We love going on holiday and are very lucky to be able to do so, we tend to do holidays rather than lots of days out. For us its a great opportunity to spend some time all together away from work distractions and everyday life.
Whilst its still quite a drive to North Cornwall we love this staycation. We have stayed in a couple of different places but all broadly around the Wadebridge/Bude area. With easy access to some of our favourite places and loads to do with children we love it. We have been in summer and in winter and to be honest both have been as good fun as you can never really rely on the weather in this country!
Best Places to Eat – We found a brilliant place with delicious home cooked food and a soft play for the Children! Try Seven Souls Yard if you are in the Polzeath area, really friendly, great fresh cooking and delicious pasta for the little ones after they have worked up an appetite (whilst the parents sample some of the delcious wine on offer).
We also love Boscastle Farm Shop, set in beautiful countryside with a sea view and some fun play equipment this place serves delicious traditional lunches, pasties and some amazing cream teas. The shop is pretty good too we always pick up some farm eggs and veg.
Finally we were recommended Trevathan Farm Shop, great outside space for children and another delicious cream tea. Perfect family friendly destination for a couple of hours.
Our Favourite Beaches – We love Polzeath and Rock. My toddler will go in the sea whatever the weather, he has been in during November and June (to be fair on one occassion in June I think it was colder). Rock beach has beautiful pools of water in the afternoon which are shallow and perfect for splashing around in and you can walk quite a way down with a buggy which was an essential this year. We also enjoy Widemouth Bay which has a nice little cafe for an ice cream. Its a bit more pebbly but beautiful views and again great for playing on whatever the weather.
North Jutland, Denmark – read about our latest adventures in North Jutland on the blog
We travel here during the middle of summer and for the last three years have been lucky with the weather! We have flown into Billund twice to combine the holiday with a trip to the original Legoland which is great fun. We tend to travel up to North West Jutland which takes just over 2.5 hours.
Danish Summerhouses are great for families, they are usually on big plots with big open plan spaces inside. Some come with indoor pools or activity rooms to keep older children amused. Most gardens have swings/sandpit or something to keep little ones amused and terraces on all sides to catch the sun. There are many holiday areas around, we have tried both Norre Lyngby and Lonstrup. The main towns around are Lokken and Hjorring both with good shops and amenities. Denmark is very quiet compared to England, even in high season with most tourists being German, Norwegian or Swedish. Everyone speaks English and the cost of living really isnt much more than here despite what people think. To eat out for a traditional lunch and a beer is similar to having a pizza express lunch in the UK and food in the supermarket is only a little bit more expensive (some things are more than comparable).
Our Favourite Places to Eat (and drink) – In Lokken we enjoy the ice creams from the shop in the town square, you can also get a very reasonably priced Danish beer so something for everyone. The big yellow hotel in the square (home to a couple of resturants) is lovely for a grown up drink if you get the chance. In Lonstrup we like Mama Rosa for a traditional (whilst you might not expect it from the name) Danish lunch plate of herring, danish meatballs, plaice and rye bread. You have to try it. They also do delicious pizza and have a childrens menu and high chairs. Cafe Slugten is lovely for drinks and the food looked delicious, they also have live music evenings. All ice cream shops in the area are pretty good – you have to try a Danish soft ice. However also check out the size of some of the ice creams the Danes eat, pretty impressive. Most places cater for children and you can find the good old Ikea Antilop high chair in most resturants!
Our Favourite things to do – No surprise we love the beaches, there are many along the coast to enjoy. You can drive your car on the beach in lots of places in Denmark which is a little different to what we are used to! We like Lokken Beach just off the town centre as you can combine this with an ice cream. Nr Lyngby is often quiet and the water not too fierce, it’s particularly nice early evening. Lonstrup beach has lots of coves now they have put in place some pretty serious flood defences (big piles of rocks in the sea) but is popular with families and has lots of space. Norlev beach is lovely and next time we hope to try Skallerup as it is near a big holiday park so probably very family friendly. They are all pretty quiet and great fun for any little one who loves the water. Danes also seem to swim whatever the weather – this is my observation anyway!
We also enjoyed using the public swimming pool in Hjorring which has a slide and a toddler pool, useful for a rainy day, as well as the outdoor pool and playground at the Egelunds Campsite in Lonstrup. At 30kr each, so about £7-8 for daddy and big piggle, it was a good way to spend a couple of hours.
We climbed Rubjerg Knude a number of times. This is a lighthouse and sand-dunes just outside of Lonstrup. In the next 10-15 years it is thought the lighthouse will fall into the sea, at the moment it is a lovely walk up through the dunes to some huge sand mountains which are great fun for the children to run down. It probably takes about 1-1.5 hours to walk up and back again with parts being buggy friendly (I used a sling) but is a lovely safe walk and good fun.
Finally I love the shopping – if you can get a couple of child free hours the antique markets are fun, the glass shops and galleries in Lonstrup are lovely and in Hjorring you can visit lots of homeware stores to scandi up your house. My favourites are Bahne, Imerco and Sostrene Grene.
Sani Beach Club
This has been one of our best holidays, and you can pick up some good deals out of season if you are not tied to the school holidays. Its a pretty luxurious resort but set up for families with children. There are kids clubs, a creche, a playground, great kids food options, a lovely pool and beach and most importantly lovely staff who treat children with such kindness. It is a wonderful experience as parents do feel like they have relaxed (as much as you can with a toddler) as well as knowing the kids have had a great time. The rooms are small but there is so much to do outside you only sleep in it. They are well equipped and they have all baby equipment you could need, im sure if you forgot something they would have it! With a dine around meal plan you can try the resturants on site or take the minibus to the marina and try the restuarants there. There is also a little shop there you can buy snacks and drinks from for the room. We managed to sit outside with a glass of wine on the terrace whilst our little one slept but there is also evening entertainment if thats your thing or if your children are older.
Out of season it was still warm, nicely busy and with excellent service. The beaches have a space where your children can play attended by someone from the kids club for half an hour, plus lots of shallow waters perfect for paddling. Drinks are bought to your sunlounger and you can find both secluded and busy spots. It really is great and we cant wait to go back!