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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Dog friendly Tantallon Castle and Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

This year, we’ve been exploring English Heritage properties with our annual pass. When we ventured up to Northumberland on holiday, we took the opportunity to meet up with my friend Jenny. She suggested meeting at Tantallon Castle, a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. With Historic Scotland properties either free or half price with English Heritage membership, this was a great chance to explore somewhere new. About Tantallon Castle Tantallon Castle is a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. It was built in the mid-1300s by William Douglas, whose descendants owned the castle for…

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Taking the stress out of a London city break with National Express

Most people would agree that children should visit their capital city. But what if the very thought of a trip to London stresses you out? This week, we boarded the National Express with the aim of taking the stress out of a London city break. But did we succeed? Getting to London with National Express At 8.45 on a Monday morning, two of my sisters, the girls and I boarded a National Express coach from Cheltenham to London. This direct journey was due to take just under three hours but let’s face it, public transport never runs on time. Or…

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