The day the Gruffalo came to life at Moors Valley

Today we were one of the first to visit a new augmented reality trail at Moors Valley. The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities to enjoy along the way and is completely free to do although you can purchase an additional activity pack at the visitor centre for an extra £3 if you choose. To take part simply download the Gruffalo Spotter app before you visit which brings Julia Donaldson’s fabulous Gruffalo to life along the trail by simply reading the special code at selected points along the trail. The really clever bit is that once you’ve… Continue Reading “The day the Gruffalo came to life at Moors Valley”

10 things to do in Dorset this February Half Term

Weymouth Sealife Centre

It feels like the kids have only been back to school for five minutes since their last school holiday, but half term is almost upon us. February can be a bit hit and miss weather wise so here are my top ten suggestions, five indoor and five outdoor, for activities to entertain the kids during the school break. Outdoor Fossil hunting! Did you know the winter months are the perfect time for searching for fossils on the Jurassic Coast? Pull on your wellies, wear your warmest coast and check out our post on the best fossil hunting beaches to visit.… Continue Reading “10 things to do in Dorset this February Half Term”

Our favourite beaches for Fossil Hunting in Dorset

You are probably thinking I am mad talking about fossil hunting during the winter months, but it is the perfect time of year for it, as stormy weather churns up the beaches exposing the fossils from the rocks and the cliffs. Dorset is famous for being the home of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which stretches from Studland Bay in Dorset westwards towards Exmouth in East Devon, a distance of approximately 96 miles. The coastline features outstanding geology with parts dating back over 185 million years. For this reason it is a hotbed for fossil hunting with hundreds of… Continue Reading “Our favourite beaches for Fossil Hunting in Dorset”

What to expect at Camp Bestival 2017

Camp Bestival

It is no secret that Camp Bestival is one of the highlights of the year for us. Based locally here in Dorset at the spectacular Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival is a true family friendly festival that features entertainment, activities and live performers that will delight guests, young and old. For the last few years it has had a theme, which has seen us dress up as characters from the Gruffalo, Circus Performers and Space Men. This year is no exception with the theme of Popstars and Rockstars and although we have yet to decide who we are going as, I… Continue Reading “What to expect at Camp Bestival 2017”

10 Things to do in Dorset in Winter with Kids

Bournemouth Pier

Finding things to entertain the kids in winter can be a real challenge with many local attractions shutting down for the coldest months, but there are still lots of fun things to do with the kids. Bournemouth Wheel Fancy seeing Bournemouth from 100ft in the air, then this is for you. Hurry though, it is only open until 7th January. Ice Skating We have three rinks to choose from locally although the open-air one in Bournemouth Gardens operated by Ice Skate Bournemouth is only open until 3rd January. The Cool Coast Rink at the BIC is open until 19th February and… Continue Reading “10 Things to do in Dorset in Winter with Kids”

#SailwithSanta with City Cruises Poole

Last year we enjoyed a rather blustery Santa Cruise with City Cruises Poole and despite the weather doing its best to dampen our spirits we couldn’t wait to do it again this year. Thankfully this year the weather was the complete opposite of last year and Poole Harbour was a millpond when we arrived to Sail with Santa. We were over the moon to be welcomed by Dr Balloonman whom had entertained the kids so brilliantly last year. We collected our complimentary soft drink and cookie for the kids and our mince pie and warming coffee (they also offer a glass of mulled… Continue Reading “#SailwithSanta with City Cruises Poole”

Pantomime fun with Cinderella at the Pavilion

Cinderella

We love Panto in our house and last week I got to see not one, but two local Pantomimes. The first one was Cinderella at the Pavilion and I took Sebastian to see it with our local pre-school. Melanie Walters (Gwen from Gavin and Stacey) opened the show as the magical Fairy Godmother and set the scene for show before we were introduced to the rest of the cast. Dani Harmer (Tracey Beaker) played Cinderella, whilst X-Factor’s Rhydian was a very regal as Prince Charming, but personally it was Noel Brodie and Gary Jordan that stole the show for me as… Continue Reading “Pantomime fun with Cinderella at the Pavilion”