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”

Climbing Arthur’s Seat with the Kids – Edinburgh

Arthurs Seat

During our visit to Edinburgh castle, you cannot help but admire the surrounding countryside and I was particularly struck by the beauty of Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is the main mountain in Edinburgh at 251 metres high and forms most of Holyrood Park. It is actually an ancient volcano and it was the striking Salisbury Cliffs that really stood out for me from our view-point. On our last full day in Scotland we gave the kids the choice of where they wanted to do and they decided upon Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of the planet Earth.… Continue Reading “Climbing Arthur’s Seat with the Kids – Edinburgh”

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”

Our top places to visit in Rome

Trevi Fountain

Our recent cruise aboard the Carnival Vista first took is to Messina, Sicily, then Naples where we made a visit to Pompeii and the next stop was Civitavecchia, the port closest to Rome. There were plenty of planned tours to purchase onboard the ship, however, we made the decision to explore Rome on our own which involved a coach taking us on the 90 minute journey to the city and leaving us to our own devices for several hours. The coach dropped us a mere five-minute walk from the Colosseum and armed with just a basic map of the city and a… Continue Reading “Our top places to visit in Rome”

Top Tips for exploring Pompeii

Pompeii

When we first found out we were docking in Naples on our cruise aboard the Carnival Vista, a visit to Pompeii was a must. Pompeii is a Roman town frozen in time, thanks to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and is the only place in the world where you can begin to understand how the Roman’s lived as much of it was frozen in time after it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone). We decided to take an organised tour arranged by the ship which included a guided tour of… Continue Reading “Top Tips for exploring Pompeii”

The Big Camp Bestival Linky 2016

Camp Bestival

It is back to earth with a bump after a fabulous weekend at Camp Bestival which more than delivered everything it promised from fun activities to try, great music, scrummy food and rounding it all up with an impressive firework finale. My Camp Bestival linky for 2015 was very popular with lots of people visiting to research the event, so I have decided to put another one together this year as there is so much to see and do that there just isn’t time to fit it all in and everyone has a completely different experience of what Camp Bestival has to… Continue Reading “The Big Camp Bestival Linky 2016”

Holiday Inn Camden Lock Review

Holiday Inn Camden

Last weekend I had a child-free evening at the Holiday Inn at Camden Lock where I was attending the Britmums Fringe Party before staying the night and heading to Britmums Live the following day. The Fringe Party was held in the stunning Glasshouse at the hotel, which is a gorgeous space with tall windows overlooking the lock. We arrived slightly later than planned thanks to London traffic and a confused satnav and found the room full of some of my favourite blogging friends. It was lovely to catch up friends old and new as we helped ourselves to complimentary drinks… Continue Reading “Holiday Inn Camden Lock Review”

A Birthday Meal at NEO Restaurant Bournemouth

When Hubby asked me where I wanted to go for a birthday meal, I reeled off all the previous restaurants we had been to but we both agreed we wanted to be a little more adventurous and try somewhere new. But where? Hubby asked around at work and one restaurant stood out above the rest – NEO! Set in a huge glass building opposite Bournemouth Pier, NEO Restaurant has been open just two months and looks spectacular with 180° of floor to ceiling windows which offer views over Bournemouth Garden, the Pier and the beach. On the downstairs of the building… Continue Reading “A Birthday Meal at NEO Restaurant Bournemouth”

Harry Paye Day June 2016

Poole Harbour

Avast me harties!  Tis time for land lubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye. Harry Paye Day is an annual event where the townsfolk of Poole and many from across the lands don their Pirate outfits and celebrate the day Harry Paye took revenge for the attack on Poole back in 1405. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism, this is one of the local highlights of our year and starts with a blast of cannons, followed by a parade of Pirates along Poole… Continue Reading “Harry Paye Day June 2016”

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”