Dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses is a National Trust property in South Staffordshire in the West Midlands. Woodland walks, stunning views and fascinating little homes carved into the rock make it an ideal day out. There’s plenty to keep children entertained. From discovering the houses themselves to walking, running, climbing trees and riding bikes around Kinver Edge. About the Rock Houses It is thought that the rock houses themselves were occupied from around 1770 until the late 1950s. The houses were on three levels. The National Trust bought the houses in the 1960s and have since restored some of…

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[AD] Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition winners

Throughout England and Wales, over 25,000 primary school children entered the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition. Each child wrote a poem with the theme of diversity. They were asked to think about what makes people “beautifully different and wonderfully the same” with a little help from a poem written by Joseph Coelho.  The Winners Two national winners were selected in the competition, one from key stage one and one from key stage two. Judges included Lauren Child, the Children’s Laureate, footballer Rio Ferdinand, poet Joseph Coelho and singer Olly Murs. The judges had the tough job of deciding which…

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Thursday photo #254

Is anybody else suffering with the mornings getting lighter? Libby seems to wake up with the light and can’t get back to sleep. She is also incapable of not waking Lia up, so they’re both up early and Lia is permanently exhausted. Buying blackout curtains for their room is a priority. Spring After the warm weather we had in February, the past few weeks have been a bit of a shock. Back to Winter coats and jumpers. It seemed perfect timing for the sun to return yesterday, on the first day of spring. I’m hoping Spring is here to stay…

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Dog friendly days out West Midlands

As dog lovers, most of us want to take our canine companions with us on days out where possible. Luckily, there are lots of dog friendly days out in the West Midlands. Some only allow dogs outside, others welcome them indoors with open arms. This guide offers a lot of suggestions of things to do with your dog. As it covers the whole West Midlands region, I’ve split it up by district. If you’re looking for activities in a particular area, please click on one of the links below to take you to the relevant section. For more things to…

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Rainy days out West Midlands

The West Midlands gets its fair share of rainy days. Whether you’re looking for a completely indoor attraction or somewhere with areas to escape inside, this guide will give you inspiration even when the weather doesn’t. I’ve divided it up into areas, so if you’re looking for a particular region, please click on the links below to take you to the relevant section. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire West Midlands (county) Worcestershire Rainy days…

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I disagree

It is natural to surround ourselves with people like us. We work with people with a similar skillset, make friends with people who have similar interests and follow social media accounts that share our ethos. So, when was the last time you disagreed with someone? Not an argument, or disagreeing with a stranger, but voicing a differing opinion to a friend or family member. Or even expressing an alternative viewpoint at work. Is disagreeing really that uncommon? Why is disagreeing frowned upon? It goes without saying that we all have differing opinions. If we were all the same, society simply…

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Thursday photo #253

For the first time in ages, I didn’t manage to go swimming in the river this week. The water level was a little higher than we felt comfortable with, so we took the sensible option and didn’t go in. It has left me feeling a bit lost. Those few minutes of bobbing about in freezing cold water really do make all the difference to my week. Reading for pleasure As a child, I used to read for pleasure from a very young age. By the time I was Libby’s age, I had read all the books in the school library.…

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