Author: Parker

City breaks for adventure

When we think of an adventure holiday, our first thought might be to head for the great outdoors however, many cities in the UK have attractions that offer adventurous activities that all the family from the youngest to the oldest can get involved in. One such place is The Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The Armouries is a national museum of arms and armour and at first you may wonder whether the experience will be entertaining, but the variety and time span of the exhibits on show make this a surprisingly enjoyable visit.

Where the Armouries really comes into its own is the hands-on approach they have to many of the artefacts and the entertaining presentations they deliver, sword fighting being one of them.

For the youngest members of the family there is an area called the Jester’s Yard with soft play climbing blocks and the opportunity to dress up as a prince or princess.

Older children and adults can try their hand at firing a crossbow in the specially adapted firing range.

For many visitors, the most amazing exhibit is in the Oriental Gallery where the full-size elephant armour is displayed.

You can be certain that whether young or old the Royal Armouries will give you an adventurous day out in Leeds.

Choosing a camp site when going on holiday

If you are looking to go away for a holiday in a caravan in the UK then you have a wide range of campsites to choose from. Firstly you need to decide what sort of accommodation you want. If you are looking at renting a caravan then you will need to choose if you want a touring caravan or a static one. If you are looking for something spacious then a static caravan is often the best choice.

There are numerous places that you can find static caravans to hire such as on sites like Haven, private listings on Gumtree and Facebook or through an owners directory website.

When choosing your caravan make sure you look at the details for the camp site, find out what facilities are on site, how old the caravans are and where it is located. It may be that you want to be close to the sea side, which may mean you have to pay a higher price for your caravan stay.

Also check what is included in the price of the caravan hire. Some campsites charge a fee for entertainment passes to access the pool, play rooms, club house and on site entertainment. This can be an additional £15 or £20 per person, so it is well worth checking to see if this is included.


What’s the perfect children’s holiday?

When we are little our opinions of what is fun does not vary as much as when we are older. As a child even the simplest of things can be a great adventure and stay with us for a long time. Recent surveys have shown that a child would describe their perfect holiday as one where they have all their family and get to play in the sand.

We often over complicate things and assume that our family holidays need to be packed full of theme parks, exciting sightseeing, fun fairs and eating out, but for a child they are often happiest sitting on a beach, playing in the sand with an ice cream. Children don’t always need expensive trips out and action packed days, just a day with the people they love the most, having fun. Camping holidays are often a great adventure for children of all ages and makes memories that last a lifetime.

Next time you go to book a holiday for you and your family, why not ask your child what their perfect holiday would be, you may be surprised at their answer.



Holidays for children of varying ages

If you are trying to plan a family holiday and have children of different ages then you may struggle when it comes to choosing where to go and what activities to do. A three year old will have a different idea of fun to a thirteen year old and you want to be able to try and please both whilst still enjoying the holiday yourself.

If there are two adults going it may be that for one or two days of the holiday you do separate activities that each child will enjoy. You could also try and find activities that vary dependant on ages such as a rock climbing centre which has a toddler wall and a teenage wall.

Try and enjoy the simple pleasures. Research shows that the majority of children enjoy spending time on the beach when on holiday at varying ages. If your child is younger then they will most likely want to stay very close to you and have you join in with them, older children may be able to go a little further afield and explore rock pools or go for a paddle, knowing that you are still close by.

Holidays are often a rare break away from technology so lave the Ipads and DVD players at home and spend the time outdoors as much as you can.


Daunting family holidays?

Many parents worry about taking that first family holiday with young children or babies. They may have read numerous horror stories about babies crying for 6 hours slid on a flight to their destination or from children who refuse to eat in the onsite restaurants due to the different types of food on offer.

With the correct planning and preparation, no parent need fear the family holidays, instead it should be a time to look forward to and enjoy relaxing together.

Children need routine and therefore you need to make plans ahead of time. Do not leaving bookings for accommodation, travel etc down to the last minute… book ahead and give yourself time to do some research so you know what facilities you can expect.

Allowing your child to play on a tablet or laptop, may be enough to keep them entertained on long car journeys or flights where entertainment may be limited, although this should not exceed 30 min bursts, often a short time is enough to take their mind off the trip.