Pumpkin Picking at Sopley Farm

My kids have been nagging me to go pumpkin picking for ages. The last few years we have been away for Halloween so we never managed it, however, we are at home for October half term, so there was no excuse. Sopley Farm, set on the edge of the New Forest, is our closest Pick Your Own farm that has a pumpkin patch and we headed across to visit last weekend. Sopley Farm grow nearly 20 different fruit and vegetables. Some are grown for Pick Your Own, and some for selling ready picked through their farm shop so if you… Continue Reading “Pumpkin Picking at Sopley Farm”

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”

What the kids are looking forward to seeing at Camp Bestival 2017

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Cannot believe that Camp Bestival is just one more sleep away. The kids have been busily scanning the website to see who is there this year and it is safe to say that they are uber excited by some of the acts. Back in February we were introduced to Fun Kids Radio during a very long journey to Scotland and there was one band in particular that they wanted to here: Andy and the Odd Socks and particularly the ‘Cheeky Bum Song’. At the time we had no idea that it was actually Andy Day of Cbeebies fame, who is… Continue Reading “What the kids are looking forward to seeing at Camp Bestival 2017”

Open Farm Sunday 2017

Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday was held back on the 11th June and is an annual event that we look forward to. Open Farm Sunday started back in 2006 and has grown substantially over the years, offering a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food, enhancing the countryside and all the goods and services farmers provide. We pick a different farm to visit every year and this year it was the turn of North Farm in Horton, and without a doubt it was our favourite visit… Continue Reading “Open Farm Sunday 2017”

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 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”

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”