Brecon Beacons National Park Wales: Pen y Fan and Cribyn mountain walk

Yesterday we had a kid-free day and I wanted to climb a mountain so we drove to the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. We headed to the Central Beacons which took one hour 50 minutes to drive from our home in Gloucester. We climbed two peaks: Pen y Fan and Cribyn. Read on to learn the route we took and see the incredible views of Welsh Mountains. Continue reading “Brecon Beacons National Park Wales: Pen y Fan and Cribyn mountain walk”

Visiting Bristol for half a day

Today me and Ben had a kid-free outing visiting Bristol for a day. We were only there for four hours in total, but it felt like a proper day out and mini-escape. If you’re wondering what you can do in half a day in Bristol, my favourite U.K. city, then read on. Continue reading “Visiting Bristol for half a day”

Pittville Park, Cheltenham: free things to do with kids in Gloucestershire

One of our favourite free things to do with kids in Cheltenham is a visit to Pittville Park.  It’s a place I went as a youngster and now I enjoy taking my own children too!  It’s only now as an adult that I realise quite how amazing this park is.  We live in Gloucester now and there’s nothing quite like it here.

Walking around Pittville Park with my children yesterday, I really noticed quite how beautiful it is.  I lived in the centre of Cheltenham town for just under 10 years from my late teens through to my mid-twenties and I definitely took the park for granted and never made the most of it. Continue reading “Pittville Park, Cheltenham: free things to do with kids in Gloucestershire”

Skenfrith Castle, National Trust

On Saturday it was Ben’s Dad’s 70th birthday.  We didn’t actually know it was his 70th, but we did know it was his birthday!  I did ask Ben how old his Dad was and he had no idea, so we had to ask.  For a treat, we picked up his Dad and wife and took them to explore 13th century Skenfrith Castle with us. Continue reading “Skenfrith Castle, National Trust”

Bristol Balloon Fiesta: free things to do with kids

I was so looking forward to this event and being able to share numerous photos of colourful hot air balloons, but sadly this will not be the case in today’s blog post.  We attended the Bristol Balloon Fiesta yesterday for three hours in the afternoon and I will share my honest review of what we experienced in this blog post. Continue reading “Bristol Balloon Fiesta: free things to do with kids”

50 cheap and free things to do with kids in the summer holidays

If you can’t jet off and travel in the summer holidays or afford expensive days out to attractions then you might be wondering how you can entertain the kiddies for so long, especially if you’re on a tight budget.  Read this blog post to discover 50 cheap and free things to do with kids in the summer holidays that don’t require a passport! Continue reading “50 cheap and free things to do with kids in the summer holidays”

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 few hours in Weston-super-Mare

For Mother’s Day on Sunday we went on a short family trip to Weston-super-Mare. Weston is the closest beach to our home in Gloucestershire, around a one hour drive.

Weston-super-Mud!

As a child we used to always call it Weston-super-Mud!  It’s not the prettiest of beaches and the tide always seems to be out for miles resulting in sludgy sand and the water colour when it is in is very murky brown – hence jokingly calling it mud!

If you love the typical British tourist beach, however, then Weston beach has everything you need.  We spent just a few short hours there on Sunday and managed to squeeze in a few standard touristy things even though we were freezing. Continue reading “A few hours in Weston-super-Mare”

What is the Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire?

Whilst Cheltenham in Gloucestershire is famous for its horse racing festivals, there’s another traditional festival which is a little more quirky and unusual.  It’s held annually on the May Spring Bank Holiday at Coopers Hill, just on the edge of Gloucester by Birdlip and Brockworth,  and is known as Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling.  I couldn’t not share this event with you on my travel blog as I can see it happening from my garden.  We live right next to this event and it’s crazy!  Continue reading “What is the Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire?”