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”

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”

Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays

Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays

We love exploring when we are on holiday, but our trips are always self-guided, so were keen to try something a little more organised. We have just returned from a fabulous break in the Lake District with HF Holidays who have over 100 years of experience organising guided walking holidays, self guided walking breaks as well as inspiring leisure and activity breaks in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We stayed at Monk Coniston, a beautiful property, once owned by Beatrix Potter and leased from the National Trust. It is set on the shores of Coniston Water, made famous by the… Continue Reading “Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays”