Queens, Castles and Quidditch

For magical memories, in more ways than one, there’s a medieval marvel not too far from home that’s cast a spell on our young family. Alnwick Castle keeps us coming back for more and the beauty is there is always another nook to be discovered. It may be more than a thousand years old, but…

Viva Vilamoura

Good food, good company and plenty to see and do makes for a pretty agreeable Vilamoura recipe.

Unlocking the secrets of the countryside with Lantern and Larks

Whisper it, but we found our own Secret Garden this summer. It isn’t in a book or on a DVD but is ingrained in our holiday memories forever. It’s a place where the most vivid dragonflies dart through the air, where butterflies flutter through the long grass and where the gentle sound of water lapping…

The five star island

We could reel off hundreds of Mallorcan highlights but for a five star island we’ve boiled it down to our personal top five.

Big fun in the shadow of the Kelpies

Silence isn’t always golden – sometimes it can be a steely grey. Anyone who has stood awestruck at the foot of Scotland’s most iconic pieces of public art will testify to that. There’s something reassuring about the realisation that it doesn’t take big screens, big stars or big bucks to make a big impression with…

Farm fun under the cover of canvas

Middle England. Two simple  words but laced with visions of suburban life – two point four children, twin cars in the driveway and perfectly-mown lawns. That’s the adopted definition at least, but what of the geographical Middle England? With a car laden with mum, dad, two point four children (with the part of “point four” played…

Keeping the Disney magic alive

The magic of Disney isn’t so much about fantasy and fairytale – more a question of why, when your feet hurt and your wallet is bruised, you’re left aching (quite literally) for more. It’s quite some trick.