Bodmin, Cornwall

”Look, Daddy,” said my three-year-old son during our visit to Bodmin Jail, ”that man is ironing that lady’s hair.” He was starring at life-size models recreating the moment a certain James Holman killed his wife by striking her a blow with a smoothing iron. Holman was hanged for the crime at the jail in 1854. ”He’s straightening…

Ribby Hall, near Blackpool, Lancashire

Eyebrows were raised when American superstar Britney Spears revealed she was to perform in Blackpool later this year. It’s certainly hard to imagine the (hit me) Baby One More Time  singer staying in one of the popular seaside resort’s countless B&Bs. ​But just out of town is the North-west’s only five-star holiday village which I’m…

Malvern, Worcestershire

Railway enthusiasts or young fans of Thomas The Tank Engine can live the dream at a new holiday home in Worcestershire. Platform Three, in Malvern Link, is part the former station master’s house and our two children loved playing the ‘Fat Controller’ as the trains pulled up right outside. During our weekend stay, they never…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (part 2)

Dubai is a high octane, futuristic city famous for having some of the glitziest and biggest hotels in the world. But less than 60 minutes away, out in the desert, you can experience a complete change of pace at perhaps the most stunning hotel of them all. The Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

​The soundtrack to my whistle-stop trip to Dubai was the annoyingly catchy Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie. I couldn’t get the tune out of my head because from the moment I boarded the plane to when I returned to Blighty everything was, well, you know, AWESOME! And here are some of the reasons…

London

Kew Gardens is so vast that it’s difficult to see everything in one visit. You really need to get there for when the gates open at 10am, but getting to the capital that early is never easy, especially with kids in tow. So why not make a weekend of it by staying nearby on a…

Brecon Beacons, Wales

EVER wandered what the difference is between a full Welsh breakfast and a ​​full English breakfast? Well, the Welsh version comes with a side dish of live singing. That was our experience, anyway, when we spent the weekend with Stephen and Lynne Groves at their B&B in the small market town of Talgarth, ‘’the jewel…