A truly magical woodland walk in the Forest of Dean. Thought to be Tolkien's inspiration for Middle Earth and modern day setting for the filming of Merlin. I defy anyone young or old not to feel enchanted by this wood. The entrance is not free, but there are extra facilities for children (an indoor maze, pony rides, willow maze and playground) plus cafe, toilets and parking.It is the wood which is the star though and the experience is worth every penny. Adults £5, Children £3.50, family ticket £16, under 4's free. Open January till 31st October, last entry 3.30pm.
Comillas in the region of Cantabria, northern Spain, is a gorgeous little cobble streeted seaside town, loads of lovely cheap family friendly places to eat, a fab fun family atmosphere in the square at night (sometimes there is even a free outdoor cinema) and the most perfect beach and sea.
The very basic campsite is within walking distance of both the town and the beach - so no worries about evening drinking. The huge beach is great for swimming, bodyboarding, rockpooling and sandcastle building. In Comillas, you can get up late, have late lunches and late dinners, just really chill out - and there's not too many British travellers! The climate is perfect for camping - you won't be boiled out of your tent in the morning!
Get the ferry to Bilbao or Santander and drive there - the ferry journey is great fun - kids love it and it's so relaxing! There is plenty to see and do in the area apart from just lazing on the beach. You can visit the fantastic nature park of Cabárceno, palaeolithic rock art caves, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the oceanographic museum and aquariums of Santander, Gaudi's only building outside of Barcelona or the perfectly preserved medieval village of Santillana del mar - there really is something to please everyone in this area of Spain.
Just don't everyone rush there and spoil it!
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