Piranhas at the National Sea Life Centre

What would you do? You’ve been trekking in the jungle for 12 hours. Much of the journey was on a small, open boat and the rest was on foot. You walked through rapids and fought your way through undergrowth. It was swelteringly hot and humid and you’re a sticky, sweaty mess. You arrive at your destination where you’ll be spending the next three days. You’ll be staying with a local tribe in hammocks slung between posts in a tin shack. There’s a compost toilet but no running water. The only way to wash is to swim in the Orinoco Delta,…

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Adam Speaks at National Trust Croome

As the sun set over Croome, coloured lights shone on the Adam Speaks Tree House art installation. The project paid tribute to the influence designer Robert Adam had on the estate. But the beautiful landscape combined with the colours of nature seemed to insist on a nod to Capability Brown. The Adam Speaks project The project began with a search for an emerging artist. Under the guidance of national artist Hew Locke, the successful applicant would create an exciting new artwork. The theme would be the influence that Robert Adam had on Croome. The estate itself is developing according to…

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15 Things you need to know about Hogwarts in the snow

Entering the great hall was a breathtaking moment. Even for those who have seen it before, this year is special. From November 2017 to January 2018, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour is transformed into Hogwarts in the Snow. For the first time ever, the Great Hall is decorated as it was for the Yule Ball. And it’s beautiful. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Your Christmas decorations will instantly seem rubbish Are you proud you are of the way your home is decorated for Christmas? Be prepared for a disappointment. You will NEVER do the festive season justice again…

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Drayton’s Magical Christmas Review

Thomas chuffed into Knapford station with his festive lights, reindeer antlers and red nose. All the children cheered before piling on for a Christmassy train ride. Past Santa, penguins and other characters made from fairy lights and back to the station. There, we disembarked and strolled into the middle of a snowstorm. About Drayton Manor Theme Park Located in Tamworth in the West Midlands, Drayton Manor is a small, friendly theme park. It boasts a dedicated Thomas Land area for young children, a themed area based around the little tank engine’s home on the island of Sodor. But fear not,…

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10 things you need to know about Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

The children sat, mesmerised by Captain Hook and his pirate ship gliding across the ice. Jolly pirates danced a jig to a well-known song and Tinkerbell flew through the air overhead. After last year’s Frozen show, they weren’t expecting such a vast array of colourful characters. Here’s what we learnt from watching the wonderful Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure. 1. Arrive early The atmosphere was electric outside the arena. Crowds of people milled around, looking for their entry gate. Excited children stood by posters of the cast to have their photograph taken, whilst adults queued to buy sparkly props.…

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Halloween Spooktacular at National Forest Adventure Farm

The National Forest Adventure Farm is a brilliant family day out in Staffordshire. We visited yesterday for their Halloween Spook-tacular. At this time of year, it’s always going to be a bit hit and miss with the weather. But they’ve got it covered – with a soft play and café indoors and lots of outdoor seating that is undercover too. Luckily the weather was kind to us and we checked out their activity board before embarking on an entire day of outdoor fun. The Spooky Shows Is it just my children who put food above all else? We arrived at…

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Learning about Britain with Discovery Adventures

As we drove through Cheddar Gorge, the girls leant back in their seats. Gazing up through the glass sunroof, they took in the awe-inspiring scenery. It was the first visit to Cheddar Gorge for all of us, and what a way to to it. Discovery Adventures The Discovery Adventures podcasts make up a mystery-drama series that the whole family will enjoy. They star some really inspirational big names and are set around the UK. You even learn some fascinating facts about the British countryside as the series goes on. The podcasts were recorded on-location at some beautiful UK destinations. The story…

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