A visit to the beautiful town of Shaftesbury

Gold-Hill

Living in Dorset, we are spoiled with the Jurassic Coast on our doorstep, but we always neglect visiting the north of the county. When dropping Kian back at university in Bristol, I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to visit Shaftesbury and the famous Gold Hill. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a fascinating history going back to Saxon times, but has since found fame as the home of “that Hovis ad”. We parked in the main town car park and set off to explore. You can find Gold Hill on the main High Street, but… Continue Reading “A visit to the beautiful town of Shaftesbury”

Piccolo Mondo Wimborne – Review

Piccolo-Mondo

Now that the kids are back to school, my husband and I try to have the same day off mid-week and we have been treating ourselves to either breakfast or lunch out. We tend to head to chain restaurants with the kids, but we are trying to make a conscious effort to support local businesses and last week we headed into Wimborne and had lunch at the small, family run restaurant Piccolo Mondo, which is tucked away in a little square in the centre of town. We picked a busy day for our visit, as they were not only hosting… Continue Reading “Piccolo Mondo Wimborne – Review”

Land and Wave Children’s Adventure Holiday Club

Paddle Board

This summer we enjoyed a Staycation, with days out to local places and events. Keeping the kids occupied for the entire summer can be a challenge, especially when you have to factor in work, so it is important to find somewhere that will not only look after them, but also give them a taste of adventure too. This summer I booked the kids on to the Land and Wave Kids club run by which is set adjacent to the play park in Sandbanks and is perfect for energetic, outdoor loving children aged 8+. Isaac has been to their kids holiday… Continue Reading “Land and Wave Children’s Adventure Holiday Club”

Review: Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Tour at Bournemouth Pavilion

Fame The Musical-Tour-Jorgi Porter

I was brought up in the 1980’s and my TV programmes of choice were always Knight Rider, The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard and Fame. In fact, I have clear memories of making up dance routines in my lounge, to the soundtrack of Fame – probably very badly!! Last night, we were invited to relive our youth and see the 30th anniversary tour of Fame at Bournemouth Pavilion. Set in 1984, the musical follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks… Continue Reading “Review: Fame the Musical 30th Anniversary Tour at Bournemouth Pavilion”

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”

Camp Bestival: The difference between general, camping plus and boutique camping

Camp Bestival

We have just returned from our 6th year at Camp Bestival and it was our best one yet. This was also the year we tried Camping Plus and it was the perfect mix of the fun of general camping and the convenience of boutique camping and we would definitely book again. What is the difference between general, camping plus and boutique camping? If you have not been to Camp Bestival, or have only tried general camping it is tricky to know what the difference between them is, so here is my rough guide. General Camping Benefits General camping is included… Continue Reading “Camp Bestival: The difference between general, camping plus and boutique camping”