A family day out at the rugby watching Wasps at Ricoh Arena

In this strange era we live in where children spend more time in front of screens than outdoors, fostering an interest in sport becomes increasingly important. Participation is of course crucial, but so is inspiration. That’s why we make a point of taking our children to watch sport quite regularly. So this weekend, we were delighted to be invited to watch Wasps v Toulouse in the Heineken Cup at the Ricoh Arena. Watching Wasps at Ricoh Arena We arrived early at the game to collect our tickets and grab a drink in the Clubhouse before kick off. With rugby on…

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Review of Santa and Drive at Eastnor Land Rover

It seems every attraction has a Santa’s grotto at this time of year. Sometimes though, you find one that is a little different. The Santa and Drive experience at Eastnor Land Rover in Herefordshire is completely unique. Not least due to the fact that it’s just as much fun for the parents as the children. Festive off-road driving at Eastnor Land Rover Driving through a magical forest in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside could be both idyllic and a little bit dull. But if you’ve ever driven a Land Rover off road, you’ll know that it is in fact…

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Wizard Weekend at the Watercress Line

Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line in Hampshire often plays host to exciting events like the Day out with Thomas. That’s why it came as no surprise that with Halloween on the horizon, they had something special planned. The Wizard Weekend is a celebration of all things magic. And what better place for it than the home of the real Kings Cross Footbridge from the Harry Potter films? Broomsticks at the ready at Ropley Station Bright and early yesterday morning, we headed for Ropley Station where plenty of free parking was available. From there, we collected tickets that entitled us to…

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A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool

As a parent, saying ‘no’ becomes a habit. Denying requests for expensive toys, late nights and sweets galore. Sometimes though, it’s good to say yes. So, when we were invited to spend a day at Coral Island in Blackpool, I decided to use it as a ‘yes’ day. Because Coral Island has everything the children love. Games, rides, arcade machines that you can win tickets on to exchange for prizes. All the things I’d often say ‘no’ to. So, how did it go when I said yes? What is Coral Island? Located directly opposite the beautiful Blackpool seafront, Coral Island…

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A family day out at Cadbury World Birmingham

What do you do on a rainy day? Parenting always seems so much easier when we’re out of the house. So, in most weathers we wrap the girls up warm and get out anyway. But with Storm Callum looming and our plans cancelled due to rain, we were on the hunt for a day out that would be suitable for any weather. Luckily, Cadbury World is just up the road in Birmingham and they invited us to spend the day there. And what a day it was. Cadbury Exhibition Tour (indoors) On arrival, we headed straight indoors to join the…

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A family day out in Bamburgh and Grace Darling

This term, Libby has been learning about Grace Darling and the RNLI. Occasionally, a topic really captures a child’s imagination and it’s a great way to encourage learning. So, when we found ourselves near Bamburgh in Northumberland a few weeks ago, we decided to go to the Grace Darling Museum. It wasn’t until we arrived in Bamburgh that we realised what a lovely family day out it was. A dog friendly beach and pubs combined with some fascinating attractions made it a great place to visit. Grace Darling At 4am on a stormy morning in September 1838, a ship called…

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A family day out at Ford and Etal in Northumberland

During our week in Northumberland, someone gave us a hint about a little gem of a place to visit. Ford and Etal are adjacent villages that are like stepping back in time. We piled into the van with bikes on the back and set out to explore. Etal Castle Etal Castle is an English Heritage property located in the village of Etal in Northumberland. Inside the visitors’ centre is a small exhibition depicting the Anglo-Saxon warfare that took place in and around the castle and nearby Flodden Battlefields. For families, Etal Castle is a lovely place to explore. There’s little…

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