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Things to do West Midlands Easter holidays 2021

School Easter holidays are approaching, so it’s time for a list of things to do in the West Midlands. With lockdown gradually easing, many places are starting to open their doors. Most of these venues don’t have an Easter event on, but many can accept visitors outdoors throughout the school holidays or from 12th April. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. Things to do in Herefordshire during school Easter holidays 2021 Berrington Hall National Trust National Trust properties don’t yet…

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Birthday gifts by age [AD]

One of the most unexpected traumas of parenting has been having to choose gifts for other people’s children. Every time the girls go to a birthday party, I have to choose birthday gifts by age because I know nothing about the individual child. In that respect, Wicked Uncle have some brilliant children’s gift ideas. Their website lists gifts by category, age and boys or girls. You can filter down further by choosing the age you’re buying for and then heading to a category. Here are my top tips for choosing a gift for a child when all you know about…

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Running streak: The benefits of running every day

The running streak goes against every grain of common sense. Anyone who has taken sport even moderately seriously will have had the importance of rest days drummed into them. Your body needs time to recover. You can’t improve performance without rest. And yet as we get older and running becomes less competitive, those things don’t seem to matter quite so much. The concept of habit over motivation has started to creep into our collective psyche. And suddenly you start to wonder. If running was a habit rather than a chore, would it be easier to persuade yourself to lace up…

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Family Days Out in the West Midlands

There are loads of family friendly days out in the West Midlands. Some of them aren’t open all year, so I’ve included website links. Do check opening times and dates before you visit. I’ve split the list by county to make it easier to pinpoint the areas you want to travel to. You may also be interested in my list of West Midlands dog friendly days out and free things to do in the area. Family days out in Herefordshire Brockhampton Estate (Bringsty) Brockhampton is a National Trust owned medieval manor house located in a 1700 acre estate. It’s a great…

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Things to consider when work circumstances change [AD]

Many years ago, it was common to pursue one career for life. That often meant leaving school and starting an apprenticeship or completing a degree before starting work. These days that is less common but it does still happen. Whilst I have been self employed for many years, my husband does fall into the category of having a career for life. This year though, his chosen career comes to a natural end. This means some big changes for the whole family. For me, it means I should have more time to focus on work. It also means I’ll need to…

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