I love sharing the places we have visited with you all. I want to show my children new places and at the same time I can show you all. There are so many places that are just on our doorstop, a little further afield and a whole world around us to explore.
If I can show just one person a new place and they visit it with their children I’m happy! So to make that easier for you to navigate my blog I have created a new interactive Google Maps with pins to all the places we have visited and blogged about. This way you can click on the pin which will bring up a pop up box, a short description and a link to read the blog post. Check your directions using the Google Maps as some places are pinned to a rough area.
This features my top 10 favourite places but click on the map to bring up over 70+ places to go!
This map will be placed in my side bar at all times so you can easily pop on and find somewhere to visit when your looking to go exploring. Every new blog post will be added to this map when we visit somewhere new. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Our Top 10 Favourite Places We’ve Visited
So to kick this interactive map off I wanted to put together a post on our top 10 favourite places we’ve visited. This is either days out, holidays or walks.
Center Parcs – Sherwood Forest
I know this is a BIG one, but we have only been once and we have the best holiday ever. I never understood why people paid the money to go to Center Parcs, I do now! The kids love it, great family time, and such fun. We are going to Longleat Center Parcs later on this year for a long weekend. The kids are already bursting!!
Blackwater Arboretum – The New Forest
We visited Blackwater Arboretum back in September it was unexpectedly raining and we had no clue where we were going! However once we stepped into the Arboretum with the tall trees around us and shelter from the leaves we were more than happy. Everyone else had turned around and gone home and we happily explored all the beautiful trees. It is a circular route making you find all the named trees featured. A very peaceful place
We have been to Longleat Festival Of Light two years in a row now for Christmas and we are more than happy to go back. It’s such a lovely day out any time of the year, but topped off with the light lanterns when it gets dark in the winter months. We also do the Santa train which is such a magical Santa train. Driving out into the woods which are lit up and snow covered. Perfect
This is my favourite beach and I think I might be very tempted to move here when I’m older!! During the summer months it can get very busy we we over came this by having a dinner on the beach and arriving at teatime when everyone was leaving. The beach was quiet and it was really good fun! During the winter months it is a great beach to walk along and walk the dog too.
We visited Stourhead on our first year of having a National Trust membership and boy was I happy we had signed up. This place is simply stunning and I am so glad I have visited it. I suggest everyone visit here! I wanted to visit it on a frosty winters day as well but haven’t managed that yet.
The main lake is beautiful and the secret little paths and little caves made the kids day!
This was our first holiday abroad with the children and we had such a adventure. We had first visited our friend in a very quiet village in Sweden and had a lovely time. We were flying back from Copenhagen in Denmark so we stayed in Copenhagen and had a lovely few days exploring this amazing city. Visiting Copenhagen Zoo, Aquarium, Street Food Markets, Boat Tours, and many more things. However the most favourite for us all with Tivoli Gardens. It isn’t just any old amusement park, this one opened in 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. It is really beautiful. Well maintained, fun rides, beautiful gardens and we had the best day out there. The kids say it was one of their most favourite days out ever.
I had heard of Bridgewater Carnival before and considering Kev comes from Wiltshire he had never been. So one very chilly weekend off we went! It was packed, very busy and a lot of standing around to get your spot. However once those floats came around the corner with all their music playing, floats spinning, people singing and dancing it was worth the wait. Our jaws dropped when we saw them. People had spent months building these floats all for us to enjoy and we certainly did. Take a look at the video in the blog post just to see them in action.
This is a very new one on the blog post, but it was a lovely place to walk. We didn’t explore half of it but was great for the kids to experience an iron age fort for the history and kids learn so much better when they personally experience things. They had catered for everything even with a dog exercise field too. The views up here were stunning too
Ashley Walk – The New Forest
This would be the kids favourite walk! It was a very cold icy day and all the puddles, water run offs were frozen. With a stream to throw stones into. The kids spent ages just playing in the ice, slipping around, smashing it and they still say this was their favourite walk! So it had to be included!
Barncastle – Cotswolds
We had a lovely weekend in the most stunning converted barn in the Cotswolds with our friends for Easter. We honestly could not believe our eyes when we turned up. We were staying in that?! It was such a relaxing place but had so much to do near by. We visited Bristol Science Museum, Woodchester National Trust for a Egg Hunt, Puzzlewood where a Star Wars film was filmed, and Beechenhurst Lodge. We are going back again this year and that is saying something as I hate to go to the same place twice!!!!!
I hope you like where we’ve been and you find a new place to visit.