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”

Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt is on!

Cadbury

Cadbury is gearing up for a hopping great Easter by inviting chocolate fans across the country to join in Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt. As the last Cadbury Easter Egg rolls off the production line at Bournville, the Cadbury Easter Bunny has set off on his Easter mission to gather and deliver delicious Cadbury chocolate to families up and down the UK. With over 10,500 Cadbury Easter Eggs produced every hour at Bournville in the lead-up to the family fun weekend, fans are in for a treat this Easter season. Ahead of starting his Easter mission, the Cadbury Easter Bunny… Continue Reading “Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt is on!”

Spring Tide Festival 2016

Spring Tide

There are a few local events we look forward to each year, Dorset Knob Throwing Festival, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and Spring Tide Festival. The knob throwing and Fossil festivals have both been and gone, but this weekend was the turn of Spring Tide Festival at Burton Bradstock, just outside Bridport, Dorset. This West Dorset seaside village, set next to gorgeous sandstone cliffs on the Jurassic Coast, is taken over by this National Trust event which showcases an eclectic mix of local food and drink, an exciting array of local producers, artisans and crafts and was held over Saturday and Sunday.… Continue Reading “Spring Tide Festival 2016”