Peter Pan at Malvern Theatres

We are incredibly lucky to live close to Malvern Theatres because they put on some amazing productions. Occasionally though, one comes along that really sparks children’s imagination. The girls have been looking forward to seeing Anne Dalton’s Peter Pan for weeks. Not least because they knew that they’d recognise some of the faces on stage. Peter Pan When the curtain rose on Peter Pan at Malvern Theatres, we were surprised to see a colourful character called the NeverBird who appears in the original J M Barrie story. In the Anne Dalton adaptation, the Neverbird was somewhat reminiscent of a pantomime…

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Dog friendly Tantallon Castle and Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

This year, we’ve been exploring English Heritage properties with our annual pass. When we ventured up to Northumberland on holiday, we took the opportunity to meet up with my friend Jenny. She suggested meeting at Tantallon Castle, a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. With Historic Scotland properties either free or half price with English Heritage membership, this was a great chance to explore somewhere new. About Tantallon Castle Tantallon Castle is a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. It was built in the mid-1300s by William Douglas, whose descendants owned the castle for…

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The 6 step guide to teething

This is a collaborative post. Now that my girls are a little older, I often look back fondly on their baby days. Soft skin, baby cuddles, lazy days, nobody answering back… But the one thing I don’t miss is teething. For us, grumpy babies and nappy rash came hand in hand with new teeth. You may recall that my two girls were so different in the way their teeth came through that we ended up Googling ‘can babies have dentures?’. So, I’ve teamed up with Nelsons Teetha to produce a guide to teething. No two babies are the same, but…

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Cycling at Sutton Bank National Park Centre

A few weeks ago, we spent a couple of nights camping in Yorkshire. We enjoy cycling together as a family but sadly, it’s quite rare to find somewhere off road where the girls can ride safely. Locally, we cycle in the Forest of Dean but we were keen to try somewhere new, and Sutton Bank National Park Centre in Yorkshire looked ideal. About Sutton Bank National Park Centre Cycling is actively encouraged in Sutton Bank National Park. You can hire or even buy a bike there, or bring your own. We brought ours, but realised when we were there that Lia’s…

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Win an incredible prize with Spirit Riding Free

This is a collaborative post. Isn’t it a relief when children get to an age where you can enjoy watching television together? I’m not talking deep and meaningful movies. But they’ve finally graduated away from irritating nursery rhymes and whiny characters. Recently, my two have discovered a sweet series called Spirit Riding Free and I have to admit, I’m quite enjoying it too. What is Spirit Riding Free? Spirit Riding Free is an animated series aimed at 6 to 10 year olds. It’s available to watch on POP at 12.30pm at weekends. Spirit the wild horse lives with his herd…

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Taking the stress out of a London city break with National Express

Most people would agree that children should visit their capital city. But what if the very thought of a trip to London stresses you out? This week, we boarded the National Express with the aim of taking the stress out of a London city break. But did we succeed? Getting to London with National Express At 8.45 on a Monday morning, two of my sisters, the girls and I boarded a National Express coach from Cheltenham to London. This direct journey was due to take just under three hours but let’s face it, public transport never runs on time. Or…

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Thursday photo #223

Today is the first day for weeks that we have no plans at all. After a holiday in Northumberland last week, we headed home for the weekend before setting off again. This time, we were London bound. The intensity of summer holidays On Saturday, I headed to Monmouthshire on my own for my SUP lesson whilst the girls went to Bristol with their dad. It’s the first time I’ve had a day without them all summer and much as I missed them, its was also a relief. Summer holidays are so intense. The girls are at an age where they’re…

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