The Annual Poole New Year’s Day Bath Tub Race 2017

We always try to attend local events, especially those that are raising money for charity and this year we finally got to the annual New Year’s Day Bath Tub Race on Poole Quay. What we were not expecting was the sheer number of people who turned up to watch the race and we struggled to get a good view as our planned location to watch the race was rammed already, but we did manage to find a raised flower bed to stand on to get a view of the race. There were literally thousands of people lining the quayside to… Continue Reading “The Annual Poole New Year’s Day Bath Tub Race 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”

Panto Fun with Aladdin at Lighthouse Poole

He’s Behind You!! Oh no you’re not! Oh Yes we are! Three fun phrases that are bound to get the audience shouting and screaming at a pantomime. I love this time of year and one of the highlights of the year is always taking the kids to the pantomime. This year I got to do two in one week, taking Sebastian to see Cinderella at the Pavilion with pre-school and Eliza and Isaac to see Aladdin at Lighthouse Poole with the school. I am sad to admit that Cinderella was really disappointing. It was far too long, the cast didn’t… Continue Reading “Panto Fun with Aladdin at Lighthouse Poole”

A Segway Tour of Upton Country Park

Dorset Segway

Ever since we did a Forest Segway Tour with Go Ape we have been itching to do another, so when I spotted a groupon offer for Dorset Segway Tours I just had to snap it up. Dorset Segway’s operate at Upton Country Park in Poole and have a free rein to explore the magnificent grounds which includes the shoreline of Holes Bay, the neatly manicured lawns, the Grove woodland area and stopping for some photo’s by Upton House itself. You start with a safety briefing and a few laps around the training area where you learn to stop, start and steer… Continue Reading “A Segway Tour of Upton Country Park”

Is it time for you to visit Poole?

Poole is my home but it is often seen as the poor neighbour to Bournemouth, when in fact it has so many interesting places to visit and is also home to some of the most expensive houses in the UK. Last week we attended an event at the Thistle Hotel which is situated on the waterfront on Poole Quay itself and it is the perfect location to stay if you are visiting the area with unrivalled views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island and beyond, yet it is affordable too. The rooms are comfortable with huge Queen size beds, large… Continue Reading “Is it time for you to visit Poole?”