Britain’s biggest family – show the reality of motorhome holiday life with small children

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Britain’s biggest family have invested in a motorhome to entertain their huge brood during the school holidays.

Mum-of-22 Sue Radford, 47, and her husband Noel, 51, from Morecambe, Lancashire, love their new motorhome – but photos show how chaotic life can be for the enormous family.

With early mornings, scattered bed times, camp beds and a tiny kitchen, life on the road could test parent, but Sue has many ideas to keep the little ones happy.

Sue Radford loving her new investment – the family’s motorhome – now they go away on trips regularly and fit many of their children

Two of the young ones enjoying life on the road. There's a number of seating areas in the van that turn into beds but this area is above the driver seat

Two of the young ones enjoying life on the road. There’s a number of seating areas in the van that turn into beds but this area is above the driver seat

ET goes everywhere with the family, and is always mentioned. He's become a bit of a family mascot

ET goes everywhere with the family, and is always mentioned. He’s become a bit of a family mascot

On Instagram this week they posted photos of their most recent trip and the busy parents have everything covered. 

Their photos showed the children playing with a swingball, with Sue noting: ‘Who doesn’t have a swingball?’

They were also let loose on the beach, with three of the children covered in wet sand – suggesting Sue will have lots of laundry to do during the trip. 

Sue and Noel are parents to Chris, 32, Sophie, 28, Chloe, 26, Jack, 25, Daniel, 23, Luke, 21, Millie, 20, Katie, 19, James, 18, Ellie, 17, Aimee, 16, Josh, 14, Max, 13, Tillie, 12, Oscar, 10, Casper, nine, Hallie, seven, Phoebe, five, Archie, four, Bonnie, three, and Heidi, two.

Their little faces! The children showing how excited they get on the trips and can't wait for life on the road

Their little faces! The children showing how excited they get on the trips and can’t wait for life on the road

A night out! Keeping all the children entertained is hard work, so some nights they head out bowling and they look pretty happy about it

A night out! Keeping all the children entertained is hard work, so some nights they head out bowling and they look pretty happy about it

Sue enjoying motorhome life and showing the children eating their breakfast out in the sunshine and not inside watching TV

Sue enjoying motorhome life and showing the children eating their breakfast out in the sunshine and not inside watching TV

Their 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014. 

The couple, who were both adopted, also have over 10 grandchildren, and have not ruled out having more children – but have said it is rather unlikely.

The couple – who run their own Instagram pages – showed photos of the children at the adventure playground and bowling alley.

It's been said it's usually Noel who is in charge of the cooking on the road and this chicken stirfry looks healthy and delicious

It’s been said it’s usually Noel who is in charge of the cooking on the road and this chicken stirfry looks healthy and delicious

The family's bills must be gastronomical and portion sizes must be a thing...this looks a good meal for a night at home, never mind in a motorhome and a tiny kitchen

The family’s bills must be gastronomical and portion sizes must be a thing…this looks a good meal for a night at home, never mind in a motorhome and a tiny kitchen

This week Sue added: ‘Harry Potter movie night and hot chocolate, just perfect.’

The family of 22, who do not take any benefits and are supported by their pie company which saw a boom of business over lockdown, have showed their supporters where everyone sleeps on the motorhome trip.

Some nights it's best to put on a film, and let the children be entertained for a couple of hours. This night was a Harry POtter night

Some nights it’s best to put on a film, and let the children be entertained for a couple of hours. This night was a Harry POtter night

Little ones loving their hot chocolates before bed, giggling away with their sky light just feet from their heads

Little ones loving their hot chocolates before bed, giggling away with their sky light just feet from their heads

When it’s bedtime the sofas become beds, which Noel suggested could fit six children in each. There’s another seating area in the front of the van which can turn into another bed, and a bed above the driver and passenger seats.

Noel said: ‘We’ve actually got an awning that goes on the outside with a little annexe for a bedroom.’

‘Some of the kids will sleep out there, and some of them will sleep in here.

It looks like bed times are still a busy routine and even harder in a smaller bathroom

It looks like bed times are still a busy routine and even harder in a smaller bathroom

The family use an awning on the side of their van for extra room and extra sleeping areas for the older children

The family use an awning on the side of their van for extra room and extra sleeping areas for the older children

Noel posting a humorous photo of his broken glasses, most probably sat on my one of the children in the small van

Noel posting a humorous photo of his broken glasses, most probably sat on my one of the children in the small van

The Radford family is known as Britain's biggest family

The Radford family is known as Britain’s biggest family 

‘But everyone wants to sleep up there, including mum and dad,’ he said pointing to the bed area above the front seats. 

The huge family, who live in a 10-bedroom former care home, often show off their lifestyle in TV documentaries or social media.

In one recent post Sue also mentioned the children’s obsession with ET, who seems to go everywhere with them. 

Just recently Sue and Noel became grandparents when their daughter Chloe Radford, 26, announced the birth of her baby daughter.

The third oldest Radford child shared a photo of herself with her new daughter and partner Jake Wallace.

She wrote: ’23rd July 2022 our beautiful daughter made her entrance into the world and we are in the biggest baby love bubble you can imagine.

‘6lb 2oz of pure perfection and I can’t quite believe she is ours. I am just so in love with her.’

The Radfords caught the public’s attention as Britain’s biggest family in 2012 on a Channel 4 documentary 15 Kids and Counting, which followed their lives at home, getting through mountains of washing and food shopping. 

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