Getting outdoors with Kettler + Win a Go-Cart



Kettler go-cart

Anything that encourages children to get outdoors and step away from screens is a good thing in my books, especially activities that captivate my active boys attention span for longer than a few minutes. So when the people at Kettler got in touch to see if my boys would like to put one of their fantastic Go-carts to the test we of course jumped at the opportunity. It also brought back a lot of memories from my own childhood when my mother built a wooden go-cart for my brother and I. We spent many summers riding down hills in our wooden go-cart, yes there may have been a few scrapes and falls but we had so much fun and its lovely to see a more modern take on the wooden one I once had.


My boys have been trying out the Daytona Air which fits them both really well despite there being a 4.5yr age gap, thanks to adjustable the seat which is a great feature and perfect for us because I have to be honest and say I was a little nervous we would have an issue with sharing or with one not being able to ride it, instead they helped each other get to grips with it with some real team work involved. The seat adjustment also means you can get years of use out of these go-carts which is fantastic considering we live in an ever disposable world so seeing toys made to as long-lasting as these go-carts is a real plus.


Autumn is a great time for getting outside and enjoying as much fresh air as possible before the real cold snaps of winter descend on us. Nature also comes into it's own around this time of the year, with leaves to kick, puddles to jump in, squirrels to spot as well as a variety of mushrooms and fungi (to admire from a distance). So we made sure to take the Go-cart along a cycle path that runs near a river and while the boys were not racing each other, one pedalling and one running it also meant we could do a little bit of nature spotting. 

kids outdoors

nature spotting

We were all really impressed with this go-cart, in fact I was a little bit envious of the kids as my inner child really wanted to have a go too. These go-carts are extremely well-made and robust and could certainly stand up to twos off-road antics.

What I am really excited about is being able to giveaway a Melbourne Go-Cart worth £99 to one of my readers. This Go-Cart is suitable for 3-5yr olds, is made in Germany and comes with a 3yr Warranty and is a great first time go-cart. It's super easy to enter below and the giveaway ends on the 24th November 2018 and is open to UK residents.

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Covering the bases with Bassetts



While both of my boys enjoy a well balanced diet, packed with fruit and veg and are fairly open minded to trying new things, we are a very busy and active family and always on the go and while I always cook from scratch when we are rushed we sometimes opt for the safer meals such as pesto pasta or baked potatoes that are quick to whip up and I know they will enjoy. On more organised weeks or when we are not travelling I like to explore with new dishes, some have great success and other times not so much as my eldest can be fussy at times and while my youngest isn't he tends to follow suit with whatever his big brother is doing.

Like most parents I take an interest in my children's nutritional intake and want to know I have all bases covered and there are times when we have hardly been at home between school, after-school activities and weekend breaks away. The trouble with kids is finding a multivitamin that tastes nice and isn't a chore to get them to take and can easily slot into a quick morning routine. We were recently sent some Bassetts Vitamins Omega-3 Multivitamins Orange Flavour Pastilles so I was keen to see what the boys would think as we have tried a few different kinds over the past few years and some didn't go down very well. On first impressions the boys liked the look of them as they are soft and chewy and suitable for children 3-6 year olds, they are also orange flavour which is good because they really enjoy citrus fruits of all kind and what I am really happy about is they don't have any added sugar and are made with natural flavours and colours.

My eldest now asks without prompting for his multivitamin each morning which is great because when we are rushing I can be a bit forgetful. They have both been taking one each morning without any issues and I think because they are not overly sweet they don't ask for anymore but still see it as a delicious extra at breakfast time and have remarked at how Juicy they are and even did a little drawing of orange juice in the sunshine as their interpretation of what they taste like. It also has to be said that it gives me a little bit of peace of mind knowing they contain

Vitamin B6 to support normal psychological function and Vitamin B5 which contributes to normal mental performance. It's just so easy to add to the daily routine and these are a very gentle way of making sure they are not running low

*Just a reminder that food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet!

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Tips on Surviving long layovers with kids



Long layovers, the stuff of nightmares when your travelling with young children. While children are very adaptable there are still certain scenarios that just are not great and unlike adults they don't have the ability to "power" through especially when tired and bored. Now layovers don't just happen in Airports but also train stations, bus stations, ferry ports - we have experiences them all (10hr delay for a ferry, 8hrs wait for an overnight train etc) and while as parents we always look to reduce waiting times, sometimes we just have to accept long connections and be prepared for that.

