Ionian Emerald Resort and Spa - Kefalonia We were lucky enough to visit this beautiful hotel last month (May). Since then, I've had many people ask me more about where we were staying. I wanted to do the place justice, so I've written a little piece here about how we found our stay.

The Hotel Built approximately 8 years ago, the hotel is a small and modern hotel situated in Karavomylos, just a short (15 minute) walk from Sami, a stunning bay (the location of filming for Captain Correlli's Mandolin) and the main harbour on the island. The hotel is clean and modern, with a high end, aesthetically pleasing finish. The staff are friendly, have a good grasp of the English language and are very helpful, with the exception of being unable to locate a taxi with toddler car seat for us, which meant we felt restricted to the hotel during our stay- this was very disappointing.  Top Tip: bring your own car seats and hire a car= there's so much of this island I wish we'd had the ch…

Moors Valley

Moors Valley with toddlers....

We LOVE Moors Valley.
Mainly because we have a very active nearly three year old child who is a bit like a dog, in that she needs a great deal of "walking" every day ! hehe!

Being 3, she's able to do some of the many and varied short walks and trails around the beautiful park but to be honest, we tend to stay round the central area as she loves the play parks and the railway the most.

It even has a golf course and fishing for the men in your life!

We tend to find that mornings are the busiest, a bit like most popular places to visit with kids, its quieter in the after lunch period, however it doesn't stop us rocking up early doors and spending the whole day there!
Our perfect day at Moors Valley....
We start with parking up and taking a short walk around one of the trails.
Then stop off for coffee and cake at the activity centre.
Esme loves to browse the gift shop.
After this, we usually head over to the main play areas, there's one set up fo…

Brownsea Island

*Mini review taken from my Instagram Post* "For a family day out, you can’t get much better than @ntbrownsea!" We set off early and parked at Poole Quay to avoid the crowds.

I recommend hiring a (free) all terrain buggy. Definitely make use of the fabulous cafĂ© on the island, its a stunning building with lots of history and character. There's plenty of stunning beauty spots for resting, picnics and picture taking... We did lots of walking, played on the beach , in the woods and played in the children’s adventure areas. We spotted peacocks, deer, crabs and even the elusive red squirrels! A thoroughly enjoyable day, finished with a fantastic guided tour of Poole harbour on the ferry ride home.

Peppa Pig World- top tips

Peppa Pig World at Paulton's Park... its a hoot! - haha the tagline is true, we had a fab time!

Its a beautiful, well kept theme park. The rides are fabulous, fun for all ages from 1 upwards/ Kids under a metre go free. Its not huge so easy enough to walk around. The new rides are great fun. The place is a suntrap and sheltered from the wind so even on a cool day, you feel warm! Toilets and facilities are all clean and user friendly and staff are welcoming and more than helpful!
Top Tips...

Tip 1: if you can, visit during term time and get the really early to avoid queues! Tip 2: if you can go in the afternoon, everyone clears off around 2pm to do the school run and the park is so quiet! Tip 3: take a packed lunch and avoid the stalls, the feral child ambushed me at almost every pit stop with all the sweets and ice cream on display!

Tip 4: bring waterproofs/change of clothes, not just for the British weather but also for the water rides. Great fun but you will get wet and no one enjoys c…
The Riverside, Tuckton Bournemouth

I was lucky enough to be invited to Friday night's opening of the newly revamped "The Riverside", nestled in the quaint little Bournemouth suburb of Tuckton, next to the river and only a stone's throw from the beach, Wick village and Christchurch. I liked it so much, I came back today, Bank Holiday Monday, for a three course meal - here's my honest thoughts about it all... Conveniently and beautifully situated, right on the river, the revamp has been one of the most hotly anticipated restaurant openings in the local area for some time. Previously a Harvester, it had fallen into a sorry state and was in desperate need of a facelift. Still overseen by Mitchells & Butlers but transformed into one of their "premium country pubs" chains, I walked in with high expectations and I must say, at first glance, it did not disappoint.
Initial Impressions...  Refurbished to a high standard by the interior designers, the place has be…