Family Friendly Stays #8

Famous figureheads displayed on the Cutty Sark, London

Welcome to Family Friendly Stays #8

Anyone still in shock at the incredible weather we had last month here in the UK? It’s amazing the effect that sunshine has on people: everyone seemed markedly more content in February. We spent much of the half term school break outside enjoying the sunny skies and we managed to pack in a visit to Rye and neighbouring Camber Sands in East Sussex along with a couple of trips into London. We had a brilliant day exploring the Cutty Sark which was running some fun engineering-inspired activities, we now have rather a lot of miniature boxes of tea scattered around the house and two foam cranes to haul them onto a toy pirate ship. I loved the museum’s collection of figureheads on display, can you recognise any famous faces?

The Cutty Sark, London

The Cutty Sark, London

In keeping with the lovely sunny weather, I’m linking up my post about Bush Farm Bison Centre, a very green and pleasant campsite in Wiltshire. There are field or woodland pitches to choose from and campfires are permitted. The farm has an extensive trail for a family walk which our children enjoyed exploring with their friends.   

Bush Farm Bison Centre Campsite

Bush Farm Bison Centre Campsite in Wiltshire

Last month on Family Friendly Stays I loved reading about Colditz Castle youth hostel from Catherine at Cultural Wednesdays. I don’t think I’m alone in considering a trip to Germany just to stay at this infamous castle. Anyone else tempted?

What is Family Friendly Stays?

Family Friendly Stays is a monthly blog link up where you can share blog posts about brilliant places you have stayed at with your family. It’s also the place to come to if you need some family holiday inspiration.

Have you rented a great little cottage which had a perfect garden for your children? Maybe you’ve stayed on a campsite with the most amazing swimming pool which your kids loved. Perhaps you found that all-important villa which allowed you to walk to a restaurant or a beach. Or maybe you stayed at a hotel where the staff were particularly warm and attentive to your family. It doesn’t need to be a place which is obviously family-orientated, just somewhere which worked really well for you and your brood.

This isn’t the place for all inclusive resorts, big chain hotels or cruise ships. There are plenty of online resources where you can find out everything you need about those types of holiday. Family Friendly Stays is about highlighting smaller, harder to find places to stay.

I’m hoping that Family Friendly Stays will become a community of like-minded parents sharing places to stay that genuinely welcome families.

Posts can be old or new provided you still believe the property is suitable. And if you’re not a blogger, do drop by to have a read of some of the submitted posts, you might discover your next holiday destination!  

How it works:

  • Family Friendly Stays will go live on the first Wednesday of each month. It will stay live for 2 weeks.
  • Bloggers can link up one post, old or new. Please add the #FamilyFriendlyStays badge (details below) or link back to my site.
  • Please read my post plus at least 2 others, using the hashtag #FamilyFriendlyStays. We want to share these wonderful places you’ve all discovered.
  • Social media: tweet me your post with the hashtag #FamilyFriendlyStays and I will re-tweet it (@smudgedpostcard). I’ll also be adding the posts to my #FamilyFriendlyStays board on Pinterest and mentioning my favourite posts each month on the @SmudgedPostcard Facebook page

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