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

Adding some ginger: Gin gins travel sweets

I don’t suppose there’s ever a good time to get food poisoning/a virus. But whatever it is that’s left me feeling wobbly and nauseous today, its timing is rubbish.

As I’m simultaneously feeling too feeble to do much thanks to a lack of food but not actually up to eating, I’ve been sucking my way through my stash of Gin gins.

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No actual gin involved but there is plenty of ginger which has been settling the queasy waves a treat.
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Summer make-up: lip and cheek tints and sticks

If you read this blog, you’ll know I’m a sucker for a multitasking product – ticks the ‘good for travel’ box, as it won’t take up much room, and the ‘quick and easy’ box when a toddler is yelling ‘mummymummymummymummy’ as you try to apply it.

It’s also something of an essential for me as I seem to have practically no natural colour in my cheeks, especially after a few broken nights.

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Not me, alas

In a pinch, I’ve resorted to smearing Clinique Chubby Sticks all over when I’ve caught sight of myself in an airport after a long flight, but there are more targeted options out there… Continue reading

Isle of Wight in luxury

Travelling with kids does not always mean you’re limited to a budget break. But when you factor in the extra travel, a bit of homegrown luxury could have a smaller price tag.

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So I love the new pocket guide to the Isle of Wight, Island Luxe 2014, with tips on everything from fabulous family-friendly places to stay to foodie hotspots, including one featuring fish, chips and the opportunity to graffiti the ceiling. 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