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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Thursday photo #265

Do you ever breathe a sigh of relief as you wave the kids off to school for the first day back after the holidays? We had the best week during half term. Camping in two different places and some amazing days out. The girls were in their element and loved every minute of it. I had a great time too, but it’s exhausting having that much fun. Balance I posted on my Instagram the other day about finding balance and it seemed to strike a chord with lots of people. I’m acutely aware at the moment of the inordinate amount…

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Planning your first family ski holiday

We never intended to be a family that didn’t travel with our children. My husband and I have always travelled. I enjoyed adventurous holidays and he loved skiing. I took my eldest to Paris with me for work well before she was one year old. As soon as the girls were big enough, we were going to get them on the slopes. I learnt to snowboard as an adult but I’ve never skied, so we’d all learn together. But life never really goes to plan does it? My husband was badly injured in an accident. Finances became difficult. Now, the…

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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 camping at Heligan Campsite in Cornwall

Campsites can be hit and miss. Occasionally though, you stumble upon a real little gem. One that gets everything right. Dog friendly with smart, clean, warm facilities. Located in the best place to take in sea views with off road access to cycle paths. Next door to one of the most incredible visitor attractions in the area. Planted with flowers around the site to make it even more stunning. Heligan campsite in Cornwall ticks all the boxes. Staying at Heligan Campsite, Cornwall Whether you’re a seasoned canvas camper, a camper van or caravan owner or prefer a little luxury, Heligan…

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Thursday photo #264

With half term so soon after the Easter holidays, it almost seems as if the children didn’t go back to school. As always, we’re cramming in several short UK breaks during the week off, and yesterday we came back from a week in a stunning part of Cornwall. Camping in Cornwall It’s a few years since we last went to Cornwall. Much as we love it there, we’re confined to school holidays these days and it does get ridiculously busy. A few years ago, we spent some time near Polzeath over the August bank holiday. It was nice, but I’ve…

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