Monthly Archives: September 2012

19Sep/12

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

During our epic trip around the UK over Easter, we spent a day with my Dad in Oxford. Having lived in and around Oxford for most of my life, I love going back with my children to visit.
 
It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon when we arrived and my Dad suggested a visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum next door which are about ten minutes from his house. He thought our son would love to see the dinosaurs in the Natural History section. Even though we had been to the Natural History Museum the day before, the boy was very excited about another trip to a museum.

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18Sep/12

Amelia Trust Farm, Barry, Glamorgan

The Amelia Trust Farm is a small charity which employs 12 members of staff. For a charity employing so few, it does achieve so much, and is reliant on volunteers. The Trust does not receive core funding and the benefits of donations are clear. the charity supports the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and nothing rings more true than the statement “Growing up is different for everyone”. Continue reading

12Sep/12

The Blue Pool, Wareham, Dorset

 We had a day out at the Blue Pool this week. A couple of miles outside Wareham in Dorset, the Blue Pool is a beautiful place for a family day out.


We started our visit with a cafe pitstop for coffee and cake to fuel our walk. We ate in the cafes sunroom with a gorgeous view overlooking the Pool itself, and I shared a very tasty scone with Syd while Max polished off a huge chocolate muffin. 

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08Sep/12

Park Rose Bird of Prey and Animal Centre, Carnaby, East Yorkshire

UPDATE – This review has been superseded by this one on Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park.

Park Rose Bird of Prey and Animal Centre is part of the Park Rose village just south of Bridlington in East Yorkshire.
 
The centre is quite small and basically is a collection of animals and birds around a central display field, and an indoor sand-pit play area.

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06Sep/12

Highdown Hill and Highdown Gardens, near Worthing, West Sussex

Highdown Hilll is a large hill on the South Downs, lying just to the north of Worthing in West Sussex. On the summit are the remains of an ancient hill fort, as well as the tomb of a local miller, who used the sails of his windmill to signal to smugglers. It’s owned by the National Trust, but it’s free to park and visit, and there is a hotel at the top of the hill with a tea room and ice cream. It’s a beautiful spot, if you park at the top of the hill the walking is fairly level and there are some spectacular views across Worthing and the South Downs. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Isle of Wight and Beachy Head. 

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05Sep/12

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Glamorgan

Cardiff Bay has improved so much due to the investment it’s received, I remember as a teenager the start of the investment programme, when I left Wales I think they had started ‘knocking it down’, and on trips home over the thirteen years I was away it was the most amazing transformation. Admittedly, those years saw me appreciating Cardiff Bay for the emergence of its bars and restaurants.

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02Sep/12

Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Skegness, Lincolnshire

Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness is somewhere I remember visiting as a child on one of our many Skegness holidays. We took our children there last year, and it’s as popular as ever.
 
First of all there are numerous seals and sealions. Most are ones that have been found washed up on the shores of Lincolnshire or have been sent from other seal sanctuaries in the UK. There are scheduled feeding times throughout the day where you can hear a talk about the seals and get to see them catch fish to eat. There is also a separate penguin pool. 

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