All posts by clairelees

mum of 2, world traveller, overlander, and sightseer.

Kids go free on family walking holiday in Lake District; from £339


Kids under 11 go free on this guided family walking adventure at Conistonwater with HF Holidays. Explore the beautiful Lake District walking through the woods to beautiful Tarn Hows and Yew Tree Farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter; climb to the top of famous peaks – the Fairfield Horseshoe, Crinkle Crags and the Old Man of Coniston are amongst the options available and visit Grasmere and sample some of its famous gingerbread.

This family walking holiday is perfect for families with shorter distances. The shorter walks allow time for activites or enjoying games in the wooded grounds of Monk Coniston where you will be staying.

Holidays start from £339 for 3 nights. 4 to 7 night breaks also available. 50% discounts for children aged 11-17 and 10% off for grandparents too! Departures first week of August and October half term.

Family Walking Adventure at Conistonwater – HF Holidays.

Up to 40% off PGL Easter activity camps when booked by 27 Feb


If you think your children would enjoy an Easter break participating in a range of adventure activities and making friends then a PGL residential break may be just the thing. And now is the time to book with up to 40% off when booked by midnight on Friday 27 February 2015.

All breaks include simple accommodation, all meals, activities, instruction, caring supervision and evening fun. Each centre offers a slightly different range of activities, but most will include archery, canoeing, climbing, ropes courses, mountain biking and a zip wire, with virtually all activities taking place within the landscaped grounds of each centre.  Other facilities may include all-weather sports pitches or activity ‘barns’.

Offers for PGL Easter camps include a week starting 4 April in Sussex for £328 (was £469); in Shropshire a week is only £287 (reduced from £479) for holidays starting 28 March. In Scotland a week is now £325 (was £465) for holidays starting 4 April.

When booking quote FEB7. PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be taken for each child, at a cost of £37 (for UK residents). Suitable for children aged seven to sixteen inclusive with separate age groups for 7-10s, 10-13s and 13-16s.

PGL Adventure Holidays – Easter Offers.

Book a stay in March and get one night free; boutique holiday cottage in Deal, Kent


Admirals Rest is a child friendly cottage nestled in the pretty  conservation area of Deal. This East Kent coastal town with its Georgian seafront and 1950s pier is a perfect destination for families. Children can explore its two castles and pebble beach whilst mums & dads can enjoy the eclectic mix of independent shops, restaurants and coffee shops on the award winning High Street. The cottage is available for short breaks and weekly rentals.

The cottage sleeps a family of four in two bedrooms and there are heaps of baby/child friendly features including a travel cot, bed guard, high chair, upcycled cable drum as a colouring table, socket protectors, 3D DVDs, books, games, toys, microscooters, plastic cutlery & plates, fishing nets…

In March when you book a stay of 2 nights or more you get an additional night for free (excluding Fri/Sat nights as the additional night).  A 2 night stay with the third night free is £170 midweek; a 3 night stay with the fourth night free is £255. A weeks stay at this holiday cottage Deal Kent starts from £400.


For the family | Admirals Rest.

Last chance to book Centre Parcs breaks from £259


Last chance today to book Centre Parcs breaks from £259. When you book a short break, your family can enjoy a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, cosy woodland accommodation, a good choice of restaurants plus relaxing spa treatments. Prices start from £259.

Arrive 2 March for a 4 night mid week stay in a 3 bedroom Comfort Lodge at Whinfell Forest, Cumbira or 5 October for a mid week break at Elveden Forest, Suffolk for the same price. Ends today. Other dates and prices available. Check here for more Centre parcs offers.

Short breaks in 2015 | Center Parcs.

Glisten domes – luxury camping in the South of France from £75 a night


A new concept in luxury camping these beautiful domes can  be found on spacious, friendly camp sites in the south-west of France. Designed with space and comfort in mind the domes feature hanging beds for the children, comfy Fatboy bean-bags, proper king-size beds with high-quality mattresses and a  covered, substantial al fresco dining area with a state-of-the-art ‘plancha’ gas cooker for all your dining needs.

