Georgie and Lydia at Sea Life Birmingham

Spooky Seas at Sea Life Birmingham

Disclosure: As Sea Life Ambassadors we have been given annual passes for the purpose of blogging about our visits to the centre. We headed over to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to check out the Spooky Seas event they have on this half term – Halloween themed fun with facts about the spookiest sea creatures in the sea to discover around the centre. The… Continue Reading “Spooky Seas at Sea Life Birmingham”

Visiting Santa at the Bullring, Birmingham

Last weekend we headed in to the City centre to visit Santa in his grotto at the Bullring Shopping Centre. The grotto is actually located outside the main shopping centre; in St Martin’s Square. From the outside, I have to admit it’s not that enthralling – a couple of white tents, a few white deer statues, and some little Christmas trees in pots, finished off with a North Pole signpost & a “Santa’s Grotto” banner attached to the fence.… Continue Reading “Visiting Santa at the Bullring, Birmingham”

Birmingham’s Hidden Gems

Birmingham is a great city to live in, if you want to keep your kids well entertained every weekend. It’s a fantastic place to visit as a family, too. The big attractions like Cadbury World and the Sea Life Centre are great, but they will always top the lists for “places to visit in Birmingham” and usually require pre-booking, especially at busy times.

I’ve been asked by Travelodge to talk about some of the more overlooked places to visit; those that are dismissed due to their size, location, or just because they aren’t quite as well known; Birmingham’s Hidden Gems.… Continue Reading “Birmingham’s Hidden Gems”

Bournville Scarecrow Festival

At the weekend we headed to Bournville to join a scarecrow hunt! It was time for the annual Bournville Scarecrow Festival, and the girls were really excited to find all of the scarecrows. The theme of the Festival was “favourite children’s stories” and we easily recognised almost all of the wonderful scarecrows. The scarecrows are all created by locals, and dotted around a short walk in the… Continue Reading “Bournville Scarecrow Festival”

Owl Hunting – part 2!

We have been having a great time this Summer hunting for owls all over Birmingham. With another few weeks left before the Owls leave their posts, we are determined to find some more! This Sunday we are going to head into the City Centre to attend the Pirate event at the Sea Life Centre, and have a day of owl hunting. My favourite Owl so… Continue Reading “Owl Hunting – part 2!”

A day at the Canal Festival

Last weekend we headed to one of our local green spaces (Birmingham is full of them), that runs alongside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, and spent a couple of hours at the first annual Kings Norton Canal Festival. The (true) saying goes that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice… of course, Birmingham also has a higher population and covers a much larger area! The… Continue Reading “A day at the Canal Festival”

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (Nature Centre)

This week we visited the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, formerly known as the Nature Centre, for Georgie’s Pre-School trip. Lydia got to come too – she’ll be starting at the pre-school in September for three mornings a week so it was lovely to see her playing with some of the kids she’ll be going with next term. We spent an hour or so walking around… Continue Reading “Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (Nature Centre)”

Birmingham, the green city

One of the things I love about living in Birmingham is that despite living in a city, you are never too far away from a park. There are nearly 600 parks in the city, with a total area of over 8000 acres meaning that our home city has more land dedicated to parks and open spaces than any other European city. That’s pretty amazing! Wherever we… Continue Reading “Birmingham, the green city”