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  • Drayton Manor Rides

    Drayton Manor Theme Park – Staffordshire

    Drayton Manor Theme Park is located in Tamworth. Thomas Land is a huge draw to parents with smaller kids and is ideal for the under 5’s.  This was our first visit to the Drayton Manor Theme Park and Drayton Manor Hotel.  We were keen to see how it compared with the Merlin owned Chessington, Alton […]

  • Drayton Manor Hotel Deals

    Drayton Manor Hotel Deals- Stay & Play

    Just a week after we returned from our short Easter trip to Drayton Manor we heard the terrible news of the death of 11 year old Evha Jannath.  A full Health and Safety investigation has been launched to hopefully prevent something like this from ever happening again.  Lessons need to be learned as no parent should ever […]

  • Park Foot Camp SIte

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    Park Foot Campsite – Pooley Bridge – Ullswater

    If you are regular readers of this blog you will know that we are partial to a bit of camping.  Last Summer we wracked up 15 nights under canvas tacking Kendal, Boroughbridge, Mid-Wales, Just So Festival Cheshire and Kendal Calling.  All very different experiences with all of the weather unpredictability the UK could throw at […]

  • The Late Shows Newcastle

    The Late Shows

    The Late Shows is a regional Culture Crawl around some of Newcastle and Gateshead’s galleries, museums, libraries and workshops.  The event takes place annually on consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings in May from 6-11pm alongside the national Museums at Night. I had always dismissed The Late Shows as an adult only event. Something about excitable kids, […]

  • Annie The Musical Newcastle

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    Annie The Musical – Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    One of the most famous family musicals hits the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle this half term holiday. Toe tapping, singing and lots of tissues at the ready for Annie The Musical, which has been delighting audiences since its Broadway opening in 1977. Annie The Musical Produced by Astravaganza Entertainment, Annie tells the […]

  • Tatton Park Mansion and Gardens

    Tatton Park Cheshire

    After an action packed day in Manchester city centre exploring the Museum of Science and Industry we were very ready for a chilled out Sunday.  No typical Manchester rain today.   The sun was shining and set to stay so the plan was head to a historic home. From Hale there were two large National Trust […]

  • Museum of Science and Industry

    Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

    Another weekend, another road trip.  Our poor little car will be needing a rest from the A1.  This weekend Manchester was the destination and budget was the theme.  Handily my Dad’s friend Freddie has a big enough home to accommodate us all (my parents included) and we lined up some free family fun. First stop […]

  • Tower of London

    Sadly all good things have to come to an end and it was the final day of our London adventure. However,  we had a bit more history and culture ahead with a visit to the Tower of London.  Myself and Alan had been on previous visits and knew it was a good day out.    After […]

  • Kensington Palace Tour

    Kensington Palace Tour

    As part of our whistle stop tour of the London tourist hotspots we headed to the Kensington Palace Tour.  This gorgeous palace is on the edge of Hyde Park.  Easily located just a short walk from Kensington Palace tube station.   The iconic gates of the palace were embedded in my childhood memories.  They formed […]

  • BBC Studio Tour

    BBC Studio Tour Newcastle

    Wow the Easter holidays have really gone in a flash. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Two lovely Bank Holidays in May to enjoy just around the corner!   Over Easter we enjoyed lots of London fun, but we also managed to do some pretty cool stuff closer to home. The BBC Studio Tour Newcastle […]

  • Arbeia roman fort South Shields

    Arbeia Roman Fort – South Shields

    I have vague recollections from my own childhood of coming to the Arbeia Roman Fort with my Dad and little brother.  I can remember climbing the steps of the reconstructed Fort.  It was great fun to look out over the River Tyne across to North Shields.  Until recently due to my parents relocation,  I knew […]