Category: UK Breaks

  • 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

    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 […]

  • 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 […]