City Sightseeing Tour of Reykjavik – Review

Reykjavik-Church

I often see the vibrant red buses of City Sightseeing in our own home town of Bournemouth, but until now we have never been on one. On our first full day in Reykjavik, Iceland, we decided to hop on one their local bus for a tour of the beautiful city. The Reykjavik City Sightseeing Tour starts at the Harpa Concert Hall, situated next to the Old Harbour and is just a 10 minute walk from where we stayed, so we took advantage of the good weather and wandered along the harbour front, drinking in all the fantastic views. We all… Continue Reading “City Sightseeing Tour of Reykjavik – Review”

2 FOR 1 Offers with a Family and Friends Railcard this Half Term

Bournemouth Wheel (1)

Bracing days out by the sea, a visit to a chocolate factory, inside info on the British music scene (with a “jam session” thrown in!) and inspiring ‘edutainment’ – these are just a few of the half term treats throughout Britain which can all be easily reached within a few minutes’ walk from a railway station. It’s the new no-fly holiday trend – helping parents to relax, save money and keep the kids entertained this October half term. Forget the hassle of getting to the airport; the long security queues and two hour check in.  Start from the nearest station… Continue Reading “2 FOR 1 Offers with a Family and Friends Railcard this Half Term”

How to win at Theme Park queues

Legoland

We love visiting Theme Parks but one of our biggest frustrations is the queues, especially when visiting in high season. Having visited a couple of American theme parks, I do think more could be done in the UK to make fast pass entry easily accessible for everyone, without having to pay a fortune for the privilege. We have been to two theme parks in the last week and despite being inset days for us, we still had to queue around 80 minutes for some rides and although many theme parks have installed activities for the kids to do, or television… Continue Reading “How to win at Theme Park queues”

Meeting the BRICKOSAURS at Marwell Zoo

Brickosaur

We are regular visitors to Marwell Zoo and back in April we were invited to the launch of their BRICKOSAURS! – a collection of life-like LEGO® brick dinosaurs on display throughout the grounds. Since the initial launch in April, they have been adding new BRICKOSAURS throughout the zoo, so we headed back to see if we could find them all. We arrived on a beautiful sunny and warm day, but were soon greeted by a huge storm cloud and rumbles of thunder, so we took cover in the penguin house and watched as they danced in the rain. Thankfully the… Continue Reading “Meeting the BRICKOSAURS at Marwell Zoo”

Brilliant days out for kids in and around Bournemouth

We are a couple of weeks into the summer holidays and living in Bournemouth, I am often asked for tips on family days out locally!. So without further ado, here are some of our favourite days out with the kids in the BH postcode. Moors Valley Country Park Moors Valley is one of our favourite destinations for year round fun and the best bit is that it is FREE!! For toddlers and younger children, meet the Gruffalo characters and complete the Zog Trail. Activity packs are available from the Visitor Centre for £3, but the trail is easy to complete… Continue Reading “Brilliant days out for kids in and around Bournemouth”

Tower Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday with exclusive family events this weekend

Tower-Bridge

Did you know that Tower Bridge was officially opened on 30th June 1894 and is celebrating its 125th birthday this Sunday with a host of 125th birthday events taking place over the coming weeks. To celebrate the official anniversary weekend, on 29th and 30th June, you can meet the workers, engineers and passers-by that once inhabited Tower Bridge for a special admission entry offer of £1.25, which is available for all visitors when purchased on the day, including exclusive souvenir bookmark. Tickets cannot be booked in advance so make sure you arrive early. Taking inspiration from the ever-growing archive of… Continue Reading “Tower Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday with exclusive family events this weekend”

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”