Vanessa Feltz: ‘My grandkids have a screentime ban – I take them to car boot sales instead’

Vanessa Feltz has opened up to OK! about being a grandmother, and how both of her daughters, Saskia and Allegra, have both enacted "screentime bans" for their own children, Zeke, Neroli, Amiel (AJ) and Cecily.

The TV presenter, who is set to appear on the upcoming series of Celebs Go Dating, has shared how this device ban has led to her grandchildren developing a love of reading, and car boot sales.

She told us: "No, neither of my daughters allow [screentime] at all. They don’t have any devices whatsoever.

"But because of that, they’re such avid readers and they love storybooks. I go to my library where they often sell second-hand books and pick up as many as I can as sometimes they’re going through two or three stories in a day.

"They’re also really into arts and crafts – it’s one of my favourite things to do together – and we’ll go down to the beach to collect spider crabs."

And opening up about her grandkid's recent love of car boot sales, she continued: "Our recent hobby is going to car boot sales – they’re so much fun!

"And each one of the children has a ‘collection’ so they’ll be hunting for something specific. Zeke loves old vintage cars, Neroli collects teapots, and it just keeps them engaged and interested as we go round different stalls."

And sharing how she keeps her grandchildren entertained while travelling, she continued: "I think a train journey is all part of the adventure anyway and we’ll play games like eye spy along the way, or ‘find a colour’.

"I’ll also take things like colouring and sticker books to keep them amused, or give out prizes for noticing things like ‘how many cows are in the field’.

"Sometimes the fun of a day out is just spending time together on the journey. We’d happily just stop for an ice cream and then come back again!"

Vanessa also told us how her family had been her "tower of strength" during the last year, and opened up about her favourite parts of having grandchildren, as she shared: "I love everything, especially getting the chance to see the world from their perspective.

"My grandson AJ, who is four, is a tremendous coronation enthusiast. He just fell in love with the coronation after watching me speak about it on Talk TV. In fact, he thinks I’m now a member of the royal family!

"He has a homemade crown, sceptre, orb and a cloak, and he loves to say, “Grandma, this is the stone of scone” when he wants us to reenact the coronation together. To be able to see his passion like that is a really amazing privilege."

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