Christmas at Blenheim Palace with kids

Just a short drive from Oxford, award-winning Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history. And this Christmas Blenheim Palace is transformed into a fairytale, quite literally, with its Alice in Wonderland-inspired experience, twinkling light trail and impressive projected light show which use the palace’s grand facade as their canvas. Join me and the…

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Denmark with kids: Billund, Aarhus and beyond

If I had to sum up visiting Denmark with kids, it would be these eight words: ‘Traffic to your destination is light, as usual’. Our navigation system had never before (or since) uttered this phrase. But whilst in Jutland in Denmark every single one of our day trips started with them. That ease applies to everything else about Denmark. It’s…

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Brussels with kids: in Winter

We never usually holiday over winter, preferring to spend our precious leave and holiday funds between the warmer Easter and October half terms instead. But the five, dark winter months can drag so this year we decided to embrace the seasons, and take a winter’s break to Brussels. Contrary to advice received before our break, Brussels certainly isn’t boring! The…

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Giverny: Monet’s Garden with kids

Even those who know nothing about art will know of Claude Monet. They may not describe the French painter as the creator of a whole new style of art, Impressionism. But they will recognise his art immediately – the little dashes which capture the fleeting light and colours of a landscape, a historic building, or most famously, waterlilies reflected on…

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A tour of Jumièges Abbey with kids

WHAT IS JUMIÈGES ABBEY? Jumièges Abbey is many things – an incredible survivor, a Romantic muse – and a wondrous place to visit, especially with children. It is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Normandy. Founded in 654, the first buildings were ransacked during the Viking Invasions. The rebuilt Abbey suffered again during the Hundred Years War. With the…

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