A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage

Carisbrooke Castle Eliza

This weekend we were invited to stay on the Isle of Wight with Island View Holidays at Rookley Country Park and I put together an itinerary of where we would like to visit. Typically, the kids picked Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, where we had visited and enjoyed last year, but Hubby and I were more keen to take in some of the history of the island. On our journey from Yarmouth to Rookley where we were staying, we drove past Carisbrooke Castle and all agreed it was somewhere we would like to visit. Carisbrooke Castle is an English Heritage… Continue Reading “A Visit to Carisbrooke Castle with English Heritage”

The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Eliza

Last week we were lucky enough to attend the opening night of the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo. Powered by “zoo poo”, the innovative and sustainable “Energy for Life” Tropical House is the first in the UK to generate energy using waste created by animals at the zoo. The Tropical House looked stunning in the golden evening light and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look when the plant life establishes itself outside the building. You are greeted by large screens depicting moving images as you head inside the first door, which the kids were fascinated by.… Continue Reading “The New Tropical House at Marwell Zoo”

10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018

A Day Out with Thomas

It is just over a week until the kids break for the Easter holidays and this year I am busy putting together activities to keep the kids occupied over the two week break. We plan on staying local this Easter and here are a list of the Top 10 things my kids want to do this Easter in Dorset and Hampshire. Visit Thomas and Friends at the Watercress Line Who doesn’t love the cheeky blue engine called Thomas and this Easter, ‘A Day Out With Thomas‘ is back at the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, with new, exciting funfair rides and a… Continue Reading “10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018”

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?”