Days out

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…

Sophie on her bike looking at the 'Earth' information board

A journey through the planets at Ruislip Lido

When hubby and I first moved in together, we lived in a little flat in Ruislip. Ruislip Lido was one of my favourite places to go for a walk. It’s…

Sophie walking down the lane next to Hardy's Cottage towards the memorial

A walk in the woods around Hardy’s Cottage

One of the things I love about having National Trust membership is being able to use it to break up long car journeys. A stop-off at a National Trust property…

The Rainforest biome at the Eden Project

A visit to the Eden Project

The Eden Project has been on my list of places to visit for a while. Being in Cornwall and staying at Coombe Mill over Christmas was the perfect opportunity to…

Sophie standing next to the steam train at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

All aboard a steam train to see Santa at Lappa Valley

One of my happy memories from our last family holiday with Jessica was a ride on the Isle of Wight steam railway. The girls loved the steam train ride and…

One of the trains turning around on the turntable at Ickenham Miniature Railway

Thomas’s first train ride at Ickenham Miniature Railway

Ickenham Miniature Railway is a bit of a hidden gem. We only discovered it existed a couple of years ago. It’s been a while since we last visited so we…

The Gruffalo and dancers grooving along in the Gruffalo Christmas Groove

Festive fun at Chessington World of Adventures: A Winter’s Tail

Last year’s festive day out enjoying A Winter’s Tail at Chessington World of Adventures was a special one for us. It was our last family day out before Jessica’s Fontan…