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”

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?”

A Visit to Car Fest South

Right at the end of the summer we spent our last weekend of freedom at Car Fest South in Hampshire thanks to an invite from Peugeot. As it is less than an hour from home and we had just returned from a holiday abroad we made the decision to travel up to the event on both days, rather than camp. I have always wanted to go to Car Fest, but Hubby is not car mad and was skeptical about a car led event, but we all had the most amazing time. Car Fest is an annual motoring festival held in Cheshire… Continue Reading “A Visit to Car Fest South”

The Shark Hotel at Thorpe Park Review

The Shark Hotel at Thorpe Park Review

The Shark Hotel at Thorpe Park is situated inside the resort itself and sits on the banks of an unexpectedly serene lake and is the perfect crash pad for thrill seekers who want two days of fun at the theme park. A large model shark greets guests at reception and rooms are accessed via its mouth. Checking in took more time than it needed to in my opinion however we were given all the information that we needed about access to the park and wristbands that would give us fast track access to the rides between 9am and 11am the… Continue Reading “The Shark Hotel at Thorpe Park Review”

Our Visit to the D-Day Beaches

Point Du Hoc

It has been a poignant few weeks with the anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944. Back in February we visited Normandy, staying at a gorgeous family friendly gite, which was the perfect base for exploring all the sites that were hugely significant during World War II. Top of Hubby’s wishlist to visit were all the beaches where the landings took place and I have to admit that even though the kids didn’t really understand the significance of where we were, they were happy to play whilst we looked at memorials etc. The first beach we visited was Utah Beach,… Continue Reading “Our Visit to the D-Day Beaches”

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”

Fun things to do in Dorset this Bank Holiday

Knob Throwing Festival

This Bank Holiday weekend is probably my favourite one of the year and we look forward to it every year as our home county of Dorset really know how to put together a good festival. The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event for the whole family which runs from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May. The Festival seeks to enthuse young people about science, earth sciences in particular and there is plenty to do for the whole family with walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science. Meet and chat to scientists from the Natural… Continue Reading “Fun things to do in Dorset this Bank Holiday”

My Little Pony and Clangers announced for Geronimo Family Festival

Back on the festival scene, bigger and better and with an additional venue at Harewood House, Geronimo has announced brand new additions to an already jam-packed line up of live shows and amazing experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Returning to Tatton Park over the weekend of 29th – 30th May and debuting at Harewood House from 1st – 2nd May, Geronimo is the family festival you won’t want to miss! And if you haven’t booked your tickets already, now is the time as Geronimo is proud to announce that My Little Pony, the Clangers and Tumble Tots will all be making an appearance! Joining… Continue Reading “My Little Pony and Clangers announced for Geronimo Family Festival”

The Olde House – Cornwall

Hazel Cottage

During the Easter holidays we were supposed to be staying at The Olde House in Cornwall, but our car broke down just 40 minutes from our final destination and we never made it. The Olde House is a collection of 30 self-catering holiday cottages (3- to 5-star) on a 550-acre working farm near the north coast in Cornwall. It is a family run business that recently won Gold at the South West Tourism Awards and is just a stone’s throw from the fishing villages of Padstow and Port Isaac. Situated in the pretty village of Chapel Amble, their family cottages are… Continue Reading “The Olde House – Cornwall”

New Land of the Lions at London Zoo

During the school holidays we were lucky enough to be invited to see the brand new Asiatic lion exhibit at ZSL London Zoo which was officially opened by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Lionesses Indi, Rubi and Heidi  are the stars of the Land of the Lions which is a £5.2m development that has been created to transport visitors from the heart of London to the vibrant setting of Sasan Gir in Gujarat, India – the last remaining stronghold of Asiatic lions – and bring visitors closer than ever to the big cats. Covering an expanse of… Continue Reading “New Land of the Lions at London Zoo”