Is there Room on the Broom for Me at Mottisfont?

Mottisfont

I am a big fan of backyard travel; seeing the delights on your doorstep, and living in East Dorset, we often venture over the border to Hampshire. Writing the Britmums Family Days Out Round-Up, I am often introduced to some fabulous ideas for days out and one of the places I have been keen to try is Mottisfont, near Romsey. Over the summer holidays this National Trust property held The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler exhibition, a display of imaginative illustrations from his work with Julia Donaldson and a trail around the estate, filled with fun things to find… Continue Reading “Is there Room on the Broom for Me at Mottisfont?”

Visiting the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu

Back in July I was invited to opening of the new World of Top Gear attraction at Beaulieu National Motor Museum. We had an amazing day but as it fell on a school day the kids were not able to join us so I promised them we would visit again over the school holidays. The Beaulieu Estate, is set in the New Forest and was first opened to the public in 1952. Originally it was the Palace House that welcomed visitors, until a small display of veteran cars outgrew the family home and led to the creation of a separate… Continue Reading “Visiting the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu”

Top 10 items to pack for a holiday to save money at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

There is no doubt that a holiday to Walt Disney World is magical, but it can get expensive very quickly if you are not careful. One of the things that I was worried about was what to take with us so I did a bit of research before tackling the packing list. Last year we upgraded our suitcases as our old ones were a wedding gift and after 12 years of use had taken a bit of a battering and were literally falling apart. The kids have Trunki suitcases and whilst they are great for our weekend breaks, they just… Continue Reading “Top 10 items to pack for a holiday to save money at Walt Disney World”

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Portsmouth

HMS Alliance

We had annual passes to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and visited regularly last year, but there was one site we never quite got to – the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, which is situated over the water in Gosport. This weekend we finally got there and what a treat it was! With free parking, the museum is located on the waterfront on the former site of HMS Dolphin; home to the Submarine Service for 100 years. There is plenty to see as soon as you arrive with dive suits for the kids to clamber inside, a small explorer submarine to admire, a giant propeller… Continue Reading “Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Portsmouth”

Watching the Red Arrows arrive at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland

We love Bournemouth Air Festival and it is something we attend every year, however, this year Hubby was working and the thought of taking three kids to the beach on my own didn’t appeal. With none of the fast, noisy planes displaying this year, it was only the Red Arrows that the kids wanted to see, so I decided that it would be fun to see them arrive at Bournemouth Airport instead, so timed it with a visit to Adventure Wonderland which is opposite and has a great view of the runway. Adventure Wonderland is a family theme park which… Continue Reading “Watching the Red Arrows arrive at Adventure Wonderland”

Pandora – The World of Avatar Review

Pandora - Banshee

There were two things that Hubby was excited to see at Walt Disney World; Star Wars and Pandora – The World of Avatar. If you have not seen the film, it is a must before you head to Animal Kingdom, where the World of Avatar has been built. The new World Of Avatar is set on the lush alien world of Pandora and as you walk into the Valley of Mo’Ara it feels like you have really walked onto a new planet, complete with stunning floating mountains, alien plant life and stunning waterfalls around every corner. There are even speakers… Continue Reading “Pandora – The World of Avatar Review”