We have just enjoyed ten beautiful days in the Cornish seaside.  We stayed at the lovely Trevella Park, glamping (because I simply don’t do camping), and managed to stick to budget and not flutter away a fortune.

Here’s how….
1.  Book early: we booked our trip to Trevella last September and were able to book at 2012 prices.  Plus spreading the cost out over ten months made it feel easier on the purse strings.

2.  Do a big shop, Trevella has a Morrisons around the corner which I sent the other half to as soon as we arrived.  We bought own brand bacon, sausage, eggs and a ton of bbq food, plus everything needed for ten days worth of picnics.  We then bought the basics from the reasonably priced shop on site.

3. Hit the beach!  Building sandcastles, playing french cricket and reading on the sand are all free.  Plus the kids will love it, whether it is raining or if the sun has graced you with its presence.

4. Spend a day on the campsite.  Trevella has a pool (heated), mini golf (30p per person), an adventure park and a playground.  Plus a whole host of ranger sessions where you can join Trevellas very own ranger – Wayne – and learn more about the nature surrounding the park.

5. Go crabbing in Crantock.  You will have to buy a crabbing net, a bucket, and the magic ingredient (bacon) but you can have hours of fun hunting for crabs in the rock pools and the sea.

6. Take on the waves, cornwall is reknown for its surfing, but being younger and softer we stuck to body boarding.

7. Learn to fish: Trevella Park has two stunning fishing lakes and you can hire the equipment.  You can relax by the lake, dangling bait in the water and hope like hell you get a bite.

8. Start a cricket tournament on site.  Trevella has an abundance of space which can be used for football, picnics and of course cricket.  My brood set up a game one evening and were shortly joined by no less than 20 other kids all wanting to join in.  Hours of fun that didn’t cost a penny.

9. Get to know nature.  Trevella has an awesome nature trail and you can take part in the I-Spy nature challenge.  Fab to keep the kids entertained and to help them learn more about the planet.

We reviewed Trevella Park in 2012 and were so impressed that we booked to return as soon as we returned.  I can highly recomend it as a beautiful place to stay and a great base to explore Cornwall without breaking the bank.

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The summer holidays are upon us and it is challenging to be thrifty when the children are constantly around.

This weekend, my children wanted to go to London which can often end up being very expensive.

However, I agreed, on the promise that all I would spend would be my train fare…

Top Tips

Before going on any day out make an elaborate packed lunch, taking treats and snacks to keep everyone going.

Make sure you pack enough water.  In London you can end up paying in excess of £2 for a bottle of water.  I prefer the free stuff that comes from my tap.

Sightseeing in London on a Budget.

What to see.

The Southbank is one of my absolute favourite places.  It lights up during the day with outstanding street performances, a book sale to tempt any literary lover and it even offers a sandpit.
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We have been known to spend days wandering on Southbank, finding new (free) things to explore and sometimes just people watching in the sun.

Princess Diana’s Playground

Whereever we are, my kids can always spot a park from a mile away.  They all love swinging through the air, battling imaginary pirates on ships and generally having fun.  This weekend was no different, they swarmed into the playground and whooped with delight as they each found some equipment.

The playground is beautiful, set in rare London greenery and is restricted on numbers so do get there early.

Changing of the Guard

You cannot get more London than this.  All of my three children were captivated by the process of changing the guard.

They posed for photos, chuckled at the horses and watched on in wonder at the intricate parade.

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And it didn’t cost me a penny.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

We ate lunch near the Houses of Parliament in a small, shaded square.  I told stories of Guy Fawkes and we Googled the history of Big Ben.

It was a history and fine dining experience rolled into one.

And again, it cost me nothing!

We had such a good day for the price of a train ticket that we have sworn to do it again.  It would seem our capital is not that expensive for mothers and kids!

We have visited Stratford Upon Avon twice this year already and it is swiftly becoming a favourite place of mine.

This weekend the whole family gathered together to celebrate my older siblings fortieth birthday, so seven adults and five children took to Shakespeare’s land to celebrate in style.

The fact that Britain was bathed in a heatwave certainly meant the weekend would have been wonderful anyway. However Stratford is a glorious place to travel to with a party of all ages. StratfordOur top tips

Stay central, cars are not needed in Stratford.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn which was a stones throw from the bustling waterway and Shakespeare tower.

Explore in trainers

Sunday morning saw half of our party don running shoes and tread the paths alongside the Avon.  Monument, gloriously old buildings grab your attention, distracting you from the pain of the run and you can see so much more when moving faster. P1060996
Set sail on the Avon

One of the best things we did on our weekend away was go on a boat cruise with Bancroft cruises. P1060947 Our tour guide, Romeo, was funny, interesting and kept the whole family entertained as we sailed down the Avon, a simply beautiful way to see Stratford. P1060963 P1060968 P1060979 P1060981 The market in Stratford is amazing, check out this super range of fudge! P1060998Whatever your age or family size, we can really recommend Stratford upon Avon as a great place to spend a weekend. We need to go back to check out much, much more Shakespeare!

We work hard all year, so of course we deserve a little luxury from our well deserved holiday. So if you’re looking for a luxury break, why not consider a few of these destinations:

The Caribbean

The Caribbean comprises more than 700 islands, reefs and cays. Surrounded by crystal clear sea and with fine white sandy beaches and coves backed by palm trees, you’re sure to find your very own tropical paradise here. With so many islands to choose from, although not all 700 are inhabited of course, there is bound to be a perfect island for you and your tastes. There are amazing watersports facilities at some resorts –  you can try your hand at everything from snorkelling to windsurfing! Add to that the fantastic golf courses and a wealth of other sporting, shopping and spa facilities and you have the perfect combination of activities for a wonderful luxury holiday.

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All of the islands feature luxury hotels and resorts to tempt you to part with your well-earned cash. You could visit lively Jamaica, Antigua with its 365 beaches, St Lucia and its drive in volcano and rainforest canopy top tour, the beautiful Grenadines, or even combine a few and create your very own luxury tailormade tour of the Caribbean.

Greece

The ancient land of Greece is another wonderful destination to consider if you’re looking for a luxury holiday. With numerous islands and a huge mainland area, it’s packed with beautiful resorts, stunning countryside and amazing luxury hotels. There are so many destinations to choose from here, including the stunning volcano top island of Santorini, which offers amazing views and beautiful sunsets – or there’s the largest of all the Greek islands, Crete, which is packed full of facilities as you might expect. Perhaps enjoy a sunset cruise, eat breakfast on a deserted beach and indulge in a romantic horse ride through the countryside, taking in the pretty white washed traditional Greek villages as you go, before relaxing in one of the best hotels in the world. The choice of amazing things to do here is endless.

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Egypt

The home of the Pharaohs, Egypt is nothing but luxurious. From state of the art hotels to luxury tours and Nile cruises, you have everything needed to ensure that your trip to this amazing land is nothing but amazing. Visit the pyramids of Cairo and Giza and marvel at the tombs of Pharaohs past – take a lazy cruise down the River Nile on an amazing ship like the Oberoi Zahara from Luxor to Aswan, enjoying the sights as you go, while experiencing the fantastic on board facilities like the pool deck, spa rooms, gym, theatre, games room and boutiques, before chartering a private tour of the sites you’d like to see along the route. This has to be the best way to experience the history of this amazing country.

Other fantastic destinations to consider are Mauritius, The Maldives, The Seychelles, South Africa and Kerala in India. And don’t forget to book a room with Travelodge at your departure airport before you fly, so you arrive at the airport relaxed after a great nights sleep and ready to soak up every second of your luxury break away.

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