The Highway Rat Trail at Moors Valley

The Highway Rat

One of our highlights of Christmas day was watching the Highway Rat on BBC. The beautifully animated film, produced by Magic Pictures, is a swashbuckling adventure of bandits and biscuits, written by the UK’s best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Since the film aired we have watched it several times and the book is also a firm favourite, especially with Sebastian. For more Highway Rat fun, the Forestry Commission have teamed with Magic Light pictures to launch The Highway Rat’ Activity Trails around the country, with our closest one being at Moors Valley Country Park. Visitors to the trail can… Continue Reading “The Highway Rat Trail at Moors Valley”

Top 20 Most Visited Posts of 2017

Scotland

Looking back over 2017 has made me realise just how far we have travelled and the fun we have had along the way. As a blogger I always find it fascinating to see what posts are the most popular with my readers and I have to say there are a few surprises in there for me. Here are my most popular posts of 2017: 1. 10 Reasons to Buy a Merlin Annual Pass this January Written back in January this was very popular then and has surged up the charts again in December as people make a decision whether to… Continue Reading “Top 20 Most Visited Posts of 2017”

Encouraging the kids to explore more with Learning Resources

Linford Bottom

One of our favourite places to visit for exploring has to be Linford Bottom in the New Forest. Set just outside Ringwood, Linford Bottom is set at the bottom of a valley and boasts large greens which make the perfect picnic area with a shallow clear stream running through the middle, perfect for a spot of paddling and nature spotting. Spending time in nature can be fun and healthy, but sometimes, even my kids need convincing to put their technology down and head outside to play. Thankfully there are lots of ways to make nature as stimulating as the activities… Continue Reading “Encouraging the kids to explore more with Learning Resources”

Pumpkin Picking at Sopley Farm

My kids have been nagging me to go pumpkin picking for ages. The last few years we have been away for Halloween so we never managed it, however, we are at home for October half term, so there was no excuse. Sopley Farm, set on the edge of the New Forest, is our closest Pick Your Own farm that has a pumpkin patch and we headed across to visit last weekend. Sopley Farm grow nearly 20 different fruit and vegetables. Some are grown for Pick Your Own, and some for selling ready picked through their farm shop so if you… Continue Reading “Pumpkin Picking at Sopley Farm”

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?”

Visiting the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu

Back in July I was invited to opening of the new World of Top Gear attraction at Beaulieu National Motor Museum. We had an amazing day but as it fell on a school day the kids were not able to join us so I promised them we would visit again over the school holidays. The Beaulieu Estate, is set in the New Forest and was first opened to the public in 1952. Originally it was the Palace House that welcomed visitors, until a small display of veteran cars outgrew the family home and led to the creation of a separate… Continue Reading “Visiting the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu”

Wonderland the Musical – Review

Wonderland Landscape

Last week we were invited to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to see Wonderland the Musical. Hubby and I love our musicals but had not heard of this one before, so were unsure what to expect, but we certainly were not disappointed. If you book tickets to go and see Wonderland, do not expect the original tale of Alice in Wonderland. The musical follows Alice, a 40-year-old divorced mum of one, who has fallen on hard times and doesn’t want to live in the real world anymore. Alice is living in the past and devastated that her ex-husband is getting… Continue Reading “Wonderland the Musical – Review”

A Dalek Invasion at Winchester Science Centre

This weekend we celebrated Isaac’s 9th birthday and booked a surprise day out for him. Isaac is Doctor Who mad, so when I heard that a Dalek Invasion was coming to Winchester Science Centre, I knew it would be something we would all love to attend. We dug out our Doctor Who costumes with Eliza choosing to go as the tenth doctor and Isaac deciding upon his Cyberman costume and set off for Winchester. Once inside we were booked onto two Dr Who themed shows and then headed off to see Dr Who themed displays, hands-on science, strolling costumers from… Continue Reading “A Dalek Invasion at Winchester Science Centre”