Monday Escapes travel blog linky - boat in harbour at Port Issac, Cornwall
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 17/07/17

Hello travel fans and welcome to another week! This is going to be our last Monday Escapes linky until Monday 4 September while us hosts scatter for our various summer breaks. I’m sure many of you will be doing the same. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures when we return.

This week Karen and Sarah are hosting, and you can link up on Extraordinary Chaos.

Since last time I’ve been enjoying time in Cornwall in the far south west of the UK. First the girls and I took a mid-week trip to Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay. This is something that will become such rarer from September as my eldest starts school – sob! We followed up our Newquay getaway with a spa break – yes, with the kids! It’s not something I’d thought of doing until we were invited to the China Fleet Country Club on the Cornwall-Devon border. But it was a great success. Pop back over the summer to read more about how we fitted in pampering around two under fives!

In the meantime, here’s a taster of what we’ve been doing in the past two weeks from my Instagram:

Staycation! The Tin Box girls and I have snuck away for a mid-week break in Cornwall. In just a few short months this type of trip will become much rarer as the Tot starts school in September. The prospect fills me with excitement for her and sadness for me as the make up of my little week day fun gang is changing forever. We are definitely making the most of our three night stay at Hendra Holiday Park near Newquay #ad . . . . #visitCornwall #loveCornwall #kidsloveCornwall #staycation #familytravel #familytravelblog #trips100 #ftb100 #caravanholiday #curiouslittleexplorers #explorerkids #ukexplore #ukftb #pottyadventures #tinboxcornwall #WestCountry #HendraHolidays #Hendra #HendraHolidayPark #Newquay #Cornwall #caravan #travelherenext #travelmomentswithkids

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Have you been to Port Isaac or ‘Port Wenn’ as it’s known on the TV series Doc Martin? It’s a beautiful little fishing village on the North Cornwall coast. I expect it was once quite a quiet place but today when we visited it was heaving with tourists and telly fans. And, much to Tin Box Grandpa’s delight, the cast and film crew of Doc Martin! We spent a few hours wandering around the on-street set, craning our necks to see if we could see the star of the show, Martin Clunes, and, I kid you not, having ice-cream from the chemist (it’s actually a confectionary despite the signage). We heard a rumour that Sigourney Weaver was on set too but sadly didn’t spot her. Here’s a taster of this gem of a village to give you an idea of why it was chosen to host this show which is apparently on the TV in Australia too! Swipe for more! . . . . #visitCornwall #loveCornwall #NorthCornwall #fishingvillage #kidsloveCornwall #staycation #familytravel #familytravelblog #trips100 #ftb100 #caravanholiday #port #harbour #travel #ukexplore #ukftb #pottyadventures #tinboxcornwall #WestCountry #PortIsaac #PortWenn #DocMartin #Cornwall #AtlanticCoast #travelherenext #travelmomentswithkids

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Would you go on a spa break with kids? We are right now! Mr Tin Box has been working away for a few days and so I snuck off to Cornwall with the girls. We’ve now regrouped at the China Fleet Country Club on the border with Devon #ad. So far we’ve had a family swim in the pool, I’ve snuck off (again) for a session in the aqua spa, and we’ve dinned in the Upper Deck brasserie. I’m fit to pop and looking forward to a mini spa treatment tomorrow. Maybe you can relax while on holiday with kids?? Keep following and find out!! . . . . #familytravelblog #familytravel #familytravelmoment #instatravel #kidstravel #tblogger #travelawesome #traveldiary #travelwithchildren #travelwithkids #myfamilyadventures #ftb100 #trips100 #ukftb #writetotravel #travelinspiration #travelherenext #ilovetravel #Cornwall #loveCornwall #ChinaFleet #ChinaFleetCountryClub #Kernow #spabreak #Saltash #luxurytravel

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Such concentration 🎾🎾🎾This was Tin Box Baby’s first encounter with a tennis racket and while she wasn’t a natural she did enjoy chasing the ball around the court at @theofficialchinafleet today #ad. As well as a spot of tennis we searched for birds on the nature trail, had a second dip in the pool and I indulged in a spa treatment. I can’t lie, being smothered in Cornish organic skincare products was a highlight for me. And I was able lay back and dribble practically guilt free because I knew the girls had had a good day too. Thanks to China Fleet Country Club for a fab family spa break! . . . . #familytravelblog #familytravel #familytravelmoment #instatravel #kidstravel #tblogger #travelawesome #traveldiary #travelwithchildren #travelwithkids #myfamilyadventures #ftb100 #trips100 #ukftb #writetotravel #travelinspiration #travelherenext #ilovetravel #Cornwall #loveCornwall #ChinaFleet #ChinaFleetCountryClub #Kernow #spabreak #Saltash #luxurytravel

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This week I’ve linked up our stay at at five-star campsite on the edge of Dartmoor, Karen is sharing her experience Gorilla trekking with kids, Sarah is linking a review of Sani Dunes in Greece and Lisa is linking her advice for planning a family holiday to Orlando.

Here’s where you can link up this week.

What is Monday Escapes?

Monday Escapes is a place to link up your travel memories and is hosted by myself, Karen at Mini Travellers, Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos and Lisa at Travel Loving Family.

Monday Escapes is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others. It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.

We are also absolutely delighted to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the fortnight either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. (See T&C’s below). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!

Our favourite posts from last time

Mine and Lisa’s favourite posts from the last Monday Escapes were:

Molly’s post about Popeye Village in Malta is packed full of beautiful pictures of her fun visit. Who knew this place existed?! The five-year-old in me is itching to go!

Monday Escapes www.minitravellers.co.uk

Sima’s wedding anniversary trip to this quirky hotel in Lavenham has made me green with envy. The food, spa and slightly wonky accommodation sounds perfect for a couples’ break
Monday Escapes www.minitravellers.co.uk
 Lisa challenges anyone who says they don’t ‘do’ camping to read Sarah’s review of Canvas and Stars on Hale Farm in Chiddingly, East Sussex. We love the wild flowers, hay bales for seats and all the quirky extras for kids including a dressing up rail!
Monday Escapes www.minitravellers.co.uk
 We are also all feeling completely inspired by Jenn and Jason who are currently living in Bangalore with their two and three-year-olds. The family’s recent experience visiting Hampi completely captivated us. Their kids look like they are having so much fun exploring the temples and stroking the local elephants. What a life changing opportunity for them all!
Monday Escapes www.minitravellers.co.uk
Find our who’s the winner of our Lonely Planet guide on Extraordinary Chaos where you’ll also find the linky tool for adding your posts this week

What’s in it for you?

The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on all four, yes four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. How great is that?! Our number one favourite post of the fortnight will also win a Lonely Planet destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. How great is that?! (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).

So how do you join in?

  • link up one post/photo – old or new on Travel Loving Family.
  • Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post, on your site, or a link back to the hosts.
  • Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad.
  • Comment on posts by the co-hosts and at least two others. Blog hops only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great!
  • If you tweet any of us your links @minitravellers @sarahjchristie @tinboxtraveller or @travellovinfam, please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.

Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the hosts and will be open Monday to Wednesday. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos.

There is also a Monday Escapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.

Tin Box Traveller