Whenever we go on holiday, I always make sure we have a visit to somewhere that includes animals. When we went to Norfolk back in August I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before, and we were given the chance to visit Amazona Zoo. The boys have never actually visited a zoo before, other than Jacob when he was six months old so doesn’t really remember. Therefore I thought this would be a lovely day out for them.
Amazona Zoo in Cromer, Norfolk, is one of the county’s most unique and fun days out where families can discover South American wildlife. The zoo is home to over 200 tropical animals including jaguars, monkeys, snakes, flamingos and tapirs.
It is committed to helping visitors discover nature and provide education on conservation issues.
Back at the end of August we went on our annual family holiday to the Norfolk Broads. As well as all four of us, my brother-in-law came with us too. We stayed in a cottage on this holiday, but as children The Husband and his brother used to go on boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads; that was their favourite kind of family holiday.
I have a done a couple of boating holidays but they weren’t really my thing; though, that might have had something to do with the fact I didn’t get along with father-in-law too well, and they were with him… Maybe I’ll try again another time!
When Herbert Woods offered us the hire of a day boat, I thought that wouldn’t be so bad; the Norfolk Broads are definitely beautiful to see when travelling by boat.
Hiring a day boat is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the Norfolk Broads from the water. Enjoy a great family day out visiting the towns and villages along the Broads and stopping of for lunch at one of the many riverside pubs. Free mooring is available throughout the Broads at Broads Authority 24 hour mooring sites.
When it comes to the summer season, there are so many festivals happening. Music festivals, food festivals, art festivals; or festivals that have everything going on! Often these are really family or children focused and can last for a whole weekend.
As a family we’ve only actually attended one festival, which was a local food festival at a country park. A food festival is my idea of heaven, especially when there are dozens of samples waiting to be tasted! As you may have seen, I love discovering new brands and trying new foods. I could manage to spend a whole load of money on produce too, to feast on at home. Read more
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Santorini is an island in Greece that has its own mystery and charm. The island is known as the “crown jewel of Greece”, and features numerous waterfalls, beaches and breath-taking architecture. The island is the preferred choice amongst honeymooners and families alike. Furthermore, it is also the most popular tourist destination in Greece.
The island has several unique and amazing geographical traits that separate it from other islands. The island was formed as a result of multiple volcanic explosions taking place over the course of time. Thereby, Santorini is a mystical wonderland that boasts stunning ocean views, mesmerising volcanic rocks and miraculous steep cliffs.
Santorini has a lot to offer to tourists, making it perfect for your next family vacation. Here are a few Santorini attractions for families that you certainly shouldn’t miss. Read more
I’ve written previously about my love of Scottish Highland cottage holidays; pre-children we visited just about every year from 2007 onward but we’ve only visited once since J was born, and that’s when he was six months old so not really too active. That time we also went with my mum and stepfather so we had the opportunity to explore on our own – we’ll probably have to wait until they’re all grown up for a relaxing holiday now!
We were recently saying that we’re getting withdrawal symptoms so we may visit for an annual holiday next year, though it might have to be on the Highland borders so we’re near plenty to do for the boys. There are so many places we want to visit too that we keep meaning to but never get around to doing so. Most of these involve the great outdoors – well, you do go to the Highlands to be outdoors don’t you?
I have a tendency to leave packing until the last minute, and even then hubby says I pack way too much – truthfully, I probably do, but I like to be prepared for every eventuality! There are essentials that are always on my list though:
- a camera (other than a smartphone) – though I only have a bridge camera, I hope to own a DSLR one day.
- a decent pair of walking boots – as this is one of the main activities of our Highland holidays.
- a waterproof coat – we usually go in autumn and you can never guarantee the weather!
- warm jumpers – as you can also never guarantee the temperature! These jumpers I found online are perfect for the unpredictable Scottish weather.
- comfortable trousers – for all of the walking.
- a flashlight – you never know when the power may go out, and you’ll be a hero if you have a bright flashlight handy
- hair straighteners – strange one, I know. But with my hair, I need to take them everywhere I go…
- books/e-reader – for cosy nights in front of the fire.
- a bottle of creamy liqueur – to complete those cosy nights of course.
Those are items that I must take with me – it doesn’t bode well for my husband if I forget (like the one time I actually did forget to pack my hair straighteners).
I have so many wonderful memories of our Scottish Highland holidays and I could talk and write about them all day. I hope as a family we get to make many more memories that will stay with us forever as the Highlands hold a special place in our heart.