On Easter Sunday the weather was surprisingly very warm and sunny. After we had been teased with weather forecasts of potential snow and freezing temperatures, we had planned a family day at home watching movies and eating vegan Easter eggs. However, the weather was so warm we decided to pack a picnic for lunch and venture into the countryside. A place we only just found out about, which is surprisingly close to our home, is the National Trust Ebworth Estate with free parking and access to amazing walks through Cotswolds Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve.Continue reading “National Trust Ebworth Estate + Sheepscombe Common: a family walk + picnic”
If you want to showcase your individuality, there’s no better time to do it than on your wedding day. While many might opt for tradition at such ceremonies, there’s no obligation to do so, which means your day can be anything you want it to be.
In the UK, the ceremony itself needs to take place in a venue approved by the local authority, but there’s nothing stopping you from holding the reception somewhere that means the world to you and your partner.Continue reading “Alternative wedding locations”
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.Continue reading “Family weekend activities in Brighton”
After what feels like forever, we finally went away on a mini holiday to Devon!
It’s the first summer that we hadn’t been away on holiday and were desperate to go away.
We had booked a weekend in Swansea earlier this month, but that was cancelled last minute as they went into a local lockdown!
Other travel plans we had set in mind for the year, and luckily not already booked, were cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown.
We kept our fingers tightly crossed that our Devon trio would still go ahead, but we really thought it would get cancelled so never got our hopes up.
Luckily the south west of the U.K. has remained out of the local lockdowns so far and we were able to take our short staycation in Devon – phew!
Read on to see what we got up to and all our travel photos!Continue reading “Our family staycation to Fishcombe Cove and Brixham in Torbay, Devon”
I’ve always lived in Gloucestershire, living in Cheltenham until I was 26 years old and then moving to Gloucester. Now I live in Brockworth right on the edge of Gloucester, bordering both Cheltenham and Stroud.
No matter whether I lived in Cheltenham, or now Brockworth, we always take the same route to Stroud passing through the picturesque Cotswold village of Painswick.
As a child I’d occasionally go to Stratford Park in Stroud. That was pretty much my Stroud experience as a child and every time we went, I’d remember my mum pointing out the 99 trees in Painswick as we drove past them.
We were always slightly fascinated by them and the story of how there came to be only 99…Continue reading “Painswick church 99 trees”
On Sunday we went to a beach for the first time in six months, since February! We did the Brean Down coastal walk and visited Brean Down Fort. Read on to learn more about Brean down and see our travel photos.Continue reading “Brean Down Fort + coastal walk”
On Sunday we did the iconic four waterfalls walk in Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. It was the farthest I’d been from my home since the whole coronavirus pandemic began in March!
The drive was two hours from our house and it was my birthday day out!
9 years ago, just before we had children, Ben had surprised me with a night away in the Brecon Beacons and we did the this very same Ystradfellte waterfalls walk.
It was great to return with the kids and show them this amazing place, make some memories and capture them too in the below photos. Continue reading “Ystradfellte waterfalls: Brecon Beacons National Park four waterfalls walk”