Family day out in Ilfracombe, north Devon

We recently spent two nights in an Airbnb in Devon to visit Woolacombe at my husband’s request for his birthday. Being a late booking, I couldn’t find accommodation left in Woolacombe, so we stayed in nearby Ilfracombe instead. With just two days to our visit in north Devon, we spent the first day at Woolacombe and the second whole day at Ilfracombe. Read on to see what we thought of Ilfracombe and our family travel photos.

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The best vegan junk food in Woolacombe!

We recently went to Woolacombe Beach in Devon for the first time. On returning from our recent trip exploring the likes of Daymer Bay and Crantock Beach for a week in Cornwall, we stopped for two nights in Ilfracombe Devon.

We were otherwise driving back on Ben’s birthday for three and a half hours, so when planning our holiday, I asked if he wanted to stop anywhere halfway home. Having not been to Woolacombe before, he suggested stopping here for a night or so.

There was no accommodation available in Woolacombe, but nearby Ilfracombe had an Airbnb cottage which was perfect. Another place we hadn’t been to yet in Devon and could also explore.

Read on to see where we found the best vegan junk food in Woolacombe and for some family travel photos at Woolacombe beach!

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Exploring Crantock Beach and Pentire Headland in Newquay, Cornwall

Ooh, I’ve found another favourite beach in Cornwall – Crantock Beach!

A beautiful vast beach along the River Gannel and its estuary out to sea. It’s a huge sandy beach which is ginormous when it’s low tide. At high tide the beach separates into two with tall, steep sand dunes taking over and looking so impressive.

We spent a day exploring Crantock Beach with the children and also viewing it from Pentire Headland in the late afternoon.

Crantock beach is managed by National Trust and we were surprised to find a parking space at 10am in the summer holidays and even more surprised at how quiet the beach was.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the central Newquay beaches then Crantock is a must.

Here are my photos for the day exploring Crantock Beach and Pentire Headland.

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Visiting The Farm Animal Sanctuary in Evesham

On Sunday we visited The Farm Animal Sanctuary in Evesham, Worcestershire UK.  We wanted a family day out and Ben thought it would be good for the kids to see some animals somewhere, but we have decided not to continue supporting questionable zoos.  Instead I Googled for a nearby animal sanctuary for us to support instead and discovered The Farm Animal Sanctuary.  Perfect!

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Cheddar Gorge family day out + campervan stay at Bucklegrove Campsite

On Friday evening we drove to Cheddar in Somerset for camping at Bucklegrove Campsite with the kids. Their first request when lockdown was easing was to go camping! We also went to see Cheddar Gorge for the first time. Neither Ben or I had been before, even though we only live around one and a half hour away. Read on to learn things to do in Cheddar Gorge with kids, see the walk we did in Cheddar with absolutely amazing views and also check out where we ate.

But first, things didn’t really get off to a great start for our camping trip away…

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Family weekend activities in Brighton

You can never get bored on a trip to Brighton, even if you’ve been there a dozen times before. Some things will always stay the same – the famous beach, pier and those lovely colourful beach huts. But there are so many little streets, shops and restaurants to find, not to mention all the fun stuff you can do on and off the water, and you can’t pack it all into one visit.

The great thing is it’s so easy to get to and you can keep going back for more. It only takes an hour on the train from London to travel to Brighton, and the station is right in the city centre, meaning you can get exploring from the word go.

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Visiting Painswick Rococo Garden in February

At the end of February we went out for a day trip for the first time in what felt like FOREVER.

We have been in lockdown in the UK since the start of January 2021 and we have not been allowed to leave our local area.

It’s the third lockdown we’ve had and this is probably the toughest as it’s been winter. It’s been freezing cold and we’ve been trapped indoors, had a lack of sun, lack of entertainment, no gym to go to for exercise and escapism, no socialising, the kids have been home the whole time climbing the walls whilst we try to work at the same time… it’s been quite crazy and cabin fever has definitely been setting in… and did I mention it’s been freezing cold?!

Even before this year started we were in lockdown in November and even in December (and for most of 2020) we had restrictions on meeting others, meaning we only met up with one household on Christmas Day indoors and that was it.

Life has certainly been very different and travel plans and days out have totally been put on hold, often leaving us feeling like a prisoner in our own home! We both work from home and have been at home more than ever, day in day out, groundhog day everyday for months on end!

It’s now March and we will be allowed to start seeing one other household from the end of the month, then hopefully we can travel again mid-April. The UK will be gradually easing lockdown restrictions, so things won’t be looking normal for quite a while.

But at least the weather will start to improve now, making local walks more enjoyable and appealing for us and the kids. At least if we can get outdoors more often without being freezing we can lift our moods and feel less trapped.

There has literally been no days out or travel for us for months, but we decided to visit Rococo Garden at the end of February which is around 5 miles from our home and as it’s an outdoor attraction it is allowed to be open for local visitors.

It’s the only attraction local to us that we can legally travel to right now and I will share our thoughts on visiting Rococo Garden in February in this blog post and lots of photos too!

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Is Barry Island worth a visit?

At the start of March, Reuben celebrated his 5th birthday!  When we asked him what he wanted to do, his first response was to go to the forest and have a campfire and sleep in a tent!  It’s definitely out of season for camping, so we asked if there was anything else he wanted to do.  “Go to the beach” was his next response!  So on the Saturday after his birthday we decided to visit Barry Island in Wales. Continue reading “Is Barry Island worth a visit?”

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.

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.

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Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light review + photos 2019

For the second year running we attended the Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light show.

We went last year for the Alice in Wonderland light show. This year the theme was Peter Pan.

Sudeley Castle is in Winchcombe, Cheltenham. It’s in our home county of Gloucestershire so not far for us to travel at all.

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