Finding Dorset’s Poppy Fields

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I love instagram for giving me ideas for days out with the kids and something I have been wanting to do for a while is to take the kids to see a field filled with flowers. Eliza is my little flower girl and during our country walks, can often be found sat next to a batch of wildflowers with her book, trying to identify them. A couple of weeks ago my husband told me he spotted a poppy field on the way to work, just past the popular National Trust location, Badbury Rings, near Wimborne. The field is accessible from… Continue Reading “Finding Dorset’s Poppy Fields”

Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast

Old Harry Rocks

My husband has kayaked out to Old Harry Rocks with Kian a few times now, but I have always been left in charge of the small people. Last week was our 14th wedding anniversary and when he asked what I wanted to do, it was top of my wish list. We booked a half day Old Harry Rocks Tour with Fore Adventure, who are based in Middle Beach car park in Studland Bay. The tour starts on the beach, with an introduction to the tandem kayaks and how to use them safely by our guide for the day, Josh. The bay… Continue Reading “Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast”

Testing out our new Paddle Board on the River Stour

SUP Board

My husband has been hinting that he wanted his own paddle board ever since had a SUP lesson in Studland Bay with Fore Adventure last year, so I surprised him with one for his birthday. We knew the kids would be keen to give it a try too, so decided to head to the river as we knew it would be a bit calmer for their first try. Eye Bridge, on the Kingston Lacy estate in Wimborne, is the perfect location for paddle boarding, as the River Stour is wide and gentle at this point, there is a small car… Continue Reading “Testing out our new Paddle Board on the River Stour”

Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope

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When researching our recent holiday to France, I wanted to stay as close to Futuroscope as possible. The area around Futuroscope reminded us of Milton Keynes as is surrounded by a business park and hotels, so there are plenty to choose from, including one on site, but we opted for Hotel Altéora Futuroscope, just 500m from the main entrance. Situated opposite the Palais des Congrès, the hotel does offer a free shuttle bus service to the park entrance, but we chose to walk along the tree lined road as it is just a 10 minute walk. With five of us… Continue Reading “Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope”

3 tips for enjoying long haul flights with children

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Everyone gets a bit terrified when planning a long journey with children. The benefit of a car journey is that you can stop every now and then to get some fresh air and a little personal space. Travelling by aeroplane, however, is a different matter entirely.  We’ve all seen it when standing in line waiting to board. Parents and children getting ushered along to board first, and you can feel a collective inward groan from the other passengers. Perhaps you are one of those groaning at the thought of being stuck in a metal tube thousands of feet above the… Continue Reading “3 tips for enjoying long haul flights with children”

Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou

La Citadelle

When I visited Puy du Fou for the first time last year, I stayed at Îles de Clovis, which is a middle age lake-side settlement with fifty huts built on stilts, with thatched roofs and half-timbering, that were eco-designed to recreate the authentic ambiance of a village from the Merovingian period. There are five themed hotels to choose from; Le Logis de Lescure – an 18th century lodge, La Citadelle – a medieval castle, Camp du Drap d’Or – a Tudor style encampment that look like opulent tents, La Villa Gallo-Romaine – an ancient Roman villa and The Îles de Clovis. When we… Continue Reading “Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou”