Christmas illuminations at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Strolling through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the children’s eyes were like saucers. I listened as they whispered to each other: “This is amazing, we’re in fairyland!” Arriving in fairyland at Birmingham Botanical Gardens When we arrived at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we were greeted by a small fairground. The helter skelter, carousel and mini-roundabout were joined by a couple of small food stalls. The girls had a ride on the carousel and we enjoyed a mulled wine before heading for the illuminated trail. As soon as we set foot on the trail, the lights were simply beautiful. As we looked…

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Christmas at Warwick Castle

The children sat on the floor in a circle, looking up at Santa. Each one hung onto his every word, captivated by his stories of reindeer and jingle bells. The room was decked with Christmas trees and elves stood beside him. Warwick Castle has so many tales to tell about the chequered history of Great Britain. But for today, time stood still as Father Christmas explained how he and the reindeer deliver a present to every child on Christmas Eve. Stories with Santa at Warwick Castle The Great Hall at Warwick Castle is decked out for Christmas with a 20…

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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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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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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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