12 tips for visiting the Black Country Living Museum – West Midlands

When I was compiling my post about family friendly days out in the West Midlands, it inspired me to try some during half term. The Black Country Living Museum was somewhere I’d been with my husband pre-children but I hadn’t taken the girls. So we headed there for a day out, and it was brilliant. But as with anywhere, there are certain things you need to know to make the most of your visit. So here are my top tips. 1. Book online Well I’d love to say that this was what I did. But sadly, I’m not that organised. All…

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58 Family Friendly Days Out in the West Midlands

Every time we have a day off with the children, I find myself trawling the internet trying to decide where to go. So I thought I’d put together a list of family friendly days out in the West Midlands. Do let me know if I’ve missed any, I’ll be happy to add them. Some of these West Midlands attractions aren’t open all year, so I’ve included all website links so that you can check opening times for your visit. If you’re looking for Christmas days out, check out my list of the best West Midlands Christmas days out for 2018.…

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20 tips for visiting Europa-Park theme park in Germany

Hidden away in the Black Forest in Germany is a theme park like no other. Europa-Park is a family-run park and yet it is enormous – one of the biggest in Europe. Each area of the park is based on a different European country. Beside the main theme park lie a selection of upmarket hotels, a camp resort with wagons, log cabins and teepees and a campsite. There’s even an open water swimming lake and a nature reserve. Here are my top 20 tips for making the most of your visit. 1. Check what’s on before you go Europa-Park host a…

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The Staycation Challenge

This is a collaborative post. Finance company The Scottish Friendly recently compiled a Disposable Income Index. The information was taken from an independent survey revealing how much money people have left after paying essential bills. As well as finding out whether people had money to spend or save, the survey looked at people’s holiday habits. They found that 19% of people were opting for more staycations, whilst 16% were looking for cheaper holidays. The Staycation Challenge Scottish Friendly wanted to show me how easy it is to save money each month, by discovering affordable days out in my local town. So…

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West Midlands days out February half term 2017

Now that the Christmas holidays are over, I’m ready to look forward to February half term. We’re planning lots of fun days out so I’ve been researching what’s on. Here are ten brilliant West Midlands days out that I’ve found for the February half term 2017. Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed! 1. The Snail and the Whale at the National Sea Life Centre The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham will be hosting the Snail and the Whale trail this February half term from the 11th to 26th February. There will be snail hats, journey maps and storytellers…

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Disney On Ice Frozen – Review

Last week, the fabulous Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts very kindly gave us some tickets for Disney On Ice Frozen at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. Of course, I jumped at the chance to take the girls, especially as the tickets were for the matinee performance on Sunday. What Age is Disney On Ice Frozen Appropriate For? We’ve always taken the girls to the theatre and I know they enjoy it. But I did wonder whether the girls would manage to sit still through Disney On Ice Frozen. Lia is 2 and a half and does struggle to…

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National Forest Adventure Farm – Review

Yesterday, we spent a really enjoyable day at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Tatenhill, Staffordshire. The adventure farm is just one part of the National Forest area of the West Midlands and I was fascinated to learn what it was all about. The National Forest Over 20 years ago when the 200 square mile National Forest was created, it was an area of the Midlands that had very little woodland. The decision was made to turn it into a new area of forest where forest-based activities and woodland businesses would thrive. By October 2012, 8 million new trees had been…

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