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”

Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast

Old Harry Rocks

My husband has kayaked out to Old Harry Rocks with Kian a few times now, but I have always been left in charge of the small people. Last week was our 14th wedding anniversary and when he asked what I wanted to do, it was top of my wish list. We booked a half day Old Harry Rocks Tour with Fore Adventure, who are based in Middle Beach car park in Studland Bay. The tour starts on the beach, with an introduction to the tandem kayaks and how to use them safely by our guide for the day, Josh. The bay… Continue Reading “Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast”

Testing out our new Paddle Board on the River Stour

SUP Board

My husband has been hinting that he wanted his own paddle board ever since had a SUP lesson in Studland Bay with Fore Adventure last year, so I surprised him with one for his birthday. We knew the kids would be keen to give it a try too, so decided to head to the river as we knew it would be a bit calmer for their first try. Eye Bridge, on the Kingston Lacy estate in Wimborne, is the perfect location for paddle boarding, as the River Stour is wide and gentle at this point, there is a small car… Continue Reading “Testing out our new Paddle Board on the River Stour”

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”

The return of the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival

Knob Throwing (1)

Yes, you have read it correctly – Dorset really does have its own Knob Throwing Festival and it is one of our favourite local annual events. Last year the festival took a break, however it was back with a bang this year and we couldn’t wait to try our hand at some of the fun games on offer. Before you worry that anyone was hurt for this event, a Dorset Knob is a unique savoury biscuit which has been made by the Moores family since 1880. Each biscuit is individually moulded by hand and has three separate bakings lasting a… Continue Reading “The return of the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival”