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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21 West Midlands days out summer holidays 2018

The summer holidays are at last upon us and all over the West Midlands, there are some incredible events happening for children and families. Here are the best ones I’ve heard about, do let me know if you have any to add! I’ve included website links for you to check dates, times and availability. 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. All Things Wild, Worcestershire As well as being a great place for a family day out during the school…

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