A dog friendly family holiday at Hoburne Blue Anchor

When we holiday in the UK, being able to take the dog is a priority. We make the odd exception for a short break but where possible, we want her to be able to come. So, when Hoburne got in touch and asked if we’d like to go and stay at their gorgeous resort in Blue Anchor, my first question was whether Bubbles was invited too. As it turns out, not only is the Blue Anchor resort dog friendly, but so is the beach. Hoburne Blue Anchor resort The Hoburne resort at Blue Anchor has a range of static caravans…

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Thursday photo #226

The past six weeks have flown by, as I knew they would. And in the blink of an eye, the summer holidays are over and I’ve already published my annual blog post about Christmas days out. Lia has had her first day of primary school, a much awaited day for the little girl who has been asking to go to school since her big sister started two years ago. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. The last hurrah The past couple of school Summer holidays finished in a whirlwind of sorting things out. We’d reach the end of term and immediately go…

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Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2018

Christmas days out in the West Midlands for children and families are listed in alphabetical order with a link to their website and an independent review of each. I’ll be updating the post with additional Christmas days out because some have not yet been published.  Please do check back soon if your favourite isn’t on the list! Alton Towers, Staffordshire – Santa’s Sleepover This Christmas, certain attractions and rides in the Alton Towers Theme Park including CBeebies Land will be open for Santa’s Sleepover guests. Other activities and Christmas entertainment include a visit to Santa, Alice in Wonderland pantomime, a day…

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Thursday photo #225

Every school holiday, I put off the things that really need doing. Then in the last week, we run around like headless chickens trying to get it done. New shoes, labelling uniform, hair cuts… none of it makes for a fun week. So this year, I’ve tried to be a bit more organised. And remarkably, I think I like it! Last week of the holidays Like most children, my two go back to school next week. This is usually the point where we’d be entering panic mode. But instead, I booked a few days away. I’m not going to say…

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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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Thursday photo #224

There’s a constant dilemma in the school holidays. A tussle between giving them time to relax or packing in exciting experiences. We’ve been so busy for the past few weeks that this week was going to be all about relaxing. But the problem is, relaxing and being busy are somehow the same thing. What does relaxing mean anyway? For a short period of time, we’re all ok with watching television or reading. The children are happy to play at home, making up their own games on the trampoline or doing crafts. But soon enough, we’re all itching to get out…

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