Nantes

Top tips for taking a family holiday to France this summer

France is our closest neighbour and the largest country in western Europe with five mountain ranges, Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines and a rich history, which makes it the perfect destination to visit with the family as there are plenty of areas to explore. We have been to France several times in the last few years and travelled via various means including Eurostar, ferry, plane and even cruise ship. The real beauty of a holiday to France is that you can drive it, with options to take your car on both Eurostar and the ferry, which means you have no baggage …

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London Dungeon

Are the London Dungeons Scary?

On Tuesday, Hubby and I headed up to London without the kids in tow for a London Meal and Theatre day out with Red Letter Days. We chose to eat our meal at lunchtime to give us a bit of time to explore London and being Merlin Annual Pass holders, we decided it was the ideal time to visit the London Dungeons as it is something we cannot do with the kids with us. Being a weekday and during school hours, we walked straight inside and had just a 10 minute wait for the next tour and being a last-minute …

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Old Wardour Castle English Heritage

Castle Capers at Old Wardour Castle

Living in Dorset we have some fabulous countryside in our doorstep, but I always tend to head west along the coast. Back in May we visited Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and invested in an English Heritage annual pass, which entitles you to unlimited access to more than 400 historic places all over the UK and we have been busy planning places to visit ever since. Today I decided to head North to Wiltshire to visit Old Wardour Castle as I spotted that it had an event on that I knew the kids would love. Set in peaceful …

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Arundel Castle

A Medieval Siege at Arundel Castle

I lived near Arundel Castle for twenty odd years but am ashamed to say I had never been inside the grounds, until now. Over half term we were invited to a Castle Siege at Arundel Castle which was led by historical interpretation troupes including Raven Tor Living History Group, The Wessex Medieval Alliance and The Company of St Barbara. We arrived nice and early to enjoy the picturesque walk up to the castle where we found medieval camps had been set up, complete with tents, armour on display and people in full costume demonstrating how people would have lived and …

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Exploring Bolsover Castle with Kids

During our Stay, Play, Explore weekend in Leicestershire we were invited to hop over the border into Derbyshire by English Heritage and Mumsnet to discover the delights of Bolsover Castle. It took us just under an hour to get from Leicester to get to Bolsover Castle. I am a sucker for a beautiful castle and Dunnottar in Scotland is still my favourite, but Bolsover comes a very close second for the view from the road. Unlike many tourist attractions, there is free parking available just over the road from the entrance to the castle and we couldn’t wait to get inside …

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