Camp Bestival – Kids Activities

Camp Bestival – Kids Activities

Now that Camp Bestival has announced they are setting sail next year, our thoughts have already turned to the kids activities we can expect. Camp Bestival is a fantastic family festival full of fun for everyone, which offers children the opportunity to experience new and exciting things each year. We thought we'd share some of M's favourite kids activities from this years' Camp Bestival to give you an idea what to expect when you take your family in 2018. I thought I could just ramble on and attempt to put into words the…continue reading →
Halloween at Upton Country Park

Halloween at Upton Country Park

I am one of those parents that loves Halloween and wants to make the most of the event as much as possible. Which lead to us searching for somewhere Halloween themed to take M in the run up to the 31st. We didn't visit our usual pumpkin patch this year, so we thought we'd visit somewhere different and Upton Country Park ticked all the boxes. We got M dressed in his favourite Jogging suit and headed to Upton a few days before Halloween. It's quite local to us, which is perfect when you've…continue reading →
So little time – Autumn Walk 2017

So little time – Autumn Walk 2017

This year our diary has been packed to bursting. With school back in full swing we constantly seem to be on the go. Add to the mix my Beaver leader training and Marathon prep, resulting in very little free time at the moment. When M was born we decided to set ourselves the annual tradition of taking an Autumn walk somewhere nice, among the bronze leaves and cool air. This year we decided to head to the same place we visited last year, but noticed it was going to be closer to Winter…continue reading →
The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project in Cornwall is somewhere I have wanted to visit in a while. Home to the largest rainforest in captivity and based in a gorgeous part of the country, it was a must visit on our recent stay in an Airbnb in Camelford. The Eden Project offer you the option to donate your admission fee to convert it into an annual pass when you book online, which is great if you want to take your time during your visit. On arrival the car parks are a short walk to the main…continue reading →
The last of the sun

The last of the sun

This Summer has been possibly the rainiest, coldest Summer I can recall in a long time. It rained heavily the day I picked M up on his last day of school and rained pretty much every week from then. But then we seemed to strike it lucky on some days we had together as a family. We experienced some gorgeous weather on our family holiday to Cornwall, which was pretty flukey, but we also got to enjoy the last of the sun on a random weekend just before M went back to school.…continue reading →
A Family Holiday in North Cornwall #AD

A Family Holiday in North Cornwall #AD

When Airbnb got in touch and offered to pick up the tab on a holiday somewhere in the UK, we didn't have to think too hard and chose a family holiday in North Cornwall. Clara and I have fond memories staying in Cornwall as we spent our honeymoon nearly 7 years ago. I also have great memories of visiting Cornwall for family holidays as a child. I passed the task of finding our Airbnb property to Clara and was really pleased when she discovered a sweet renovated barn in Camelford. Camelford is a…continue reading →
Kayaks and Paddle boards in Weymouth

Kayaks and Paddle boards in Weymouth

Ever since M started swimming lessons I promised him I would take him kayaking once he learned to swim. Over the last year he's worked so hard achieving various tasks set to him and eventually learned to swim. In fact a couple of days ago he achieved his Stage 2 swimming badge and moved to a new Stage 3 class. So as a reward for all his hard work I took him to enjoy a day of kayaks and paddle boards in Weymouth with our friends from West Country Mum. Even though this…continue reading →
International Geocaching Day 2017

International Geocaching Day 2017

Since we got Beau we've been on the search for longer more interesting hikes than the ones we are used to taking M on. Beau is the kind of dog that really needs a walk that wears him out as he's quite a bouncy pup. The more logs he can jump over or hidden holes he can rush into, the better. On Saturday we headed out not realising it was International Geocaching Day. By chance I opened my Geocaching app on my phone and spotted a cache about 350 meters from where we…continue reading →
Fun festival family time

Fun festival family time

I've lost count of how many people keep asking us if we are enjoying having lots of family time this Summer holidays. Now that M is at school it is easy to think that we look forward to the Summer holidays for a break and some family adventures. Except both C and I work full time, so half term and Summer holidays are just regular weeks to us. We manage to book the odd day off with him, but the rest of his time is spent between lovely grandparents that help us out.…continue reading →
Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

At the end of last year we finally decided to become National Trust members and have been enjoying visiting our local sites regularly for the last few months. When we discovered they would be celebrating and exploring their LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we knew we had to get to one of their events. Our local National Trust house, Kingston Lacy was profoundly shaped by William Bankes. William Bankes fled England in 1841 to avoid prosecution for same-sex acts. He had…continue reading →