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    Our UK Travel Plans for 2019

    This is a collaborative post with Vogue.

    Now that we’re starting to emerge from the depths of Winter, and the bank balance is starting to look a bit healthier after the Christmas bashing, it’s at this time every year that my attention turns to what our travel plans should be for the year. read more

    Camping, Lifestyle, UK Travel
    / March 7, 2019
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    Center Parcs Longleat with Pickle at 6 months old

    I’ve been looking forward to our first family holiday to Center Parcs since before Pickle was even a twinkle in my eye! Every time LPD (Little Pickle’s Dad) and I have been together, I’ve spotted all the various families of all different make ups there and imagined a time in the future when that might be us. Well, that future is now the past as last week, the three of us ventured to Center Parcs Longleat for a much needed holiday and some fun in the forest.

    I always knew it would be a very different Center Parcs experience than we were used to… No impromptu games of squash (or games of squash at all!), no romantic spa evening for the two of us or joint fun in the wild rapids. We’d be swapping that for the joy of seeing Pickle splash around in the pool, family snuggles in front of the fire and crisp Autumnal walks with the pram. There were some things I didn’t expect though, and I definitely learned a few lessons for the next time we visit as a family!

    To start with, I’d definitely begin packing a lot sooner than the morning of our holiday. I’ve never been one to pack in advance, but that flurried frenzy of frantic packing last Monday need never be repeated. It was a good job we were going on holiday as I felt I needed one by midday. We just about managed to squeeze everything we needed to take into LPD’s big CRV car but there’s no way we’d have managed in my car. Note to self: pack more efficiently and¬†always make sure you’re in the biggest car possible! Thank goodness Center Parcs provides a cot bed and highchair in the villa as standard otherwise we’d have been really stuffed.

    Amazingly, we timed our arrival perfectly as we didn’t have to queue for check-in at all, and the security team offered to let us through the gates a tiny bit earlier than normal (people are so kind when they see you’re travelling with a baby!) so we could drive straight to our villa. It was a welcome stress-free arrival that completely combated the madness of the mo

    Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / December 4, 2016
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    My Perfect Joules Weekend Away

    Being on maternity leave somehow makes me hanker for a holiday even more than working full time, so when Joules set a Bloggers Challenge to write up their idea of a perfect family weekend away, I was well prepared. All those hours of getaway-dreaming would finally be useful!

    We live in a beautiful country

    LPD and I love making the most of the beautiful country we live in, so can often be found enjoying UK getaways. From the bonnie breath-taking scenery of Scotland to the vast moor landscapes of Devon, or the seal wildlife on the Norfolk coast to the dolphins in Wales’ Cardigan Bay, we truly are spoiled for choice. Luckily, as we’re based in the Midlands, we’re ideally situated to easily travel to all corners of the UK but although we’ve been separately, we’ve not yet travelled to Ireland as a family – so maybe that’s next on our hit list? Coincidentally, they’ve just announced they’re building a new Center Parcs in Ireland… Fate, perhaps?

    Doing something for the first time

    As I’ve discussed before on here, I’m embarrassingly a creature of habit so in order to piece together my perfect weekend, I’ve looked back on past holidays for inspiration, starting with our most recent jaunt which happened to be Pickle’s first EVER weekend away and his first experience of the seaside.

    It was so exciting to take our baby boy to the beach, it really made me realise how special it is to do something for the very first time so no perfect weekend would be complete without some kind of completely new experience! Even better if it’s something new to all three of us.

    Getting there in style

    Weekend breaks are so short in duration, that it’s worth making the

    Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / August 18, 2016