A day out for children at Kingfisher Shopping Centre

We whizzed around on the bumper cars, laughing at each other getting stuck. I couldn’t believe we were in a shopping centre. Not the sort of place I’d naturally go for a day out with young children. Let’s face it, shopping really is no fun for them. So, when I was asked to review the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch with the children, I was surprised. To adults, the inside of a shopping centre is bright, vibrant and full of opportunities. To children, I imagine it looks like this. Rather dull. The game changer – 360 Play Well, I can…

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Thursday photo #177

Swimming in London, a conference in Manchester and a restaurant launch in Birmingham. All in the space of three days. It has been one of those weeks, and the chaos is set to continue. London On Saturday morning, we packed the girls’ swimming kit and headed to London. They were booked in for a swimming lesson, the first Lesson Lia has ever had. And the teacher was Rebecca Adlington. What a great way to start her swimming journey. The swimming lesson was around an hour long in the diving pit of the Olympic pool. I had put Lia’s swimming aid…

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28 best October half term and Halloween events 2017 West Midlands

If you’re Looking for Halloween days out in the West Midlands for 2018, please use the link below: Best October Half Term and Halloween Events 2018 West Midlands. Standby for creepy crawlies, ghosts and ghouls across the West Midlands this Halloween. This guide incorporates both half term and Halloween days out for families. There are events suitable for children of all ages, as well as a few that are more suited to the adults. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any! 1. Warwick Castle – Warwickshire With wondrous witches, Horrible Histories and the return of the spectacular Fire…

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Thursday photo #176

Woo hoo, wheeeee…. Lia to the rescue! Lia hurtled around the corner, peddling towards her big sister at breakneck speed. Libby lay sprawled on the floor crying, with a bike on top of her. In her usual manner, she had heard her dad telling her to look where she was going and completely ignored him. As she turned around to look behind her, she landed in the ditch. The weekend we’ve been waiting for A few weeks ago when the schools went back, I was ready to put my feet up. I’d fitted work around the children for six weeks…

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A reason a season or a lifetime

I am a constant source of disappointment to my surprisingly sociable husband. Don’t worry, I’m not oversharing about a serious issue in our marriage. We simply have rather different ideas about friendship. A reason, a season or a lifetime There is a quote about people coming into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I think on face value this is a bit callous. There doesn’t need to be a reason to be around someone, enjoying their company is enough. And yet, there is some logic in it, when you take it to it’s simplest form. The…

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Family travel tips #14

Welcome to the latest Family Travel Tips. With Autumn in the air, attention has switched to wrapping up warm for Halloween themed days out. The Summer sadly seems like a lifetime ago since we’ve had such awful weather the past few weeks. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to lately and finding out what you’re planning this Autumn. Featured posts I really enjoyed reading last week’s posts and one in particular really spoke to me. This one from the TraveLynn Family about why Sri Lanka is fantastic for young kids was fascinating. It’s the sort of…

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12 things you need to know about cycling in the Forest of Dean

Two seasoned mountain bikers stopped beside the trail for a drink. Covered in mud and exhausted from pushing themselves, they watched as a tiny tot pedalled past. The beauty of the Forest of Dean cycle tracks is that they really do cater for everyone. Here’s what you need to know before you pump up the tyres and head for the hills. 1. Where to start There are various locations in the Forest of Dean to pick up the cycle trails. Head to the tourist information website for links to the different routes. Alternatively, you can pick up a cycling guide…

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