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Admiral Young Driver – The Firefly

Last year, our daughter, Hollie, enjoyed jumping behind the wheel of a real car for her first driving lesson – even though she wasn’t 17. It was thanks to the Admiral Young Driver programme, which enables anyone from the age of ten to learn how to drive a proper vehicle at one of 43 specialist [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|Attractions, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Eurocamp – La Pointe St Gilles

At the end of August 2016, just as the school summer holidays were drawing to a close, we decided to treat the kids – and ourselves, of course – to our first Eurocamp adventure. Unlike our friends who are die-hard Eurocampers, we’ve never sampled the company’s popular holidays but after this 5-day break we’ll certainly [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Accommodation, Attractions, Latest Reviews, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

If you’re passing through Yorkshire or simply looking for somewhere inspirational to visit as part of a weekend away, check out Yorkshire Sculpture Park – you won’t be disappointed. Set amid 500 acres of the historic 18th-century Bretton Hall estate, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is arguably the UK’s leading open-air gallery. Exhibits include work by home-grown [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Treetop Nets (Yorkshire)

Back in 2014 in the Lake District, we negotiated giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels, having bucketfuls of fun in the process. Well, fast-forward two years and we were indulging in the same kind of fun – but this time near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yes, the second Treetop Nets opened in 2016 and, remarkably, it’s [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on Treetop Nets (Yorkshire)

AirHop Bristol

Our hearts sank when we arrived at AirHop in Patchway, on the outskirts of Bristol, and faced hordes of excited thrill-seekers and families waiting for the 3pm session to begin. A smiley assistant informed us that up to 250 people can use the facilities each session. The thought of everyone scrambling for the trampolines in [...]

By | May 12th, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on AirHop Bristol

Admiral Young Driver

My 15-year-old daughter’s only experience of controlling a steering wheel was on a go-kart. So when I told her she’d be able to try a real car, she was excited but nervous in equal measures. Thanks to Admiral Young Driver programme, you don’t have to wait until you’re 17 to learn to drive. You can [...]

By | May 12th, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on Admiral Young Driver

Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Hove Museum & Art Gallery is promoted as “one of the most family-friendly and accessible museums in the southeast”. Well, it’s certainly true that it’s not just adults who’ll delight in wandering around. I visited with my wife and two children. We were staying in Brighton so enjoyed a morning stroll along the promenade until [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

It’s among Bristol’s premier tourist attractions and the recipient of numerous awards, so high on your agenda if visiting this fine city should be Brunel’s wonderful SS Great Britain. The ship was launched in 1843 and travelled around the world 32 times. Its working life ended in 1933 but this vast vessel didn’t return home [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Bristol Ferry Boats

If you’ve got a spare 40 minutes while exploring Bristol, hop aboard a bright yellow and blue ferry for a trip around the city’s waterways. The charming Bristol Ferry Boats ply their trade from the City Centre, next to the Watershed, and head in two different directions: out towards Temple Meads or past Baltic Wharf [...]

By | January 31st, 2016|Attractions|Comments Off on Bristol Ferry Boats

The Bristol – Harbourside

The Bristol – part of The Doyle Collection, a group of eight luxury hotels located in five cities in Ireland, UK and the States – has many merits, as my family and I discovered when we stayed one night in January 2016. One of its main selling points is the prime location. Edging the harbourside [...]

By | January 29th, 2016|Accommodation, Attractions, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on The Bristol – Harbourside