Having done long-haul travel from a very young age as we lived in Cape Town as my father was South African and my mother Welsh, it meant travelling to the UK every two years or so and then often on to Europe as well. Having spent hours in airports and sleeping overnight on couches in a few has equipped me well for travelling with my own kids and I thought I would share some tips on surviving a long a long layover, also if your looking for stress-free ways to travel with kids check out this blog post.

Kids who travel

1. Do as much research as possible. The more information you have on the airport or train station etc you are going to be stuck as for a few hours the better. Some have fantastic facilities such as small soft plays or cinemas while others are very sparse with little to do, knowing this will stand you in good stead with planning how to keep your children entertained.

2. The Perfect Pack - once you know what facilities will be on hand you can make sure to pack the right things in your kids day bags, such as colouring books, crayons, small magnetic board games such as snakes and ladders, audio books and small toys. Water and snacks is also key and if you plan to take a tablet or ipad then make sure there is not only a charger in your bag but also your child's. Packing a small blanket and pillow is also a good idea should they want to take a nap, especially if your layover goes into the early hours. If your not a fan of Ipads or Tablets then check out my vlog about 5 screen-free ways to entertain kids while travelling.

3. Download movies - we actually pack our children's tablets away at home and they only come out when we travel because we find that they are the most useful then. Depending on how long your layover is a movie or two will certainly help to break that time up so make sure there you have downloaded something age appropriate that your child hasn't seen before and do make sure to pack headphones - this is a must!

4.  Explore your surroundings and take a walk - my children like most are naturally curious so why not take a walk around the terminal or station, really discovering what makes it tick, take your time and you can easily take an hour or so wandering around and this also helps to burn some energy off while keeping boredom at bay.

on aeroplane

5. Food food and more food - the last thing you want to happen is your kids having a hangry induced meltdown. Making sure you are all well hydrated and full is key to keeping everyone happy so why not make a real treat of it? Now we are pretty money savvy travellers but if your faced with a 6hr+ layover than treating the family to a meal out can really help to break that up and best of all no rush, you can take your time and enjoy some family time together over pizza, pasta or whatever takes your fancy.

6. Leave the Airport - this may not be realistic is all cases but by doing research prior you can find out if there are any family friendly places to go close-by and this could be a real saving grace especially when facing a long layover this can dramatically break up the waiting time. Just make sure you give yourself more than enough time to get to and from the airport without missing your connecting flight or train.

7. Book into a hotel - if your layover is going to be over 11hrs I would suggest booking into an Airport hotel for your own sanity as it will give you the down time you need and possibly some sleep as well and many hotels have some kind of facilities for kids. We did this exact thing when travelling to Finland via Heathrow, staying at the Renaissance Hotel.

We have a few trips we are planning over the next year, there is also a big birthday on the horizon so we have been looking at cheap flights to New York for next year and while the flight might be direct we have to via Heathrow or another major airport in the UK and will of course have some kind of layover to deal with but doing research beforehand is key.

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7 Simple Ways to Celebrate Autumn as a Family



Autumn outdoors

Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year and offers up a lot of fun activities to do with children and as a family. However it's very easy to get caught up in the commercialisation of every seasonal holiday and also with Christmas on the horizon it can feel very manic as well as expensive but it really needn't be. In fact Autumn is the perfect time to slow down, recalibrate and reconnect with the people that mean the most to you as well as move forward towards Christmas feeling more balanced.  So I thought I would share a few easy ways to celebrate Autumn with kids for free, or very little as some of the suggestions do require basic ingredients but none of what I have shared should cost more than £2.

1. Head out on a Hike or Walk in the Woods

Don't underestimate the power of fresh air and Autumn is the perfect time get outside as much as possible before it gets too cold so head to your local country park or woodlands and take in all those beautiful autumnal colours as the leave change and fall to the ground. The great thing about the UK is that no matter where you live there is usually some kind of green space nearby (even in the cities). Getting out for at least an hour is beneficial for all ages especially children who are spending more and more time in front of screens so make this a priority for your whole family.

woodland walk

2. Make a Nature Table

I don't know about you but my kids always pick things up on our walks (as do I) and we love putting together seasonal tables, it doesn't have to be a big space and could just be a small part of a window sill. It's up to you how you decorate your nature table but we usually have a mix of pinecones, conkers, acorns, sticks, leaves and basically anything we find on our adventures. You can then change your nature table with the seasons and adding as you go along. Again it can be really beneficial bringing nature into the home as well as getting children to handle natural textures and objects as appose to plastic.

