Eden Project Christmas Lights Review

As the festive season approaches, Cornwall’s Eden Project transforms into a magical wonderland of lights and seasonal cheer. Join us as we embark on a virtual journey through this enchanting experience sharing photos and magical memories in our Eden Project Christmas Lights review.

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Review: Giant Slip and Slide Cornwall

Looking for a thrilling way to beat the heat in Cornwall? The Giant Slip and Slide near Newquay might just be the answer! In this review, we’ll dive into the experience, the fun, and everything you need to know about this exciting attraction. We recently visited and had a blast with our kids and their cousins. I’ll share our photos below so you can see what it’s like before visiting!

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Saints Trail Perranporth to Goonhavern Review (with Kids)

The Saints Trail Perranporth to Goonhavern is a great option for families looking for a scenic and easy-going bike ride while staying in the area in Cornwall.

As we live in nearby Newquay, we have visited the trail a few times since it opened in April 2023, for both walking and cycling with our kids.

Below, I will share my review and photos of the trail so you know what to expect if you wish to visit Saints Tail from Perranporth to Goonhavern.

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Combining Family Fun and Education on Holiday

When it comes to family holidays, the perfect blend of fun and education can turn the trip into an unforgettable learning adventure. Whether that be by exploring new cultures, delving into history, or discovering the wonders of nature. There are countless ways to infuse education into your family travel experiences –playfully, so you can be sure, that your little ones are never going to be bored. We tailored a list of ten easily approachable ideas, that allow you to combine both the enjoyment of having time off, with family fun and learning. Safe to say, your next getaway will become an enriching journey for all! 

#1 Exploring Food & Culture

Let’s be honest – food is one of the best things about being on holiday. Eating out, having other people cook for you (mostly that, we’re not going to lie), and being able to try out foreign dishes. By immersing your family into the local culture via exploring the culinary delights of your destination, you can engage both your taste buds, as well as learn together in a delicious and memorable way. You could visit markets, join cooking classes, or attend food festivals. What are the differences between the regional ingredients, and cooking techniques? 

#2 Learning through Exploration

Nothing is as fun as being sent on a scavenger hunt – and it can be as comprehensive as you want it to be. Your kids will love it either way. You can discover historical landmarks, museums, or hidden gems, as you solve clues and uncover fascinating stories behind these places. Or you could send the kids along the beach, looking for specific shells, driftwood or rocks, whilst enjoying the serenity of your family activity holiday

#3 A Nature’s Journal

Provide each member of your family with a nature journal, to capture the beauty of your surroundings and to nurture the creativity of everyone involved. Document observations of plants, animals, and landscapes through sketches, descriptions, and reflections. Hand out little bags for samples, glue them on the pages directly – or even provide single-use cameras, for pictures that can be added afterwards! This activity not only encourages observation but also offers a wonderful keepsake.

#4 Interactive Museum Tours

Make learning fun by visiting interactive museums designed for all ages. Hands-on exhibits, workshops and interactive displays bring history, science, and art to life. They are great to provide opportunities for all family members to learn and play together – so have a look around your desired destination and see if something is close by, like the London Science Museum.

#5 Arts & Crafts Workshops

Speaking of workshops, how about immersing you and your loved ones in the cultural fabric of your destination, by participating in local arts and crafts? Learn traditional techniques, create your own artwork and gain insights into the cultural significance of these crafts. 

#6 Geocaching

Geocaching has been around for ages but is still incredibly fun. Embark on a modern-day treasure hunt, using GPS coordinates and clues, and navigate to hidden caches while learning about the history and landmarks of the area. It’s a great problem-solving activity, too – and will promote a true sense of adventure! 

#7 Language Learning

You can connect with locals by learning basic phrases of the local language. Encourage conversations with greetings, ordering meals, and asking for directions. This is also a good thing to engage with even before the holiday starts – and can aid in making the anticipation a bit easier. And, trust us, the kids will be so proud.

#8 Storytelling Strolls

Transform your family walks into storytelling adventures! Share anecdotes or local legends, as you explore historic districts or nature trails. Or, you know, let your creativity flow! And you could weave a fantasy adventure together, about the fairies that live in the patch of mushrooms you just found. Or the giant, that sleeps on top of the hill nearby! 

