• Potters Resort: A traditional British seaside holiday

      It’s the end of our bank holiday weekend at Potters Resort and I am waving a green paper napkin in the air, singing “ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!” between bites of a bacon sarnie. My girls join in, wiping pancake crumbs and Nutella from ...

San Diego Zoo: 11 tips for visiting

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The San Diego Zoo is one of my all-time favourites. If you find yourself anywhere near Southern California in your travels you HAVE to visit. TripAdvisor recently awarded San Diego Zoo their Traveler’s Choice Number 1 Zoo in the world  – so it has to be true! From Australian koalas to Arctic polar bears and Giant Pandas, the San […]

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Potters Resort: A traditional British seaside holiday

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  It’s the end of our bank holiday weekend at Potters Resort and I am waving a green paper napkin in the air, singing “ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!” between bites of a bacon sarnie. My girls join in, wiping pancake crumbs and Nutella from their faces. Hubby slinks down and pretends to read the paper. I’m not the only […]

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San Jose: Visiting Ridge Monte Bello Winery

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I love Silicon Valley success stories, and Ridge Monte Bello is as good as they get. In the 1950s, four Stanford Research Park scientists decided to invest in a defunct vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above Silicon Valley. The purpose was a weekend retreat they would share. But the vines beckoned, with sun-kissed […]

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The Modern Family is going to Hawaii!

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  The girls have wanted to go to Hawaii since they saw Soul Surfer, the bio pic about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm to a shark but persevered to become a world surfing champion! Although 11 time zones away, more than 50,000 visitors arrived in Hawaii from the UK last year. A friend […]

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San Francisco: Family hike on Devil’s Slide Trail

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  Did you know you can walk on a portion of California’s famous Highway 1? It’s true! Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile stretch of road converted from a  decommissioned segment of Highway 1. It gives unprecedented access to the rocky heights above the Pacific Ocean, and more importantly, the views! I’ve wanted to try out the […]

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Family fun: A weekend in Hampshire

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For a while, everything in medieval England revolved around Hampshire, especially Winchester, the former capitol. Thanks in part to Henry VIII, the surrounding areas flourished when the ruler went a bit mad building castles and fortifications to save England from invasion. Henry hunted in the New Forest and his 3rd wife was from the county. Now Hampshire is the largest […]

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Insider tip: Henley Festival

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  After the last rower leaves Henley Regatta each July, the grounds magically transform into one of the UK’s leading boutique music festival. For more than 30 years the 5-day Henley Festival has brought together music, dance, comedy, street entertainment and Michelin star chefs to the banks of the Thames. I go most years.  There’s nothing more spectacular on […]

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Luxury weekend in the Cotswolds (with kids!)

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  If you want to experience the Cotswolds in style, the 5-star Old Swan and Minster Mill is an excellent choice. From the honey-coloured buildings to country walks and cream teas, the 15th century hotel is quintessentially English. Set in 65 acres of wild-flower meadows, gardens and woodlands bordering the River Windrush in Old Minster (just west of […]

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Antigua: 12 ace activities for families

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    Known for its coral reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts, Antigua is a popular destination for Brits seeking sunshine. The nice thing about the Caribbean island is that you can do a lot — or just hang out on one of the 365 beaches! From zip-lining, to historical tours of Nelson’s Dockyard and Betty’s Hope to swimming with […]

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Tweens welcome! Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

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  Last Saturday we stayed at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront as part of the Holiday Inn You’re Welcome campaign, which is all about families feeling welcome, whether you have muddy boots, messy eaters or stroppy tweens.  As a family, we were especially interested to hear that breakfast and kids’ meals are included with stays for children under […]

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Antigua: Elite Island’s St James’s Club family resort

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  It was hot when we landed in Antigua. A friend had warned me to wear layers on the plane, and I reminded myself to thank her as I stripped off my cashmere cardigan to reveal a white cotton short-sleeved T-shirt. Then I rolled up my jeans and looked for a taxi. St James’s Club […]

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Skiing in England!

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  I took the girls skiing today … in England!  The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead is one of the UK’s newest indoor real snow ski slopes, and the closest one to London. TBH, we really didn’t know what to expect. We’ve been to ski learning centres that have rubber/plastic slopes, which are like trying […]

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Win a family stay at St James’s Club Antigua – or another Elite Island Resort

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  As part of the #EliteIslandFamilies blogothan, the Modern Family visited St James’s Club & Villas Antigua. Now you have an opportunity to win a week’s stay there for a family of four, or at one of three other equally inticing Elite Island Family Caribbean resorts!  It’s easy to enter the BritMums giveaway, which is sponsored by […]

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24 fun things for families at St James’s Club, Antigua

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  Want to escape the UK’s grey weather? The Caribbean is one of your best bets for guaranteed sunshine, and Antigua is particularly appealing. It’s a 7+ hour flight away and close enough to the equator to give you a reliable dose of warmth anytime of the year. Compare that to Dubai, which has similar flight times, […]

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Antigua with kids: 16 important things to know before you go

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  Everyone in Antigua knows everyone else. With 80,000 people on the 14-by-11-mile gateway to the Caribbean, it’s easy to see why. Most reside near the capitol of St John in the northeast. The rest are scattered in the candy-coloured villages across the island. The resorts pretty much claim the coast. I learn this from […]

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San Jose and the new Steve Jobs film

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Last weekend I caught a preview of the new Steve Jobs film, courtesy of Visit California. Perhaps I know too much about Steve Jobs and Silicon Valley to have an unbiased opinion. I grew up in the Bay Area during the time much of this was happening. It was a special time when Silicon Valley was the cradle of […]

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