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”

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!”