Travelling On A Budget With Family

JoLifestyle, Travel

I love travelling. I have a real sense of wanderlust and an almost constant itch in my feet to get going on our next adventure. I don’t travel very much though, or certainly haven’t since I’ve had children. Yes, packing up suitcases for the entire family is not something that fills me with any particular amount of joy, but mostly … Read More

A Scottish Holiday

JoLifestyle, Travel

View across Loch Eck

This year for the first time we took our boys on a two-week break. We were craving a decent amount of time to fully get off the hamster wheel and go on adventures. We considered several options for location, but decided to stay in the UK to test the waters of a longer holiday without throwing busy airports and flights … Read More

Our Day At Eden Project

JoTravel

View across to the Biomes

The Eden Project in Cornwall. It had been on our list of things to do for years and a couple of times we had nearly been but never actually made it. So when we went on holiday to Cornwall we made the trip. The boys were excited, we were excited, but what did we really think when we came away … Read More

Thinktank

JoTravel

Kids' City entrance at the Thinktank

Days out can be so much fun. Feeding the soul with quality family time and the brain with information has to be one of our favourite things to do on a free weekend or relaxed school holiday. One of our all time favourite places to go for this perfect balance is Birmingham’s science museum, the Thinktank. We have been to … Read More

National Space Centre

JoTravel

Inside of the National Space Centre

Boasting the largest planetarium in the UK, an impressive 42m Rocket Tower and interactive displays throughout, the National Space Centre in Leicester is a perfect day out for all the family. I love space. I have long been fascinated by what lies beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and how understanding more about our solar system can help us to better appreciate … Read More

Warwick Castle

JoTravel

Castle Street road sign with castle in background

I love living in the Midlands. What it lacks in a sea view or mountain range it makes up for with easy access to a vast number of places around the country. Even on my tired days I don’t have to travel far to find a great family day out. A must see for anyone visiting the area is Warwick Castle. Despite growing up … Read More

My Top 5 Holiday Destinations

JoLifestyle, Travel

A sight from a boat ride, near Zurich, Switzerland

I love travelling. Journeying the UK and the world, learning more about my country of birth and the countries and cultures beyond. I am not a seasoned traveller by any stretch of the imagination, but before my children came along I was certainly a compulsive holidayer. I often think about holidays that we’ve had and holidays that we hope to … Read More

Abbey Pumping Station

JoTravel

Abbey Pumping Station entrance

Nestled next to the National Space Centre, the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester is a delightful attraction for all the family. Originally opened in 1891, it is now Leicester’s Museum of Science and Technology and, what’s more, is completely free of charge*! The Museum has displays and items of interest inside and out. We visited on a blustery spring day … Read More

Royal Leamington Spa

JoTravel

Tulips and hyacinths in a park

My birth town of Leamington (as it is known locally) has a very interesting history. Originally recorded as Lamintone, and later called Leamington Priors (after the River Leam and Kenilworth Priory) it begun life as a small village, with one very valuable commodity – a mineral spring. Spa waters and their benefits had been known about for hundreds of years … Read More

Redwings – Oxhill

JoTravel

The entrance to Redwings Horse and Donkey sanctuary in Oxhill

Nestled in the Warwickshire countryside is this friendly horse, pony and donkey sanctuary. A haven for nearly 90 of these wonderful equines, it makes for a special family trip out. Surrounded by the gentle landscape Redwings is both accessible and peaceful. Entrance is free, although donations are welcomed. Along with the stars of the centre, there is a gift shop … Read More