Hello, I’m Karen and my blog is Mini Travellers I am delighted to be taking over from Gretta from Mums do travel as editor of the monthly BritMums travel round-up. Big thanks to Gretta for her contribution over the last year to this fabulous round up.
For my first round-up I have decided to talk about Brexit!
It’s been all over the news, you can’t have missed it. There are stories everywhere about how awful it will be to travel in the EU post Brexit (whatever that looks like). So rather than analyse the likelihood of disaster what we thought we would do in this month’s Brit Mums Travel Round Up is simply talk about all the fabulous ideas for Easter that don’t involve travel in the EU.
Those holidays might be right here in the UK – I’ve had some fabulous Easter Holidays myself in the UK like our trip to Wales staying on the Gower Peninsula; or they might be much further afield.
So without further ado what does our community recommend for the Easter Holidays that doesn’t involve travel within the EU.
Claire from Tin Box Traveller and her family have visited Cornwall for the past three Easters. It’s just starting to come to life at this time of year with lots of things to do and amazing beaches to visit. Highlights include the Telegraph Museum, beaches near St Ives and the Minack Theatre. Here’s what they got up to in 2018 when we stayed at Hendra Holiday Park
Katy from Otis and Us also suggested Cornwall, but St Ives. Turquoise waters, lots of beautiful beaches, seal spotting, wonderful hikes and a super laid back vibe are just some of the reasons to give St Ives a visit at Easter.
Sticking with the South West Anna recommends North Bradbury Farm, Devon. A fun hands on farm stay for all the family with a heated swimming pool if it’s a little chilly. Close to the many beautiful beaches and Exmoor for day trips if the weather isn’t as kind.
The Williams family visited Shrewsbury and Telford last Easter after they booked 2 nights in a Premier Inn for the bargain price of £89. Whilst they were there they visited Blists Hill Victorian town in Telford on Easter Sunday. They thought it was great to step away from the modern world for the day, and it even kept their 12 and 15 year old entertained.
Anglea recommends a visit to Bath. There is lots to do for the whole family, plenty of free places to visit in the City as well as the usually tourist spots which are all well worth a visit. The Roman baths and visiting Stourhead nearby were two of their favourites. You can read all about Angela and her family’s weekend in Bath here.
Steph recommends spending Easter in the Cotswolds. They stayed in Barncastle and had such fantastic time they are heading back back next year to explore more places! Find out about their time at Puzzlewood, Woodchester Park National Trust and Beechenhurst Lodge amongst other places in their post.
Suzy suggests Ribby Hall near Blackpool because it is brimming with indoor and outdoor activities. They have some great accommodation available with a hotel, cottages and more. It’s an easy route from Ribby into Blackpool and they drove to Blackpool in just under 20 minutes. Ribby Hall Village is an award-winning 5* holiday village, the only 5* holiday park in the north of England in fact. Read more here from Suzy about Ribby Hall and why you should consider a visit.
Lisa and her family were invited to stay at Tattershall Lakes, an Away Resort, over the four day Easter weekend a couple of years ago. They absolutely loved it. Five kids in total from infant through to 6 year old. It was the perfect place for a multi-generational Easter break (and dog friendly too!).Tattershall Lakes offers a wide range of water based and land based activities from water zorbing, to raft building, laser tag and kids mini discos. Over the Easter holidays they also offered lots of Easter themed activities including egg hunting, arts and crafts and themed evening entertainment including outdoor movies. The resort was
absolutely buzzing, it was a really friendly atmosphere and with so much to do they didn’t leave the site. Their full review can be found here.
Daisy suggest you take a trip to North Wales as it is one of her favourite places in the world, mostly due to the stunning mountains of Snowdonia and the golden beaches of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula. Worth a trip anytime of the year and her post on North Wales with Kids provides some wonderful options.
If like me you are craving the sunshine, then Sarah from Extraordinary Travellers recommends St James Club, Morgan Bay St Lucia. Sarah tells us that it is the perfect place to spend a couple of blissful weeks soaking up the sun, getting the sand between your toes and spending a little family time in this little piece of paradise in the Caribbean. But there is a lot more to St Lucia than luxury resorts, whilst visiting you must get out and visit a bit of the Island. Go to the foot of a volcano, drive through a rainforest and bathe in the hot sulphur baths of the Pitons. You can read more in her review of the St James Club in St Lucia here.
Alternatively go all out and book a Caribbean cruise for Easter and make St Lucia one of your calling points like Alana from Baby Holiday she spent Mother’s Day on the beach in St Lucia and it looked amazing.
Just a four hour flight from the UK, no time difference and guaranteed sun at Easter (without being too hot). There’s so much crammed into this seaside town with a fishing port, medina, ramparts, and a beach with camels to ride too. Jenny from TraveLynn Family tells us why their family swears by Essaouria with kids.
Alternatively you could get some early sunshine on the beautiful island of Mauritius- which is the perfect way to say goodbye to winter! It is actually on the African continent, despite being in the Indian Ocean! Megan gives us 5 Reasons why you should take the kids to Mauritius.
Think this tropical paradise is just for honeymooners – think again! There are some great family friendly resorts on the Maldives and Easter will have some awesome weather. Read more from Wandermust Family with their five tips on how to do the Maldives with a Baby.
Or why not try Sri Lanka on Globetottings recommendation. Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination for families. This little island seemingly has it all with something to offer every family whether you’re looking for culture, wildlife, adventure or just a week or two soaking up the sunshine on some of Asia’s best beaches. Sri Lanka has a complex climate with two monsoons but, generally, speaking Easter is one of the best times to visit. Expect lots of hot and sunny weather with the odd short, sharp burst of rainfall. Read more about Sri Lanka in Katja’s post about her family adventure in Sri Lanka.
According to Kirstie Easter makes for a more pleasant trip to Dubai than the summer holidays; it will still be hot, but not overwhelmingly so. If it is, there’s always an air conditioned mall to cool down in. And when she says mall she means giant playground; you can visit an aquarium, find a career at Kidzania and take up skiing amongst other things in one o the malls. If you are more of an outdoor family, try skydiving over Atlantis The Palm or hang out in the waterpark there. The Big Bus open top bus tour can drop you off at the city’s museum. For a special treat, take a 4×4 tour over the sand dunes and sleep under the stars. You thought life didn’t thrive in the desert heat? Make sure you visit the Miracle Garden for a mind blowing experience. For a rather different look at the Dubai attractions, check out Dubai Dreams: A Dream of Dubai Poem
For the next travel round-up I’m after your recommendations for May half term. Posts can be about a destination, an experience, a journey, or anything else to do with travel at May half term. Please let me have a couple of introductory sentences explaining why you’ve chosen this post and send it to me by email to me [email protected] by 18th March 2018 I’ll include the first 15 posts which I receive.