France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou

Last weekend I travelled to Nantes, France with Britmums on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses. Puy du Fou is France’s best kept secret despite being their second largest theme park, attracting over 2.26m visitors a year. Calling Puy du Fou (pronounced “pwee de foo”) a theme park is actually doing the park a disservice as it is so much more. There are no rides and no tacky merchandise, just pure entertainment in the form of spectacular daytime and evening shows and four period villages. When walking through these villages, you feel like you have… Continue Reading “France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou”

Poppies: Wave at Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries

Poppy Wave

Did someone say “FREE day out”? We love exploring museums with the kids as it gives them a real insight into life gone by or an interest in science and they are even better when they are free. Fort Nelson is a 19th Century Fort which looks over the city of Portsmouth and the Solent and displays a number of significant pieces of artillery and artillery related artefacts through the ages. There are over 700 items of artillery from many countries which span over 600 years, many of which are brought to life whilst sensitively telling the unique stories behind… Continue Reading “Poppies: Wave at Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries”

5 fantastic days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon

Ever since the rise of seaside resorts and the arrival of the railways in the late 1900s, Devon has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Famed for its fantastic beaches, landscape World Heritage Sites and quaint villages and towns, Devon is a great holiday destination for the whole family. I have teamed up with holiday cottage specialists Blue Chip Holidays to compile a list of our top days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon. The English Riviera – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Probably the most famous destination in Devon, is steeped in… Continue Reading “5 fantastic days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon”

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 Visit to Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead

There has been one National Trust property on my to-do list for what seems like forever – Stourhead in Wiltshire. On our recent visit to Longleat we drove past the familiar brown sign and I made a promise that this would be the year we visited and we did just that in the Easter holidays. Silly me didn’t put the satnav on as I just assumed that as I had seen the signpost near Warminster that it would be close by, but actually we panicked a little as the signs disappear for a while and we thought we had missed… Continue Reading “A Visit to Stourhead, Wiltshire”

Superhero Takeover at London Zoo

Superhero HQ

On Friday, we were invited to a very special event at London Zoo – the superheroes were taking over!! These are not your typical superheroes though, although we did spy Spiderman by the entrance of ‘In with the Spiders’ exhibit. Instead, from now until Sunday 15th April, visitors to London Zoo are able to take part in a self-guided Superpowers Trail around the Zoo, discovering real life animals with heroic superskills. The kids were given a special comic book as we entered the zoo, packed with fun activities to guide them on this exciting new animal adventure. The booklet has interactive activities at each… Continue Reading “Superhero Takeover at London Zoo”

The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Eliza

Last week we were lucky enough to attend the opening night of the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo. Powered by “zoo poo”, the innovative and sustainable “Energy for Life” Tropical House is the first in the UK to generate energy using waste created by animals at the zoo. The Tropical House looked stunning in the golden evening light and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look when the plant life establishes itself outside the building. You are greeted by large screens depicting moving images as you head inside the first door, which the kids were fascinated by.… Continue Reading “The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo”

10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018

A Day Out with Thomas

It is just over a week until the kids break for the Easter holidays and this year I am busy putting together activities to keep the kids occupied over the two week break. We plan on staying local this Easter and here are a list of the Top 10 things my kids want to do this Easter in Dorset and Hampshire. Visit Thomas and Friends at the Watercress Line Who doesn’t love the cheeky blue engine called Thomas and this Easter, ‘A Day Out With Thomas‘ is back at the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, with new, exciting funfair rides and a… Continue Reading “10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018”

Meeting Dippy on his visit to Dorset County Museum

Dippy on Tour

Regular readers of my blogs will know that Sebastian is dinosaur mad and we often plan our days out around his favourite subject. Like many children his age, Sebastian can rattle off the scientific names of dozens of dinosaurs, tell you what they looked like, what they ate and where they lived, so when we discovered Dippy was going on tour and his first stop was our home county, we just had to go and see him. Dippy, the much-loved Diplodocus skeleton cast that held centre stage at the Natural History Museum in London was replaced with a blue whale… Continue Reading “Meeting Dippy on his visit to Dorset County Museum”