20 Fun things to do in Dorset with the kids this February Half Term

Monkey World

With just a couple of weeks until the kids break up for February Half Term, it is time to start thinking about things to keep them occupied during the week long break. I have put together my top picks of fun things to do with the kids this half term. Days Out in Dorset for Sunny Days in February Meet the Fairy Penguins at Weymouth Sealife Centre Weymouth SEA LIFE centre became home to twenty fairy penguins in May 2018, who relocated from Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Australia to due to the closure of the Manly Sanctuary in February.… Continue Reading “20 Fun things to do in Dorset with the kids this February Half Term”

Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole

Eliza with Santa

There is one Christmas day out that has become an annual event since 2015 for us, because we love it so much – Sail with Santa around Poole Harbour. Every year, Santa takes a break from all of his hard work in the North Pole to join City Cruise Poole for a trip around Poole Harbour, passing Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more.  However, it is not just Santa onboard, but family favourite Dr Balloonman who provides the entertainment and magic to help get the big man on board. Adults get to enjoy a glass of mulled wine… Continue Reading “Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole”

Dick Whittington roars into the Lighthouse Poole – Pantomime Review

Lighthouse Poole

We are big fans of pantomimes and visiting the theatre is always one of the highlights of this time of year.. We were invited along to Lighthouse Poole to go and see their latest Christmas offering – Dick Whittington and were not disappointed. Produced by Peter Duncan and Duncan Reeves from Duncan Reeves Productions, who are at Lighthouse Poole for the third year after the success of Aladdin and Cinderella, they are joined by CBeebies star Chris Jarvis as director, co-writer and star of the show!! This rags to riches tail starts with a bang as Fairy Bow Bells (Charlotte Knowles)… Continue Reading “Dick Whittington roars into the Lighthouse Poole – Pantomime Review”

Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland 2018

It has felt like Bournemouth has had the same Christmas decorations for the last decade, but this year things are changing with their FREE Christmas Tree Wonderland, set in Bournemouth Gardens. Open until 2nd January 2019, we started our walk from the top of West Cliff, down past the BIC towards Bournemouth Pier and the first sign that something was different was the glowing lights in front of us. We were initially disappointed to find that the Bournemouth Wheel was closed, despite being advertised as open until 8pm, so turned left at the first tree to be met with a… Continue Reading “Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland 2018”

At a day out with the kids at the BFX Festival Family Weekend

Tardis

The BFX Festival is a week-long event designed to celebrate visual effects, animation and games to inspire the next generation of talent and share the latest knowledge. We first experienced the BFX Festival back in 2013 when it first launched and I firmly believe it contributed to Kian’s journey to study Games Design at university. Since then it has grown and moved locations and this year, the Family Weekend was held at the B.I.C. BFX Family weekend is a two-day drop in event aimed at visual effects and games enthusiasts between the ages of 8-18 years, although there are things… Continue Reading “At a day out with the kids at the BFX Festival Family Weekend”

A visit to Dorset Waterpark 2018

Flip Bag Kian

Back in July 2016 we discovered Dorset Waterpark for the first time and the kids have been itching to go back since. Last week Kian turned 18 and we wanted to find an activity that the whole family could take part in and Dorset Waterpark was the obvious choice. You are advised to arrive 45 minutes before your session to get kitted up in wetsuits and buoyancy aids before your safety briefing session. It is then time to get wet! There are two lakes at Dorset Waterpark and the groups were split in half, with one set doing the Castle… Continue Reading “A visit to Dorset Waterpark 2018”

A Family Feastival with Fore Adventure

Family Feastival

We have been fans of Fore Adventure for five years now, having enjoyed a day coasteering with them for Kian’s 13th birthday and several kayaking trips to Old Harry Rocks and a learning to paddle board session since. Fast forward to the present day and it is lovely to see them adding new events to their calendar and last weekend we joined them for their family feastival. Held at the Discovery Centre on Knoll Beach, set in woodland just 300 yards from the sea in Studland, the mini festival was a combination of foraging, feasting, bushcraft, wild art and more. At arrival… Continue Reading “A Family Feastival with Fore Adventure”

A visit to Turtle Bay Bar and Restaurant – Bournemouth

Turtle Bay B'mth

We have been itching to try Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, for some time now and last month we were invited to our local Bournemouth branch to try out their fab menu. Turtle Bay specialises Caribbean sharing food, inspired by beach shack & street vendors across the Caribbean islands and their menu is packed full of great tasting dishes which you can choose to share with your fellow guests, or keep all to yourself. We opted for the Jerk Jerk platter with marinated jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, Jamaican beef patty, chicken flatbread, sweet corn fritters & super green… Continue Reading “A visit to Turtle Bay Bar and Restaurant – Bournemouth”

Pirates of the Pavilion 2018 – Review

Pirates of the Pavilion

We love a good pantomime and it has always been a Christmas treat, however, recently I have noticed that they have become a summer holiday occasion too. This week we enjoyed our first summer pantomime – Pirates of the Pavilion in Weymouth and is was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Following the record-breaking success of last year’s Christmas Pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Made-to-Measure Productions are back with a bang with this brand new swashbuckling pantomime which sees the Pirates of the Pavilion on a mission to retrieve the Lost Loot of Lodmoor. Robert Squire returns as the bumbling and love-lorn Captain… Continue Reading “Pirates of the Pavilion 2018 – Review”