10 luxury family and dog-friendly UK holidays

Barcelona with kids: L'Aquarium de Barcelona review

Florence with toddlers: what to see in 4 hours

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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Bale bat Halloween at Woodlands Family Theme Park
Devon days out, Family days out

Halloween at Woodlands Family Theme Park, Devon

There’s plenty of Halloween family fun going on in South Devon this autumn half term (22 to 30 October 2016). The local tourism bods have put together a long list of activities to keep kids and parents entertained during the holidays so check it out if you’re in the area and in need of inspiration. We were invited along to preview one of the recommendations: Marty’s Monster Manor at Woodlands Theme Park between Totnes and…

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Monday Escapes 45 - Barcelona market
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 45

Hello happy travel linkers and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. We’ve been playing tourists at home here in Devon for the past two weeks, enjoying a ride on the English Riviera Wheel and a visit to Sharpham Estate where a fun Apple Day was being held. Two weeks ago it was the turn of Sarah and Karen to host and we had 41…

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Dog walking on a beach - Forest Holidays - Luxury family and dog-friendly UK holidays
Family accommodation, Family travel, UK

10 luxury family and dog-friendly UK holidays

Five years ago we started our family with a furry baby. I know. You shouldn’t humanise dogs and honestly, we don’t. However, when it comes to travel we always have Tin Box Dog in mind just as we do our kids. If we’re going abroad we have to make arrangements for her to stay with relatives and if we’re staying closer to home we search for family and dog-friendly UK holidays. The latter is often more…

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Tin Box Tot looking at a large fiats tank at L'Aquarium de Barcelona - Barcelona with kids
City breaks, Europe, Family travel, Spain

Barcelona with kids: L’Aquarium de Barcelona review

When we visited Barcelona with kids for the first time we aimed to see as much of the city as we could on a budget. We spent most of our 48 hours in the city enjoying the free sights and soaking up the atmosphere of the beautiful Catalan capital by doing a lot of walking. However, we did indulge in one treat for ourselves and our two pre-schoolers on our last day in Spain: a visit to…

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Travel with babies and toddlers: essential kit including the PacaPod Hastings change bag
Family travel, Travel tips & gear

Travel with babies and toddlers: essential kit list

Do you remember the time when the only thing that ran through your mind as you left the house was ‘do these shoes match my handbag?’. For me, those carefree, pre-parent days seem a lifetime ago. Now every time we go somewhere, whether it’s for a day trip or a family holiday, my mind goes into overdrive trying to remember all kit we might need during our travels. Over the past four years certain items have been essential kit for…

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Tin Box girls playing on the swings at Trevella Holiday Park, Cornwall
Camping, glamping, caravanning, UK

Cornwall weekend: a review of Trevella Holiday Park in Crantock

I’m in love with the West County. When we moved to Devon in December last year I had no idea how much I would enjoy exploring the sandy, yet rugged coastline, the quaint seaside towns and the endless variety of family attractions. I feel like every weekend gives us the opportunity to explore some place new. And we needn’t go too far to find our next adventure. For example, Trevella Holiday Park in Crantock, Cornwall, is…

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Cavern entrance at Kents Cavern: Britain's oldest ancient monument
Devon days out, Family days out, UK

Exploring Kents Cavern: Britain’s oldest ancient monument

Kents Cavern is one of those places that makes you feel like a minuscule dot on the Earth’s timeline. It’s been around longer than Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath and the Cerne Giant. Yet, for somewhere so full of history and insight into the way our ancestors lived, it almost feels overlooked. We’ve been meaning to visit Britain’s oldest ancient monument in our home county of Devon for a while and finally found the opportunity…

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Monday Escapes - Cornwall coast
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 44

Hello happy travel linkers and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. I’ve just got back from a brilliant and exhausting weekend in Cornwall in the South West of the UK. We were there to review Trevella Holiday Park and visit some of the county’s wonderful family attractions. I have soooo much to write about now, but as a sneak preview here’s one of my…

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Tin Box girls on a carousel horse - glamping at Crealy Meadows in Devon
Blogging, Family travel

Tin Box Traveller Diaries: September 2016

I get post-holiday blues badly and after the summer it seems even worse.  In September, we eked out every last moment of the UK holiday season. We continued a bit of the vacation vibe that we enjoyed in August by spending a week away from home but working from Tin Box. Sadly the real world caught up with us mid-September. Thankfully the holidays made a resurgence at the end of the month with a trip to Cornwall. More…

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Travel blogging essentials you should not leave home without
Travel tips & gear

Travel blogging essentials you should not leave home without

Writing about family travel, holidays and days out means I’m always blogging, wherever we go. Don’t worry, I’m not about to launch into a ‘woe is me’ post complaining about all the amazing things we do and the opportunities we have. I adore it! However, it wouldn’t be possible for me to keep on top everything that goes hand-in-hand with being a digital nomad (I use the term loosely) without a few travel blogging essentials. Here’s…

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