Weekend in Wales: a Swansea Bay family adventure

Discovering The Lost Gardens of Heligan with children

17 magical Christmas events in Devon 2016

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Cruises, Europe, Family travel, Holidays

Carnival Vista: our 8 day family cruise

I can’t remember the last time I got teary at the end of a holiday. But as we disembarked Carnival Vista that’s what happened. It surprised me a little. But after 48 hours to reflect on our eight day Mediterranean cruise on Carnival’s new flag ship it has dawned on me that this was a totally natural reaction. In just over a week we had experienced so much as a family, visited some iconic European destinations…

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Tin Box family walking down to Rhossili Bay - 5 awesome Gower beaches for families
Blogging, Family travel

Tin Box Traveller Diaries: November 2016

It seems very strange to think we’ve already reached the final month of 2016. Surely it was only yesterday that we moved to Devon and I decided to start logging all the little and large things happening in our lives in this monthly roundup. I know for a fact that I’ve said ‘things have been busy’ in the majority of my Tin Box Traveller Diaries and I’m guessing that’s why 2016 seems to have passed…

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Stroller in front of beach huts - Baby Jogger City tour review - a great travel stroller
Family travel, Travel tips & gear

Baby Jogger City Tour review – a great travel stroller

Since becoming a mum one of my must-have family travel essentials has been a stroller. At the airport, during sightseeing and days out, we wouldn’t have been without one for those times when Tin Box Baby or Tot couldn’t walk or needed to rest. However, we’ve never actually bought one that really fits the bill of being a great travel stroller or buggy. We’ve had a hard working, all-terrain pushchair since day dot, but this takes up…

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Bryn Parc in Mumbles - Home from Home holiday cottage
Family accommodation, UK

Review: Bryn Parc in Mumbles – a Home from Home holiday cottage

Earlier this month we were invited to stay in a beautiful holiday cottage in Mumbles on Swansea Bay. Bryn Parc is one of 250 properties that can be rented through Home from Home – a holiday letting agent that specialises in luxury self-catering properties which make perfect bases for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To say I was a tiny bit excited when I popped online to check out our pad for our weekend…

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Monday Escapes 48 travel blog linky
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 48

Hello happy travel fans and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. This week you can link up over on Sarah’s blog. If you joined in last time, that’s also the place to check whether you were one of out favourite posts and have been chosen as the winner of our fortnightly prize from our linky sponsors Lonely Planet. Since the last Monday Escapes linky I’ve been suffering…

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Tin Box Traveller and Dog at Rhossili Bay - 5 awesome Gower beaches for families
Family days out, Family travel, Travel tips & gear, UK

5 awesome Gower beaches for families

The Gower Peninsular is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty renowned for its breathtaking coastline. I’m glad to say that during our long weekend in South Wales we were able to fit in walks on some awesome Gower beaches. However three days was not nearly enough time to see them all or even a fraction of those recommended to us while we were holidaying in the Swansea Bay area. So, which Gower beaches should you see if visiting…

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Tin Box family at Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles - Swansea Bay family adventure
Family travel, Holidays, UK

Weekend in Wales: a Swansea Bay family adventure

The Tin Box family is no stranger to Wales. We’ve already enjoyed a weekend there this year and Mr Tin Box spends a lot of time hiking and mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons with work. However, none of us have visited Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower in the far South West. That was until last weekend when Visit Swansea Bay invited us to the area for a Swansea Bay family adventure. In 2016 the Gower Peninsular…

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Monday Escapes 47 travel linky
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 47

Hello happy travel fans and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. Thank so much for joining us. This week we have some exciting news about a new sponsor for Monday Escapes. Check out Lisa’s post for more details and to link up. I’ve just got back from a long weekend in Swansea, South Wales, and have so much to write about in the coming weeks. Here’s a…

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Saltram House - outdoor children's activities at Saltram National Trust in Devon
Family travel

7 outdoor children’s activities at Saltram

Some days you just need to get outdoors and breathe. With the winter just around the corner I’m becoming more conscious of the fact there will be less opportunities to do this as shorter, wetter and windier days set in. In an attempt to soak up every last drop of sunshine I’ve been doing lots of outdoor children’s activities with my two girls, including a long overdue visit to Saltram House and Estate just outside Plymouth…

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Flower Garden Flower Garden at The Lost Gardens of Heligan - Heligan with children
Family days out, Family travel, UK

Discovering The Lost Gardens of Heligan with children

I’m ashamed to admit we hadn’t planned to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan during our most recent visit to Cornwall. Our original plan was to go to a fun farm, which, on paper, seemed much better suited to kids. However, it was closed. And I’m so glad it was. Heligan with children was magical and I would recommend it as a day out with kids of all ages. Our two pre-schoolers loved roaming around the…

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Baubles - Christmas in Devon
Devon days out, Family days out, UK

17 magical Christmas events in Devon 2016

2016 will be our first Christmas in Devon. It’s also the first year both our girls are old enough to appreciate some of the sparkle of the festive season. A couple of Christmas-themed days out are definitely in order during the coming weeks. But where to start? Without much experience of what’s on offer at this wonderful time of year in the West Country I’ve put on my researcher hat and have been scouring the…

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