I have a fairly decent 13yr old on the premises - however, as he goes sailing and adventuring with his father, I'm at a loss to do something in the holidays which will keep us both entertained. He's not wildly keen on museum-y things and a suggested trip to Madrid has been shot down as it is not near the sea. (We already live near the sea but seemingly variety not a spice he's doing this year). Any suggestions ? Thank you
Thank you, yes. but we are bit of old hands there and son reckons he has seen it - as, indeed, he has. We saw also the fountains at the palace where they tortured various unlucky sods. No body expecting the Spanish inquisition. As it were.
That sounds like a lovely trip - however, I fear the south of France a bit beyond our budget. It was great when he was three - I could get away with giving him a basin of water and two corks and that was him for a week. This grown-up bit is a killer.
It's about an hour and a half drive. You get the ferry from Greenock. It's a lovely drive actually.
It's very child friendly, the staff are all very welcoming. There's a big sandpit next to the restaurant but not much else in the way of 'play' facilities atm (although there's a big ruddy building site earmarked for it!)
My friend's son is 5 and into boats in a big way so he finds it fascinating, you can go for a walk to the hidden cottage and if you're brave there's the spooky old abandoned village further away.
http://www.portavadiemarina.com/diary/ This is the itinerary for events
The walking theatre is excellent btw and kids thought it was hilarious.
Even if you don't manage to make it for the summer, I thoroughly recommend their Halloween 'do' as it was a proper traditional type party last year which was lovely.
And if you're not a boaty type they can/will organise for you to get taken out for a wee sightseeing/fishing trip if you fancy.
I am so smitten with this place. In case it wasn't obvious lol!