The Great Family Road Trip

Anyone who has been anywhere near my social media accounts recently will have spotted the link to my piece for the Tesco Magazine which was all about what to do and where to go in Yorkshire and the North East (if you missed it here it is).

For those of you who are outside of my local area and who perhaps don’t fancy the North East for a trip this year there is a fabulous campaign which has been led by Tesco Mag called the Great Family Road Trip and it focusses on the whole of the UK.

The idea behind this fabulous campaign is to provide a one-stop place for UK families to search for recommended fun activities, places to say, eat and visit and more. It couldn’t be easier to access as all you need to do is visit the website here which looks like this…


and enter your location or the place that you are thinking about visiting to find the information you need.

The site really is packed with everything you could need and want for a fabulous UK staycation this summer so find entries from myself and other writers about their favourite places, let the kids enjoy the Kids’ Corner (with printables for keeping little ones quiet on the road), find holiday and trip information and much more. There is even a place where you are able to submit your own favourite places on the interactive map for other parents to find.

Tesco have done a wonderful job of saving people time and money this year and encouraging us to enjoy the wonderful undiscovered places on our own big island.

So, where are you planning on visiting this summer?

Win £500 of books for your school and more! Ends midnight 14/12/11

The lovelies at Tesco are running a fantastic competition which means you (the kids!) could be in for a chance to win an amazing 83 piece art chest or a Crayola set for themselves, plus £500 for books for your school.

It’s really easy to enter and will keep the kids occupied for a while (nice one Tesco, we like quiet and occupied children!). To enter all you have to do is…..

1. Read the exclusive short story He Should have Listened to Grandad by Steve Hartley.

2. Draw a picture to illustrate it (be as creative as you can here kids!).

3. Ask an adult to scan or take a photo of your masterpiece and send it in to us using the form here!

There are three categories – two to five years; six to eight years; nine to twelve years and there’s one winner from each category. The winner of the two to five category will receive £50 worth of Crayola products, the winners of both the six to eight and nine to 12 categories will each win a Reeves Watercolour Art Chest. Each winner will also receive a £500 cheque for their nominated school or nursery to spend on books.

I’m not sure but wouldn’t a donation of £500 worth of books to your school get you out of all bake sale duties from now until the end of your child’s school life? Excuse me while I grab Kieran and the crayons!

The Judge – (Ed Vere) and a chance to win more prizes!

Top author and illustrator Ed Vere is judging the competition. He is taking over the Tesco Magazine twitter account this Monday 12th December at 4pm for a live chat and has also given them a stunning illustration to giveaway as a prize plus books. All the details are here. (Does anyone else think that he looks like a young Richard Branson?)

You can tweet questions in advance using the hashtag #kidsbookclub

This is a great competition and another way to get the kids using their imagination!

Good luck all!!!

ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions