Exploring adventures and styles for kids without the girl/boy stereotypes.

Winter Weekends at Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange Charlie and the Pirates

Now we are stuck to school holidays it is not so easy to pack up and get away for a family trip. However, for the last inset day back in November we packed up and went South West to Woolley Grange family hotel near the village (or may town) of Bradford Upon Avon. Why do […]

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Roll-up the circus is coming to town

Charlie and the pirates

Diary mad – that is me. It is something that drives papa pirate round the bend. In the summer, leading up to the summer break, I go into over drive with booking nights out and family activities. I just love the spring months – I have these romantic visions of us sitting together as a family […]

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Bax & Bay guest blog

Charlie and the Pirates

Festival season is well underway and back in the days, pre Bax & Bay, when I had a ‘proper’ job I used to get a pair of tickets to every festival in the UK and hand them out to my team; always keeping tickets to a couple of my favourites – number one always being […]

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Madpax summer holiday packing

Charlie and the pirates Mad Pax

I am a couple of days into the summer holidays and I have already used the following words (on more than one occasion) with my mini pirates: There will be no ice creams if you do not listen to me I am cancelling all play dates unless you turn on your ears Do you know […]

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Mark Warner half term madness

Charlie and the pirates Mark Warner

This is a blog post all about doing a lot on a Mark Warner holiday, however, before I go any further I want to point out this is not a sponsored blog post. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a Mark Warner sponsored post but this is not one of them! In fact, this is […]

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Grooving, mixing, searching and swashbuckling through Easter

Dance Grooves at Easter

The Easter holidays are pretty much here and I am starting to think where has the last term gone?! If, like me, you are late in planning what to do with your little pirates and not off somewhere fabulous (or even somewhere not fabulous) then I have a couple ideas for you all.   My […]

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Muddy in the Cotswolds for Half-Term

Half-term fun in the Cotswolds

Since I started this blog plus the Charlie Made prints and stationary, I feel like my quality time with the children has dropped off a cliff considerably! So I decided that a half-term trip to the Cotswolds would be fun. The plan was to catch-up with friends who live South West England way and to […]

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Tips on the family- friendly Martinhal Resort, Sagres

Martinhal Beach

As it is so cold outside, I am thinking of summer holidays and I thought I would share holiday tips on the Martinhal Resort in Sagres, Portugal. I have never visited a resort that is so well publicised and loved by families. When we checked in, I immediately saw two families from home (literally the […]

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Go Ape Battersea Park Sky-high fun

Charlie and the Pirates Go Ape

I recently read Lucy Mangan’s article in The Guardian on the privatisation of Battersea Play Park and was genuinely surprised. We have regularly used the park for the last five years and have been pleased with the expansion of play equipment (although I am clearly too big to climb the really tall slide ladder bit!). […]

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Hotel Esencia is a Mexican beach gem

Winter sun is the best sun in my opinion. Although, I think it is the most stressful to prepare for, particularly when you can never find your trusty pair of sandals. However, its worth the stress once you have your backside planted on a beach a long way from home with an additional stamp in […]

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