Our favourite castles to visit in the UK

Arundel Castle

Did you know that the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from J.K. Rowling OBE’s Harry Potter books and movies has topped the poll of 1,000 kids aged six to 16 – despite not being real? The study on the top 10 castles that kids want to visit was commissioned by English Heritage ahead of its forthcoming #LoveCastles season, which aims to encourage families to take a trip to one of the nation’s forts. Fictional castles dominated their bucket lists – although landmarks such as Dover Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle all featured in the top 10: Top 10 Castles… Continue Reading “Our favourite castles to visit in the UK”

A wet weather visit to Diggerland, Devon

Diggerland

All the way back in 2015 we visited Diggerland in Devon on a beautiful spring day, so when we were invited back, we couldn’t wait to see if anything had changed. We left sunny Bournemouth in the tropical heatwave we have been experiencing and headed west, armed with suncream and raincoats – just in case the forecast of occasional showers came true. As we approached Devon I noticed that the temperature was starting to drop and there were a few drops of rain, but I was not concerned, rain doesn’t normally stop us having fun but as we arrived the… Continue Reading “A wet weather visit to Diggerland, Devon”

Exploring York with the JORVIK Group Pastport

City of York

I have wanted to visit York for some time, but living on the south coast it is too far away for a day tree and even a weekend break is a bit of a stretch, so when we ventured to the Yorkshire Dales for a family walking holiday, we added a day to our trip, so we could pay a visit. My fascination with York began when we learned about Vikings in school and now, with the kids learning about British history, plus our fondness for the show Vikings on Amazon Prime, we went in search of some Viking history.… Continue Reading “Exploring York with the JORVIK Group Pastport”

A Stay at Newfield Hall in the Yorkshire Dales with HF Holiday’s

Gordale Scar

Last summer we enjoyed our first walking holiday with HF Holiday’s at their stunning Lake District property, Monk Coniston which was set on the shores of Coniston Water. This May half term, we headed out on another adventure with HF Holiday’s, but this time to Newfield Hall, a grand 19th century country house with magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales. We arrived late at the property, having done battle with the bank holiday traffic, but still got a warm welcome. Poor Sebby had been ill in the car just as we arrived and the manager helped us get sorted quickly… Continue Reading “A Stay at Newfield Hall in the Yorkshire Dales with HF Holiday’s”