Showing posts with label family holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family holiday. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Eurocamp - 5 things to do in the rain, 5 things to do in the sun

We have recently returned from a fantastic week away with Eurocamp at their La Croix du Vieux Pont parc and we found so much to do for all six of us.  We arrived to beautiful sunshine and 28 degrees but the weather soon deteriorated and we had more rain than anything else for our week.  It certainly didn't spoil our fun and we found so much to do both inside and out.  I thought I would share our top five things to do at the Eurocamp parc when the sun shines and our top five things to do when it doesn't.

Top 5 things to do in the Rain


1. Kids club / kids room

Eurocamp offer free kids clubs for children aged 4 to 12 and both Dylan and Archie went along a few days.  I dropped them off for two hours and they were entertained with crafts, activities and fun.  Both boys made friends and on one day there was a four hour session where they created a show for the parents to come and watch.  For the younger children there is an indoor room with games, toys and a sandpit that is open for use all day.  Both the little two loved exploring, playing with the bricks, cooking in the toy kitchen and having a chance to explore in their own way.

2. Swimming Pools

There were three indoor swimming areas at our Eurocamp site and we all loved the children's pool.  All four children could play, the older three heading straight to the slide in the middle and Cora splashing around the outside.  Next to the pool was a splash zone with lots of things shooting water around and the kids loved running through the sprays and playing in here.


3. Bowling

Bowling is an additional cost, but the bowling alley by the pub was clean and bright and loads of fun for big and small children.


4. Football or Table Tennis

There was a big indoor football pitch as well as two different indoor table tennis areas that were free to play on and this would be perfect for older children.  There was always space to play when went through the area and Finn loved kicking the footballs about.

5. Borrow a Game/Book

In the baby room there were shelves of Orchard Toys games and lots of books in many languages that could be borrowed and taken back to your mobile home and for the adults there were books available to borrow from the Eurocamp reception.  We had a bit of quiet time each morning inside our mobile home and these helped keep the children occupied.


When the sun is shining there is even more choice of things to do, here are our favourites :


1. Manmade Beach

Set next to the lake is a fake beach - a circle of sand with a pool of water in the centre.  It is ideal for families as the children can choose to build sandcastles, dip their toes in, go for a swim or play on inflatables.  There is a playground and a restaurant/bar right next door too so it was easy to spend the whole day here.


2. Learn to Ride

Many Eurocamp parcs, including this one offer free 'learn to ride' sessions where children aged between 3 and 6 can attend free bike lessons.  They start on balance bikes and progress on to pedals and we were amazed at how well Dylan did thanks to the lovely Pru.  Teaching him to ride was something we were planning for the summer and this got him off to a great start!



3. Feed the Ducks

The parc is centered around a lovely lake and there were lots of ducks as well as a family of swans that we enjoyed spotting and feeding our leftovers to.  The boys gave them all names and ran outside every morning in the hope they were hanging around by our mobile home.


4. Go Karts

One of Archie's highlights of the week was definitely having a go on the go karts.  There is a little track right next to the lake where you can also hire pedalo boats and all three boys had a go on the go-karts (although Finn's legs were a little short)


5. BBQ

Each mobile home comes with a table and chairs on the decked area and a barbeque and you have to make the most of the sunshine to cook up some sausages.  The on site store sells everything you need and there is also a supermarket about a mile from the parc with more choice. We started to worry that all our efforts were getting rained off but we managed a BBQ before the week was out!


There are so many more activities I could have listed, from hiring bikes and cycling around the lake to the soft play area above the pub but there are our favourites and we enjoyed them all during our stay.

Our stay in France was courtesy of Eurocamp but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Our Week away with Snowbizz

Have you ever been somewhere and realised that you left a little piece of yourself there when you left?  That is how we feel about Puy St Vincent.  This year was the third time we have taken a family ski holiday, the third time we have headed to the snowy French Alps with Snowbizz - The Family Ski Specialists, and we know that it won't be the last.

From the helpful staff in the office to the friendly greeting at Gatwick airport to the Pink ladies welcoming us to Turin, we felt looked after at every stage of our journey and in resort I felt confident leaving my children with the qualified nannies and knew that the boys' ski lessons were all overseen by Michel, who makes it his business to ensure every child (and adult) is getting the most from their time in Puy.  

