New Forest Fairy Festival 2018

Back in August 2016 we visited the New Forest Fairy Festival for the first time and the kids fell in love with this eclectic event. Sadly we missed it last year as were away, but I promised Eliza I would take her again this year before we dropped Isaac at Cup Camp in the New Forest. The New Forest Fairy Festival is held in Burley, New Forest and is a weekend packed with entertainment and workshops for the whole family everyone is positively encouraged to dress in your finery and take part in the fancy dress competitions that are held on both… Continue Reading “New Forest Fairy Festival 2018”

10 Fun Attractions to visit with the kids in the New Forest

Buckler's Hard

The New Forest is a fabulous destination to visit with kids where you can explore the woodland, discover wildlife around every corner, get up close to New Forest ponies and fish for minnows in the streams. Much as we love exploring the great outdoors, sometimes the kids want and need a little more structure to the day and there are some fabulous places to visit within the New Forest National Park. 10 Fun Attractions to visit with the kids in the New Forest Buckler’s Hard Have you ever wondered how to build an 18th warship? At Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum you can step… Continue Reading “10 Fun Attractions to visit with the kids in the New Forest”

Pirates of the Pavilion 2018 – Review

Pirates of the Pavilion

We love a good pantomime and it has always been a Christmas treat, however, recently I have noticed that they have become a summer holiday occasion too. This week we enjoyed our first summer pantomime – Pirates of the Pavilion in Weymouth and is was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Following the record-breaking success of last year’s Christmas Pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Made-to-Measure Productions are back with a bang with this brand new swashbuckling pantomime which sees the Pirates of the Pavilion on a mission to retrieve the Lost Loot of Lodmoor. Robert Squire returns as the bumbling and love-lorn Captain… Continue Reading “Pirates of the Pavilion 2018 – Review”

A Busy Day of Fun at Countryfile Live

Tree Climbing

We love exploring the British countryside as a family and watching the TV program Countryfile on a Sunday evening is our guilty pleasure. If you have not seen it, it is all about the people, places and stories making news in the British countryside. It features a good mix of conservation and British wildlife, farming and also has the best and most accurate weekly weather forecast we have found. It has also given us lots of ideas for family days out. This weekend we headed to Blenheim Palace for our very first visit to Countryfile Live and our first impression… Continue Reading “A Busy Day of Fun at Countryfile Live”

The Mary Rose Takes Over Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle

Looking for a great FREE family day out this summer holiday? Join the Mary Rose team at Southsea Castle from where Henry VIII watched his beloved Mary Rose sink during the Battle of the Solent in 1545. There will be talks about the sinking of the Mary Rose, real Tudor objects to examine, storytelling, games and archery. Black Knight Historical will host Hobby Horse Jousting where kids can dress up as medieval knights, and ride a fearsome destrier, charging down the jousting field! They also will run St. George’s Knight School where aspiring young knights can hone their skills. For… Continue Reading “The Mary Rose Takes Over Southsea Castle”

Camp Bestival 2019 Pre-Sale Announced

Camp Bestival 2019

Despite our weekend at Camp Bestival being cut short thanks to the mad change in the weather, we had an amazing time. Plans are already afoot for Camp Bestival 2019 which will run from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th July at Lulworth Castle – I am already doing a sun dance and I am hoping that their new logo will also encourage the sun to shine ALL weekend. I have just got news of a fabulous 72 hour pre-sale of tickets that is happened tomorrow, 3rd August 2018 from 10am, with adult weekend tickets available to buy for the amazing price of £150. Camping Plus,… Continue Reading “Camp Bestival 2019 Pre-Sale Announced”

Our Top Ten Tips for surviving the heat at a Festival

Camp Bestival

Last year we experienced our very first wet Camp Bestival and I wrote a post with my top tips for beating the rain at a festival. This year we had the opposite problem. We have had a glorious 6 weeks of heatwave conditions here in Dorset, with little to no rain, which brings its own set of problems. We arrived at Camp Bestival on Thursday morning on the hottest day of the year (so far) ready to do battle with the hills and find the perfect position to pitch. Top Tips for surviving a heatwave at a festival 1. Tent… Continue Reading “Our Top Ten Tips for surviving the heat at a Festival”