3. Make Leaf Rubbings and simple decorations

Again when you get back from your walk outside and have collected some beautiful leaves it's time to get creative and all you need is paper and some crayons. I find leaf rubbing really soothing isn't something just for children. Simply place the leaf under the paper and and colour over the top of the leaf to leave a lovely silhouette of the leaf. What you can also do with leaves is get an elastic band and wrap them around candles for a beautiful Autumn effect

autumn decorations

4. Enjoy a warm cup of Cocoa

When was the last time you got your small milk pot out and made some warm Cocoa on the hob? Most people usually have some Cocoa in their cupboards for baking (and making chocolate cake) but it's also delicious as a hot drink, similar to hot chocolate but minus all the sugar and filler. There are a few different ways of making it, you can be as indulgent as you want but usually its a mixture of cocoa with water, milk (or alternative) and some sugar or maple syrup to sweeten it.

5. Pumpkin Carving

No matter what age you are there is something very fun about carving pumpkins and with most local shops selling sizeable pumpkins for around £2 and it's means a lot of fun for very little money and kids absolutely love carving pumpkins. Don't miss out on this tradition and start with a simple design to carve although of course you can be as creative as you want. If you have any pumpkin left over or want to make something from your pumpkin I have a delicious Pumpkin pie recipe worth checking out.

autumn delights

6. Bob the apple

If your short on ideas and it's raining outside, you really don't have to wait until Halloween to play bob the apples which is always a big hit with my kids. Also Autumn is the time of harvest and apples are usually a plenty so pop them in a bucket of water and all have a go picking one up with your teeth (arms behind your back as well). You will end up laughing thats for sure

7. Make Crumble

Is there anything better than a warm fruit crumble this time of the year? The one thing I love about making crumble is that it's cheap as you can pretty much chuck any fruit in and the topping can be made out of ingredients usually one has one hand - mainly oats or flour, sugar and butter (or alternative). Crumble is one of our favourite Autumn and Winter dessert and it's a great way to use up any fruit you have in the kitchen plus it's easy for kids to get involved with making the crumble topping and here is a super easy recipe for it

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Small Gifts for the Modern Millennial


Millennial mother

Millennials, we cover a pretty wide age range, even though I have kids I still fit into the Millennial generation and while I cannot talk for everyone the way we navigate this digital world is far different to our parents era and therefore our needs are different. Many of us live life on the go, we live more for today and like to enjoy the things we can afford like brunch and coffee (as cliches as that is), as a generation many of us are also thinking more ethically, we want to support local business, be more sustainable and travel a little more. Also personally I find when it comes to gifts I want them to be meaningful or practical and here is a little gift guide for the digital millennial.

Reusable flask
zero waste

1. In a world where we are trying to cut out plastic as much as possible these two gifts are perfect for eating and drinking on the go as well as look stylish and dear I say Instagrammable. I am loving the stainless steel Black + Blum thermal food flask which keeps lunch both hot or cold and completely portable.

2. Next but is the super stylish and price point water reusable water bottle from Matalan for £8! Stay hydrated on the go, save money on never buy a plastic single-use water bottle ever again.

3. How cool is this handmade zero waste cutlery wrap in a geometric print from a small independent maker based in England via Etsy. This is a great little gift and you can even opt for the Bamboo cutlery with metal straw making is a great option for food on the go, a must have for any digital millennial. 

4. If your a regular reader of my blog you will know I'm a big fan of Keep Cups (or any reusable coffee cup for that matter). They come in all different colours and designs and you can even make a custom cup. There is no excuse to by buying single use take-away coffee and nearly all big chains as well as plenty of independent coffee shops offer discounts to people who use reusable cups. 

Wanderlust jewellery
Wanderlust pin badge

5. I will put my hands up straight away and say I love prints, especially typography ones or simple lettering and this Wanderlust print is not exception. Simple, straight to the point and captures that current minimalist, Scandi vibe and would look great in any millennial flat, home or workspace. 

6. The Mountains are calling - how pretty is this wanderlust inspired silver necklace! Handmade by Justyna from CocollaArt based in Norwich, UK. I know I would be over the moon if someone got me this for my birthday or Christmas as it's both unique and meaningful.  

7. Rose gold, it's really having a moment and for the right reasons as it' gives the traditional silver or gold that more feminine and unique appeal. I'm in love with this linked heart silver and rose gold ring as the two-tine effect has a delicate minimalist feel I love in jewellery. This unique piece is from UK based Kigu London which have a fantastic range. 

8. I don't think you can ever have enough pin badges right? This one is really fun and is great as a small budget friendly gift for any of those friends who love to travel or head off on outdoor adventures. With rose gold and glitter enamel this one is not your normal pin badge an is designed by indy owners Sparrow and Wolf

wooden phone case

9. We are all starting to wake up to the benefits of bringing nature into the home, from helping to purify the air to having a calming affect it's certainly a positive growing trend. It also makes for a great little gift and these concrete geometric with marble affect, each one being hand made by Little Deer in Brighton, meaning each pot is unique. Succulents and cacti are also a great low maintenance option. 

10. We all use and have phones, this is a fact in this modern world, so it's a pretty safe bet if your stuck for a gift to go with something phone related wether that be a portable charger or this cool wooden phone cover. These are handcrafted using sustainable wood by Mandallion and their are a variety of designs although I am loving this mountain engraving.

This is of course just a small selection but I hope it's been helpful and all of these gifts are £35 or under making them some great price point budget friendly options for birthdays and Christmas gift ideas.  

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3 things to know about moving abroad



Having lived in more than one country and having moved from South Africa over to Europe more than a Decade ago and then also living in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Nice and now Cardiff I know the stress and excitement of moving to another country and thought I'd share with you some of the things you may experience if your thinking of changing location. 

While moving abroad may seem scary enough, you’re going to have a lot on your hands in terms of planning and preparations. You certainly don’t have to do all of this, though, but it will make your life a lot easier if you manage to take care of it before you head off. That way, you can simply relax and enjoy your adventure once you land - or at least have time to spend on being a bit anxious and nervous about everything.

Here is a handful of the most important things you should take care of or look into before saying goodbye to your loved ones back home, plus a few of the things you should know beforehand so that you’re not taken by surprise.

#1 You will be homesick

First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone feels a bit homesick when they move to a foreign country. Because everything that is familiar to you is left behind, and you’re left in a new and strange place without any of the guidelines you used to have, the whole experience can be a bit overwhelming to most of us. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to keep in touch with those you love back home while also immersing yourself in the new culture.

Think about it like this, when you come back home, would you like to look back on a bunch of memories of you sitting cooped up in your room and missing your home country - or would you have preferred it if you made the most of your time abroad? Try to do something new every day, see exciting places, and do your best to focus on the adventure you’re in at the moment. The more you manage to appreciate your current surroundings and remind yourself that your home will wait for you, the easier it is to embrace all the new and strange things without feeling overwhelmed.

Consider learning a bit of the language in the country you’re in, for example, or make some friends that are local to the area. They can show you around and help you to settle in a bit more - and it will feel a lot better when you have something to keep you busy and take your mind off your home country for a while.

#2 There might be a lot of paperwork

While it all depends on the kind of visa you’re looking for, moving abroad is no joke in terms of paperwork. One of the first things you should do before leaving is, of course, to figure out what kind of visa they require - and how long you’re allowed to stay on the different visas. To most of us, a tourist visa is the easiest and most likely option. While you may be able to simply obtain one once you’ve landed, keep in mind that they usually just last between three and six months - and you won’t be allowed to work in the country you’re going to.

There are, luckily, a few options around this as well and you should consider finding a job that you can do from your laptop while staying abroad - or just have a chat with your boss to see if you can keep your job while working remotely abroad. That way, you won’t need to get a work visa and you can still make money in your home country’s currency. It just makes it a bit easier to have money for food and fun while staying abroad.

The most important thing you do before heading off is, in other words, to read up on your visa options and figure out which one you should take in order to stay for as long as possible and not break the law by working unless you’re allowed.

#3 You need a place to live

Finally, a necessary part of moving abroad is to find a decent roof over your head. While most of us think about hostels, hotels, and regular Airbnbs when it comes to staying abroad for a while, this is going to be rather expensive in the long run. Why not just rent a place instead? That way, you’re avoiding the costly tourist accommodations and can spend your hard-earned money on other things.

