Category Archives: Days out

Jessica and Sophie in matching red coats

A wintry woodland walk at Hughenden Manor

For our last family day out of 2016, we headed over to Hughenden Manor. Having enjoyed the knights and dragons trail there in the summer, we were looking forward to trying the fairytale trail. As we walked the short distance from the car park towards the information hut, we passed several chalk boards with passages and clues relating to different fairy tales.… Read more

Sophie holding a map ready to do the advent box trail at Hinton Ampner

Hunting for Advent boxes at Hinton Ampner

​​After catching up with my family in Hampshire on Boxing Day, it’s starting to become a tradition to have a day out in the local area. Last year we enjoyed a couple of days out at Uppark and Fort Nelson. This year we decided to visit Hinton Ampner and do their family Christmas trail together.… Read more

The beautiful view from the entrance of Chiltern Open Air Museum in the winter sunshine

A traditional Christmas at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum is one of our favourite places for a day out – as well as the various old buildings which the girls can explore, there is plenty of space for them to run around in; woods to wander through and sheep and the horses to say hello too.  Other than the Christmas weekend though, it is closed over the winter.… Read more

Mel from Le Coin de Mel with Sophie, Jumpy, Jessica and Wriggly at Rickmansworth Aquadrome

Making new friends at Rickmansworth Aquadrome

One of the things I love most about blogging is the friends that I have made because of it. It’s even nicer when those friends live within a reasonable distance and we have the opportunity to meet up outside of blog events.  During the October half-term break, I met up with the lovely Mel from Le Coin de Mel and we got to meet each other’s children for the first time too.… Read more

Exploring Donnington Castle

I can never resist the opportunity to visit a castle so when we visited some friends in Donnington back in September, and they suggested a walk around the castle, I couldn’t say no.  Donnington Castle is a ruined medieval castle with just the gatehouse still standing and some reconstructed walls showing the layout of the castle.… Read more

Brick or Treat at Legoland Windsor

As Jessica had an inset day on Monday and her preschool pass was valid that day, we couldn’t resist a trip to Legoland, with her friends H and E, to take part in their Brick or Treat event.  I hadn’t originally intended to put the girls in costume (we don’t really do Halloween) but when H and E’s dad told me there was a fancy dress competition, I couldn’t resist trying to put together some costumes for the girls so we could take part!… Read more

Kenilworth Castle

A re-enactment of the siege of Kenilworth at Kenilworth Castle

One of my favourite books as a teenager was Katherine by Anya Seton – which tells the story of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (and later third wife) of John of Gaunt.  It was the book that sparked my interest in medieval history and where I first read a little about Kenilworth Castle, one of John of Gaunt’s castles.  It’s been on my list of places to visit for a while and when I realised we were staying nearby over the August bank holiday weekend, I was determined that we had to have a day out there.  Best of all, our visit coincided with the re-enactment event commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Siege of Kenilworth.… Read more

The girls meeting the Zingzillas at CBeebies Land

Making the most of a day at CBeebies Land

My girls love CBeebies – it’s the only channel they get to watch (mostly because I can’t stand the endless adverts on other channels!)  We last visited CBeebies Land two years ago and it was a trip that was clearly memorable as far as Jessica was concerned as she still brings it up, often bringing up details that we have long since forgotten.  Both she and Sophie were very excited when we got to visit again at the end of August and Jessica was very keen to tell us about all the rides she wanted to go on – particularly the Numtums ride and Postman Pat and Mr Bloom’s Allotment (“but that’s not a ride Mummy”)

Sophie riding on Daddy's shoulders as they head towards the entrance to CBeebies Land: Making the most of a day at CBeebies Land

Once we arrived at Alton Towers though it was a new ride that caught Jessica’s attention – the Octonauts rollercoaster ride.  I think Sophie would have also loved to go on it but wasn’t tall enough so went on a Treetop Adventure with Daddy while I went on the rollercoaster with Jessica.  She posed for her OctoCadet licence photo and was very excited as we got on the ride – but went rather quiet partway through.… Read more

Jessica and Sophie at the school desk in the Black Country Living Museum

Exploring the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Tunnel

One of our favourite places for a day out is Chiltern Open Air Museum, which is fairly close to where we live.  I love the feel of stepping back in time and seeing how people lived, and worked in an open-air museum and so, when we had a weekend away, staying near Birmingham, at the end of August, the Black Country Living Museum sounded like the perfect place for a family day out.… Read more

An afternoon exploring Baddesley Clinton

One of the things I miss most about summer is those beautiful warm afternoons.  Afternoons when the sky was so wonderfully blue, and it seemed as if there was all the time in the world to go and explore.  Watching my girls running off in front of me, hand in hand with each other, dressed in their sunhats and summer dresses.  Afternoons when we were just lost in our own little bubble, discovering new places and making the most of the time we had together.… Read more