The Best Family Holidays in Spain | Reviews & Recommendations

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I have had a love-hate relationship with Spain over the years. It was the only ever place we went on holiday abroad as a child (and that was only 2-3 times) and the places we visited always had the 'Brits Abroad' feel to them which as I grew older, wasn't really my cup of tea. But as a young family, we were drawn to Spain as it was relatively cheap, sunny and very to easy to get to from the UK. It's the country we've probably explored and visited the most as a family and over the years, we've grown to love it. You can check out my ultimate guide to visiting Spain with kids here.  I love the authentic parts of Spain where you can stroll around harbours, eating tapas and drinking Cava while the kids play on the beach and Steve and I often talk about spending a couple of months every year in Spain when we retire (anyone else plan that far ahead??). I'm always looking for recommendations for places to stay in Spain so I thought I'd put together a round-up of reviews I've found across the internet. Let me know if you fancy any of these or if you have any other recommendations for places to stay.

The Best Family Holidays in Spain | Reviews & Recommendations
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How to enjoy time as a couple when you're on holiday with kids


I love going on holidays with the kids and enjoying lots of family time together - making memories and all that jazz but I equally enjoy grown-up holidays with just Steve where we don't need to be on high alert and keeping an eye on three kids constantly. My ideal holiday is a proper mix of time with the kids and relaxation/a break from everyday life for us grown-ups.


How to enjoy time as a couple when you're on holiday with kids

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Dippy On Tour | Newcastle Great North Museum Tickets


The Natural History Museum's iconic Diplodocus skeleton cast Dippy will take up residence in Newcastle's Great North Museum from 18 May - 6 October 2019 as part of a nationwide tour.

Dippy On Tour | Newcastle Great North Museum Tickets
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11 Things to do with Kids at Disney Springs Orlando, Florida


11 Things to do with Kids at Disney Springs Orlando, Florida

During our trip to Florida a few years ago, we did not have time to visit the Disney Parks but our hotel was just a 10 minute drive (or short Uber trip) from Disney Springs. Disney Springs is FREE to visit and you don't need a ticket. It's open during the day and evening and a fab place to visit for some retail therapy/to try something a little different or grab a bite to eat. We visited three times across the week and would definitely recommend trying to squeeze a trip in one evening if you're staying in the area. Here are my top 11 things to do with kids at Disney Springs:

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MAPS Festival - A Guide to this Brand New Festival for Newcastle & Gateshead | February 2019


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February Half Term is going to be EPIC this year. We're so lucky that there's so much going on in the North East (look out for my full guide at the beginning of next month) and one of the main attractions this year is the brand new MAPS Festival which takes place from 15 - 17 February across venues in Newcastle & Gateshead.

MAPS Festival - A Brand New Festival for Newcastle & Gateshead | February 2019
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Preston Park - Behind the Seams Review | 10 Reasons to Visit with Tweens and Teens

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Behind the Seams at Preston Park is an exciting new exhibition showcasing some of the best costumes from TV and movies. The exhibition runs until 3 March 2019 and is available during normal museum hours. Admission to the exhibition costs £5 per adult, £3 for concessions and under 16s are free. You'll also need to buy an annual pass to the main Preston Park Museum which is a steal at £5 per family, per year (up to 2 adults and 4 children) and gives you the perfect reason to re-visit.

Preston Park - Behind the Seams | 10 reasons to visit with tweens and teens
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Try the FREE Zog Trail at Kielder Forest


A new Zog Trail is launching at Kielder Forest this weekend (11 January). Perfect for little legs, this magical trail runs through the forest and promises the chance to discover lots of characters from the popular Julia Donaldson tale.

Try the FREE Zog Trail at Kielder Forest
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12 exhibitions in 12 months | An alternative resolution

NB - As part of my job, I have been paid to write about some of these exhibitions in a different post this year - these have been marked with (ad). I was not paid any extra or asked to share details in this post.

The new year is the perfect time to set a goal for yourself. 'New Year, New Me' resolutions just aren't for me and I'd much rather set a goal which I'm going to enjoy so this year I've decided I'm going to get out and see as many exhibitions as possible.

12 exhibitions in 12 months | An alternative resolution
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Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England


Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in North East England

Officially, Chinese New Year 2019 begins on 5 February and continues until 19 February. We're moving into the Year of the Pig and I love this calendar below from https://chinesenewyear.net/ which explains more about when the celebrations will happen.

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Stay Active with the Family | 20+ Family Activities to try in North East England

Hands up if you over-indulged over Christmas? We certainly did - it's part of what Christmas is all about. I know it's a HUGE cliche but January is such a good time of year for a fresh start and to focus on eating right and leading a healthier lifestyle. I think it helps you to start the new year in the right frame of mind and counteract the over-indulgence of the festive season. The importance of staying fit and healthy is something I think we should all instil in our kids and staying active together as a family is important. After all, actions do speak louder than words. Today I'm sharing a few ways the whole family can stay active across North East England this year - why not challenge yourself to try a different activity each month? Let me know your ideas too.....


Stay Active with the Family | 20+ Family Activities to try in North East England
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The Woodmans Arms Review | Sunday Lunch near Gibside

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The Woodmans Arms Review | Sunday Lunch near Gibside

Something I am asked time and time again is, 'Where is good to eat near Gibside?' now I'm pleased I can recommend this gem of a pub which serves one of the best Sunday Lunches in the North East The Woodsmans Arms is just a 6 minute drive from Gibside and the perfect place to relax with the family after a walk around the popular National Trust estate. Make sure you build up an appetite as the portions are super generous and you'll want to leave room for their sticky toffee pudding.
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What to expect from your child's first term at secondary school - a parent's perspective

Harry turned 12 in September last year and started Secondary School (year 7) in the same month. After almost 9 years at Primary School, he was more than ready to make the transition but as Harry is my first-born, it has been a bit like stepping into the unknown for all of us. I really wanted to share how his first term at Secondary School has been going and hopefully provide some insight into others who are making the transition next year.

What to expect from your child's first term at secondary school - a parent's perspective
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What's On in North East England for Kids | January 2019


What's On in North East England for Kids | January 2019

After hibernating over Christmas, I can't wait to get out and about in January again. I have a few days out planned this month including a trip up to Kielder to try the new Zog trail. I can't wait for that! January is all about being frugal too so please share any ideas you have for free/low-cost days out over in my North East Days Out Facebook Group here. 
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