Glisten Camping hand picked Col d’ibardin as the first site to feature these luxury domes (Biarritz closest airport). On site there are kids and grown up pools, a kids’ club and activities, sports and games for teenagers and reliable clean facilities. New for 2015 is Domaine Des Mathevies Campsite in the Dordogne where you can canoe, pony trek, cycle, walk…the choice is yours.

Peak season there is a 7 night minimum stay but outside of this time guests can book a minimum of 2 nights arriving on your day of choice. Prices start from £75 a night in the low/mid season and weekly prices start at £399 in the low season, £497 mid, £595 high and £856 peak. Season starts 1 April 2014 at Col d’bardin and 1 May at Domaine Des Mathevies. Domes sleep 6 people (4 adults max).

Glisten Camping | Luxury Camping South of France.

Lonely Planet Kids Arctic explorer competition

Lonely Planet Kids is running an Arctic explorer competition to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books. Kids simply raid the costume box and take a photo of yourself dressed as an Arctic explorer or draw a picture of what you think an Arctic explorer would look like.  Lonely Planet suggests you “think about how you will walk in the snow, how you will protect your extremities from frostbite and your eyes from the glare of the snow”. The most creative and inspiring entry will win.

Enter by email, post or as a blog entry. Entries must be received by 2 March 2015. More info here Lonely Planet Kids: Artic explorer competition – Lonely Planet blog.

Save £50 on late February stay at Glynn Barton child friendly holidays in Cornwall


Glynn Barton baby, toddler and child friendly cottages are perfect for a family escape. The grounds are a safe place for children to run around and there are animals to feed  and fresh eggs to collect. Enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool; indoor soft play barn; play room full of toys; Wendy house; games, books, videos, pool and table football;  table tennis; toddler ride-on area; all weather tennis court (rackets and balls provided); children’s play area and forest walks. One, two and three bedroom cottages are available to rent.

A week’s stay arriving Saturday 21 February has a saving of £50 on it – now £784.

Child friendly holidays in Cornwall – Glynn Barton, Cardinham Cornwall.

Enjoy family adventures this half term at Center Parcs


Fun, adventure and pampering awaits at Centre Parcs this February half term. When you book a short break at Centre Parcs, your family can enjoy a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, cosy accommodation, a good choice of restaurants plus relaxing spa treatments. Prices start from as low as £30 per person per night.

Arrive on the 16th February for a 4 night mid-week break and pay £399 for a 1 bedroom new style executive hotel room at Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.  At Whinfell Forest, Cumbria a 3 bedroom woodland lodge is available for £529.00 arriving on the 20th February for a 3 night weekend break.

Book your half term break before availability goes.

February Break Offers | Half Term Holidays | Center Parcs.

Win your children’s holiday with the Family Adventure Company


Book with the Family Adventure Company and be  in with a chance of winning your children’s places for free. Up to 3 children places will qualify.

The  Family Adventure Company has an exciting range of family holidays to choose from and with holidays specifically aimed at teenagers. Maybe you fancy a summer activity holiday in the Pyrenees or swimming with dolphins in the Azores Islands – there will be a holiday to suit your family.

Simply book between now and the end of February 2015.  The winner to be announced 6 March 2015.  The Family Adventure Company has been named Best Escorted Tour Operator in The Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards 2014.

Win your children’s holiday! | The Family Adventure Company.

Save up to 20% on summer holidays with Siblu

Book before the 31 January 2015 and save up to 20% on your Siblu summer holiday.

Siblu Villages offer great facilities at great prices with free children’s clubs, amazing pool complexes, play areas and entertainment included with every holiday. Find a two week family holiday from £1,159 in August, and from only £1,787 on the south coast of France. And there is no better time to book. Not only is there up to 20% savings, you can also save 5% travelling with Brittany Ferries. Fuel prices are falling here and in France plus the value of the Euro falling against the pound makes France a great summer destination.

All kids love spending time in the pool.  An exciting new aqua splash zone will open for summer 2015 at Les Charmettes, Charente Maritime where you can save £197 on your holiday.  14 nights start from £1,780 for four people staying from 1 August 2015.

There is also a new heated outdoor pool, waterslide and aqua splash zone at Les Sables du Midi holiday village in Languedoc. Stay from £1,641, a saving of £410 for a family of four from 18 July 2015.