16 tips for visiting the Alton Towers cBeebies Resort and Waterpark with young children

After an amazing weekend at the Alton Towers theme park and resort, I realised there were a few tips that could have made our stay better. We were among the first people to try out the Cbeebies hotel. We also put both Cbeebies Land within Alton Towers theme park and the Splash Landings waterpark through their paces. Our children are aged 3 and 5, so the perfect age for the Cbeebies experience. I wanted to share the things that would have improved our stay so that others will hopefully have a better time. Here’s a quick video of what you can expect…

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Why it is worth investing in a National Trust membership

Our National Trust membership is one of the best investments we make each year. So far, we’ve been paying the £108 a year for joint membership because children under 5 can go in free. We’ll soon have to upgrade though to a family membership – but even this only costs £114.60 per year. And once that’s paid, our National Trust days out are free all over the UK for the year. What is the National Trust? Just in case you’re not familiar with the British Institution that is the National Trust, I’ll give you a brief overview. The National Trust…

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A breathtaking evening at the Chinese State Circus

There aren’t many evenings out that are fun for the whole family. Entertainment after a certain time tends to be aimed at adults and whilst children are often welcome, it’s not necessarily much fun for them. One clear exception is the circus. And as circuses go, the Chinese State Circus is by some distance the best I’ve ever seen. About the Chinese State Circus The Chinese State Circus is world famous for skilful performances that wow the audience. The team comprises 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists and Shaolin Warriors. Each act is a few minutes long before moving on to a…

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Family friendly events West Midlands May half term 2017

We’ve only just got past the Easter holidays and yet in just a few weeks, the children will be off school again. This post is about local attractions running specific events for May half term. You’ll notice that there are several family favourites missing from this list. This is simply because whilst they’re open, they’re not doing anything in particular that week. So for a more comprehensive list of places to go, check out these 58 family friendly days out in the West Midlands. Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – Stratford-upon-Avon There are workshops and activities for children aged from 4 to…

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Horrible Histories at Warwick Castle

For the past few months, we have been blogger ambassadors for Warwick Castle. I have always loved the attraction and remember going there on school trips as a child. I took my brother and sisters there for a day out when they were younger and now it’s time to introduce our own children to my favourite castle. We decided to head there on Saturday to finish the Easter holidays with a bang. Horrible Histories maze at Warwick Castle Last time we visited, I wrote about what to do at Warwick Castle. Unfortunately we totally ran out of time on that visit and…

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What to do at Warwick Castle

This year we’re delighted to be ambassadors for the fabulous Warwick Castle. We headed there yesterday and realised we’d totally underestimated how much there was to do. It’s been a good few years since we went and there are many more attractions now. We didn’t arrive until nearly lunch time and the castle closes at 4pm in Winter so we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted to. If you’re a bit more organised and want to plan your visit, here’s a list of what to do at Warwick Castle including events. Head to their website for more information. Inside…

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The Snail and the Whale at the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

“This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.” This is the tale of two little girls who love reading of snails who travel the world. The Snail and the Whale We’ve always been fans of the National Sea Life Centre and were ambassadors for them in 2016. You can read one of our reviews here. And when we heard that they had a Snail and the Whale trail there this half term, we had to visit. If you haven’t heard of The Snail and the Whale, it’s a fantastic children’s book by Julia Donaldson and…

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