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”

Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge with kids

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery I have ever seen and a short drive from the Giant’s Causeway is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Owned by the National Trust, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, which links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede and was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. From the car park there is a beautiful mile-long clifftop walk along the stunning coastline to the rope bridge. You will need to purchase tickets at the reception hut in order… Continue Reading “Crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge with kids”

Visiting the Giant’s Causeway with Kids

Giant's Causeway NT

If there was one thing that saved us a lot of money during our visit to Northern Ireland, it was our National Trust membership as many of the sites we wanted to visit were looked after by them. Our first visit of our holiday was to the Giant’s Causeway and although you can access the stones for free via the Public Right of Way, it is well worth visiting the award-winning Visitor Centre, which is included in your National Trust membership. Inside you will find an exhibition showcasing the stories and the science behind the Giant’s Causeway, plus a giant… Continue Reading “Visiting the Giant’s Causeway with Kids”

A Winter visit to St Michael’s Mount

St Michael's Mount

Despite visiting Cornwall on numerous occasions, I still have a long list of places I want to visit in this beautiful county and with just a couple of spare days to squeeze in a day out during a Christmas holiday at Coombe Mill, I had to pick just one. We have visited the National Trust’s St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, before when the older kids were small, but it is somewhere I have been keen to re-visit ever since. The small small tidal island is crowned by a medieval church and castle, leaving it only accessible by foot along a man-made causeway… Continue Reading “A Winter visit to St Michael’s Mount”

A Busy Day of Fun at Countryfile Live

Tree Climbing

We love exploring the British countryside as a family and watching the TV program Countryfile on a Sunday evening is our guilty pleasure. If you have not seen it, it is all about the people, places and stories making news in the British countryside. It features a good mix of conservation and British wildlife, farming and also has the best and most accurate weekly weather forecast we have found. It has also given us lots of ideas for family days out. This weekend we headed to Blenheim Palace for our very first visit to Countryfile Live and our first impression… Continue Reading “A Busy Day of Fun at Countryfile Live”

A Visit to Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead

There has been one National Trust property on my to-do list for what seems like forever – Stourhead in Wiltshire. On our recent visit to Longleat we drove past the familiar brown sign and I made a promise that this would be the year we visited and we did just that in the Easter holidays. Silly me didn’t put the satnav on as I just assumed that as I had seen the signpost near Warminster that it would be close by, but actually we panicked a little as the signs disappear for a while and we thought we had missed… Continue Reading “A Visit to Stourhead, Wiltshire”

Making the most of our National Trust Membership over Easter

Corfe Castle

We have had a National Trust Membership for about 7 years now and it is something I recommend to families looking to save money on days out. The National Trust is a UK conservation charity which protects historic places and green spaces, opening them up for everyone to enjoy. They protect and open to the public more than 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus they also look after forests, woods, beaches, moorland, castles, archaeological remains, villages and more. National Trust membership is great value at £120 per year per family (discounts are available… Continue Reading “Making the most of our National Trust Membership over Easter”

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?”

Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays

Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays

We love exploring when we are on holiday, but our trips are always self-guided, so were keen to try something a little more organised. We have just returned from a fabulous break in the Lake District with HF Holidays who have over 100 years of experience organising guided walking holidays, self guided walking breaks as well as inspiring leisure and activity breaks in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We stayed at Monk Coniston, a beautiful property, once owned by Beatrix Potter and leased from the National Trust. It is set on the shores of Coniston Water, made famous by the… Continue Reading “Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays”