Axe Valley Wildlife Park

Axe Valley Park

During half term we spent a couple of days in East Devon, staying at Andrewshayes Holiday Park and visiting my Dad who lives in Axminster. My Dad and his wife suggested that we visit Axe Valley Wildlife Park, a natural, rustic, small, family friendly park set on the outskirts of Axminster, just off the A35, which is home to a plethora of animals for the kids to see and parks where they can run off and burn off all their energy. We arrived at lunchtime on a glorious day and enjoyed a spot of lunch in their cafe before heading… Continue Reading “Axe Valley Wildlife Park”

A Springtime Visit to Bluestone Wales

Bluestone Wales

We last visited Bluestone Wales back in November 2014 for their Kingdom of the Elves Christmas experience and fell in love with the place there and then, despite the wet weather. It also holds fonds memories for me too as it was the where Sebby took his first steps and learned the art of puddle jumping, with the help of his big brother. We were invited back to Bluestone over half term and as I was travelling with the little ones and my eldest daughter and her boyfriend, opted to stay in a large 4 bedroom lodge at Preseli View.… Continue Reading “A Springtime Visit to Bluestone Wales”

Meeting Red Squirrels at Wildwood Escot

During the half term holidays we stayed at Andrewshayes Holiday Park for a short break and I was keen to explore the local area. One place to visit that was recommended to me was Wildwood Escot, set just 15 minutes away in Ottery St Mary. Wildwood Escot is home to a wonderful collection of native and formerly native wildlife, a fascinating Saxon village, a rather tricky beech hedge maze and lots of woodland paths to explore with fun parks to play in and fallen trees to climb, perfect for my adventure loving kids. When we arrived we were given a… Continue Reading “Meeting Red Squirrels at Wildwood Escot”

Robin Hill and the Squawk Olympics

Robin Hill

I have fond memories of visiting the Isle of Wight as a child and loved taking the kids over earlier this year to visit Blackgang Chine. I vowed to go back and see more of the island and last week we headed back across the Solent to visit Robin Hill Country Park, aboard a Wightlink Ferry from Portsmouth. The last time we went to the Isle of Wight we sailed from Lymington, which is an hour long crossing to Yarmouth. The Portsmouth crossing sails from the city centre and you board the ferry in the shadow of the Spinakker Tower,… Continue Reading “Robin Hill and the Squawk Olympics”

A Short Break at Andrewshayes Holiday Park

We visit West Dorset fairly regularly as we adore fossil hunting and exploring the Jurassic coast, so when we were invited to stay at Andrewshayes Holiday Park, just over the Devon border we jumped at the chance. The holiday park offers all-season camping, motorhome pitches, glamping pods and static holiday home rentals, all sat in rolling hills just off the A35, making it so easy to find that I didn’t even have to plug in my satnav. Our home for a couple of nights was a static 3 bedroom holiday home which comfortably sleeps 6. It had a well equipped kitchen,… Continue Reading “A Short Break at Andrewshayes Holiday Park”

Traintastic fun at Pecorama

At the end of last year we stayed in a holiday cottage in Lyme Regis and one of the places I wanted to visit was Pecorama in Beer, Devon but sadly it was out of season so closed. The kids broke up for half term last Wednesday and we had a couple of days booked at Andrewshayes Holiday Park in Axminster so I Pecorama was my first port of call. Pecorama sits above the village of Beer and offers stunning views over Lyme Bay below. It is a perfect day out for railway enthusiasts, garden lovers and families with manicured lawns,… Continue Reading “Traintastic fun at Pecorama”