Nozstock 2019 with children: Review

Every year, a farm in a remote part of rural Herefordshire is transformed. For one weekend, Nozstock, the Hidden Valley Festival takes over. Ten stages, hundreds of acts, a dedicated children’s zone, a cinema, food, shops and spaces to chill make this farm near Bromyard the place to be. Nozstock has a reputation for being the biggest party around. Nozstock 2019 was Wizard of Oz themed. We spent a weekend camping at the festival to see how suitable it is for families with children. Little Wonderland Kids Area For anyone visiting Nozstock with children, it’s great to know that there’s…

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Kettler Barcelona Air Go Kart Review

My children love everything on wheels. Bikes, scooters, cars and definitely a go-kart. So, they were delighted to put the Kettler Barcelona Air through its paces. This slick, red and black kart is durable and scratch-resistant. Ideal for boisterous children like mine. Its air-inflated tyres and sturdy pedals allow them to get up to quite a pace on a flat surface. They’ve even managed to suss out reversing. About the Kettler Barcelona Air Designed with children aged 5 to 10 in mind, this kart is ideal for any open space. My girls have mainly been using it on our decking,…

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A child free break at Point A Liverpool Street

When I go to London, I tend to either go there and back in the day or stay with my sister who lives nearby. Occasionally though, it’s nice to treat a work trip as a short, child-free break. We’re not the sort of couple who go away without the children. My husband will occasionally have a few days away but it’s rare for me to do so. Last week though, a work event in London was the perfect excuse. I caught the train down after my husband got home from work and checked into Point A Liverpool Street hotel.  About…

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Magical Hydrangeas as a gift for garden lovers

Do you find that gift giving isn’t as easy as it once was? Years ago, we would take a stab at guessing what the recipient wanted. They might appreciate the sentiment but after a few days or weeks, the novelty would wear off. Unwanted presents would make their way to landfill and we didn’t think much more of it. These days though, there’s a pressure of social responsibility to buy wisely. Anything that is short lived and destined for landfill is out. Instead, we turn to more practical gifts that quite literally keep on giving. For anyone who loves to…

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Fame The Musical 30th anniversary tour at Malvern Theatres

Can you believe next year will mark 40 years since the Fame movie swept everyone into a frenzy of music and dance? Inevitably, a musical version later took to the stage. That musical is now on its 30th anniversary UK tour and it landed in Malvern last night with a bang. It boasts vibrant, moving songs headed up by the incredible vocal talent of Mica Paris. Acrobatic dancing keeps all eyes glued to the stage. Fame The Musical: the show I saw Fame The Musical with absolutely no preconceptions. Prior to last night, I was one of a very small…

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Family day out at the Royal Mint Experience Cardiff

When children start learning about money, it’s an alien concept to them. The value of coins, what you can buy for the money in your hand and adding and subtracting different amounts. So when the Royal Mint Experience asked if we’d like to visit, I jumped at the chance. Another way to reinforce their learning and make money interesting. Royal Mint Experience Guided Tour To look around the Royal Mint, you need to go on a guided tour. It’s advisable to book this in advance so you don’t have a wasted journey. You do need to arrive for the tour…

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Dog friendly family day out at Wicksteed Park

There aren’t many places where you can both walk the dog and ride a rollercoaster. Wicksteed park in Kettering, Northamptonshire is one such place. A dog friendly family day out that’s a cross between an amusement park and a country park. Rides vary from teacups for little tots, to a fast zip wire and bag jump for thrill seekers. There’s far too much to do in just one day, but luckily Wicksteed Park have their own on-site campsite. Visiting Wicksteed Park Wicksteed park is free to visit. Set in nearly 150 acres of countryside, it boasts a lake, numerous free…

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