Portaventura, Spain: A Family-Friendly Theme Park For Youngsters and Thrill Seekers Alike

Yes, it’s another theme park post! This time it’s a 7 night stay in the PortAventura El Paso Hotel, and visit the three parks that make up the resort. These are the PortAventura theme park, the Ferrari Land theme park and the Caribe Aquatic Park (that’s a water park to you and I!) The DetailsContinue reading “Portaventura, Spain: A Family-Friendly Theme Park For Youngsters and Thrill Seekers Alike”

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Review: Traditional, Seaside Fun on a Budget

I have a soft spot for slightly run down British seaside towns, probably because I grew up in one. And if you’re looking for a fun, no-frills, shabby seaside resort then Great Yarmouth definitely fits the bill! Today we took the boys to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. In a pre-Covid world you could buy eitherContinue reading “Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach Review: Traditional, Seaside Fun on a Budget”

Norfolk Adventures: Pirates Island Adventure Golf, Blofeld

As we are lucky enough to live in the Norfolk Broads, a destination I know is popular for Brits looking for Staycations (and let’s be honest, more of us than ever will be staying in the UK for our holidays this year) I thought I would share some of our favourite day trips and adventuresContinue reading “Norfolk Adventures: Pirates Island Adventure Golf, Blofeld”

Kew Little Pigs: The Perfect Day Out for Pig Lovers

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer by saying that Boy5 is absolutely obsessed with pigs: pig toys, pig bears, pig clothes, and endless pig chatter. They are his one great love! So that day out (and his birthday treat) was always going to be a dream one for him. What surprised meContinue reading “Kew Little Pigs: The Perfect Day Out for Pig Lovers”

A Winter Weekend: Alton Tower’s Pirate and Princess Takeover

Just two weeks before Covid-19 locked down the country, we took our last ‘normal world’ weekend away: We headed to the Alton Towers February half term offering for their Pirate and Princess takeover, and to celebrate our youngest’s last birthday out of lockdown. Sadly the Alton Towers February half term event was cancelled for 2021,Continue reading “A Winter Weekend: Alton Tower’s Pirate and Princess Takeover”

Winter Efteling: Uncommercial magic, without the mouse!

We have visited, and loved, Disneyland Paris at Christmas. But Winter Efteling at Christmas is a whole different ball game! Whilst Efteling is a commercial endeavour (they’re a theme park, their whole job is to make money) there are fewer gift shops, fewer ‘add-ons’, and no real pressure to spend money when you’re inside theContinue reading “Winter Efteling: Uncommercial magic, without the mouse!”

Should You Visit Lapland UK this Christmas? An Honest Review

Ho, ho ho! It might seem waay to early to be thinking about Christmas, but Lapland UK tickets are so popular that the first booking window of 2021 has been and gone. The sooner you can book your tickets for this experience the better: even if it does seem mad to be planning Christmas daysContinue reading “Should You Visit Lapland UK this Christmas? An Honest Review”

The Benefits of Having a Disneyland Paris Annual Pass (and Why we Got Them)

Whether you’re a regular visitor to Disneyland Paris, or you’ve never been to the parks before, it could be that instead of buying short-term tickets for your trip, choosing a Disneyland Paris Annual Pass works out to be better value for money. We have had Disneyland Paris Annual Passes for two different years (not consecutively)Continue reading “The Benefits of Having a Disneyland Paris Annual Pass (and Why we Got Them)”

Riding the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular

During our stay at Butlins Minehead, we got out and about to explore some more of Devon. A frankly hair-raising drive through the Exmoor National Park lead us to Lynton and Lynmouth: twin villages linked by an incredible water-powered funicular. This is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world: andContinue reading “Riding the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular”

Butlins Minehead During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Like most people, our international adventures experienced something of a blip as a result of the coronavirus pandemic during 2020, so during the school summer holidays we instead opted to stay in the UK. We visited Butlins Minehead, as well as exploring the beautiful coastal and countryside regions surrounding it. This first post will coverContinue reading “Butlins Minehead During the Coronavirus Pandemic”