Geocaching… it’s been a while!

We haven’t been out geocaching for ages, partly due to rotten weather whenever we’ve had the inclination! I noticed a new series of caches had appeared in our local area, so we headed out to hunt them down with the kids. Georgie has been ill over the last half of the Easter holidays (boo, hiss!), so it was nice to be able to get out… Continue Reading “Geocaching… it’s been a while!”

Thomas Land is now Bigger and Better!

We were lucky enough to be invited along to the opening ceremony of the new Thomas Land Expansion! It opened over the Easter holidays, and Georgie and Lydia were very excited to see what was new at their all-time favourite theme park. We took along Georgie’s very best friend Sophie too, to join in the fun.

We live around 45 minute drive from Drayton Manor, home of Thomas Land, and so we are fairly regular visitors to the park. Our train mad pair of girls love all of the Thomas and Friends rides they have there, and our last visit for the Christmas experience was simply magical. Georgie and Lydia are mini-thrillseekers and always try to go on every ride possible when we visit!… Continue Reading “Thomas Land is now Bigger and Better!”

Sea Stars at SEA LIFE Birmingham

A week or so ago, we were invited to come along and check out the new Sea Stars attraction at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, which is home to a wide variety of starfish species. I’ve been completely buried in a world of DIY since then (post with the results of that soon!) so I haven’t had energy to open my laptop until now.… Continue Reading “Sea Stars at SEA LIFE Birmingham”

Our Bluestone Break – the Video

I’ve already blogged about our trip to Bluestone in Wales absolutely loads, I know – I promise this is the last post! We really loved our holiday there, and especially enjoyed the chance to have a few days in such a fun and beautiful setting with my parents there – we don’t get to see them that often, so it was lovely for us all to get together on holiday.

We did so much during our stay that the video is a huge 25 minutes long, but I have to admit I love this video, so much. It will remind me of the fantastic memories we made at Bluestone, for years to come.… Continue Reading “Our Bluestone Break – the Video”

Our Bluestone Break – Things to Do

In addition to the huge range of activities you can book at Bluestone, there is loads to do on site for free – even if it’s raining.

In fine weather you can tackle one of the two nature trails (or if you’re like my Dad, do two in one morning before anyone else even gets up), head to the Treetops adventure playground, enjoy the beautiful walks around the resort, or head to the village. In wet weather, you can take refuge at the Blue Lagoon swimming complex, or head to the Adventure Centre which has a whole host of indoor fun, including the Circus Room. We managed to pack so much into our five days at Bluestone!… Continue Reading “Our Bluestone Break – Things to Do”

Our Bluestone Break – Activities

Before you get to Bluestone, you get access to an excellent online booking system which details what activities are available on different dates during your stay, and allows you to pre-book places and pay online beforehand. You can also book onto these activities while on site, but you do run the risk of some activities filling up if you leave it too late. The Bluestone TV in your lodge is also great to find out what is going on, activities-wise.

We pre-booked three things before getting to Bluestone; a Space Explorer creche session for the girls, a Secret Village “beast hunt” adventure, and the Woody Wild Dinner Show at the Wild Wood Cafe. … Continue Reading “Our Bluestone Break – Activities”

Our Bluestone Break – The Food

Bluestone is a completely self contained resort and, unless you want to, there is no need to leave the site at all during your stay – we didn’t! With loads to do and see, a village full of eateries and shops to cater to your every need, there is no chance of going hungry on site.

As far as food is concerned, in addition to a grocery shop on site & a fully equipped kitchen in every lodge, there are loads of places to buy & consume food on site. Bluestone try to source as much local produce as possible, and even their takeaway coffee cups are sustainably made in Wales. In the village alone there is:… Continue Reading “Our Bluestone Break – The Food”

Christmas Celebration Weekends at Cadbury World

We visited Cadbury World last weekend to check out their Christmas Celebration Weekends, and had a fantastic day. We are very local so it only took us 5 minutes to get there in the car. Parking is plentiful and free, but if you are travelling by train the Bournville station is just a short walk away.… Continue Reading “Christmas Celebration Weekends at Cadbury World”

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic

On Saturday afternoon, we headed into Birmingham City Centre to watch the Disney on Ice show at the NIA. It was FANTASTIC.

We parked up in the NIA car park, and found the queue & entrance easily. Our tickets were checked as we entered and our bag searched. We found our seats easily, with the help of one of the many stewards that were dotted around the arena. The NIA is undergoing a refurbishment at the moment, which is nearly complete, and the new chairs were comfy and the loos much improved.… Continue Reading “Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic”

Felixstowe Seafront – Holiday Highlights

We just spent five days staying at a caravan park in Felixstowe, mainly to visit James’s family and partly because we needed a break! It was a great holiday and we spent a lot of our time out and about, enjoying the Felixstowe seafront. Landguard Nature Reserve & Felixstowe Port Felixstowe is a major port for Britain, with huge container ships coming in & out of… Continue Reading “Felixstowe Seafront – Holiday Highlights”

A day at Chessington World of Adventures with Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung kindly sent us a Galaxy K Zoom smartphone to try out, along with a family ticket to Chessington World of Adventures, so that we could have a day out to test the 10x zoom camera on the phone. We invited my sister & her family to join us for a proper family day out, with two three year olds between us to enjoy the… Continue Reading “A day at Chessington World of Adventures with Samsung Galaxy K Zoom”

A day at LolliBop 2014

A few weeks ago Georgie & Lydia got to enjoy their first festival; LolliBop, which calls itself “The Big Bash for Little People.” It was a great day out! We were given press wristbands which allowed us to get into the VIP area during the day, which was a nice perk as it was a quiet place to retreat to during the craziness of the day.… Continue Reading “A day at LolliBop 2014”

A day at CBeebies Land (Alton Towers) with CBeebies Magazine

Just before we went on holiday, the girls and I were lucky enough to be invited to a CBeebies Magazine event at Alton Towers to celebrate the magazine and their great “kids go free” deal. We really enjoyed our afternoon at the park – lots more on that below so keep reading! We were given free tickets to the park and both girls got a… Continue Reading “A day at CBeebies Land (Alton Towers) with CBeebies Magazine”