The top nine free summer days out in Devon with kids

With cream teas and paddling high on the agenda, my parents, brother, sister-in-law and gorgeous nephew managed to escape to Devon for a week last month.

As ever, when other people travel pretty much anywhere, I came over all green eyed and started remembering how gorgeous the county is (not just the cream teas) and how I really should arrange a trip back.

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With most of August already booked up, it’s going to have to wait a little longer, but if you’re going to be nearby, Visit Devon has rather helpfully come up with a list of its top free summer days out, perfect for the school holidays. Continue reading

The ice cream guide to Cornwall

I do not want to complain about the sunshine. But oof it’s hot. I’m constantly fighting a slightly distracted brain, which is mostly thinking about ice cream.

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Fortunately, we have some Cornish ice cream left in the freezer from Minnie’s birthday, so that solves that problem.

Even better would be to be in Cornwall with an ice cream. If you’re luckier than me, today I came across a map of the best places to enjoy your cone from local brand Kelly’s of Cornwall, including the county’s ice cream parlours, woodlands and beaches. Continue reading

Win a family holiday to Spain

For years, my family holidays started with a ferry crossing. Driving up the ramp into the bowels of the ship signaled the start of our getaway before heading to our eventual destination somewhere hot and sunny.

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While most people in the UK associate ferries with travel to France, we’re also in the perfect spot to sail to other European destinations, not least Spain.

And Brittany Ferries is currently running a competition to win a five-night break in Cantabria, northern Spain, including return sailings with a cabin and your car. Continue reading

Top tips for visiting Siam Park, Tenerife – the world’s best water park

Like most kids, I used to love water parks when I was younger. So if you’re looking for the world’s best, it’s helpfully in the family-friendly destination of Tenerife, at Siam Park.

And while I didn’t make it to the Thai-themed attraction on my visits to the island, my parents, brother and sister-in-law have all tried and loved it – albeit before my delicious nephew made his appearance.

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So I’ve picked their brains for their top 10 tips on visiting, plus a few more helpful need-to-know facts. Continue reading

Follow the Paddington trail

Pack your marmalade sandwiches (duffel coats optional). 50 Paddington bear statues are coming to London as part of a new Paddington trail.

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Launching from October, to tie in with the new film release in November, there’ll be bears dotted around museums, parks, landmarks and shops including Paddington’s own favourite places in London. Continue reading