Category: Days out & travel

9 things to pack for a UK family staycation

The UK has plenty of brilliant beaches, beautiful countryside, quaint towns and exciting attractions which make it perfect for a family holiday. When you take a self-catered family holiday in the UK, you have to think carefully about what you take with you. Although there is likely to be a …

Six great cultural long weekends for couples

Next week is our 9th wedding anniversary and we have the exciting prospect of the children staying with their grandparents for three nights. It’s very tempting to go away and so I’ve been looking at potential destinations which are perfect for a long weekend (or longer!) away as a couple. …

My top family summer holiday must-haves

The summer holidays are upon us! If you’re lucky (?!) they might see you heading off to sunnier climes – or maybe a tent in Cornwall – with the kids in tow. If you are travelling with the kids this summer, then here is my list of essentials. Having only …

A morning at Diggerland, Kent (during a heatwave)

Diggerland in Strood, Kent is a place we’ve been waiting to visit for a while. My son (a big fan of construction vehicles!) is quite short for his age and has taken forever to hit 90cm – the minimum height for going on any of the diggers. Finally he did, …

Howletts Wild Animal Park and the new Animals of the Ice Age exhibit

Howletts Wild Animal Park in Bekesbourne near Canterbury, Kent is one of two wild animal parks in the area run by the Aspinall Foundation, a conservation charity; the other being Port Lympne in Hythe. Both of the parks run breeding programmes for some extremely endangered species, with an aim to …

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