Keep in mind, however, that a rental will need a bit of attention as well - and it’s not always that easy to know how to set up utilities and make other arrangements when you know absolutely nothing about living in the country. Luckily, a lot of this information is found online these days; just have a look at Singapore utilities, for example, or search for the country you’re heading off to.

If you can’t find anything about it online, you might be able to get in touch with another expat who has moved to the country you’re going to. They are usually more than happy to help out a fellow expat in need so search online on different forums or groups on Facebook to get in touch with someone.

They might even be able to point you in the right direction in terms of where you should live and the best kind of areas; in terms of moving abroad, you should never underestimate the value of advice and help from other expats. Moving abroad, even if it’s just for a short year, means that you have a lot of planning to do. While you don’t really have to do all of this if you prefer to just wing it, it’s going to do wonders for your nerves when you manage to take care of as much as possible.

Being able to land in a new country and have everything set up immediately feels so much better than having to stress around for a place to live during your first week abroad.

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Why you should consider going away for Christmas



Christmas, I'm already starting to break out into a sweat thinking about it. Having grown up as part of a expat family in South Africa our Christmas's were usually very small, with only immediate family on the day and possibly heading to some friends for a party on boxing day but always fairly calm and spent outdoors as the festive period fell during our summer time. Even when we did fly over to the UK every 3yrs or so it was still a small gathering and as children it never made any difference to us where in the world we spent Christmas as long as it was with family. We of course had gifts but growing up we were never over indulged like children are now and I do think we are forgetting what the festive season is meant to be about.

My childhood experiences are completely different to the now which has become very manic especially having kids and trying to divide time between two sets of in-laws and to be completely honest I feel exhausted just by the thought as it always ends up in a manic mess and all I crave is calm and quality time with my kids, away from screens, just enjoying the festive period together. It's also refreshing to see other families feel the same and I was really inspired by Fritha from Tiger Lilly Quinn who spent Christmas in Amsterdam two years ago.

kids in snow

Here are a quick run down of a few reasons why you should consider going away from Christmas

1. Easily avoid excessive gift giving
2. No pressure to host (and skip any family drama)
3. Enjoy quality time with your family and the festivities can last as long as you want.
4. Experience a different culture and a different way of celebrating Christmas
5. European Christmas Markets are amazing

These are just a few reasons why we are considering going away this year, to keep things simple and really saviour the season together as a family unit while still enjoying the festivities. A few years ago in my mid-twenties I was working in the South of France and stayed there for Christmas and New years and hd such a fantastic time with my work colleges. We ate good food, danced a lot and had a really good time and with slightly milder weather than the UK, the South of France is a great place to get away from it all but still enjoy traditional Christmas markets, carols and everything in between.

Door wreath

Obviously spending Christmas away from home as a parent of two is different to being child-free on the French Riviera so our needs would change but my dream would be to hire a luxury French Chateau such as the beautiful ones on ChicVillas, which are complete swoon, even if it was part of a larger group because there really would be room for your favourite extended family members and just to be in a fairytale setting what would be more magical? If your a regular reader to my blog you will know we are fans of self-catering when it comes to family travel as it means you can go at your own pace and can cook up a real feast or just keep things simple, the choice is yours. You can also take it slow and enjoy the festivities for an extended amount of time and over a few days as you don't have that same rushed feeling as we as parents feel back home.

French Chateau

France is also a great option for a few other reasons and one being that Christmas is less commercial in France and more focuses on family and food which makes in an inclusive destination that has something for everyone, also it produces amazing wine so no complaints there either. Most villages also host a traditional Christmas market and they love decorating with big Christmas trees in the main square and lights illuminating the streets, which of course is very pretty and adds to the ambience. If you still need convincing here is a list of 25 French Christmas Traditions to get excited about.

Of course you dont have to hit the continent to get away and can also have a staycation. We personally love West Wales and usually always visit Tenby during the New Year. We also spent an Autumn in a very cute cottage a few years back that would make for the perfect Christmas bolt hole. 

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How beautiful is this Luxury French Chateau 

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How to Tell that You Need More than a DIY Decoration Project


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We would all love to say that we found the perfect home for our needs, but the fact is that families and circumstances change. There are some surefire signs that your current home is no longer serving you, and in this case you will need much more than a simple DIY decoration project. Decide whether or not you can turn your old home into something you can be proud of by renovating it. Find a few tips below.

