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”

Weymouth SEA LIFE annual pass sale coming this January

Weymouth Sealife

There is no doubt about it, that taking the kids out can get expensive, but there is also nothing better than knowing you have saved some money. Did you know that renewal rates for annual membership to Weymouth SEA LIFE offer loyal visitors an annual pass for the same price as a day ticket. Due to popular demand, Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is once again offering, for a limited time only, the opportunity to make huge savings on annual passes this January. The Weymouth SEA LIFE annual pass will be on sale from Saturday, January 20 until Sunday, January… Continue Reading “Weymouth SEA LIFE annual pass sale coming this January”

The Great Big Christmas Days Out Linky 2017

Paultons Park Christmas

It is that time of year when us parents are thinking about where to take the small people to visit Father Christmas or where to have the perfect festive day out. I want to know where the best Christmas Days out are all over the country! Have you had Mother Christmas read you a story at LaplandUK, marvelled at Bluestone’s Kingdom of the Elves, helped Rudolph get home at Winter Wonderland at Peppa Pig World or simply know the best Christmas market to visit near you? It’s simple to join in, just add your blog link below but please remember to… Continue Reading “The Great Big Christmas Days Out Linky 2017”

Is there Room on the Broom for Me at Mottisfont?

Mottisfont

I am a big fan of backyard travel; seeing the delights on your doorstep, and living in East Dorset, we often venture over the border to Hampshire. Writing the Britmums Family Days Out Round-Up, I am often introduced to some fabulous ideas for days out and one of the places I have been keen to try is Mottisfont, near Romsey. Over the summer holidays this National Trust property held The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler exhibition, a display of imaginative illustrations from his work with Julia Donaldson and a trail around the estate, filled with fun things to find… Continue Reading “Is there Room on the Broom for Me at Mottisfont?”

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Portsmouth

HMS Alliance

We had annual passes to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and visited regularly last year, but there was one site we never quite got to – the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, which is situated over the water in Gosport. This weekend we finally got there and what a treat it was! With free parking, the museum is located on the waterfront on the former site of HMS Dolphin; home to the Submarine Service for 100 years. There is plenty to see as soon as you arrive with dive suits for the kids to clamber inside, a small explorer submarine to admire, a giant propeller… Continue Reading “Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Portsmouth”

Zoorassic Park at ZSL London Zoo

Regular readers of my blog will know that Sebastian is dinosaur mad and when we heard that dinosaurs were invading ZSL London Zoo, we knew we had to visit. Between 22nd July to 3rd September, visitors the zoo are whisked back in time to Zoorassic Park a prehistoric world where you can come face to face with life-size, moving dinosaurs. The kids picked up a fun passport style trail to complete before entering the time-travelling tunnel which took us back to the Mesozoic era (about 65 million years ago, give or take a few days). We emerged from the tunnel in… Continue Reading “Zoorassic Park at ZSL London Zoo”