A Stay in a newly refurbished cottage with Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight

Rookley Lakes

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight to see their newly refurbished holiday cottages and lakeside homes. Rookley Park is part of Island View Holidays which own several sites on the Isle of Wight, as well as sites in mainland UK too and we set off on a Wightlink ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on a wet and blustery day. Rookley Park is home to a beautiful collection of holiday cottages, lakehouses and caravans in a (mostly) sunny parkland setting at the heart of the Isle of Wight. This idyllic countryside location is within… Continue Reading “A Stay in a newly refurbished cottage with Rookley Park on the Isle of Wight”

Easter fun at Sandbanks, Poole

Ice Cream

Lets face it, the weather over the Easter holidays was pretty shabby for most of the country, with rain and even snow for some. We tried not to let it stop us going out and having fun and on one such day, we did battle with the sea mist at Sandbanks beach in Poole. Isaac and his friend were booked onto an activity day at Land & Wave, an activity centre based at Sandbanks which offers school holiday clubs where they get to do activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, jumbo paddle boarding, raft building, sports and team building for children… Continue Reading “Easter fun at Sandbanks, Poole”

A visit to Queen Victoria’s beloved Osborne House

Osborne House Gardens

Have you been watching the TV series Victoria? I have to admit that it has completely drawn me in to the history of the Victorian era and I have been busy looking up facts about the infamous British monarch and her family. When I found out we were visiting the Isle of Wight, there was one place on my wishlist to visit – Osborne House. We left Blackgang Chine to sunshine starting to poke through the clouds, but sadly across the other side of the island where Osborne House is, the clouds stubbornly refused to budge. The house was still… Continue Reading “A visit to Queen Victoria’s beloved Osborne House”

A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage

Carisbrooke Castle Eliza

This weekend we were invited to stay on the Isle of Wight with Island View Holidays at Rookley Country Park and I put together an itinerary of where we would like to visit. Typically, the kids picked Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, where we had visited and enjoyed last year, but Hubby and I were more keen to take in some of the history of the island. On our journey from Yarmouth to Rookley where we were staying, we drove past Carisbrooke Castle and all agreed it was somewhere we would like to visit. Carisbrooke Castle is an English Heritage… Continue Reading “A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage”

A day in London with our Merlin Annual Pass

London Eye rain

During the Easter holiday’s we headed to London for a day out. We are Merlin Annual Pass holders and I made sure I took our passes with us as there is so much to see and do, especially on the South Bank. Our first stop was The Shard View for an event to launch the new film Ferdinand to DVD and as it was an early start, it left us with almost a full day to explore London. From the top of the Shard you can see the London Eye and it didn’t seem like too far to walk, so… Continue Reading “A day in London with our Merlin Annual Pass”