Britain’s biggest family are thought to have just enjoyed their 19th holiday in 20 months after travelling to Miami – and are understood to have taken seven breaks this year alone, both locally and abroad.
The Radfords, who live in Morecambe, Lancashire, are known for basking in their trips away – and have in 2023 made visits to their favoured Florida as well as tourist destinations around the UK, including Cornwall and the Lake District.
Parents Sue and Noel – best known for appearing on the Channel 5 series 22 Kids and Counting – have more than once whisked the family away to the US in the past two years and are also fond of local trips in their luxury Fiat motorhome.
But in June, the couple – who once had to tackle their weekly shop with military precision in order to stick to a strict £250 budget – took to social media to rubbish claims they spoil their children.
However, fans have apparently noticed the family now seem to be enjoying a considerably more lavish lifestyle.
The pair fund their family thanks to Noel’s pie shop and do not rely on benefits, but a FEMAIL analysis of the family’s finances from earlier this year showed they also likely enjoy income from paid Instagram posts, YouTube adverts, their TV show, government grants, and being directors of two companies.
Starting from February, it would appear the family has enjoyed at least one break a month in 2023. Here, FEMAIL looks at every holiday the infamous family are thought to have set off since 2022…
LUSH GETAWAY TO MIAMI, FLORIDA – August
The family have just enjoyed a sun-soaked trip to Miami, where they were staying in a stunning villa.
Taking to social media to update followers, Sue showcased the huge swimming pool in their garden, complete with an outside dining area, as well as hammocks and a tennis court.
‘Today is very much a chill day,’ Sue captioned her first video, before capturing her youngsters playing around in the pool.
She also filmed them enjoying a playground, as well as photographing her daughter, Phoebe, seven, sleeping on a sofa.
‘Bless, the jet lag has got Phoebe and she’s crashed,’ the mother-of-22 wrote over the image.
On their YouTube channel, the Radfords have also updated followers on trips to Universal Studios, Miami Zoo, and the beach.
MOTORHOME HOLIDAY IN LAKE DISTRICT – July
In July, the family YouTube channel shared a glimpse into a very rainy motorhome weekend near the Lake District.
‘We thought, we’re going no matter what because the last two weekends they said the weather is going to be a bit rubbish – thunderstorms rain everything like that – and when it’s come to it it hasn’t been, it’s been the old shower and stuff like that,’ Noel told viewers.
‘So anyway we thought no no matter what they say we’re going this weekend but we got it wrong it’s chucking it down… Not to worry, we’re away, that’s all that matters.’
Despite the gloomy weather, the father-of-22 told followers the brood was determined to enjoy the weekend and make it to Burrow Museum. The children even attempted to fly some kites and go on walks.
LOCAL TRIP TO CORNWALL – June
Earlier this summer, the Radfords took to social media to vlog their trip to Cornwall and the Eden Project.
The family marvelled at the eco-attraction as their kids took in the scenic and idyllic views of the countryside.
The children got to explore the beautiful tourist site and snack on some ice-cream in the summery weather.
ANOTHER MOTORHOME WEEKEND IN THE UK – May
In May, Sue praised the importance of ‘family time’ in a gushing post about a motorhome holiday – amid rumours of a feud with her daughter Millie, who spoke out against the mother-of-22 in April.
A collection of images on Instagram showed Britain’s biggest family enjoying a sunny getaway in the countryside.
Cute shots showed them toasting marshmallows, going for walks and playing with toys.
Another photo showed a delicious fry-up as other scenes showed smiling children pulling goofy faces for the camera.
‘Such a lovely weekend away in the motorhome,’ Sue wrote in a heartfelt caption. ‘I always feel like even just a few days away is enough to recharge your batteries and just relax.’
The sweet family trip came amid drama surrounding Sue and Noel’s seventh child, Millie, who accused her mother of ‘making money from all her grandchildren’.
Sue and Noel were contacted for comment at the time.
ANOTHER TRIP TO FLORIDA – April
In April, Sue had treated her children to a fourth Disneyland trip in less than a year. She jetted out to the Florida with three of her daughters, Sophie, 29, Chloe, 27, Katie, 20, and some of their children.
In a video on the family’s YouTube channel, Sue explained how she had surprised her grandchildren with the trip.
The Radfords flew to Disneyland in Orlando last April before then visiting the park in Florida five months later in September. Following this, the family enjoyed a trip to Disneyland Paris last Christmas.
Sharing a picture of one of the theme park’s streets, Sue wrote: ‘Oh my goodness, it’s good to be back!’ The group also enjoyed car rides and walks around the Magical Kingdom.
Photos shared on the family’s social media show that the group included Sophie’s three children, Daisy, Ayprill and Leo, as well as Chloe’s daughter, Mila, who was born last July.
