Getting the hang of it at Kingston Lacy

Getting the hang of it at Kingston Lacy

We are super lucky to live within 30 minutes from some beautiful places to take our little man to practice his cycling. The other morning whilst M was bouncing round the house, Clara suggested we put M's bike in the boot and head to Kingston Lacy, a beautiful National Trust property. We weren't sure if we were going to be able to take M's bike onto the property grounds, but there was no issue at the entrance and soon M was whizzing down the path in front of Kingston Lacy house. Luckily everyone…continue reading →
Family time in London

Family time in London

Last weekend we enjoyed an action packed trip to London for some much needed family fun. Despite moving from a town near London to live in a small village in the countryside we still love visiting London. On Saturday morning we woke early, packed the car full of essentials and headed into Westminster to stay in a luxury apartment for the night. Once we'd had a small tour of the apartment we jumped in the car to Piccadilly Circus to explore Ripley's Believe it or not museum. We will be writing individual posts about…continue reading →
The perfect den

The perfect den

Lately Moors Valley Park has become our favourite place to visit when we have time to fill at the weekend. We had spent the weekend back towards London seeing friends and family and were on our way home when we decided a walk in the woods was needed. With every visit we have to visit the play area first for M to get his fill of what it has to offer before we venture into the woods. On this trip M and I decided it was time Clara built her first den. M…continue reading →
The cycling adventures begin

The cycling adventures begin

Last week I noticed M's best friend had a brand new bike for Christmas. He didn't have stabilisers and was cycling home from school. I turned to M and asked him if he'd like to be able to ride his Spiderman bike properly (which never had stabilisers as we never put them on). He excitedly told me he would and that was when I decided he would learn that weekend. On Saturday morning whilst C and M were swimming, I got his bike out the shed, laid out his helmet and some elbow…continue reading →
Starting the year at Studland Bay

Starting the year at Studland Bay

Monday signaled the last day of the Christmas break for me, so we decided to visit somewhere beautiful to make the most of our last family day. Since becoming National Trust members I have been adding places to visit to a to-do list, so we decided that we would visit Studland Bay. Studland Bay is about 45 mins from us and located on the gorgeous coastline in Purbeck. As we are National Trust members we can park for free at Knoll Beach. There is a lovely little cafe and shop by the car park and…continue reading →
Christmas Eve at Corfe Castle

Christmas Eve at Corfe Castle

This year Clara and I decided to start a new Christmas Eve tradition. We have decided to spend each Christmas Eve somewhere we can explore and enjoy. With everything prepped and ready to go for Christmas Day we had no shops to visit on Christmas Eve, so we decided to visit Corfe Castle. With our brand new National Trust membership we saved on parking and entrance fee and spent our savings in the gorgeous little National trust tea room next to Corfe Castle. Clara and M both agreed to wear the Santa hats…continue reading →
Christmas at Kingston Lacy

Christmas at Kingston Lacy

A few weeks ago Clara began the search for a Father Christmas we could take M to see. She had been recommended Kingston Lacy a beautiful National Trust property not too far away from us. We booked a Father Christmas visit and I took advantage of a voucher I had to cover the entrance fee to discover Christmas at Kingston Lacy. On arrival we were immediately made to feel very welcome and headed into the courtyard to explore before M's turn seeing Father Christmas. We enjoyed watching a ukulele choir, picked out stocking…continue reading →
We’re now National Trust Members

We’re now National Trust Members

Growing up I have fond memories of my little Nan and Grandad taking my sister and I to National Trust properties every Summer and Half term. We spent many hours exploring historical gardens and enjoyed wandering the halls of lavish homes. When Clara and I moved to Dorset we visited many National Trust locations, but always thought a membership was a little out of our budget (we weren't the best at budgeting at the time). Over the years as our family grew to include our little man we started to visit more National…continue reading →
A Vintage Christmas – Tank Museum, Dorset

A Vintage Christmas – Tank Museum, Dorset

For our little man's first Christmas my mum suggested we take him to the Tank Museum to see Santa arrive on a tank. He spent most of the time in a sling asleep, but we enjoyed ourselves so took him back the following year where he really got involved with the Vintage Christmas event. This year we hadn't planned to attend as we had already booked M to see Santa elsewhere, but due to a change in plans and an empty day, we decided to race across Dorset to see Santa arrive on…continue reading →
Moors Valley Park – Autumn Fun

Moors Valley Park – Autumn Fun

It's rare that the little dude and I get a whole day to ourselves, especially a week day. So I made sure I booked a day off last week and took the opportunity to take him to enjoy some Autumn fun at Moors Valley Park. We had no plans other than to have fun and explore. On our arrival the little dude spotted a Halloween craft event taking place, so we decided to join in and made a lovely little sand art picture. It was lovely to have no plans as we were…continue reading →