Pre mini humans, Phil and I travelled the world. Between us we’ve covered vast areas of the globe, from east to west, and a love of travelling is something we’re keen to pass down to Toby and Martha. The children have been on a mixture of European and U.K. holidays; mostly with Phil and me but also with my Mum and me when Martha was a teeny 5 months old. This week, Mum and I piled the car full to the brim and headed to Bluestone, in stunning Pembrokeshire, Wales. I’d been invited to spend Monday to Friday there, and with Phil needed at work, Mum valiantly stepped in!
Take a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, pack them into the car, drive for a couple of hours, surround them with the characters and themes they know and love from TV, fill them with food, stick them in a room full of fun, take them swimming. Oh, and all on the 3-year-old’s birthday. Best. Weekend. Ever!
**This post is in collaboration with Travelodge** When it comes to taking very young kids to something as out of their usual routine as a festival, the notion could well strike fear in the hearts of parents! Phil and I certainly had our reservations when, in August 2015, we took a then 13 month old Toby to CarFest South. Oh, I was also 7 weeks’ pregnant with Martha. And Toby didn’t sleep through the night. And he wasn’t particularly keen on new people…
If you are regularly bombarded by my incessant Instagramming (Insta Spamming?), then you know that I am addicted to taking snapshots of our daily lives. I don’t do perfectly curated photos because I’m not a perfectly curated human, but I love being able to capture a moment that will never ever happen again. Isn’t that one of the absolute joys of modern technology?
We recently headed to Elveden Forest Center Parcs for a midweek family break. As it was just the four of us, we booked a 3 bedroom lodge so that the kids could have a bedroom each, packed up the car on Sunday night/Monday morning and off we went! We had a truly wonderful week and learned a lot about what we now need from a family holiday, so I wanted to impart some of that knowledge in the form of my 5 top tips for a Center Parcs holiday with toddlers and babies.