Exploring May Hill with kids in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

I’ve really enjoyed visiting our local and nearby bluebell filled woods and forests recently. I’ve been to Buckholt Woods in Cranham, Coopers Hill Nature Reserve and May Hill in the Forest of Dean. The Gloucestershire woodlands are so pretty at this time of year covered in a sea of purple. In this blog post I’ll share some photos and my experience so far of May Hill. Continue reading “Exploring May Hill with kids in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire”

A woodland walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa

I am very lucky to live somewhere surrounded by countryside. In fact, I live in a city but it doesn’t feel like it. I’m right on the outskirts and on the border of Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham with miles of countryside starting just a few minutes from our home on foot.  I’m going to share with you some of this countryside in this blog post from my recent walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa. Continue reading “A woodland walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa”

How to make a road trip with the whole family stress free

Although you wouldn’t believe it right now as we had a thunderstorm today and rain the past few days, the summer is almost upon us and we are all thinking about road trips and holidays with our families and friends.  Whilst travelling with a bunch of grown-up and relatable friends can be fun and exciting, travelling with kids and your entire family is a different ballpark altogether.  In this blog post I will explore how to make a road trip with the whole family less stressful.

Going on holiday or a road trip with parents, siblings and children is different because you are more likely to suffer disagreements across the different generations.  The holiday needs to be suitable for everyone, across all age groups, as well as budget friendly for all.

So what sort of accommodation do you pick?  Continue reading “How to make a road trip with the whole family stress free”

Snowdonia National Park with kids – 3 day travel diary & photos – Cadair Idris, Aberdovey, Harlech Castle

In the recent Easter holidays we ticked something off my 2019 travel bucket list which was to visit Snowdonia National Park.  We stayed in Machynlleth which is in the Dyfi Valley at the southern tip of the park.  In this blog post I will share what we did for three days with kids in Snowdonia, Wales.

You may remember me saying in this recent blog post that I was hoping to book a last minute sunny holiday abroad for a week in the Easter holidays.  I had hoped so, but Ben’s work is making potentially 20% of staff redundant in May and regardless of this he wants to go self-employed making handmade rustic furniture and as a handyman in Gloucester so we decided it would be better to not spend so much money on a holiday right now and to have a shorter UK break.

We booked a three night stay at a self-catering apartment which I do not want to mention or give any credit to as it was awful.  I wouldn’t return to the accommodation, but I definitely would return to Snowdonia as it’s absolutely beautiful.  We barely scratched the surface in three days, but we were so impressed with the places we did visit and see.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the biggest mountain which is Snowdon, but of course that means we just have to return to explore more another time!

Here’s what we got up to for three days with a four year old and a six year old in tow… Continue reading “Snowdonia National Park with kids – 3 day travel diary & photos – Cadair Idris, Aberdovey, Harlech Castle”