A new local discovery – Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Kingfisher-Barn

We are always on the lookout for new places to take the kids locally and upon recommendation from one of the the mum’s at the kids swimming lessons we headed to the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre in Throop at the weekend. Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Stour Valley nature reserve, where the kids can walk, run or cycle along riverside paths and even take a paddle in the river. We took our trusty backpacks which contain flower, bird and bug books, binoculars and a diary so we can write down all the plants and animals we… Continue Reading “A new local discovery – Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre”

The return of the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival

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Yes, you have read it correctly – Dorset really does have its own Knob Throwing Festival and it is one of our favourite local annual events. Last year the festival took a break, however it was back with a bang this year and we couldn’t wait to try our hand at some of the fun games on offer. Before you worry that anyone was hurt for this event, a Dorset Knob is a unique savoury biscuit which has been made by the Moores family since 1880. Each biscuit is individually moulded by hand and has three separate bakings lasting a… Continue Reading “The return of the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival”

LEGO Sea Explorers at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

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Calling all LEGO fans! Until 2nd June 2019, you can get creative with the LEGO Sea Explorers at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park. Running alongside their Jawsome Sharks event, the LEGO Sea Explorers is a brand-new interactive mission which has been set up in the marquee close to the splash park area. The kids were given a sheet when we arrived which invited them to take the five creative LEGO challenges, including colouring in exciting underwater scenes; creating LEGO sea creatures; and helping the dive crew unravel the marine mix-ups by unscrambling underwater words. The fun and interactive pods in… Continue Reading “LEGO Sea Explorers at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park”

What to do if someone dies on holiday

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It doesn’t bear thinking about really, you have booked and planned your holiday and are enjoying the fruits of all your hard work, but what happens if your travelling partner dies when you are away on holiday? If you are overseas with the person when they die, the best advice is to contact the nearest British embassy, High Commission or consulate, who will be able to give you advice on what to do and contact your insurance company as soon as you can. If you’re on a package holiday, you should tell your representative as soon as you can. Some… Continue Reading “What to do if someone dies on holiday”

An Easter stay at Talfan Cottage

Talfan Cottage

Being a large family, when we travel we prefer the convenience of staying in a holiday cottage rather than a hotel as it gives us the space to relax without getting under each others feet. During our holiday to North Wales we stayed in a beautiful barn conversion, Talfan Cottage, in Anglesey, not far from the famous town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. There was a real “Wow” moment when we walked through the door, as the cottage is simply stunning, with the kitchen being our favourite room in the house. They really have thought of everything with this kitchen design. It has… Continue Reading “An Easter stay at Talfan Cottage”

Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at Mayflower Southampton

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If there is one show that sparks the interest of all three kids, it has to be Horrible Histories. Fresh from seeing the Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, tonight we went to see Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors at the Mayflower, Southampton. Horrible Histories on stage is brought to life by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company and we got a fantastically enjoyable history lesson from Dr Dee and his pupils Drab and Dross who take on the roles of all of the key characters. Despite being just three of them on stage, they had the kids transfixed by… Continue Reading “Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at Mayflower Southampton”

Victorious Festival – Kids Line-Up Revealed

Victorious Festival

We are big fans of Victorious Festival, held between 23rd – 25th August 2019 in Southsea. It is the UK’s Biggest Metropolitan Festival and today they have announced their extensive programme of family entertainment. The huge, completely free Kids Arena, will feature CBeebies star Mr Bloom, the legendary, larger-than-life transformer, Bumblebee,  Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts and even Entertainment One’s (eOne) Peppa Pig and her brother George! Combined with an already impressive music line-up that includes New Order, Two Door Cinema Club, Rudimental, The Specials and more, Victorious really is the ultimate family-friendly festival experience The Kids Arena,… Continue Reading “Victorious Festival – Kids Line-Up Revealed”