A family day out at Cadbury World Birmingham

What do you do on a rainy day? Parenting always seems so much easier when we’re out of the house. So, in most weathers we wrap the girls up warm and get out anyway. But with Storm Callum looming and our plans cancelled due to rain, we were on the hunt for a day out that would be suitable for any weather. Luckily, Cadbury World is just up the road in Birmingham and they invited us to spend the day there. And what a day it was. Cadbury Exhibition Tour (indoors) On arrival, we headed straight indoors to join the…

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Best October half term and Halloween events 2018 West Midlands

Creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts are making their way around the West Midlands this half term. Halloween and half term combine to bring you a plethora of family days out in the region. Many events are suitable for children of all ages but there are a few aimed at adults too. All Things Wild – Worcestershire It’s time for a Halloween Howl at All Things Wild this half term from 20th October to 4th November. Race broomsticks, make slime, sling spiders and play spooky skittles. And on 28th October, head to All Things Wild between 2.30 and 4.30pm for a Halloween party.…

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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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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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Family day out at WWT Slimbridge

The problem with family days out is that it’s unusual to find somewhere that adults and children both love. WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is one of those rare places that we all enjoy for different reasons. In fact, I used to go there before having children and would still happily go without them. What is WWT Slimbridge? WWT stands for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. This conservation charity has various sites in the UK where they look after wetland areas in order to protect and preserve them. Alongside this, they aim to educate people to ensure that future generations will…

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Review of English Heritage Kenilworth Castle dog friendly family day out

We’ve been National Trust members for many years now and always enjoy our days out with them. This year though, we decided to take out an English Heritage membership as well. We’ve already explored Goodrich Castle and Witley Court, which are our two closest English Heritage properties. So this time, we headed a little further afield to dog-friendly Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, West Midlands. About Kenilworth Castle Originally built in the 1120s, Kenilworth Castle came into Royal hands in the 1170s when Henry II used it as a Garrison and subsequently bought it in 1180. After many years of Royal…

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