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Live webchat with travel writer Will Gray on Friday 12 June, 1-2pm

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GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Jun-09 15:47:01

In July 2008, Will Gray came and talked travel with children.

Now he's got a new book coming out, Britain with Kids, so if you want to quiz him about the ins and outs of family-friendly holidays in the UK, please join us this Friday.

As usual, if you can't make the chat on the day but have a question you're burning to ask, then please post here.

yellowbrickroad Fri 12-Jun-09 13:32:56

Do you and your family have a favourite holiday spot in the UK?

WillGray Fri 12-Jun-09 13:33:26

Hi CMOTdibbler - haven't forgotten you. Still thinking....!

WillGray Fri 12-Jun-09 13:37:15

Our favourite holiday spot in the UK, yellowbrickroad, is Cornwall, right down on the far north coast between St Ives and Sennen Cove. Also love the Lizard around Kynance Cove. Thing is, though, researching this book has opened our eyes to a whole stack of other great spots - in Wales the Llyn peninsula, Gower Peninsula and Pembroke coast have beaches that easily rival Devon and Cornwall.

Also love the South Hams in Devon.

National Forest in the Midlands was a real eye-opener for us - just something a bit different - great woodland activities etc.

Cairngorms in Scotland is the best for a multi-activity break for kids. Camp at Glenmore and you've got everything right there from canoeing, cycling, meeting reindeer, learning to sail...

yellowbrickroad Fri 12-Jun-09 13:40:40

I want your job!

Poppity Fri 12-Jun-09 13:44:25

Can you suggest any good campsites or cheap places to stay around Oban for two nights in August?

We are stopping there on the way further up and are feeling a tad unwilling to unpack and put the (huge) tent up only to take it down a couple of days later, but don't mind if we have to.

We have 3 children and don't need a big facility heavy site if we do camp. I can only find 2 sites in that area.

fruitshootsandheaves Fri 12-Jun-09 13:45:24

could you please arrange for the sun to shine for the two weeks at the end of July, for everyone, but hottest in Scarborough. Thankyou grin

Poppity Fri 12-Jun-09 13:45:43

I should say, we have friends in Oban, so don't want to be too far from there.

WillGray Fri 12-Jun-09 13:47:10

Hi again CMOTdibbler
Have you considered North Norfolk? It's got a nice gentle mix of sandy beaches, good value places to stay (including top campsites like Deepdale Farm) and your three-year-old would absoultely love Bewilderwood (a woodland adventure park with a magical twist that often has special events like story telling during the summer). You could also go for a ride on the North Norfolk Railway and visit the seal rescue centre at Hunstanton.
Just a thought....

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Jun-09 13:55:56

Will, thanks v much for answering so many questions. Lots of food for holiday thought. So if we get the hot summer we're promised, we're set!

WillGray Fri 12-Jun-09 13:56:53

Hi Poppity
I don’t suppose you want to go across the water from Oban to Mull (40 minutes on the ferry) but the Shielings campsite on Mull is absolutely fantastic!

The Oban Caravan and Camping Park ( might be a good bet – you can either camp or stay in a holiday home or cottage if the thought of pitching your tent doesn’t appeal.

Still looking at other options for you...

WillGray Fri 12-Jun-09 13:59:52

My pleasure Geraldine - yes, let's hope for a great summer. We'll be in Cornwall for most of it researching the next title in Footprint's 'With Kids' series.

Have a great summer everyone and thank you for taking the time to join me on this chat.

All the best

CMOTdibbler Fri 12-Jun-09 14:02:06

Thank you Will - I'll look into that !

Starbear Fri 12-Jun-09 15:00:57

WillGray Thank you for your suggestions. Will look them up after I collect Ds from school. Starbear

rubyslippers Fri 12-Jun-09 15:25:15

will - thank you so much for answering my question

am going to check out your recommendations


scrappydappydoo Fri 12-Jun-09 15:37:46

Rubyslippers - just to say we did a forestholidays cabin holiday in April and it was great! Not the same facilities as a centerparcs but cabins were fantastic, staff friendly, activities great as well. Would really recommend them

rubyslippers Fri 12-Jun-09 15:41:51

thank you scrappy

Lulumama Sat 13-Jun-09 08:48:54

a belated thank you to will gray for answering my question re camping!! i posted under the name unicornvomit. thanks smile

Starbear Sat 13-Jun-09 14:42:34

Thank you Will gray. I have cut and posted the answers to a file so I can visit them soon! smile

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