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”

Climbing Mount Snowdon with Kids

Isaac Snowdon

Back in September last year I wrote my 50 places to visit before I hit the big 5-0, with number 4 on the list being climbing Mount Snowdon, which stands at 1,085 m (3,560 ft), making it the highest mountain in Wales, and the highest point in the British Isles outside Scotland. Last week we headed to North Wales and stayed in a beautiful cottage in Anglesey, which is only a short drive from Snowdonia, so now was my chance to tick it off my list. We have been on family walking holidays to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales,… Continue Reading “Climbing Mount Snowdon with Kids”

Exploring Caernarfon Castle with Kids

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon is one of the most famous castle in Wales and is somewhere I have wanted to visit for some time. During our holiday to North Wales, we stayed in a beautiful cottage in Anglesey which is a short drive from the town of Caernarfon, so we had the perfect opportunity to visit. Caernarfon is a walled town, making it a beautiful walk as you head towards the castle itself. Caernarfon Castle is looked after by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, but as English Heritage members we got discounted entry to the castle. Entry to the castle is… Continue Reading “Exploring Caernarfon Castle with Kids”

Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. The castle was built in 1177 by John de Courcy and is still remarkably intact, making it perfect for exploring. From the outside of the castle, you can see various models looking through windows, or guarding the towers which really bring the history to life. The kids were most fascinated by the “murder hole” in the ceiling of the gateway. It would have been used in defence of the castle, allowing defenders to fire, throw or pour harmful… Continue Reading “Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids”

Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge with kids

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery I have ever seen and a short drive from the Giant’s Causeway is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Owned by the National Trust, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, which links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede and was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. From the car park there is a beautiful mile-long clifftop walk along the stunning coastline to the rope bridge. You will need to purchase tickets at the reception hut in order… Continue Reading “Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge with kids”

Learning Fun at We the Curious Science Centre in Bristol

Hearing Test We the Curious

All the way back in 2015 we spent a day in Bristol and enjoyed an afternoon at their science centre, then called @Bristol. The kids loved it so much, they have been asking to go back ever since. With Kian now at university in Bristol, we have the perfect excuse to visit the vibrant city more often, so headed West to take the kids to see their big brother for the weekend and their first request was to head back to the science centre, now called We the Curious. It may have had a change of name, but it is… Continue Reading “Learning Fun at We the Curious Science Centre in Bristol”

All the fun of Kidpreneur Day at Kidzania London

We first discovered Kidzania in London back in 2015 and the kids have been asking to go back ever since. Kidzania is an indoor city run by kids that is perfect for a fun day out, with over 60 real-life activities for the kids to get involved with. Based in Westfield London, you are greeted by a British Airways plane as you head inside and then queue up in an airline check-in type system to present your boarding passes and collect everything you need for your adventure. The kids are given RFID security bracelets, which not only ensure they cannot… Continue Reading “All the fun of Kidpreneur Day at Kidzania London”

Climbing Portland Bill Lighthouse with the kids

Portland Lighthouse

Last year we enjoyed a visit to Portland Bill, however, as I was on my own with the kids, we could not make the climb up the Lighthouse as Sebby was too small – much to Isaac’s disappointment. We have been promising him we will return ever since and on Sunday, we headed to Portland on a rather stormy looking day. The kids love Portland Bill itself because it is the perfect location for exploring, climbing and running around. In fact, we saw a school full of kids all kitted up ready to climb Pulpit Rock, an artificial stack of rock… Continue Reading “Climbing Portland Bill Lighthouse with the kids”

A visit to the Imperial War Museum North with Kids

Imperial War Museum

Last weekend we headed north to Manchester, with a plan to see as much of the city as possible. We stayed at Holiday Inn in Media City, which is a great base as there are lots to do surrounding it, plus it is just a short tram ride into the city centre. One of the things we spotted almost immediately was the Poppy Wave at the Imperial War Museum North, something we had been impressed by earlier in the year when we saw it at Fort Nelson. I have to admit it was more impressive in Portsmouth, but that was… Continue Reading “A visit to the Imperial War Museum North with Kids”