A Visit to Blackgang Chine – March 2017

Mention the words Blackgang Chine and it is amazing how many people mention the fact that they visited as a child and have very fond memories of Britains oldest theme park which turns 174 years old in 2017. I loved Blackgang Chine as a child and have fond memories of walking around the dinosaurs and in 2006 we visited with a young Abbey, Callan and Kian. Last weekend it was the turn of Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian to make the ferry journey from Lymington over to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, with Blackgang Chine being a 20 minute picturesque coastal… Continue Reading “A Visit to Blackgang Chine – March 2017”

The day the Gruffalo came to life at Moors Valley

Today we were one of the first to visit a new augmented reality trail at Moors Valley. The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities to enjoy along the way and is completely free to do although you can purchase an additional activity pack at the visitor centre for an extra £3 if you choose. To take part simply download the Gruffalo Spotter app before you visit which brings Julia Donaldson’s fabulous Gruffalo to life along the trail by simply reading the special code at selected points along the trail. The really clever bit is that once you’ve… Continue Reading “The day the Gruffalo came to life at Moors Valley”

Planning a Literary Inspired Break in Somerset

Watchet

Can you believe that it is just 12 days until Mother’s Day and 3 weeks until the kids break up for Easter! It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since the kids were on half term and we made the epic journey to Scotland but the reality is that they will soon be on holiday again and most unlike me, I have nothing planned. I have been reading Mum’s List which tells the real life story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a result, Kate wrote down… Continue Reading “Planning a Literary Inspired Break in Somerset”

#Win a Tile Mate – the world’s leading Bluetooth tracker

Tile Mate

Mother’s Day gifts can be hard to find, luckily, there’s one gadget that will ensure Mum keeps track of what matters most. Do the kids have a habit of hiding her keys or mobile phone, like mine do or do you worry about your luggage going missing whilst travelling? Tile, the world’s leading Bluetooth trackers, can help mum keep tabs of her keys, purse, etc – and can even find her phone when it’s set on silent. Tile is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for on the go mums, helping her save time, energy, and giving her confidence that she’ll… Continue Reading “#Win a Tile Mate – the world’s leading Bluetooth tracker”

A visit to the National Museum of Scotland

After visiting Edinburgh Castle we headed off down the Royal Mile in search of something else to do. We liked the look of the Camera Obscura but being half term meant the queue outside was huge, so we left that idea behind and headed for the National Museum of Scotland instead which had the double bonus of being free. The National Museum of Scotland houses diverse collections that will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all… Continue Reading “A visit to the National Museum of Scotland”

Keep ’Em Quiet’ – The ULTIMATE travel pack for Kids

We are seasoned travellers with children and the key to a peaceful journey is keeping the kids occupied. What parent hasn’t been here? You’re five minutes into your journey with the kids, the immortal phrase “Are we nearly there yet?” has already been uttered, the tantrums start and they just won’t stop! You want peace and quiet, the other passengers are huffing and puffing, your child is bored – the iPad is on flight mode so Wi-Fi is disabled, they don’t want to watch the same episode of Peppa Pig again (as you forgot to download something else) – and… Continue Reading “Keep ’Em Quiet’ – The ULTIMATE travel pack for Kids”

Climbing Arthur’s Seat with the Kids – Edinburgh

Arthurs Seat

During our visit to Edinburgh castle, you cannot help but admire the surrounding countryside and I was particularly struck by the beauty of Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is the main mountain in Edinburgh at 251 metres high and forms most of Holyrood Park. It is actually an ancient volcano and it was the striking Salisbury Cliffs that really stood out for me from our view-point. On our last full day in Scotland we gave the kids the choice of where they wanted to do and they decided upon Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of the planet Earth.… Continue Reading “Climbing Arthur’s Seat with the Kids – Edinburgh”