Sue made the most of the quality time with her grandchildren and her own children on the trip.
‘Just sat watching the kids in the pool before heading out for the day,’ Sue said in a caption shared on her Instagram story, showing the mother-of-22 soaking in the sun.
Sue also filmed as her family drove to Disneyworld, approaching the ‘Magic Kingdom’ gate.
The family wasted no time heading to Main Street, where all the Disney shops are, before trying out the toy race track.
CAMPING IN EDINBURHG – March
In March, the Radfords attended a camping trip in Edinburgh. The group spent the night in their caravan and a enjoyed series of walks along the idyllic Scottish countryside.
‘Our first wild camping night in Betsy (our motorhome) went brilliantly,’ the caption for the family’s YouTube video about the trip read. ‘We were so cosy and we woke up to the most stunning views.’
Filming highlights of their trip in a vlog, Sue told viewers they had found ‘a little gem of a place’ to park the motorhome overnight.
They used an app called Park4Night in order to find a spot where they could stay.
‘We think it’s a gem: We could have parked in someone’s garden, we don’t know where we are,’ Noel joked in the video. ‘It’s listed as a place you can park overnight,’ he then clarified.
The couple settled their eight children in the motorhome for the evening, cosying up with the heating on.
The next day, Noel proudly showed off the beauty spot where the family had parked, which was located near woodlands and a reservoir.
‘I think we did well finding it, this is really nice,’ he said as he filmed himself.
ADVENTURING IN FRANCE – February
Viewers were baffled as they watched Sue and Noel Radford take 13 of their children to France in a getaway on 22 Kids and Counting during an episode which aired in February – although it is not confirmed if this is when the trip took place.
The parents were trying to find a way to handle their 14-year-old son, who had started to act up at school, and decided to take him on a canoeing challenge in the European nation to build up his confidence.
The decision to go to France came as Sue and Noel tried to find a way to handle their son Josh, who had been misbehaving at school.
Scared their son was getting ‘with the wrong crowd’ and could end up in trouble, Sue and Noel tried to find a solution to their problem.
‘We need to sort it out now before it’s too late,’ the father-of-22 told his wife on the show.
‘I really don’t know what to do about Josh, I’ve never been as worried about any of her kids as I am about Josh at the minute,’ she said, adding: ‘He’s lacking a bit of confidence, isn’t he?’
Noel agreed: ‘He needs his confidence built up in other ways.’
The couple began to brainstorm ideas, floating the idea that Josh needed a physical as well as a mental challenge to boost his confidence.
They eventually settled on a trip to France, where their 14-year-old and Noel would be taking part in a 30km-long canoeing challenge while Sue and other members of the brood looked on.
Noel, who owns a pie shop, and, Sue, a stay-at-hone mother, did not comment on how much the escape would cost on the show.
Viewers couldn’t help but ask how the family could afford to go on such a trip, with several children and last minute, especially in the midst of the cost of living crisis.
‘Love watching, but normal sized families are struggling financially how are these not I mean those pies must be fabulous,’ one said. ‘They always seem to be on holiday. Where on earth do they get the money? Or is it all paid for?’ one asked.
A FESTIVE GETAWAY TO DISNEYLAND, PARIS – December
In December, just days before Christmas, the family vlog channel shared footage from their festive trip to Disneyland, Paris.
‘This year we decided to take the kids away to make Christmas memories instead of doing lots of presents,’ they wrote in a caption. ‘We didn’t vlog loads as the camera battery died but here’s what we got.’
‘Well I think the plan for today is we’re going to try and do as many rides as possible,’ Sue told viewers in a video showing the gang exploring. ‘We’re also going to watch the Christmas show later…’
Clips from the trip show the family enjoying the adventure park and basking in the Christmas spirit, sporting Disney merch.
BRINGING IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN NEW YORK CITY – December
At the beginning of last December, the Radfords whisked their family away for a holiday in New York City.
The group enjoyed all the tourist-favourites in the Big Apple, including the infamous Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree.
Snaps also saw the family enjoying scenes of the iconic skyline and the Empire State Building, as vlogs captured behind-the-scenes footage of the brood delighting in American supermarket shopping.
MOTORHOME ADEVENTURES AND RAINY WALKS – November
While it isn’t clearly confirmed, it is understood that the family’s rainy getaway in October was in the Lake District, their preferred location for camper van breaks.
The group enjoyed country walks and even tried to book in some pony rides, making the most of the scenic countryside despite the grey skies.
BIRTHDAY FUN AT ALTON TOWERS, STAFFORDSHIRE – October
Last year the Radfords decided to take their kids to Alton Towers for a Halloween half-term trip. ‘The decorations and performances were sooo good,’ they wrote in a caption for the vlog. ‘The kids loved them.’
