Our favourite adventures of 2018

Our favourite adventures of 2018
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I love this time of year for reflecting on the year that’s just gone and planning for the next one. Writing a blog helps with this of course. I have many blog post to look back on and lots and lots of photos. Through this blog, we’re also fortunate to be invited along to some lovely events and attractions too. Below are my highlights of a year filled with family adventures. Please note these are a mixture of things we’ve paid for and others we were invited a long as a guest.


Exploring East Lothian and Edinburgh


For our main holiday last year we chose to visit Scotland, somewhere I’ve only been once before. We chose East Lothian as we wanted to visit Edinburgh, which is a good 5 hours from home. With a 5 and 2 year old, a short city break didn’t seem like the best idea so we decided to spend a week near the coast, just a short train ride from the city. I love researching holidays and found us a lovely little flat in the centre of North Berwick, a gorgeous seaside town with lovely independent shops, cafes and a train station with train journeys just 30 minutes into the heart of Edinburgh.


child looking through glass at a penguin

two children in front of brightly coloured doors

two young girls playing on the beach


Whilst we were there my highlights include a day at Edinburgh zoo where we were lucky enough to see the giant panda, exploring Dirleton castle and Archerfield walled garden where the girls enjoyed the woodland fairy trail. We had two day trips into Edinburgh where we particularly enjoyed the National Museum of Scotland and the girls really enjoyed all the mirrors and illusion in Camera Obscura


A summer spent camping


We finally got our tent out again last summer, after 3 years gathering dust in the garage. The weather was mostly perfect for camping (let’s ignore the one trip to Abersoch where our tent poles all snapped in 30 miles an hour winds). More successful trips include a weekend in Conway, one near Preston and one at a gorgeous little family site in North Yorkshire. Our kids loved camping and for us starting taking them as toddlers works well (find my tips for camping with toddlers here). I’m hoping this summer will include lots more successful trips and perhaps a family festival too.


Tent and two young children sat outside



Visiting Anglesey

We had a couple of trips to Anglesey and for the longer one particularly we were very fortunate with the gorgeous weather. We enjoyed lots of beach days and a fantastic trip to Greenwood forest park. If you are thinking of visiting Anglesey, this post is packed with ideas for family-friendly ideas for places to visit.


child on the beach

kids and Greenwood family park map


Autumn in the Lake District

This has become a bit of a family tradition now to visit the Lakes in autumn. The scenery is stunning all year round but the autumn colours really enrich it. It’s a great location for outdoor loving families with plenty of opportunities for walking, days out and even adventure sports for those that are more adventurous than us. If you are looking for ideas of things to do with kids in the Lake District I have the perfect post for you here.


two kids in woods next to fallen tree

child looking out over a lake


National Trust days out

This was our second full year as National Trust members and we have used our passes so much. We are on the doorstep of some great family days out here in the North West. We have visited Quarry Bank, Alderley Edge, Dunham Massey and Hare hill more times than I can remember. We’ve also visited ones slightly further away such as Fountains Abbey, Plas Newydd, Allan Bank, Tarn Hows and Bodnant gardens. We love our National Trust family membership and think it is fantastic value, find out more here.


child on bridge with large yellow umberella

Christmas days out

We were fortunate to have quite a few Christmas days out last year. Our favourite had to be the North pole express at the National Forest Adventure Farm. Festive theatre trips were also a highlight for us. We enjoyed Raymond Briggs Father Christmas, The Snowman and Aladdin.


two girls dressed in winter coats at North Pole Adventure, National forest adventure farm


What do we have planned for 2019?

I’m sure 2019 will be filled with as many family adventures. We’re starting though with a weekend in York without the kids (our first in almost 6 years). We are thinking of visiting Pembrokeshire for 0ur main holiday this year. Again somewhere that I remember visiting once as a child. I’m sure we’ll be back in Anglesey again and we’ve just booked another autumn break in the Lakes. We’re on the lookout for a good deal to take the girls to Legoland too. We’ve been twice now and love it. Of course, we will be renewing our National Trust membership again this year and we have been gifted a 12 month English Heritage family pass too so we’ll have lots of new places to explore and share.

I’d love to know if you have booked any family holidays and if so where you will be going. Or if you’ve been to Pembrokeshire, I’d love to know your recommendations of where to stay and visit in the comments.

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  1. January 12, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Looks like you had some lovely adventures last year. We loved Bodnant Gardens. I last visited Pembrokeshire when I was 4 but would love to go back too #countrykids

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks, we really enjoyed them all.

  2. January 14, 2019 / 12:07 am

    What amazing adventures you all went on last year. I love Bodnant Gardens we went just Saturday as it’s only a 15 minute drive too.
    We have been lucky enough to book a France camping holiday for this year in July so we are super excited about that and hoping we can visit Disneyland too!!

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Oh wow, disneyland is on my wishlist for when our youngest is a little older. How lucky to live so near to Bodnant gardens

  3. January 14, 2019 / 11:44 am

    So many great adventures! I’d love to go on all of them.

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you

  4. January 14, 2019 / 11:57 am

    What amazing adventures you all enjoyed during 2018 – I just love that you’re exploring so much with your girls; such wonderful experiences and memories I’m sure. Wishing you & your family a very happy (& adventure filled) 2019!

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:13 pm

      I hope so too.

  5. January 15, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    It’s been lovely reading your posts about your various adventures and you’ve encouraged me to explore more of Lake Windermere. #CountryKids

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:13 pm

      Oh you must Lake Windermere is beautiful. We’ve booked another week in the lakes for October.

  6. January 16, 2019 / 4:38 pm

    Lots of lovely adventures in 2018 and hope you get to enjoy just as many this year. We’ve never been to Anglesey or Pembrokeshire but maybe we’ll change that this year. National Trust membership is brilliant – we’ve had lots of lovely days out with ours too. Hope you enjoy visiting some of the English Heritage places too and have a lovely weekend away in York. Thanks for sharing your roundup of your favourite adventures with #CountryKids

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:12 pm

      We had a lovely weekend thanks. I can’t wait to start our English Heritage adventures and lots ore national trust ones too.

  7. Oh you’re a camping family too! We love going camping here in Ireland, in spring and early summer, before heading to France for the summer. So many adventures and activities last year, where do you find the time? 😉

    • Claire
      January 16, 2019 / 9:09 pm

      It does seem a lot when they all written down! We’ve had a few years off but hopefully, last year was hopefully just the beginning of our family camping adventures.

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