Planning our summer vacation

This summer we are choosing to go on a city break with our toddler. Planning a summer vacation is one of my favourite parts of the year. Scouring the internet for flights, hotels and attractions genuinely make me happy.

Summer Vacation Destination

Last summer we had a staycation in Carlingford, Co.Louth. During this trip, we passed over into Northern Ireland and visited the Titanic Exhibit in Belfast.

This summer vacation we will be spending 4 nights in London and 2 nights in Southampton.

Planning our Summer Vacation


Robert and I have been on a city break to London twice. Both of these trips centred around sporting events. However, the trip in 2019 we will be bringing Ava who is turning 3 years old in March.

While it would be easier to stay in central London, we have decided to stay in a quieter area outside central London. For this trip, we will be based in Greenwich. I have been researching the area and it appears to be what we are looking for. There are also a number of attractions in the area we wish to visit. I’ll be delving into our plans in a future blog post.


We will be making the train journey from London to Southampton towards the end of the trip. In Southampton, we will be visiting Paulton’s Park, especially for Peppa Pig World. In recent months Ava has really started to enjoy Peppa Pig, so we think this will be the highlight of her summer vacation.

FREE activities in London with Toddlers

I’ve asked some blogging friends to recommend a few free activities around London that will keep our toddler entertained, here are some suggestions.

Samantha states: “Play in the playground on the South Bank by the London Eye. My kids love it here, it’s free to visit and always a good atmosphere. If you’re lucky you can spot some squirrels and a walk along Southbank to see the landmarks and take in the street theatre beforehand is a must and easy for little legs.” –

planning a summer vacation

Emma says: “The Princess Diana memorial playground. Loads to do there, pirate ship, sandpit, adventure playground, picnic area. Great for kids.” –

Catherine advised to “Visit Crystal Palace Park if you have a dinosaur loving little person. There are 30 of them hiding amongst the trees” –

Beth recommends to “Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. My son was absolutely fascinated and loved all the music.” –

Finally, Stuart says “RAF Museum is also good, and free entry, but you need to pay for parking.” –

So there we have it, we are heading to London baby. (Sorry, I know that phrase is overused). I’m excited, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m looking forward to exploring Greenwich and taking it easy around the busy city of London. 

Until next time, 

Karen x



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