Family and Kids

Roc des Alpes in La Clusaz

Roc des Alpes taking place in La Clusaz this summer

La Clusaz in the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts region is home to the Roc des Alpes mountain bike event, the summer version of the Roc d’Azur, which has been organised in the Var for 30 years. The fifth edition in La Clusaz from June 16-18 will consist of three days packed with MTB events […]

Knowlsey Safari Park

Knowlsey Safari Park: £15 Midweek Motor Madness offer

Knowlsey Safari Park has a great midweek offer throughout March – it will cost just £15 to take a car to the attraction near Liverpool. The offer at the attraction just off the M57 runs from Monday to Friday from March 1-31 with up to seven people per car. Entry […]

Arc 1950

10 fun activities to do with your family in Arc 1950

Arc 1950 was designed with families in mind. Built just 13 years ago, it is the newest ‘village’ in the French Alps. All accommodation is ski in-ski out making it so easy for a family ski holiday, as I discovered on my visit there with my family before Christmas. Here […]

Chinaillon in Le Grand Bornand

Le Grand Bornand: Something for all the family an hour from Geneva

The Chalet du Maroly in the Grand Bornand ski region could just be the perfect family mountain restaurant. Easy to get to on a long green run, it sits between three chairlifts that give access to different parts of the French Alps above the pretty village of Chinaillon. Plus it […]

New Forest

48 hours in the New Forest

The New Forest National Park and surrounding areas has it all – great countryside, beaches, country pubs and some top tourist attractions. The actual park is a mosaic of ancient and ornamental woodland, open heather-covered heaths, rivers and valley mires, a coastline of mudflats and saltmarshes, and pretty, villages. It is […]

Warner Bros Studios Tour, London (Harry Potter)

Magical trip around Harry Potter’s world

‘The tour will take at least three hours’ we are told at the start of the Warner Bros Tour London – or Harry Potter World as we call it.. Three? Try five. At least. Although the studios claim to be in London they are actually in Watford, which is better […]

Diary of a ski trip: Le Grand Bornand/Chinaillon

Le Grand Bornand, about an hour from Geneva Airport, is perfect for a family ski holiday. There are plenty of green runs and nursery slopes, and easy rope pulls and short drag lifts for the children. New this year is Les Myrtilles – blueberries – which runs from the top […]

Retro video game fun in Manchester

Anyone who remembers loading their video games from a tape recorder will love Play It! Manchester. Back for a second year at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Play It! is a step back in time for aging gamers. Stick tennis, original Sonic, the Sega Megadrive, Spectrum ZX81, BBC […]

Chill Factore: Getting a taste for snowboarding

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, I only stepped on a pair of skis almost a decade ago aged 39 – so how hard can it be to snowboard? The answer – very! The Chill Factore indoor snow slope near Manchester runs snowboard taster sessions […]

Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank: Time to venture outdoors

With spring around the corner and many of us glad to see the end of the wet winter, now is the time to venture outdoors. Having received one of the most useful Christmas gifts last year, a National Trust family membership, we have been enjoying various trips out and about […]