Oh, the places you’ll go… if you take inspiration from children’s literature for your next family holiday
Lord Of The Rings
Follow in the footsteps of Legolas and pals and enjoy a horseback ride through the New Zealand countryside to Mount Doom. Your guide will point out where scenes were filmed along the way, including when the battled the Uruk-hai (aka the local rugby team) in the forest. Want to see more? Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and take a peek at the Hobbit Holes. You can finish your tour with a drink at The Green Dragon Inn and take in spectacular views of the Kamai Ranges.
Get your Harry Potter fix with a trip to London. Ask a Lightfoot Travel Designer to work his or her magic so that you can visit the scenes from many of the Harry Potter films, including the Ministry of Magic at Westminster Tube Station, Gringotts Bank and of course platform 9 ¾ at Charing Cross. The next day you can also visit the famous Harry Potter Studio and have the chance to walk upon the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and Diagon Alley. You will also be able to learn about the special effects and animatronics used in the film.
If your kids are big fans of Eloise’s adventures at the Plaza Hotel, they can now stay in her suite. Famed fashion designer Betsy Johnson has brought the home of the spunky, independent, irreverent character to life on the tippy, top floor of the New York hotel. The suite comes with a pink king-size bed, a wardrobe filled with princess costumes and tiaras and cuddly toy versions of her pets Skipperdee and Weenie. Parents get to stay in the equally glamorous adjacent Nanny Suite, which features Louis XV-style furniture and a wet bar.
Looking for a practically perfect getaway? Book into the Milestone Hotel near Kensington Gardens for a Mary Poppins-inspired holiday. Kids will be able to enjoy a Spoonful of Sugar Afternoon Tea, be given a bird-feeding kit in return for trading in their silver chocolate tuppence and also get to fly a kite up to its highest height at Kensington Gardens. Now that sounds supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
If you want to see smiles a mile wide, book into Chewton Glen in the New Forest. For not only does this luxury hotel come with pony treks, treehouses to sleep in and a state-of-the-art Kids’ Club, but Peppa Pig World is close by.