Days out

Sophie wearing fairy wings and walking through the Temple Gardens at Langley Park

A magical fairy hunt in Langley Park

One of my favourite outdoor activities is looking for signs of fairies living in the woods. A little hole at the foot of a tree that surely must be a…

Sophie, and hubby with Thomas in the buggy walking around Petersfield Heath lake

A family day out in and around Petersfield

Two 40th birthday celebrations (mine and a friend’s) in Hampshire over the May bank holiday weekend provided the perfect excuse to spend a weekend in Petersfield, where I grew up.…

The Bell Inn in Imber

A visit to the ghost village of Imber

Once upon a time, there was a small isolated village in the middle of Salisbury Plain called Imber. One day, the people who lived in the village were called to…

Sophie on one of the Safari Riders cars at Chessington

What can you do at Chessington World of Adventures with little children?

A day out at Chessington World of Adventures on my own with Sophie and Thomas means that we are restricted to only the rides and attractions that Thomas can enjoy…

Sophie walking along one of the net walkways at Nets Kingdom

Exploring the Nets Kingdom at Go Ape Black Park

Sophie occasionally goes to arts and crafts sessions run by Halo Children Foundation, a local charity which supports bereaved children. One of the aims of Halo is to help provide…

Sophie standing in front of the gate house at Charlecote Park

A walk around Charlecote Park

I like to break up a car journey with a walk around a National Trust property. It’s much nicer than stopping at service stations and gives us an opportunity to…

Sophie collecting leaves and pebbles in the woods at Cliveden

Learning about trees on a trail at Cliveden

We love getting out and following trails. They’re such a great way of encouraging children out for a walk and getting them to explore nature. Over February half-term, there was…

The entrance to Room on the Broom: A Magical Journey at Chessington World of Adventures

Room on the Broom: A Magical Journey at Chessington World of Adventures

Room on the Broom is one of our favourite books. When we saw last year that Hocus Pocus Hall at Chessington was being replaced with a new attraction – Room…

Sophie looking at an animal reveal board using the reveal lens

The Zog trail at Wendover Woods

I love doing themed trails through the woods with the children. We’ve done a few of the ones based on our favourite Julia Donaldson books over the years. It’s been…

Sophie planting a snowdrop in memory of Jessica at West Wycombe Park

Remembering Jessica: A snowdrop walk at West Wycombe Park

Last year, Jessica managed her longest post-surgery walk when we went looking for signs of spring at a nearby meadow and spotted snowdrops. Life felt good; we were the other…