A new discovery for kids of any age from 3 up wards is the Royaume des Arbes, which is a 15 min drive about us after the Circuit Ricard on your way to Signe. It is a beautifully designed very shaded place for kids and adults to go for a tree climbing zip wire experience. We had 3 to 7 year olds dancing round the tree tops. They loved it. Highly recommended. There is a play area and a café for adults if you don’t feel like climbing yourself.

Another top favourite with kids is Aqualand, at Les Lecques, a pretty obvious to spot. Worth going when it opens and taking sun cream and a packed lunch. Also consider buying tickets the day before as cheaper.

Visit the bureau de tourism and find out when the village bals/fetes are – they are really fun, especially the ones in Le Beausset, Le Brulat and La Cadiere – pitch up, get a table, drink and watch the kids dance to tacky French music and dance yourselves whilst kids look embarrassed! Le Beausset has lots of stuff going on in the summer worth finding out about flea markets and summer fun.

Take a trip to Aix or to Villa Noailles or Les Calanques. Do the boat trip from Bandol to Les Calanques. It is a beautiful place to go.

Trekking. You could go to the river but in Summer you have to park quite a ways from it and walk, because of the danger of fire. Turn right on the main road D402 towards the Circuit Paul Ricard, following signs for Signes, turn right again at the end. Then before you hit Signes there is a huge quarry – on the left, turn left there and follow the road as far as it will let you, then just keep on walking and you will discover a little via duct, follow this to the river. It is a magical but a trek. We used to bring an evening picnic when we were older…http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=le+plan+du+castellet+google+map&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1127&bih=581&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=02sIULLrHaOh0QWj67HYBA&ved=0CEMQ_AUoAg