All the fun of the fair: A family-friendly road trip across Europe

All of the enjoyable of the truthful in a peak location: How a highway journey throughout Europe with youngsters may be stress-free… while you allow them to run away to the circus

  • The Mail on Sunday’s Joanna Tweedy took her kids on a European highway journey
  • They have been based mostly at Le Chinaillon, a fairly ski city within the Haute-Savoie area
  • A spotlight was the funfair in La Clusaz, which pops up each summer time 

Our children have run away to the circus. And it isn’t simply ours both. All over the place we glance, les enfants are flying by means of the air, dancing throughout tight-ropes or hurtling down zip-wires. The pluckiest sit inside large inflatables and whistle down a ski slope.

A funfair pops up each summer time in La Clusaz, a fairly French ski city within the Haute-Savoie area, simply an hour’s drive from Geneva airport.

Glinting above us is the summer time luge, a silver snake that slithers down one of many mighty grass-covered peaks. The half-mile two-lane slide for grown-ups and youngsters is presumably the most effective enjoyable you’ll be able to have for £3.50 wherever in Europe.

Alpine appeal: Fairly La Clusaz within the Haute-Savoie area, simply an hour’s drive from Geneva airport

En famille, we boarded cable vehicles that take riders to the slide’s place to begin and duly sat within the steel carts, which include a joystick brake.

My accomplice Laura and I pelted down with our youngsters – Belle, six, and Cleo, three – leaving them wild-eyed with pleasure, and awaited the remainder of our clan on the backside. 

Dad, nudging 70, was slower than treacle in his descent, whereas my 19-year-old niece needed to be rescued after dropping her telephone as she tried to live-stream the enjoyable on social media.

Our mountain base was the village of Le Chinaillon. This place could also be small however it’s surprisingly self-sufficient, boasting a string of excellent fondue eating places, sports activities outlets, a grocery store, spa and even a cute cinema displaying subtitled movies.

Exhilarating: Families love the summer luge, a silver snake that slithers down one of the mighty grass-covered peaks in La Clusaz

Exhilarating: Households love the summer time luge, a silver snake that slithers down one of many mighty grass-covered peaks in La Clusaz

We stayed on the luxurious Le Roc du Excursions advanced, a mega-chalet that’s break up into 44 residences and comes with a health suite, spa and pool.

Summer time highway journeys throughout Europe with youngsters are a lot much less nerve-shredding lately – an iPad proved invaluable on our seven-hour drive from Calais. And at £100 for a return crossing with P&O plus £200 on gas, it’s simpler on the pockets than flying.

Earlier than our journey house, we spent an ideal day on an emerald lake within the close by village of Flumet. And the piece de resistance? A stroll that served up a ultimate memento – an excellent glimpse of Mont Blanc.


Joanna Tweedy stayed in a three-bedroom condo at Le Roc des Excursions. A one-week keep in August prices £970 ( Return Dover-Calais crossings with P&O ( in August price about £100.