Bluestone National Park Resort twixmas holiday review + Kingdom of the Elves

For the second year running we stayed at Bluestone National Park Resort for a ‘twixmas’ break.  That’s the days after Christmas and before New Year if you didn’t know.  I didn’t!

In this blog post is my Bluestone 2019 Christmas review and photos.

I wrote a pretty thorough and honest review of Bluestone last year too. We did do things a little differently this year as we stayed in a wooden lodge instead of a cottage in the village.  We also decided not to book any activities.

Last year we had two activities each day (for the two full days we were here) and we didn’t fit much else in.  With kids we were restricted with eating times, especially as Reuben was only three last year.  So our days were pretty much: breakfast, paid activity, lunch, paid activity, dinner, bed.

We didn’t get to explore the whole site and grounds or the woods or trails that are accessible straight from the resort.

For our trip at twixmas 2019 there was also a new feature to the resort – the ‘Serendome’.  We heard all about it last year from the staff as it was to open in summer 2019.  It’s a huge outdoors dome.  A see-through roof in the forest to bring the outdoors in.  New activities and play areas for the kids to explore!

Read on to discover everything we got up to on our 2019 Bluestone twixmas holiday.

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Spending diary for our budget family holiday to London. 3 days, 4 people, £350!

London on a budget is totally possible, even if you’re travelling with kids, so long as you’re willing to make some sacrifices and take advantage of the free things you can do in London.

In this blog post I reveal our spending diary as a family of four in London. Continue reading “Spending diary for our budget family holiday to London. 3 days, 4 people, £350!”

Our 3 day London family itinerary + travel diary

Just before Christmas we went on a two night budget stay to London with the kids.

Bella, age 7, has been asking for about three years to go to London since she learned about it at school.

She was dying to see a red double decker bus!

It was one of her wishes on our family travel bucket list for 2019 and we managed to squeeze a budget trip to London in just before the year was out.

We went on a tight budget so decided to stay within walking distance of the free museums to keep our spending costs as low as possible.

We found a cheap place to stay, took a coach from our home city of Gloucester and ate as cheaply as possible with total spending money whilst there of £150 for four of us. I share the total costs of our trip in my London spending diary.

Our 3 day budget London family itinerary + travel diary

So what did we get up to?

We managed to squeeze in Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Hyde Park and some sightseeing.

Here’s a look at our family London itinerary for three days and our photos and videos. Continue reading “Our 3 day London family itinerary + travel diary”

Vegan on the go: road trip food ideas with no fridge

On our recent European road trip we travelled 1700 miles across Europe in our Mazda Bongo and needed to come up with some vegan food ideas that didn’t need refrigeration.  We did take a camping stove with us, but we were out on day trips most days when we weren’t travelling in the car, so we needed food ideas that needed no fridge and no stove.

I thought it was going to be really tricky to come up with enough snack ideas and meals that don’t need refrigeration or cooking, especially healthy ideas.  We actually surprised ourselves and came up with a pretty massive list of healthy non perishable foods to take with us in our Bongo. Continue reading “Vegan on the go: road trip food ideas with no fridge”

7 day Cornwall holiday costs for family of four in October

Wondering how much a family holiday to Cornwall in October costs for four people?  I’ll reveal exactly how much we spent in October 2019 on our Cornish beach holiday for seven days.

We recently spent the October half term in Cornwall staying at Pentewan Sands 5-star holiday resort.  We tried to be careful with what we spent, but we had a few treats.  I was always mindful of what we were spending and kept a holiday spending diary so we could keep track of our budget.  Read on to see how much we spent. Continue reading “7 day Cornwall holiday costs for family of four in October”

4 reasons why cruise holidays are so popular with families

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Fifty years ago, the only people who took cruise holidays were the very wealthy or the well-off elderly, yet the modern cruise ship is akin to a floating city, and with the majority of cruise holidays targeting young families, there are so many fun-based activities for kids.

Not only are there a million and one things to do, they are set up for child care, so you and your partner can enjoy dinner without worrying about the kids. If your kids are of an age where they can be by themselves, they will never get bored on a cruise ship.

Here are just a few reasons why cruise holidays are proving very popular with young families. Continue reading “4 reasons why cruise holidays are so popular with families”