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?”
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.
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”
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.
Below is my review of Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light and loads of photos of the magnificent 2019 light show! Continue reading “Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light review + photos 2019”
Having purchased our annual National Trust membership back in the summer when visiting Stonehenge, we’ve yet to explore all the locations within and surrounding our home county of Gloucestershire.
We did visit Skenfrith Castle ruins in Wales and Polperro in Cornwall thanks to inspiration from the National Trust app, but these are free to visit locations for all. To get the most out of our NT membership we also need to visit the locations that charge entry!
Two weeks ago we did just this and gained free entry at Chedworth Roman Villa; a National Trust site in the Cotswolds. Continue reading “A quick review of Chedworth Roman Villa”
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”
I’m back with another UK Vegan Campout Review following my review from last year when we went to UK Vegan Campout as a family. This year, in 2019, we went kid-free, so just me and my husband Ben so it was a different experience. I’ll share my thoughts with you today and lots of great photos from UK Vegan Campout 2019! Continue reading “UK Vegan Campout 2019 review”
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”