The October half term is a welcome reprieve in the longest term. Everyone has adjusted to the new routine of school, after school activities and rushing madly through Monday to Friday and just when you need it, there is a chance to catch your breath.
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Happy family holidays with babies and toddlers; pack their little Trunki’s and enjoy a family holiday!
The arrival of your first child brings many wonderful new experiences to your life, you will be amazed by how much love you feel for this tiny person and your new- found ability to care for another human being.
Life will change after you become a family, it will be an incredible journey and there will be lots of firsts, like your first holiday as a family.
We know how special all our mums are to us, and at Luxury Family Hotels we celebrate MUMS everywhere!
So whether you’re a working mum, a stay-at-home mum, a single mum or a soon-to-be-mum – or a combination of some of those – just putting your feet up after a long day, sitting down after supper with a glass of wine, having a relaxing soak in the bath or finishing your book, all seem a million miles away.
And taking time out for a weekend break seems almost impossible. But Luxury Family Hotels has the perfect solution.
Christmas is quite possibly our childcare teams' favourite time of year, with all the fun to be had making Christmas decorations and other seasonal items that kids can take home with them and keep as a souvenir of their stay. The Moonfleet Manor team have shared their top five Christmas crafts to try at home with your children – all are simple and inexpensive, but may require some parental supervision, depending on the child.
Few could resist the lure of a relaxing Christmas in a welcoming country house atmosphere, sipping mulled wine and hot chocolate with marshmallows around the fireplace while listening for the tinkle of sleigh bells out in the crisp winter’s night…
But children can often be surprisingly resistant to spending certain special times of year, especially Christmas, away from home. Older kids might think they’re missing out on social events, while younger ones might be anxious that Santa won’t know where to bring their presents.
Of course, once you’re in your destination, whether it’s Granny’s house or a Luxury Family Hotel, all of those worries will evaporate as the children explore their new surroundings and the spirit of Christmas takes hold. But there are ways to get them used to the idea of being away for the festive period.
Half terms can be tricky – the weather is often lousy, but a week is not long enough to warrant travelling very far. Yet here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love autumn half terms more than almost any other time of year – there’s plenty to do at attractions all over the UK in the form of Halloween activities, the landscapes can be stunning as the leaves fall from the trees, and if you choose wisely, there’s lots to do at your hotel should the weather let you down. We’ve shared our recommendations for having a brilliant half-term break.
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love our food. Come to any of our hotels and you can count on delicious, healthy cuisine based where possible on the freshest local produce, whether designed with foodie adults or picky kids in mind.
We also know the importance of getting children involved in what they eat – at some of our hotels, they can help out in the kitchen garden and collect eggs for breakfast.
We’ve shared our favourite books for both cooking for and cooking with kids – useful as everyday reference books but also great Christmas presents or birthday gifts for that food-lover in your life.
With the spooky season nearly upon us, we’ve rounded up our top recommendations for 2017 Halloween events handy for our Fowey Hall and Polurrian Bay hotels in Cornwall. See also our blog on celebrating Halloween at our hotels, with seasonal crafts and activities.
Autumn is one of our favourite times of year at Luxury Family Hotels – perfect for crisp walks, leaf stomping and conker gathering, and of course for all the fiendish fun of Halloween…
Staff from our OFSTED-registered ‘dens’ lay on a creepy selection of very special seasonal activities for our younger guests and for families, including the likes of witchy scarecrow making, ferocious face painting, perfect pumpkin carving, marshmallow toasting, scary mask-making, gingerbread skeleton cooking, cress-head mummy-making, haunted nature trails, apple-bobbing, lantern-making and Bonfire Night crafts. We’d love to see you and your family at in the one of our family-friendly hotels, but in the meantime, we’ve shared Woolley Grange's recipe for a nightmarishly good ice scream sundae.
As the days grow shorter and the temperature falls, outdoor play becomes less and less enticing – not least for parents, who tend to feel the cold more because they’re often not running around. In fact, children are usually just as happy larking around in the wind, rain and snow as they are in the sunshine, not least when there’s some conker-hunting, puddle-jumping or snowball-fighting to be done.
We’ve rounded up the best outdoor games to battle cabin fever with children of various ages during the chillier months – ones so fun that hopefully you’ll be tempted to join in too (if not, then go prepared for the cold, with hand-warmers to slip into your gloves and a flask of coffee or hot chocolate…).
Most of the following are suitable for the garden or the park; some require snow…