This year was our first time with four children, and I was a little worried about how it would all go.  They are all still so young and with two under two, we were flying with one on our lap each and another child next to us each.  Somehow everything seemed to come together on the day and it just fell into place.  The drive up to the resort from the airport is full of anticipation and snoring as the early start means we all struggled to stay awake.  When you open your eyes to the stunning view of endless mountains, crisp white snow and tall trees it is just so magical and we were in Puy before we knew it.

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Our week was exhausting but relaxing and we each got so much from it.  The bloke and I progressed in our skiing thanks to our wonderful instructor Hugo.  He pushed me to try some of the red runs, he took us off piste after the fresh snow had fallen and he helped me every step of the way when I struggled with my confidence.  

Dylan was in the Junior ski school this year which meant a two hour lesson each morning.  To say he loved it would be an understatement, he was dressed and ready to go each morning an hour before the doors even opened! There were four of them in his group and he spent the week on the green and blue slopes.  On the last day after much asking, I went out skiing with him.  I was worried that I wouldn't be able to help him much, that I wasn't good enough myself but he amazed me with his independence and skills.  His instructor had taught them how to get their skis on themselves, how to get up when they fall and how to ski well.  We skied down alongside him amazed at how far he had come in only a week!

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Archie loved his lessons too with instructor Matthieu.  The 'Totons' are skiers aged 3 and 4 and each group has one of the qualified nannies out on the snow with them.  Archie had two other little boys with him which meant an amazing ratio and so much attention.  He was keen to keep trying all lesson and didn't want them to end after the hour!

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Cora and Finn were in the creche - Finn charmed everyone as he always does and Cora surprised me in the best way.  For a baby that is attached to me almost 24/7 at home, I wasn't sure how she would cope in a new surrounding.  At 6 months she is still breastfed on demand and she is used to being worn in a sling a lot. She settled into the creche immediately and didn't cry all week.  She was content and smiley for the wonderful ladies and they were very respectful of my parenting, happy to hold her and cuddle her as much as she wanted.  I popped in just before my lesson and straight after it to feed her and she fell into an easy routine whilst we were away.

family ski holiday, taking a baby skiing

The wonderful thing about a ski holiday is that there is something for everyone.  Our week was a mix of adult time and family time and we could all go off in the day and have our lessons but we all came together again afterwards, refreshed after a little time apart and with the wonderful backdrop of a snowy mountain to relax us.  Skiing is physically quite exhausting so our evenings were snuggly and our bedtimes early.

Snowbizz offers so much but the things that really make it perfect for young families like ours are the exceptional childcare and the closeness of everything.  We would leave our apartment and have our skis on within 30 seconds walk, ready to go.  At the end of my lesson, I could pop my skis against the wall with Ed and be back with the children in less than a minute.  The resort is small but has everything we needed with a selection of restaurants, ski shops and two supermarkets.

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The childcare is by far the best we have come across in any country.  The nannies all seem so genuinely happy to be there and their energy and enthusiasm is catching.  I would pop in to feed Cora at sometimes quite random times but I always found them totally engrossed in play with the children - painting faces, making up songs, pushing them around in cars or following the children's games.  I felt happy leaving Cora there each day despite the fact that until last week I had never left her with anyone other than Ed and never for more than 30 minutes.

This little resort buried 1600 metres up the slope is the place we spend all year looking forward to visiting and we are not alone.   The personal service of a family run company means there are families that come back year after year and many new families are captivated on the first visit.  For children learning to ski, this is the perfect resort with small classes and the nursery slopes on their doorstep.

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Skiing may not be the first thing you think of when looking for somewhere to take young children, but it is an amazing holiday for every age and we have definitely got the ski bug!



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Thank you to Snowbizz for hosting us last week - we may turn out to be your most loyal customers!


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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Last Summer Adventures

September seems to have brought with it colder temperatures, but the blue skies haven't completely disappeared.  We spent a day at Mevagissey in Cornwall this weekend, a little seaside village based around a harbour, and we had glorious sunshine all day.

The village is nestled in a small valley around 5 miles from St Austell.  The streets are cobbled and narrow, the views vast and blue and the ice cream authentic and Cornish.

There was plenty to explore with the small folk, dylan loved the rugged cliffs that were so different from the white chalk we have at home.  There was plenty of opportunities for climbing, which we made the most of whilst Archie and Finn were snoozing in the buggy and sling.

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