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”

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”