Category: UK Breaks

  • Jamie Oliver's DIner


    Jamie Oliver’s Diner

    After our unsuccessful attempt at getting a table in busy busy Central London, one day earlier. We decided to try again. This time our group had split from 8 people to just the 4 Hoopers. We wandered through the city, via Hamleys and the Girl Guiding Shop. The kids had been on their feet since 8am. It […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bill's Hammersmith


    Bill’s Hammersmith

    After a day walking around central London on Good Friday, we bizarrely struggled to find a table for 8 people around 6.00pm. Every where we went they asked if we had a booking! Who knew that in jam packed Covent Garden you had to book? OK. Everyone else in London did. So our friends the […]

  • Science Museum Wonderlab Review

    Wonderlab – Science Museum, London

    In a low cost trip to London, we booked a family pass for a morning at Wonderlab at the Science Museum. Entry to the Wonderlab for us was £22.50, which was two adults and two children. Compared to many other exhibitions and attractions in London this was an absolute bargain. Wonderlab Science Musuem Wonderlab is based […]

  • Shrek's Adventure London


    DreamWorks Tours – Shrek’s Adventure! London

    With an action packed weekend in London we were looking for things to do that were different. We’d never tried Shrek’s Adventure before and the Easter weekend was the perfect chance. Merlin has several other attractions in the Southbank area, which means there is a full days worth of attractions here. DreamWorks Tours – Shrek’s […]

  • Cafe Fish Scarborough

    Cafe Fish – Scarborough

    Last weekend I packed my bags and headed down to Scarborough for my annual girls weekend. No kids, no responsibilities, plenty of chat and prosecco is the recurring theme of the trip. Our base for the stay is my parents holiday home, Meadowside.  The four bedroomed home is located in the village of Burniston, some 5 […]

  • Geocaching in Birmingham

    Geocaching trip to Birmingham

    I’d hummed and harred about booking a Geocaching trip with Chris Speed and Stephen Coulson for a few weeks. It needed to be somewhere halfway down the country and somewhere cheap. Chris is from Great Yarmouth, so it seemed a halfway point was fairer. The cost factor is mainly because we always seem to have […]

  • Viva Brazil Birmingham

    Viva Brazil – Birmingham

    On a recent geocaching trip to Birmingham, we headed out into the town centre on a Saturday night. Not fully realising that it was the opening weekend for the German Christmas Market there. The Town centre was PACKED! I mean that with more capital letters than it is socially acceptable to use. Every bar we walked […]

  • The Coulsons i nLondon

    The Coulson approach to London

    We’re a North East family of four but we’re not the Hoopers. Like the Hoopers we live in the same area of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and our kids go to the same school. The big difference is, however, we have two boys rather than two girls. This feels a little bit like a ‘Going for Gold’ question!!! […]

  • Butlin's Skegness

    Halloween at Butlins Skegness

    We’ve been coming to Butlin’s in Skegness every year for 5 years now and I have to admit I took a little convincing to book up the first time. When our friends suggested a holiday in Butlin’s, my reply was “Butlin’s!??!?”. The image that was built up in my head was draughty cabin rooms, with enforced […]

  • Dolaucothi Gold Mines

    Dolaucothi Gold Mines

    Day 3 of our Trip to Wales was one of my favourites. Essentially this was the back bone of our reason to come to Wales. My Aunty Hazel, lives in a tiny village just outside of Lampeter. It is a beautiful un touched area of Wales, that is truly in the middle of nowhere, but […]