Category Archives: Days out

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

Jessica and Sophie with their cousins in Madame Gazelle's schoolhouse at Peppa Pig World

A heart family day out at Paulton’s Park

Each year, Families of Ocean Ward organise a day out at Paultons Park for the heart children who have been treated on the ward, and their families.  It’s become one of the highlights in our summer calendar – the girls get to spend a day at Peppa Pig World and we get to meet up with other heart families too.  This time around, we also had Auntie Fizz and cousins Ebony and Erin staying with us, which made it even more fun.… Read more

The dragon we found at the end of our trail at Hughenden Manor

Hunting for dragons at Hughenden Manor

Sometimes the best days out are those where we are searching for fairies in the woods. Sometimes they are days when a little imagination turns a walk into a fairy tale adventure. Sometimes there are trails to follow and dragons to be found. But in each of those days there is always a moment; a moment when I stop and watch and know that for that instance in time, life feels utterly perfect.… Read more

Sophie standing inside the tree trunk

Turning a walk in the park into a fairy tale adventure

Langley Park is one of our favourite outdoor spaces – the Temple Gardens are full of magic and adventure if you only know how to find it. Add two little girls – one dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the other dressed as a pirate – and a walk in the park becomes a fairy tale adventure to find the Big Bad Wolf.… Read more