Guest Post: Top Five UK Locations For Families To Visit

Today we are lucky enough to have a guest post from Sykes Cottages with the top five UK holiday destinations for busy families!

When it comes to holidays, everybody wants at least one a year, but some people don’t realise how good trips around the United Kingdom can be. With places like the North Yorkshire Moors and Devon, there are so many places that families can enjoy every year.
Each place will boast activities that are great for children and adults. From exploring woodlands to learning about the history and heritage of a region, visiting Sykes Cottages
holiday cottages UK for your travelling experiences, can be a great way of escaping the hustle and bustle for a week or a weekend. Have a look around with these top locations to enjoy.

Found on the English Channel coast, this is a beautiful place that boasts the holiday resorts of Weymouth and Bournemouth along with various landforms. Most famous for the aptly named Jurassic Coast, there is so much to explore and enjoy. Brilliant for walking, and getting unique photo opportunities, there is a great contrast of charming villages, vast countryside and seaside hotspots to take in. Whether you want to spend days on the beach, walk through the countryside or be interactive and take in some activities like quad biking, walking with llamas or adventure parks there is something here to keep you smiling for a weekend or week break.

Norfolk Broads
From the south-west we head to east Anglia, and the navigable lakes and rivers of the famous Norfolk Broads. Exploring this region has always been popular for boating enthusiasts and it boasts an area of 303 square kilometres, with two-thirds available to enjoy. The stereotypical view is reeds and windmills, and this is something you will see in this area of natural beauty. Whether you want to kayak on the broads, take boat trips, or head to the wildlife and animal centres there is something for you and your family to enjoy and remember forever.

Lake District
With a great variety of lakes and countryside to walk through and many other activities, this is one of the top places for an adventure holiday. Whether your children like Beatrix Potter, are studying William Wordsworth in school or enjoy taking adventure trails they will fall in love with this part of the world. Head to Windermere for a trip on the lakes, and to Stanley Ghyll Force to see a breath-taking waterfall . If time permits, why not visit some of the small market towns such as Keswick.

North Wales
From family activities to cultural festivals, North Wales has it all. Whether you want to show your family the picturesque landscape views that can be seen from the top of Snowdonia or the surfing and sailing beaches at the Llyn Peninsula – or both – then you’re in luck. With stunning hills and a variety of historical sites, you can enjoy so many things with a family holiday here.

Highlands of Scotland
It’s possible to enjoy a great touristy time at all five of these places and this fifth and final place is a beauty in itself. Last doesn’t mean it’s least, and with the Northern Highlands, Skye and Loch Ness all within this region of the United Kingdom, you’d be hard pushed to say that it doesn’t deserve a visit. Many people return many times and continue to get a unique experience, so head up with the family to explore castles, museums and the vast wildlife that there is on offer.

Photographs provided courtesy of Michael Edmondstone for Sykes Cottages.

Guest Post: How to keep children entertained in the car

If you’re a parent then chances are you’ll be familiar with the challenge of trying to keep kids entertained during car journeys. Thankfully the good people at Salisbury’s have done the hard work for you in today’s guest post and have given me their top tips for a stress free family outing.

One of the challenges of a long family car journey is trying to prevent a riot breaking out on the back seat! Negotiating unfamiliar roads and traffic systems is hard enough, so you could do with out distractions from the kids behind you. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for keeping the little ones quiet and content during your journey.

Take plenty of breaks

Children have short attention spans at the best of times, so it will benefit everyone if they can get out and stretch their legs once in a while. Every time you stop it gives your children something different to do, and breaks up the journey. A break every hour is ideal, but try and stop every two hours at least, in a safe, suitable location.

Keep them entertained

This gets easier by the year thanks to new technology. These days, it is not unusual to see children watching DVDs on screens attached to the back of the head rests of the front seats. That’s something that can work for kids of all ages, including teenagers.

Everyone loves games

There are many great games that your children can play in the car, and a lot of well known board games are available in travel versions, with features designed specifically for moving vehicles.

Of course, with just one child in the back it can be harder to keep them entertained, but there are plenty of games that require nothing more than a little imagination – the old favourite ‘I spy’, for instance.

You could also try ‘red car blue car’. All you have to do is choose a colour of car to watch out for. Whoever sees the most cars of a particular colour in the allotted time wins.

And how about some colouring pencils and paper in the back to bring out the little one’s creative side?

Feed them up

A surefire way to keep kids happy and occupied is giving them something to eat and drink (it will keep them quiet, too!). Of course, common sense is required – the more liquid they take in, the more toilet stops you’ll have to make!

Have some music handy

Most children respond very well to music, and while your three-year-old might like nursery rhymes a bit more than you do, anything is preferable to a high-pitched whine from the back seat! Be warned, though – you might have to join in.

Prepare for your journey in every way

There are many things to think about if you have to plan a long journey, and keeping the children entertained is just one of them. Make sure you have adequate car insurance for the journey before you set off. Little extras like roadside assistance and courtesy car availability can make all the difference if you run into problems with the whole family on board.

Guest Post – Biorepair ToothPaste

As mums we all know how hard it can be to keep our children away from sugary drinks and sweets. Foods that while delicious, are so high in sugar and acid that they can cause extensive damage to young teeth.

But thankfully there is an answer! Can you imagine if there existed a toothpaste so powerful at protecting your children’s teeth, that it could potentially mean the end to fillings. Biorepair is such a toothpaste!

Dr. Girk Baytug has been a dentist for over twenty years. In the following video below he explains the results of a recent study which tested two repairing toothpastes – one being BioRepair – on their ability to repair enamel erosion caused by a soft drink. This study showed that BioRepair provides continuous protection against multiple acid attacks throughout the day, keeping little teeth healthy and protected!

This means we can finally stay safe in the knowledge that our kids’ teeth can stay healthy – even if they manage to sneak a treat or two!