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Hilton London Metropole

When visiting London, hotel location is key: how far is it from the nearest Tube station? Is it within walking distance of the main attractions, if you decide to explore on foot? And if, like us, you decide to drive into the capital, is the hotel outside the congestion charge zone? Such factors have to [...]

By | October 24th, 2017|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

City Cruises – Afternoon Tea Cruise

What better way to see many of the sights of London than on a cruise down the Thames. But if you want to make it even more special, why not try City Cruises’ daily Afternoon Tea Cruise? This 90-minute cruise takes in sights such as Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, The London Eye and Big Ben. [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Attractions, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Post-holiday Hair Repair

We all enjoy holidays in sunnier climes but, sadly, the sun's rays also take their toll on your hair, leaving it rather worse for wear. That's why it's important to give it a much-needed post-holiday treat. Here, Paula has tested some of the latest hair products on offer. PHIL SMITH – Be Gorgeous Collection Total [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Latest Reviews, Products|2 Comments

Ford & Etal Estate – Northumberland

If you’re ever holidaying in the beautiful county of Northumberland, make sure a visit to Ford & Etal is included in your itinerary. Situated in the north of the region, Ford & Etal is a large rural agricultural estate encompassing many attractions and activities. Nestled in the valley of the River Till, between the Scottish [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Attractions, Destinations, Latest Reviews|2 Comments

Stay, Play, Explore in Leicestershire – 2017

More regions of the UK should take note of what Leicestershire Promotions, the area’s tourism body, have devised to encourage families to visit and enjoy what the county has to offer. “Stay, Play, Explore” offers visitors several themed packages. Prices start at a very reasonable £149 for a family of four and include entry to [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Accommodation, Attractions, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

The Belfry – Revisiting this Family-Friendly Hotel & Resort

It was a delight returning to The Belfry, the spiritual home of the Ryder Cup, where on our previous visit I scored a hole in one!  Alas, this great achievement didn’t take place on any of the three first-class courses, it was while enjoying a round with Paula and the kids on the super 12-hole [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Accommodation, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Rookley Park – Isle of Wight

As a family, we always enjoy our visits to the Isle of Wight because there’s so much to see and do – plus, there is a wide choice when it comes to choosing accommodation. We’re ardent fans of the good old caravan so usually opt to stay at one of the many holiday parks dotted [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Accommodation, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Isle of Wight – 5 Family Favourites on Adventure Island

Families have been visiting the Isle of Wight for nearly two centuries and the island’s tourist board has been promoting 2017 as the Year of Family Adventures – but, of course, any year is ideal for family adventures on this beautiful lump of rock sitting around three miles off the English mainland. As the tourist [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Accommodation, Attractions, Destinations, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

The King’s Head Inn – part of The Inn Collection

My family and I have been lucky enough to stay at several inns owned by The Inn Collection and have always enjoyed the experience. This leading hospitality and pub company in the north of England boasts an expanding portfolio which, to date, comprises seven pubs/inns stretching from Flass Vale in Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed, close to [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Accommodation, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

YHA Ambleside

You’ll be hard pressed to find a hostel in a better location. Sitting on the banks of Lake Windermere, the commanding YHA Ambleside offers breathtaking views across England’s largest natural lake from many of its rooms. Being a popular hostel, it’s seemingly busy at all times, particularly with large parties of students. We stayed for [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|Accommodation, Latest Reviews|0 Comments