A Visit to Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead

There has been one National Trust property on my to-do list for what seems like forever – Stourhead in Wiltshire. On our recent visit to Longleat we drove past the familiar brown sign and I made a promise that this would be the year we visited and we did just that in the Easter holidays. Silly me didn’t put the satnav on as I just assumed that as I had seen the signpost near Warminster that it would be close by, but actually we panicked a little as the signs disappear for a while and we thought we had missed… Continue Reading “A Visit to Stourhead, Wiltshire”

Giving your teen a summer of fun with NCS

watersports-11

Have you got a Year 11 currently stressing over exams? Why not give them something to look forward to this summer. Being the proud owner of teenagers (and older), I am all too aware of how worried you can get when they start to head into the big wide world, but I also know the value of ensuring they are equipped with the essential skills they need to be able to look after themselves. Now you can give them a head start by signing up to the National Citizen Service (NCS) which not only gives your teens the chance to… Continue Reading “Giving your teen a summer of fun with NCS”

An Easter visit to RockReef on Bournemouth Pier

Highline Isaac Blindfold

We have been big fans of RockReef since it opened its doors back in 2014, so much so that Eliza had a climbing birthday party there in January this year. As a birthday gift, RockReef gave her a return ticket back to the centre and with the weather so hit and miss over the Easter break, we headed back for some climbing fun. RockReef is a climbing activity centre situated on Bournemouth Pier. It offers 28 unique Clip ‘n’ Climb walls, the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ climbing challenge, a HighLine aerial obstacle course, a caving experience, and adrenaline activities including a Vertical Drop… Continue Reading “An Easter visit to RockReef on Bournemouth Pier”

Making the most of our National Trust Membership over Easter

Corfe Castle

We have had a National Trust Membership for about 7 years now and it is something I recommend to families looking to save money on days out. The National Trust is a UK conservation charity which protects historic places and green spaces, opening them up for everyone to enjoy. They protect and open to the public more than 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus they also look after forests, woods, beaches, moorland, castles, archaeological remains, villages and more. National Trust membership is great value at £120 per year per family (discounts are available… Continue Reading “Making the most of our National Trust Membership over Easter”

A date with the mischievous monkey’s and other animals at Longleat

It has been a good couple of years since we last visited Longleat. Longleat is the UK’s first safari park and is a place where you can see lions roam, tigers stalk and monkeys getting up to no good, normally at your car’s expense. We arrived at opening time and with the weather forecast due to be wet that afternoon, made the decision to do the safari drive through first. At the beginning of the safari, you get to stretch your legs and explore the African Village. Sadly for us, the Giraffe’s were still in their winter enclosure so we… Continue Reading “A date with the mischievous monkey’s and other animals at Longleat”

Superhero Takeover at London Zoo

Superhero HQ

On Friday, we were invited to a very special event at London Zoo – the superheroes were taking over!! These are not your typical superheroes though, although we did spy Spiderman by the entrance of ‘In with the Spiders’ exhibit. Instead, from now until Sunday 15th April, visitors to London Zoo are able to take part in a self-guided Superpowers Trail around the Zoo, discovering real life animals with heroic superskills. The kids were given a special comic book as we entered the zoo, packed with fun activities to guide them on this exciting new animal adventure. The booklet has interactive activities at each… Continue Reading “Superhero Takeover at London Zoo”

The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Eliza

Last week we were lucky enough to attend the opening night of the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo. Powered by “zoo poo”, the innovative and sustainable “Energy for Life” Tropical House is the first in the UK to generate energy using waste created by animals at the zoo. The Tropical House looked stunning in the golden evening light and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look when the plant life establishes itself outside the building. You are greeted by large screens depicting moving images as you head inside the first door, which the kids were fascinated by.… Continue Reading “The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo”