This week, my family and I are on a short break in Cornwall. Right now, as I type, I’m sitting on a plush red sofa, drinking tea, log burning stove roaring next to me, and I’m looking out onto the choppy English Channel. The sea and sky have a purpley hazy glow to them and Mr P and the four-year-old are off swimming in the hotel pool while I’m catching up on a bit of blogging. If it wasn’t for Status Quo music playing in the background, it would feel pretty perfect.
Our break has got me thinking a bit about what makes the perfect holiday – for me, it’s about going somewhere that has something for everyone. So a hotel that offers swimming for the little ones, a kick-ass crèche, and fun outdoor play areas alongside a spa for me, gorgeous chill out areas, ooh and nice wine please – is pretty much the dream.
That way, you ALL get to have fun and relax – aren’t those the two magical ingredients to a holiday? Time to switch off from deadlines and housework and – well, basically everything a bit boring and rubbish in life. Time to just sit and do a puzzle with your child. Or splash around in the pool. Or eat ice cream every day. Time to recharge the batteries and get some perspective on life. Make memories to store away and recall when you’re back home… cleaning the cooker. These are some of my favourite family memories from the past year…
But for me, a dream holiday should also have an air of predictability to it – there’s something special about having holiday traditions as a family (when I grew up, it wasn’t a holiday if we didn’t take a pack of cards for endless games of Rummy.)
So with this in mind, I’ve created a game – Family Holiday Bingo.
HOW TO PLAY: Print off the below bingo card and give a print out to each grown up member of your family, as you set off on a holiday. Whenever you spot something that features on the bingo card, cross it off. The person with the most items crossed off at the end of the holiday WINS!
• This post is an entry for the Mark Warner Ambassador programme – they’ve asked bloggers to write a post about dream holidays and a lucky few will go onto become an ambassador for the brand in 2015. Check out their holidays – they’re awesome. (And I’m not just saying that….)
Can I play! Can I? Can I? I reckon I could WIN Bingo for the first time ever. Love it!
Haha are you usually unlucky in bingo, Penny? This is a game you’re bound to win 😉
I LOVE that game! All of those things happen, every time!
And you are so right, time, and memories are the most important things about going on holiday – I’m always in search of both 🙂
I love making memories – and looking through photos of holidays (I often lose hours doing this!)
Love this Ali, so funny! I love family holiday bingo! 😉 There is ALWAYS someone drinking a pint at 8am. Always!
*whispers* is it usually you, Katie? 😉
Ha ha! “Bonus points if it’s an entire suitcase”
That really made me laugh x
It happened to us, Lauren! On our way to Cornwall ;-(
Cute post and great bingo game!
Thanks Laura! 🙂
holiday breakfasts are the best! got to love granola, cooked breakfast and a waffle! We always say we’ll fill up as we’ll be out all day..and then we eat loads for lunch and dinner too haha! x
ha – sounds familiar 😉
mine always ask ‘are we nearly there yet’ about five minutes after we leave the house…..,
At least they don’t ask it before you leave 😉
Oh love this post and how amazing are those photos of your recent trip by the way – wish I was sitting on a nice plush sofa in Cornwall right now 🙂
me too…. *looks out at rain*
Such a good post and all so true! I love the sound of your Cornwall break (apart from the Quo obvs). Good luck – you’d make an excellent ambassador!! X
Oh it was LOVELY, just your cup of tea, I think!