SPOOKY GETAWAY TO THE LAKE DISTRICT – October
Ahead of the Halloween preparations last year, Noel and Sue took seven of the children on an autumnal camping getaway in the Lake District, near Silverdale.
‘Basically we’ve come away for the weekend last minute,’ Noel told a vlog. ‘The weather looked quite nice for today, we’ve come to our usual place of Holgates…’
The brood visited Lakes Aquarium on the trip as they readied themselves for the spooky spirit.
ANNIVERSARY TRIP TO THE MALDVIES – October
Noel and Sue celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a lavish trip to the Maldives where they treated each other to some rest and relaxation and fancy dining experiences.
The trip took place last October, but it was not broadcast on the show until February, 2023.
As viewers watched the pair jet away for another holiday, many could not help but wonder about the couple’s finances.
In the midst of the cost of living crisis, many were angered at the fact that the couple had complained about rising living costs and their massive energy bill in a previous moment of the show.
The episode began as the Radford kids tried to convince their parents to go on a luxury holiday to mark the milestone in their marriage.
The brood had hatched a plan, where all the children pitched in to cover the tasks Sue and Noel would normally take on around the house so that their parents could go away.
After some persuading, Noel and Sue agreed to go on the holiday, picking the Maldives as their destination for their first time away together as a couple in 30 years.
While Noel noted the trip would cost ‘an arm and a leg,’ the pair spared no expense and splashed on a trip to the exclusive island of Manafaru, staying at a resort where private villas cost £897 a night.
After a long journey taking three planes, the couple finally made it to their dream holiday.
The show then saw Noel and Sue sunbathing by the pool, going snorkeling and treating each other to romantic fine dining, trying to enjoy their holiday without worrying too much about their family at home.
The couple also enjoyed dinners on the beach, bike rides and picnics on their ‘break of a lifetime’.
‘You know we’re really spoiling ourselves,’ Noel admitted sheepishly. ‘But… 30 years… why shouldn’t we,’ he added.
Sue agreed: ‘We’ve worked really hard, haven’t we? Not just with the work, and family life, but we’ve had to work on our marriage as well, haven’t we?’ she added.
And Noel pushed the luxury further, revealing he had brought a present for Sue on their anniversary.
‘I’ve brought her a little present from the UK, I got her a pearl bracelet as it’s our 30th anniversary, and you celebrate it with pearl,’ he explained. Sue loved her surprise present, thanking Noel with a kiss.
ANOTHER FAMILY TRIP TO FLORIDA – August
The family is well known for their love of Florida – having even gone so far as to consider buying property there – and enjoyed a trip to Orlando in August 2022.
Vlogs from the holiday showed the gang meeting Disney characters, sampling American sweets and enjoying the adventure parks.
Social media photos from the trip showed Sue and Noel looking almost as delighted as the children to pose with Mickey Mouse.
SUMMER FUN IN THE LAKE DISTRICT – July
In July, the family decided to make the most of the summer weather with a motorhome retreat to the Lake District.
They enjoyed exploring Silverdale, remarking on the beauty around them which is just ‘half an hour from home’. As usual, the brood enjoyed idyllic walks and views of rolling green hills, near Grange and Morecambe.
BIRTHDAY ADVENTURES AT ALTON TOWERS, STAFFORDSHIRE – July
In July, the Radfords celebrated their daughter Phoebe’s sixth birthday with a trip to Alton Towers.
Clips of the vlog capturing the special day out showed the family on a number of rollercoaster rides and carousels.
At the end, the group sat down for a snack, showing off their adorable face-paintings as they reflected on the day.
SURPRISE TRIP TO LEGOLAND, WINDSOR – June
As a surprise trip for their daughter Hallie, the Radofrds whisked the kids away for a fun few days out in Legoland.
The weekend saw the family enjoying boat trips and attractions around the resort in Windsor. It is also understood that the Radfords may have taken another motorhome break in June, but it is not clear if this is case from their vlogs.
FIRST MOTORHOME GETAWAY TO THE LAKE DISTRICT – May
In May, the family took the motorhome to their trusted Holgates Holiday Parks in Silverdale.
It was the first outing in their camper van, following a number of issues with the vehicle – and Sue and Noel branded it a ‘brilliant’ success.
‘The kids loved it,’ the parents wrote in a YouTube vlog caption, with the footage showing the the children running around the countryside and enjoying some bowling.
ADVENTURE PARK FUN IN FLORIDA – April
In April, the Radfords looked to have kicked off their first overseas trip of 2022 with a holiday to Orlando, Florida.
There, they took the children around Disney World and Universal Studios, exploring all the different adventure parks.
On Instagram, Sue shared selfies with the group wearing Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears and tucking into sweet treats.