Category: UK Breaks

  • 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 […]

  • Aberystwyth

    Aberystwyth and Aberaeron – Day 2

    During the night I had woken up boiling hot in the tent and even chucked off the sleeping bag at one point. So, I had a feeling that the good weather was set to continue.  As predicted, the sun was beating down as I popped the kettle on the stove to make the morning brew.  The plan […]

  • Llangollen

    Journey to Wales and Llangollen – Day 1

    Emerging from the crazy two day turnaround since arriving back from Mallorca with its endless rounds of unpacking, washing, drying then the whole process of packing again, I was ready for some rest and relaxation over the coming days.  My Bacardi and Fanta Lemon days by the Pollenca pool seemed like a long way away at […]

  • Just So Festival 2016 Highlights

    Just So Festival 2016 Highlights

    With three days of activities we couldn’t squeeze it all into the general Just So Blog post. We needed to point out the parts that the kids and ourselves loved the most. So join us on our run down of the highlights of our first Family Festival. Festival Food Corn After camping for nearly a […]

  • Just So Festival 2016

    Just So Festival 2016

    What a weekend! What a week! We’ve been none stop recently and are now resting in Hooper Towers. Out of the many adventures we have just had, we also got the opportunity to go to the Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire. The festival ran from Friday to Sunday (19th – 21st August 2016). Just […]

  • George and Dragon Clifton

    George and the Dragon – Clifton

    We’d packed up the car for Kendal Calling and decided to meet our friends in Clifton, just outside of the Kendal Calling site. There were two reasons for this. Firstly to get on the road and do something. Secondly, I had a Geocache I wanted to find. I’d done my research and worked out where […]

  • Kendal Calling 2016

    Kendal Calling 2016

    The last time we went to a music festival, The Stereophonics were big and JJ72 were still touring the country. As an birthday gift to Catherine I bought tickets to V2001 in Staffordshire. From my memory it lashed down with rain and if we’d driven there would have packed up early. We listened to the […]