Polesdon Lacey {National Trust}

A couple of weeks ago we went to Polesdon Lacey National Trust for the first time. It’s not that far from us, and a National Trust property we hadn’t been to before, so we met Lauren and her little duo there on a weekend afternoon for a few hours. Polesdon Lacey has got plenty of parking and is situated in the middle of nowhere – or so it feels like…

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Young Voices – The Biggest School Choir Concerts in the World

When LP started Year 3 at school she signed up to the school choir. Each week she spends an hour singing after school, learning new songs and spending time with friends from across the Junior campus. It’s a highlight of her week and one of the things that made her sign up was the prospect of being part of the Young Voices concert. What is Young Voices? Young Voices organise…

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Wookey Hole, Somerset Review

Wookey Hole is somewhere both Dave and I visited when we were children and so we were keen to take the family there when we visited the area during October half term. Wookey Hole is an ancient series of underground caves in Somerset that have been turned into one of the area’s best loved tourist attractions. It’s been around for generations and we were excited to visit to see if…

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A Rainy Day at Monkey World, Dorset

When we stayed in a yurt in Dorset a few months ago we took the opportunity to visit Monkey World – somewhere we have wanted to visit for years. Monkey World in Dorset is home to over 250 monkeys from 20 different species. It was setup in 1987 and was intended as a home for abused chimpanzees from Spanish beaches but is now home to many more primates from all…

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Hardwick Hall – The Harry Potter Malfoy Mansion {National Trust}

We are always looking for new National Trust properties to explore. This year we are aiming to visit as many Harry Potter filming locations across the country as possible and we started our adventure with Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. It was Malfoy Manor in the movies and as soon as saw it we could understand why – it’s such a vast and imposing building but beautiful too. Hardwick Hall was…

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Our First Family Climbing Experience – Rock Up Whiteley

Last weekend we were down on the south coast for the night and made the most of our time away by visiting Rock Up in Whiteley for our first family climbing experience. Rock Up is really well situated in the Whiteley shopping complex making it a great place to go to as part of a day out. There are so many shops and restaurants around and there’s free parking too.…

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A Trip to Bakewell, Derbyshire – Home of the Bakewell Tart

When we stayed at Darwin Forest we realised that Bakewell was pretty close by and so made a trip there to buy a Bakewell Tart. We love this sort of impromptu trip, feeling like real tourists and exploring somewhere new – all in aid of sweet treats! Bakewell was absolutely beautiful and you could tell it was mainly a tourist town. There were shops selling Bakewell Tarts wherever you looked…

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