Review: The Royal Mint Experience

We finished off the Christmas holidays with a trip into Wales to visit The Royal Mint Experience just outside of Cardiff. Last year was the first time The Royal Mint had opened it’s doors to the public and so we were excited to go and see how all of our sterling coins are made.

Review: The Royal Mint Experience

The experience is easy to find and well signposted. There’s plenty of parking and there’s just a short walk from the car park to the entrance and everything is well accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The experience is free for the under fives and comprises a guided tour and an interactive exhibition.

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Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

The children absolutely love going to visit Father Christmas over the festive season and although we have done a lot of quite big – and expensive – visits in the past there is nothing like seeing a local Father Christmas with family.

This year we went to the Pinewood Bar and Cafe in Wokingham for the children to have breakfast with Father Christmas, something they were looking forward to for weeks.

The Pinewood Bar and Cafe has such a community feel to it. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends or family, have breakfast or tea and a cake or a drink in the evening. It has a really homely appeal and really is like a home from home – making it the perfect place to meet Father Christmas.

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

Breakfast with Father Christmas starts with the children sitting down to breakfast in a nicely decorated hall. There are lights, Christmas tree and decorations everywhere. The children pre-ordered breakfast arrived really quickly and they loved pulling crackers whilst they ate.

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

For breakfast the children had a choice of three items from the list of cooked options and a glass of fresh juice too. It was a good sized breakfast and they really enjoyed it. Whilst they ate Father Christmas chatted to them, read jokes from the crackers and asked them about their Christmas preparations. LP and Little Man loved it.

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

After breakfast the children were read a festive story by one of Santa’s helpers and then got a gift wrapped book and chocolate treat from Father Christmas. Whilst this was all going on the adults were treated to mulled wine and mince pies.

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

The breakfast with Father Christmas at the Pinewood Bar and Cafe is on for just a few days in the run up to Christmas and costs just £10 per child for breakfast and the whole experience. LP and Little Man had a great time and it was lovely for Hubby, their grandparents and I to watch. We also bought an awesome breakfast for the adults afterwards – rounding off the event nicely.

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham

Disclosure: We paid for our tickets to the above event but we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d share it with you.

Sleeping Beauty at The Anvil, Basingstoke

Last weekend we took the children to The Anvil in Basingstoke for our annual pantomime trip. We’d never been to The Anvil before but loved it as soon as we arrived and the children couldn’t wait to see Sleeping Beauty.

The Anvil is in the heart of Basingstoke, easily accessible from the train station but also surrounded by parking options. It has a bar for refreshments and a really large foyer, perfect for relaxing before the show or meeting friends.

This year’s Sleeping Beauty show stars Sue Holderness from Only Fools and Horses as the evil fairy Carabosse, Katrina Bryan, who the children love from the CBeebies’ Nina and the Nuerons show, who plays Rose and Sarah-Jane Buckley who I remembered from Hollyoaks playing the fairy godmother.

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Christmas at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes

At the weekend we were invited to Gulliver’s Land near Milton Keynes to make the most of their festivities this year. Although only an hour from us we hadn’t been to Gulliver’s Land before so were looking forward to seeing what it had in store.

There is plenty of parking on site although, with the recent wet weather it was pretty muddy – wear your wellies! It was nice to find a tourist attraction that doesn’t enforce an additional parking charge though. We went into Gulliver’s Land and were greeted with a carousel that we promised the children we could go on at the end of our visit as a home time treat.

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The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe, Cornwall

*This post has been sitting in my drafts since 2014 so I thought it was about time I published it. The photos are from our first visit to The Monkey Sanctuary rather than the more recent one*

When we went to Cornwall recently we went to The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe. We went a couple of years ago too and had a couple of hours free so thought we’d have a return visit.

The Monkey Sanctuary costs £8.50 for adults to visit, under 3’s are free and a family ticket for two adults and two children children is £26. Add to this the fact that you can have free return entry, FOR A YEAR, and I think The Monkey Sanctuary is a great value day out.

The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe, Cornwall

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