Hello dear readers. I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last few weeks of Summer.

Arthur sat down this morning to read some of his books. Obviously, I thought I’d take the opportunity to film his cute little face talking about some of his favourite books to read.

These are all fabulous books for toddlers (2 years+). Hope you enjoy and please subscribe to my booktube channel if you fancy watching more book chat.

Thanks for watching xx

Is there honestly still four weeks left of the Summer holidays? Yes I’m afraid so.  We all love time with our children, we really do, but the constant “where are we going today?” demands can get a little expensive.

I’ve put together a little list of things to do near where we live (Powys/Shropshire Border) which won’t cost you an arm and a leg or even a little toe for that matter. You can check out some of these places on Can Kids Go? So head over there for many more ideas or feel free to add the places you’ve been to with little ones and let the world know whether they are family friendly.

So what’s there to do in and around Powys/Shropshire border?

1. Go to The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury  – This park is bloomin’ fantastic. Not only is is stunning with beautiful flower gardens, and an idyllic walk along the river, there’s a lot to offer for little ones: a newly renovated play park and splash area (all free), lawns for ball games and paths for bicycles or scooters. For more information see HERE.

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2. Go GeoCaching – if you have a smart phone, you can download the app for free and then the world is your treasure trail. There are thousands of capsules to find all over Wales, with an abundance of them in our area. Have a gander along the canal (see here Montgomeryshire canal), visit a local Church, Rodney’s pillar… they’re everywhere and give purpose to a walk. Get on it people. Here are just the ones you can find in and around the Welshpool/Shropshire border.
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Searching for a Geocache near Trewern…
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3. Go for Bike-Ride or a Picnic at Lake Vyrnwy – If you are able to go for a drive with kids in tow, then head up to the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy. This place is breathtaking and has a lot to offer for free. There are picnic areas, a sculpture park, walks and a lovely flat road which is ideal to cycle along.  There are often events on (which may involve a small fee), such as craft fairs (There is one in early September) and cycle activities – do go check out their website.
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Cuddles in the sculpture park.
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4. Go on a Stickman Trail – Houghmond Hill – If you’ve got Julia Donaldson bookworms then they’ll love this. You can buy an activity pack for £3 and parking costs £1. The walk is buggy/stroller friendly and is the perfect distance for 3 year olds +. There are some fun activities to do around the trail and our boys loved it. You can check out a full post on this HERE.
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5. Walk up Rodney’s Pillar – ok so perhaps this isn’t one for tiny ones – unless they’re in a backpack. We’ve taken our boys up there in a backpack a few times before, but now Arthur is 3, he’s a bit heavy and so will probably not be old enough to do the walk until he’s about 5. But if you have older children or babes in arms (or a super duper off roader buggy/stroller), then go for an adventure up to this monument. The views from Rodney’s Pillar are absolutely breathtaking. For more information, see HERE.

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Here’s the location on a MAP.
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In fact – go and get yourself an ordinance survey map, or download the app and purchase your local map to view on your phone. There are so many beautiful walks in and around Powys/Shropshire – don’t let the little ones stop you getting out and about…
I hope you have a great break this summer and have lots of fun and adventures with your children.
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Do let me know what you’ve been up to so far and if you’ve got any recommendations.
Travel Monkey

A few weeks ago we went on holiday to Pembrokeshire (Wales) to visit family; I grew up there and often get this relentless itch to go back, breath in some coastal air and appreciate the beautiful Welsh coastline. I’m so lucky to be able to stay with family and have seen first hand that Pembrokeshire, and particularly Dale, is a fantastic destination for a family holiday.

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Dale Pembrokeshire

Dale lies about 25 minutes from Haverfordwest and about 15 minutes from Milford Haven. Set on a peninsular, it has two beaches: a safe family beach and a more adventurous surf beach within walking distance.

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Activities

With a waterfront Watersports Centre which offers tuition in sailing, kayaking, surfing and more, there is so much on offer for almost every age.

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There are some fantastic walks around the coastal path, as well as geocaching dotted around the village. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to catch your supper – you can even go on fishing trips from here.

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Whilst the beach isn’t sandy, it is relatively safe and there are rock-pools on one side and a pontoon which is perfect for crabbing, on the other.

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The beach is just as lovely in the Winter and almost completely deserted! I took Teddy and Arthur down here when Teddy was just a tiny one and there’s something so special about getting all wrapped up and going to the beach.

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Also in Dale, there is a lovely crafts centre  which offers afternoon teas and a number of galleries/ art exhibitions.

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Food

There are a number of options here: a fantastic Seafood restaurant/Pub, The Griffin Inn, which is right on the waterfront where you can have either a bowl of chips overlooking the sea, or a special meal if you fancy fine dining in their contemporary extension.

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There is also a great waterfront café and another restaurant and café in the Yacht Club (The Moorings) which has stunning sea views.

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Accommodation

There are plenty of options, either within Dale itself, or in the surrounding area. I would recommend checking out Spinnaker Reach, or Allenbrook for Bed and Breakfast.

If you are looking for a holiday cottage to rent, have a look on Coastal Cottages website to see what suits you.  For campers – go check Point Farm.

So you if you are thinking of holidaying in the UK – do check out this hidden little secret near where I grew up. It the above doesn’t sell it to you, then maybe this will…

Dale also really knows how to throw a party. I was down here for the Queen’s Jubilee and it was just brilliant. There are often events for August bank holiday, Halloween and even New Years Eve.

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*Please note that this is not a sponsored most and is 100% based on my own opinions. 

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