Nostalgia Lane road trip – Win!

This is a collaborative post. This weekend we’re off on a road trip with the girls. We’ll only be in the car for a couple of hours which seems quite reasonable as an adult, but for children it’s an eternity. I always find that road trips go a lot quicker if we find a way to keep us all entertained – whether that means singing, playing eye-spy or just chatting away and putting the world to rights. When I think back to the road trips of my childhood, the first ones that come to mind are always the school trips. When…

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Eastnor Castle: Review

At the weekend, we headed to Eastnor Castle for their Knight’s School event. I’ve always loved Eastnor Castle since I was a child, its such a stunningly beautiful, imposing building that can be seen from the Malvern Hills.Different events take place at Eastnor throughout the summer months and we’ve been to a few over the years. Whenever you visit, there are always plenty of outdoor activities to do, as well as looking around inside the majestic castle. I’ve always been particularly impressed that dogs are allowed both in the castle grounds and inside the castle itself. This makes it a…

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10 West Midlands Christmas days out 2016

*** UPDATED FOR 2018! New post here: Best West Midlands Christmas Days out 2018. This post goes against every ounce of my personality. It’s September and I’m writing about Christmas, this is most unlike me but hear me out. Last year, I wrote about my top 10 Christmas days out in and around the West Midlands. Lots of people found it useful but in my usual style, I didn’t get around to publishing it until November. Well this year, people have been reading that post since the beginning of the school holidays. This has made me realise that it’s time for…

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The day we found Dory

This summer, the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are holding a Disney•PIXAR Finding Dory event. Until 11th September, visitors can follow a trail around the sea life centre that is based on the famous movie. Different characters have clues for you in the tanks, and you jot down the letters they are holding into a book that is given to you on arrival. We headed to the National Sea Life Centre yesterday to check out the Finding Dory event. On arrival, we were given the book to note down the letters, plus our deep sea dive log-book for stamping on…

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Webbs by the Beach: Review

We were lucky enough to be invited to spend a couple of hours at Webbs by the beach for the purpose of this blog post. I do love living in our little part of the West Midlands, it’s beautiful. I adore the Malvern hills and the fabulous Malvern Spa is just round the corner. The only thing that sometimes makes me consider moving is the fact it takes us such a ridiculously long time to get to a nice beach. If we want to head somewhere to play in the sand and swim in the sea, we have to drive…

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Avoncroft Museum of Old Buildings Review

As a child, I visited Avoncroft Museum of Old Buildings quite regularly, both with my parents and with the school. I remember being fascinated as to how the buildings had been taken from elsewhere and moved there, yet each one had been restored to perfection. Fast forward about 25 years, and I was looking around for somewhere to get married. None of the local venues had exactly what we wanted. We wanted to get married and have the reception in the same place. The wedding wasn’t really about the formalities, but more about having a big party with our friends,…

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Loch Leven and Loch of the Lowes

During our week staying at beautiful Blairmore Farm, I was determined to spend some time at Perthshire’s fabulous lochs. We decided to visit two very different lochs, both of which are near to Blairmore Farm and offer plenty to keep visitors busy. Loch Leven When we packed up to go on holiday, we promised Libby that she would be able to ride her bike while we were away. Loch Leven has a lovely flat area beside the loch with picnic benches, flat paths and a little park. Perfect for Libby’s first time cycling without stabilisers on her bike. In the centre of…

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