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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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UPDATE – This review has been superseded by this one on Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park.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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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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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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Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton Toy and Model Museum http://www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk/ is tucked away under the arches of Brighton Station. You can visit Arch One for free, where there is a shop, local information point and also a range of exhibits. It costs £4 for an adult ticket to the rest of the museum, children are £3 and children under 4 are free. Although it’s not a large museum in terms of floorspace, there is a huge amount crammed in, covering the walls and the ceilings.  Continue reading