 20 restaurants, a zip wire, Flowrider surf simulator and a park with more than 12,000 plants.

boardwalk-carousel-oasis-seas-cruiseMinnie, who’d been told we would be visiting a ‘big big ship‘, quickly cottoned on to the idea this cruise behemoth is out of this world, announcing it was a space ship. Not far wrong…

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Thursday Travel Treat: Mexico

Today’s Thursday travel treat on Instagram is from Mexico today, after a blissful New Year break (pre-baby) staying in a fishing village between Cancun and Tulum.

The #ruins at #tulum in #mexico. The #sea really was that incredible #turquoise colour. #nofilter #thursdaytraveltreat #bluesky

Incredible turquoise and blues of the Caribbean, ancient ruins and temples, some very very fine margaritas and guacamole and sun sun sun. I also dyed my hair an ill-advised blonde (don’t worry, that’s not one of the ways I’m trying to brighten up today).

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Lions, lemurs and large ships

It’s been a day out with a difference – almost nine hours on board the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas.

I’m slightly cross-eyed with tiredness after a dark rainy drive home so I’ll save the details for the rest of this week.




But when today’s adventure started with Minnie getting to meet lemur King Julian from Madagascar (and Alex the lion) over lunch, it’s a definite contender for the ultimate toddler day out.

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