17Oct/12

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

Culzean Castle is a bit further afield but definitely worth the trip. The castle is set in stunning grounds with views across the isle of Arran (and other islands in the vicinity) and Ailsa Craig. There are long walks along the cliffs of the Ayrshire coast, along lakes and ponds, walled gardens and even to a port.

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15Oct/12

Hull Fair, Hull, East Yorkshire

Dates for 2015 from 5pm Friday 9th October to midnight Saturday 17th October (except Sunday 11th). 
Hull Fair is an annual event which runs for one week in October. It has a long history and has grown over the years to be the largest travelling fair in Europe. It really is a sight to behold.
 
For any fans of traditional fairgrounds, this place is a must-do. The best time to visit with young families is in the early evening before it gets too busy. Hull Fair is superb in the dark with older children. 

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06Oct/12

Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Paisley, Renfrewshire

Regularly, the nurture in nature outdoor playgroup takes us a bit further afield, to Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve. The train station is right next to it and Cubling just loves going on the train, so we usually travel by train, in spite of the change of stations which with two kids and all the outdoor gear to be carried by just one mummy can be a bit difficult. One criticism of train travel in Glasgow I would have is that the local stations are not very accessible – so travelling with a heavy pram is almost always out. And when you sling it and spend a full day outdoors with lots of gear and provisions for the day, it is exhausting. Continue reading

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