Your Home Is No Longer Making You Happy

If you don’t walk through the front door every day with a smile on your face, looking forward to having a chat with your family members and relaxing on the sofa or reading a book, there might be something wrong with your decor and the functionality of your home, too. If you can’t get a separate space for relaxation and all family members struggle to do what they enjoy, you might need to talk to professional Contemporary Architects to redesign your space and make it more functional for everyone. 
You Need More Space

In some cases, no matter how hard you try you cannot magic space out of nowhere. You might have tried storage beds and sofas, as well as built in wardrobes, but your home still feels crowded and claustrophobic. After getting rid of the stuff you no longer need, you can think about getting a home extension to give you more storage and functional space, while making the most out of the current rooms. 

Your Heating and Flooring Need Attention

If you are just patching up the problems and dealing with the decorative issues, you will end up spending more money on your home than you really need to. Once you have decided to modernise your house, you might want to improve your insulation, install an underfloor heating system, and get a heat pump to save money on your heating and air conditioning bills. If your floorboards are creaking, don’t stop at changing the carpet; deal with the entire issue; it will be cheaper long term.
You Need a Bigger Kitchen

One of the rooms we spend the most time in as a family is the kitchen. In case you no longer feel like your home meets your needs, and would like a modern, functional, and larger, brighter kitchen, you might want to knock down a few walls or get a home extension completed. You can add a dining room, or even a summer room, lean-on conservatory that will open up your kitchen and home to natural light. 

luxury bath

Too Many People for One Bathroom

One of the problems families with teenagers and almost adult kids face is the queues in front of the bathroom in the morning. If having a schedule hasn’t worked, and you are facing conflict and frustration on a daily basis, you will need more than a DIY project. Get an en suite bathroom or a downstairs shower room to improve everyone’s life.

When your home is no longer serving you, a DIY project often simply wouldn’t do the trick.

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5 reasons to visit South Devon



South Devon Castle

We recently had the chance to explore South Devon, a destination that has been on our radar for a while and I wanted to see why it's such a great place for a family weekend away and in all honesty we were really spoilt for choice in terms of family friendly things to see and do. As we only had three nights in the area we wanted to make the most of our time without it being too much and thats really something one has to bare in mind when travelling with young children, you need to go at a slightly slower pace. We also wanted to explore as much of the outdoors as possible take in all that Devonshire countryside and coastline. I can safely say that South Devon is a great option for a quick getaway and here are 5 reasons why you should consider it for your next weekend break. 

Powderham Castle was around a 10 minute drive from our apartment at Cofton Holidays and was one of the first places we decided to check out as it had come highly recommended. Both of my boys are fascinated with Knights and Castle so they were naturally excited to explore Powderham. The estate has a really fascinating history as it's been in the same family for hundreds of years and was involved in both the War of the Roses and the Civil War. What is a real highlight about the Powderham is the Victorian Walled Garden and Petting Farm with a large Wooden fort and zipline where the kids had an absolute blast. They also really enjoyed spying deers in the deer park and tucking into warm scones and Devon cream in The Courtenay Cafe

2. Torquay & Living Coasts

There is a reason why Torquay is nicknamed the English Riviera and while I thought we would enjoy a walk along the quay it wasn't until we were there that I really understood why so many people love flock to this part of the UK. The quay is a hive of coffee shops overlooking yachts and fishing boats and stunning coastline and it's a must-visit town in Devon. We also popped into Living Coasts which is part of Whitley Wildlife conservation trust and has a focus on education around seabirds and coastal wildlife which my kids found fascinating especially the small tidal estuary and mangrove swamp. The Cafe at Living Coasts is also a great spot for something to eat as it sits on the edge of Torquay harbour and offers some fantastic panoramic views from the large outdoor terrace. 

3. Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren found just north east of Dawlish, is a great spot for families as it has a long blue flag beach, sand dunes, nature reserve and there are also amusements which are not really our thing but still make for a long of fun by the seaside. What we liked most about spending time at Dawlish Warren was the free-range fun on offer for the kids, to go rock pooling and running in and out of the waves before indulging in the tradition that is ice-cream at the seaside. 

