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old park small 2Welcome to the Parent Friendly Stays blog! Here we’ll be posting our latest news as it happens including recently added listings, improvements to the site and competition updates. We’ll also highlight the very best family friendly holidays on Parent Friendly Stays in a series of useful ‘top ten’ lists, reveal the behind-the-scenes workings of our featured holidays in some exclusive ‘meet the owner’ interviews, and help you make the most of your holidays with a range of articles providing helpful holiday tips, tricks and location guides.

Late deals on family holidays this Easter

last minute family friendly holidays for easter 2015

24 March 2015

As the Easter 2015 school holidays approach (where did winter go, by the way?!) you might be wishing you’d been a bit more organised and booked a trip away on holiday with the children. Not least since the sun seems to have finally remembered how to start shining! (more…)

How to keep children occupied on holiday

how to keep children occupied on holiday

22 March 2015

Holidays are a time for fun and relaxation, but unfortunately no-one told the children that! Boredom is the bane of most parents’ lives and can even strike during an otherwise enjoyable family holiday, swiftly transforming even the most placid toddler or child into a screaming nightmare.

Plan ahead and be prepared with these great tips for staving off boredom on holiday. (more…)

Five tips for stress-free family friendly holiday planning

stress free family holidays

14 February 2015

Family holidays are a great time to have some dedicated family bonding between mum, dad and the kids. Away from the stresses of daily life, routine and work it’s an opportunity to make memories for everyone involved.

However, the planning which goes into family holidays can be an additional stress in itself: trying to coordinate several different people’s needs, timetables and likes can be difficult. But with a little advanced planning and preparation, it’s possible to organise a family friendly holiday with minimal stress or worry. (more…)

Don’t forget these essentials when you’re travelling with a baby!

things to remember when travelling with a baby

27 January 2015

Travelling on holiday with your young child can be a wonderful experience, a chance to make memories, see the world through young eyes and introduce your baby to the wonders of the world beyond their daily routine. Holidays can be exciting and nostalgic and a great way to bond, as well as being a rare opportunity for mum and dad to relax a little too.

However, the practicalities of travelling with a young child – especially for the first time – can be a little scary and daunting. The key to keeping your holiday as stress free as possible is in preparation: planning is key. (more…)

Family friendly holiday ideas for February half term

13 January 2015

Ah January! The time of diets, abstinence, resolutions, dark nights, cold weather and a slightly gloomy feeling that all the festive fun is over..

But it doesn’t have to be that way! It’s only a few weeks until the schools break up for February half term, which is a great time to get away with the family for a few days. (more…)

New listings for late 2014

30 December 2014

The end of the year is nearly upon us so – before it arrives and the champagne starts flowing! – here’s a quick run-down of the child and parent friendly holidays we’ve added to Parent Friendly Stays during the latter part of 2014. (more…)

Our family holiday at Court Farm, Cornwall

some of the animals at court farm

5 December 2014

In November 2014 the Parent Friendly Stays clan were lucky enough to spend a long weekend at Court Farm Cottages in Cornwall – a child friendly complex of Cornish cottages, converted barns and stylish houses in the village of Marhamchurch near Bude. (more…)

It’s not too late for a Christmas or New Year family holiday!

27 November 2014

courtfarmxmas2So November’s nearly over already (where does time go nowadays?!) and the annual routine of festive TV adverts and Christmas music in the shops started many weeks ago. For those lucky families who long since booked a child-pleasing holiday over Christmas or New Year in a cosy self-catering cottage or well-equipped family hotel, there are only a few weeks left to wait.

But what about those of us who weren’t quite so prepared and have suddenly now realised how much we wish we were spending the festive period with our families somewhere new and exciting? Well you needn’t worry! We’ve rounded up all the child friendly holidays from Parent Friendly Stays who’ve still got space this December and listed them below. (more…)

New holiday listings this Autumn

4 November 2014

bluestone1As the nights draw in, the temperature drops and the leaves begin to fall, the glorious summer holidays from only a couple of months ago can begin to feel like a very distant memory. But what better time to start planning your next family adventure and give yourself something to look forward to?

At Parent Friendly Stays we’re still beavering away finding, researching and reviewing the very best child friendly holidays the UK has to offer. In case you’ve missed our updates on the website or on Facebook and Twitter, here’s a quick rundown of the latest holidays we’ve added. (more…)

Five relaxing luxury spa breaks (and they’re family friendly too!)

25 September 2014

torfrey3Like most parents, at Parent Friendly Stays we can sometimes feel a little bit frazzled by the daily grind of work, household chores, school runs, sleepless nights and the rest.

One of our favourite ways to unwind on special occasions is to treat ourselves to a short break at a luxury spa hotel. What could be more relaxing than a dip in a luxury pool, a few minutes in a baking hot sauna or steam room followed by a rejuvenating back rub or massage? (more…)

More new arrivals

16 September 2014

flear2Here’s another quick round-up of the latest child friendly holidays we’ve recently added to Parent Friendly Stays.

As always, this is just a summary of a handful of our listings so do explore further to find a family holiday which is perfect for you! (more…)

Things to do in Devon – when it’s raining!

27 August 2014

things to do in devon in the rainDevon is a fantastic place to visit and enjoy at any time of year, and traditionally offers some of the best UK weather given its southerly location.

But like the rest of the country it still has its fair share of the seemingly ever-present British rain. (more…)

Who’s new this week?

24 August 2014

torfrey2Parent Friendly Stays continues to grow and we’ve been adding some great new family holidays recently.

In case you’ve missed them, here’s a summary of the holidays we’ve recently listed. (more…)

Five fantastic family friendly beaches in Cornwall

16 August 2014

family friendly beaches in CornwallDespite it sometimes feeling like the majority of the UK’s population rush for the airports as soon as the summer weather starts to arrive, the UK has a fine collection of beaches on its very own shores. (more…)

Our first blog

August 10, 2014

gwynfryn1Welcome to the Parent Friendly Stays blog!

As you might be able to tell, our site is still under development and as such we’re currently focusing all our attention on making it as useful as possible. What that means in practice is spending most of our time finding, researching and reviewing fantastic child and family friendly holidays across the UK, then turning our research into a format which we think our visitors might find useful. (more…)


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