Family days out to break up long journeys

If you enjoy UK travel as a family then you’ll understand the trials and tribulations of long journeys with kids in tow. There’s not much more dire than traipsing in and out of service stations for everyone to go to the toilet. Then someone gets hungry so you stop again. All the while, the children are becoming increasingly bored and fidgety. Recently, we’ve stumbled across a solution to this travelling dilemma. Instead of stopping at service stations, we’ll have a longer break somewhere that we can all stretch our legs and get some fresh air. Here’s our guide to finding…

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Family day out at the Royal Mint Experience Cardiff

When children start learning about money, it’s an alien concept to them. The value of coins, what you can buy for the money in your hand and adding and subtracting different amounts. So when the Royal Mint Experience asked if we’d like to visit, I jumped at the chance. Another way to reinforce their learning and make money interesting. Royal Mint Experience Guided Tour To look around the Royal Mint, you need to go on a guided tour. It’s advisable to book this in advance so you don’t have a wasted journey. You do need to arrive for the tour…

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Dog friendly family day out at Wicksteed Park

There aren’t many places where you can both walk the dog and ride a rollercoaster. Wicksteed park in Kettering, Northamptonshire is one such place. A dog friendly family day out that’s a cross between an amusement park and a country park. Rides vary from teacups for little tots, to a fast zip wire and bag jump for thrill seekers. There’s far too much to do in just one day, but luckily Wicksteed Park have their own on-site campsite. Visiting Wicksteed Park Wicksteed park is free to visit. Set in nearly 150 acres of countryside, it boasts a lake, numerous free…

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Dog friendly family day out at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of those places whose reputation precedes it. We recently spent a few days at the beautiful Heligan campsite in Cornwall. The campsite is right next door to Heligan Gardens and anyone staying at the campsite is entitled to a 20% discount on their entry to the Lost Gardens. As it’s a place I’d heard so much about, I was really keen to visit whilst we were nearby. Our trip fell in half term so we were able to check out the fantastic school holiday activities. Better still, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is…

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Dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses is a National Trust property in South Staffordshire in the West Midlands. Woodland walks, stunning views and fascinating little homes carved into the rock make it an ideal day out. There’s plenty to keep children entertained. From discovering the houses themselves to walking, running, climbing trees and riding bikes around Kinver Edge. About the Rock Houses It is thought that the rock houses themselves were occupied from around 1770 until the late 1950s. The houses were on three levels. The National Trust bought the houses in the 1960s and have since restored some of…

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The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

This Spring, Disney on Ice will be back on tour with more favourite characters than ever. The tour will be in Resorts World Birmingham Arena from 3rd to 7th April. Over 50 Disney characters take part, including the stars of Finding Dory for the first time ever. The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice tour Arrive early to take part in the exciting Mouse Bounce dance for the Fit-to-Dance pre-show. This year’s show is all about family with forgetful Dory. Everyone’s favourite fish will be searching the ocean for her parents with the help of Nemo and Marlin. Not to…

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The Firs National Trust dog friendly family day out

A couple of years ago, the Firs Elgar birthplace museum in Worcestershire became a National Trust property. This is the first time we’ve been since then. Happily, it remains a fascinating family day out. In fact, there have been a few significant improvements. Much of the museum is dog friendly and there are plenty of things to keep children entertained too. Edward Elgar and the Firs National Trust The history of Edward Elgar’s connection to this small cottage in Broadheath is fascinating. Born at the cottage in 1857, he lived there until he was just two years old. His family…

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