When we are exploring somewhere new we always have a quick check to see if there is a National Trust property nearby and not to just put our membership to good use but also because we have yet to be disappointed by any we have visited so far and Killerton is no exception. Killerton is an 18th Century Manor home set in a stunning estate with lots of natural play areas, tree swings, a bear hut and ice house as well as acres and acres of forest to explore. There is also a beautiful bistro-style reasturant, Killerton Kitchen which cooks up special seasonal dishes daily and looks over pretty gardens where kids can run free. 

5. Cofton Holidays 

You may have already red my review of our stay in one of the stylish apartments at Cofton Holidays but what you might not know is that they do day passes for holiday makers to have access to their fantastic facilitates such as their two outdoor pools! It's so rare to be able to swim outdoors in the UK so this was a huge hit with my kids and you could easily spend a whole day sitting around the pool just soaking it all in. You can also say hello to the local donkeys or zipline in the forest play park and if it's raining you can take advantage of the indoor play park and swimming pool.  

Thanks to Cofton Holidays and Visit South Devon for inviting us to explore this beautiful part of the UK.

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Cofton Holidays Devon - Family Travel Review



Cofton Holiday

During the last weekend of summer we jumped into the car and headed down to Devon, a place we have passed through many times but haven't stopped to explore properly until now so we were really excited to discover what makes Devon such a popular family holiday destination. As we managed to see and do so much during our 4 days stay I have decided to spilt this across two posts with this one focusing on Cofton Holidays, a holiday park offering an array of accommodation from camping to cottages and stylish apartments right in the heart of South Devon

After we got stuck in some pretty bad traffic around Bristol we were so happy to get off the motorway and drive through the pretty windy roads of Devon towards Cofton which is near the quaint seaside village of Dawlish. Checking in was a breeze and the staff were really helpful, handing over a welcome pack with all the information we needed and our park passes for the weekend. We were staying just off the main site at their newer apartments in the gorgeous Eastdon house set in stunning grounds overlooking the Exe Estuary. I love that it was slightly away from busier site as we manage to have the best of both worlds with access to all the fantastic facilities but all the peace and quite of this stunning coastal location.

Cofton Holidays

Cofton Holiday

We were staying in the beautiful BlueWaters apartment on the first floor with amazing sea views and large light filled Georgian windows. It's three bedrooms and will comfortable fit a large family or small group and was more than enough space for the four of us and the space works for both short and longer stays as there is also a Laundry only a few feet away from the apartments. The interior was stylish and chic but still family friendly with some board games, TV and well equipped kitchen, making it a great self-catering option. There was also a lovely welcome hamper with some local produce and those small touches really go a long way to making one feel at home.

Besides the abundance of fields to run around just outside the apartment as well as a pretty forest walk the kids were of course keen to head back to the main site and take advantage of both the indoor and outdoor pools, play-parks, including a nature based forest one and the indoor soft play as well as a small bowling alley. While we took advantage of the apartment being self-catering we also want to try out some of the catering options at Cofton which includes an traditional style pub The Swan Inn, Warrens Retreat, a fish and chip take away and the family friendly Amelias Pantry where we enjoyed a family meal while the kids made friends in the soft play which is in the same room meaning your kids can play and you can see keep sight of them. I was really impressed with the quality of food, modern menu and the excellent vegetarian and healthy options.

Outdoor pool

Cofton Holiday

As I mentioned Cofton has that rare beautiful thing that is an outdoor heated pool, it's pretty uncommon in the UK to be able to enjoy swimming outdoors in such pretty surroundings unless it's at the seaside or at a local Lido, so as you can imagine we spent the best portion of one day sitting by the pool despite being September, the sun was out and everyone enjoyed themselves. The indoor pool is also fantastic with fun water jets for kids to run through, both were a real hit with my boys and it's things like this that make memories.

You could easily come for a weekend and spend the majority of the time at Cofton as there is just so much to do and not only for the kids, as it's such a big area with lots of walking opportunities as well as coarse fishing for adults in their well stocked lake. Saying that there is simply so much to see and do in the area and we feel we didn't even touch the surface but I am excited to share with you more on family friendly places to visit in South Devon in my next post. Overall we were really impressed with Cofton, it ticked all the boxes for us and is somewhere we would certainly recommend and a place we plan to visit again in the future, as it captures all those simple pleasures of a staycation in the UK, a thumbs up from all of us.

Family travel review

* We were kindly invited to be guests of Cofton Holidays. This is an honest review and would personally recommend Cofton for a family break 
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