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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A train trip to the Spooky Seas

This is a collaborative post. Two excited little girls stood on the railway platform dancing a train dance. As their carriage puffed up, they jumped up and down. We were off! Family and Friends Railcard A day out in Birmingham is always a treat. They’ve been going to the National Sea Life Centre regularly since they were tiny, but they never tire of it. And one of the most exciting parts of the day is always the ride on the train. But I must admit, it was starting to get a bit expensive. Libby turned five a few months ago,…

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28 best October half term and Halloween events 2017 West Midlands

If you’re Looking for Halloween days out in the West Midlands for 2018, please use the link below: Best October Half Term and Halloween Events 2018 West Midlands. Standby for creepy crawlies, ghosts and ghouls across the West Midlands this Halloween. This guide incorporates both half term and Halloween days out for families. There are events suitable for children of all ages, as well as a few that are more suited to the adults. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any! 1. Warwick Castle – Warwickshire With wondrous witches, Horrible Histories and the return of the spectacular Fire…

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21 West Midlands Christmas days out 2017

Update: Check out my new post for Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2019. Here in the West Midlands, Christmas events for 2017 are selling out incredibly quickly. So, I make no apologies for publishing this so early and I would recommend purchasing tickets relatively soon. I’ve linked to all relevant websites, plus comprehensive reviews where available. If I couldn’t find a blog review, I have linked to the relevant page on Trip Advisor. 1. Santa’s Winter Wonderland – SnowDome, Tamworth If you dream of a white Christmas, the Snowdome might just be the place for you. Follow the Christmas snow…

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Family fun at Drayton Manor Park

From the bottom of the big wheel at Drayton Manor Park, I glanced over at the fast rollercoaster. There, on the front seat, was a familiar little face. Suddenly, they were off. Backwards up the track to the top of the hill. A short pause and whoosh! They accelerated past me, the tiny little figure on the front seat with her eyes closed, clutching her aunty’s hand. Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park To young children, Drayton Manor Park means Thomas Land. And in school holidays, it’s busy. There are reasonably long queues for all the rides, but they’re worth the wait. We headed…

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