#9 Planting & Gardening

You can also engage in gardening or tree-planting activities as a family. Learn about the local flora, the role of plants in the ecosystem, and the importance of patience in nurturing growth. It’s a hands-on approach to learning to appreciate nature.

#10 Animal Sanctuaries & Wildlife

You’d be surprised how many animal sanctuaries and wildlife conservations are open for volunteers. They can teach you and your family about animals, their behaviour, habitats, and the importance of protecting biodiversity. A great lesson in compassion and environmental stewardship.

Happy travels!

Top 4 England Beach Destinations for a Family Summer Holiday

Oh, we all like to be beside the seaside! 

For families living in England, is there anything better than escaping to a beach destination in the summer?

Days spent building sandcastles, paddling, and surfing the waves are followed by evenings eating chippy chips and cosying up with a favourite film. Ice cream is a daily must, and the whole family can soak up the sunshine and soothing sound of the sea. 

With the sunny weather finally picking up, there is still time to plan a last-minute family summer holiday to one of these top four England beach destinations: use this guide to find the best spot for you and your little ones!

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Malaga: the perfect tourist destination for the family throughout the year

Are you looking for a perfect family getaway that offers something to everyone? Then look no further than Malaga! Why is Malaga a good family holiday destination? Located in the south of Spain, this beautiful city has it all: stunning beaches, breathtaking mountain views and plenty of cultural sites.

Whether you’re seeking an adventure-filled summer holiday or just want to relax and take in the sights during winter time, Malaga is the ideal destination for your next family trip! From Malaga car hire services to delicious local dishes, we’ll discuss why this amazing city should be at the top of your list when it comes to planning a vacation.

We’ll also provide some tips on how to make your stay even more enjoyable! So read on and start planning today – Malaga awaits!

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St Ives to Land’s End Coaster photos, review + helpful traveller info

In summer we rode St Ives to Lands End on an open-top bus known as the Land’s End Coaster!

It’s a really fun and affordable way to see the beautiful Cornish landscape if you’re on holiday in Cornwall, or even if you live here.

It’s also an adventure if you have kids and a great idea for a low-cost activity in the summer holidays.

So what makes this bus journey so special and out of the ordinary?

Read on as I share some photos in our Land’s End Coaster review, our honest thoughts and some useful traveller information. Enjoy!

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Camel Trail Wadebridge to Padstow: Is it good for kids?

If you’re planning a trip to Cornwall with your family and are looking for a fun and active outing, the Camel Trail is an excellent choice. In this post, we’ll focus on cycling the Camel Trail Wadebridge to Padstow with kids, and share some tips and recommendations to make the most of your journey.

In 2022, we cycled The Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow, or vice versa, three times with the kids. In winter, spring and summer, we experienced the famous Camel Trail across three different seasons.

It’s an ideal part of the trail to cycle with kids as there are no roads to cross and a flat concrete path. It’s around 5.5 miles each way, so an 11-mile round trip.

For reference, our kids were 6 and 9 at the start of the year and, then 7 and 10 years old at the end of the year. The distance is about enough for them currently, with a stop for snacks or a picnic along the way!

Below we’ll share some photos and helpful advice if you’re thinking of cycling The Camel Trail Wadebridge to Padstow with your kids too.

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Visiting National Trust’s Trerice Manor in Newquay, Cornwall, with kids

In the summer we visited Trerice Manor which is in Newquay, Cornwall. It’s managed by National Trust of which we are members, so we had free entry with our passes. We took our children, aged 7 and 10 years old at the time. Read on as I explain more about what to expect at Trerice Manor in Newquay and whether it’s a suitable day out if you’re looking for things to do in Newquay Cornwall that aren’t a day at the beach!

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Things to do in Newquay in the rain

Whether you’re on holiday or just visiting for the day, Newquay is brimming with activities to keep the whole family entertained. The south west of England and Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in the UK which makes it such a popular place to visit. But what do you do when it’s raining or there’s a storm around Newquay? Being locals to the area, keen explorers with a thirst for adventure we’ve found some of the best things to do when it’s not very pleasant outside. Come rain, hail or strong winds we have the answers below.

Here are our top 10 things to do in Newquay in the rain or when the weather is bad. We’ve listed them in order with our favourite at number one.

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