A Treasure Trail around Wells

I have been wanting to visit Wells in Somerset for ages, but never quite made it……..until now. Wells is the smallest city in England, nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills, and famed for its medieval architecture and for being the stage for the brilliant film Hot Fuzz. The one thing that worried me about wanting to explore a town, was that the kids would be bored and spoil it, but we went armed with a Treasure Trails challenge which kept them occupied as we explored and enjoyed everything the city had to offer. The treasure trails challenge is an imaginative way… Continue Reading “A Treasure Trail around Wells”

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”

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”

Ten of the Best Places to Visit in Poole with Kids this Half Term

Poole Harbour

When people visit the south coast they always think of Bournemouth as the “go to” place to visit, but Poole has lots to offer visitors to the area. Not only does Poole have the second largest natural harbour in the world, second only to Sydney, but it is also home to one of the most expensive places to live in the UK – Sandbanks and has lots to offer visitors, young and old. 1. Visit the Bustling Quay Visit the Old Lifeboat Station Museum and enjoy crabbing on the quayside next door. Walk along the Quay, lusting after the Sunseeker… Continue Reading “Ten of the Best Places to Visit in Poole with Kids this Half Term”

A Dalek Invasion at Winchester Science Centre

This weekend we celebrated Isaac’s 9th birthday and booked a surprise day out for him. Isaac is Doctor Who mad, so when I heard that a Dalek Invasion was coming to Winchester Science Centre, I knew it would be something we would all love to attend. We dug out our Doctor Who costumes with Eliza choosing to go as the tenth doctor and Isaac deciding upon his Cyberman costume and set off for Winchester. Once inside we were booked onto two Dr Who themed shows and then headed off to see Dr Who themed displays, hands-on science, strolling costumers from… Continue Reading “A Dalek Invasion at Winchester Science Centre”

A Trip to see the Ducklings at Arundel Wetland Centre

Arundel Wetlands Centre

I grew up in West Sussex, not far from the beautiful town of Arundel. I have fond memories of travelling up the River Arun, stopping off at the Black Rabbit for lunch, charging around Swanbourne Lake and visiting the Arundel Wetlands Centre in the hope of spotting my favourite ducks. We last visited the Wetland Centre in August 2015, but we have been itching to return to see the ducks in all their colours and hopefully some ducklings too. Arundel Wetlands Centre is home to exotic ducks, rare geese and water voles. Make sure you go armed with some 20p’s… Continue Reading “A Trip to see the Ducklings at Arundel Wetland Centre”

A Stay Play Explore Short Break in Leicestershire

National Space Centre

This weekend we were invited to try a Stay, Play and Explore short break in Leicestershire. For just £149 (£159 during bank holiday weekends) a family of 2 adults and 2 children can visit any 3 out of 10 exciting attractions and enjoy overnight accommodation including breakfast at a choice of 4 star family friendly hotels and for larger families like ours you can buy an additional child ticket for £20. The attractions included are National Space Centre, Conkers, Twycross Zoo, Twinlakes Theme Park, Stonehurst Family Farm, Swadlincote Ski Centre, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Bosworth Water Park  and King Richard III… Continue Reading “A Stay Play Explore Short Break in Leicestershire”

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”

A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

During our recent visit to Scotland our hosts, Louise and Graeme from Newton Farm gave us lots of fabulous suggestions of places to visit and one that stood out immediately was Dunnottar Castle. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland near Stonehaven, about an hour from where we were staying and is the inspiration behind Merida’s DunBroch family castle from the film Brave. The castle is hidden from the road and is a short walk along an uneven path from the car park but as soon as it comes into view you know you are visiting… Continue Reading “A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland”