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”

What Are the Top Family Activities in Scotland This Winter?

Edinburgh

Be sure to pack your wellington boots and a rain jacket if you’re planning on visiting Scotland in the upcoming months! Don’t let the weather put you off, though; taking some time to visit this beautiful country in the winter months means fewer crowds, but still so much to see and do. While the children may not think Scotland is the most exciting and desirable holiday destination, the whole family may be surprised by the variety of activities, destinations and events on offer — all given an idyllic twist over the festive period. From city breaks to countryside strolls, here… Continue Reading “What Are the Top Family Activities in Scotland This Winter?”

Indoor Climbing Fun at Rockreef, Bournemouth

Rockreef

It has been quite some time since we last visited Rockreef in Bournemouth and Isaac has been nagging us to go back, so when a half price offer for Bournemouth residents popped up, I knew we had to take advantage of it. Rockreef is situated on Bournemouth Pier and offers Clip ‘n’ Climb, Caving, Highline and the Pier Zip. Sadly Isaac and Eliza are not 1.3m which ruled them out of the Highline but they still got to enjoy the Clip ‘n’ Climb and the Pier Caves. You start the day getting kitted up in safety gear and a short… Continue Reading “Indoor Climbing Fun at Rockreef, Bournemouth”

The Jurassic Coast by Air and Foot

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go on a helicopter flight over the Jurassic coast, an amazing experience which I highly recommend. Being just half an hour long, it didn’t go all the way along the 96 mile coastline, instead concentrating on the area heading east from Exmouth along the Lyme Bay coastline to Lyme Regis and Charmouth and back again. We visit Lyme Regis and Charmouth fairly regularly but have never visited the Devon part of the Jurassic coastline which stretches as far as Orcombe Point near Exmouth so on a weekend break to Lyme Regis I… Continue Reading “The Jurassic Coast by Air and Foot”

A Visit to the Tower of London

Tower of London

A few weeks ago we were invited to review a City Cruises trip along the Thames and we decided to make the most of the trip to London by visiting some of the tourist attractions. Isaac has been asking to visit the Tower of London for ages and as the City Cruise stopped there I decided to surprise him with a visit. What I hadn’t realised is that Hubby had never been either and I am not sure who was more excited. The boys were super excited to meet a Yeoman Warder (popularly known as ‘Beefeaters’) at the entrance and although they… Continue Reading “A Visit to the Tower of London”

Butlins by the Sea!

This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to Butlins, Bognor Regis to experience their Diversity Break. We were all very excited, having stayed in the Wave Hotel back in 2014. The kids were especially looking forward to all the activities that they have on offer. This time we were booked to stay in the Gold Apartments and we unloaded the car as soon as we arrived and headed off to find our apartment. I hadn’t thought to tell Butlins that we had a toddler with us and sadly they had put us on the top floor which wasn’t ideal as the… Continue Reading “Butlins by the Sea!”

Running through Bluebells

Bluebell Wood

One of the memories that stand out from my childhood was running through bluebells in a wood near Arundel and picking some to take home to my Mum. These days picking bluebells is prohibited but I still wanted to take the kids to experience the stunning carpet of blue that these magical flowers create. I have seen many local photographers raving about Bluebell Wood at Pamphill on facebook over the last couple of weeks and I just had to visit before they all disappeared. Bluebell Wood is set on the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset and we parked at Pamphill… Continue Reading “Running through Bluebells”

Enjoy May Half Term with Roald Dahl at Tatton Park

Treat the kids to something gloriumptious this May Half Term with a host of tremendous activities taking place at Tatton Park. The fun includes a brand new scrumptious menu in the Stables Restaurant, Phizz-Wizzing trails in the parkland, mansion, gardens and farm and Cover to Cover, a fascinating exhibition of Roald Dahl book covers from around the world.   Take the family on an adventure with themed Phizz-Wizzing Trails, running until 2nd of October. Dodge the gamekeepers in the Danny the Champion of the World trail in the gardens. Find Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Farm before the farmers do and go deep into the Parkland where you’ll find The Enormous Crocodile lurking.  … Continue Reading “Enjoy May Half Term with Roald Dahl at Tatton Park”