2014 in Review: Adventures and Awards!

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2014 has been a great year for us at Kids Days Out Reviews. It’s been roller-coastering fun, in more ways than one. We’d like to thank you for your support and your readership – it is much appreciated. We hope to see you again in 2015!

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So what have we been up to this year?

Well, after a bit of a chilly winter, we kicked off in February planning our leg of the Team Honk relay. It was a mammoth task of getting the Team Honk baton into Hull and then out again on its way to Bradford trying to avoid using any sort of motorised transport. On a very cold Sunday in March, we welcomed the baton to East Yorkshire’s biggest city using cycles, a fleet of roller-derbying Angels, and a quartet of Hull sporting mascots. It was a nerve-wracking (and tiring) few days, and we breathed a sigh of relief as we got confirmation the baton had landed at our official handover point, and we could relax and follow the rest of the journey to John O’Groats from the comfort of our armchairs. Importantly, we had been a small part of a UK-wide team that raised over £30,000 for Sport Relief.

Team Honk Relay

March also saw us visiting the new penguins at The Deep, watching the latest Disney on Ice tour, and finding out we had been made one of five finalists for the coveted Family Travel Blog category at the MAD Blog Awards.

In April we headed over to Harewood House, tried out a BevGo Bag, and then took the family via the Eurostar for a few days at Disneyland Paris. Oh yes, we don’t just do the UK! We love our native country but if you want to give Mickey, Minnie, and the gang a squeeze, then you have to make the trip.


In May, our eldest Padawan travel blogger, Meredith, visited Fort Paull and wrote a review which we entered into the MAD Blog Awards Kid Blogger of the Year category. She got down to the last ten, which is fab, and although she didn’t win, she loved the whole experience, and Dr Ranj read her name out, which is better than a prize anyway.

In June, the day trips increased with the better weather. We played Pirate Golf, and finally made it to Stonehenge after many years of thinking we should go and see what all the fuss was about.


July saw the end of the school term and we had a little break while school activities took more of a front seat. We did manage to get to Go Ape! at Dalby Forest which was probably the best family activity we’ve done all year. Highly recommended.

August, and we took advantage of the nice weather by going sledging at Snozone! We also squeezed in a trip to the Theatre Royal in York, and a day at our favourite kids theme park Sundown Adventureland.

September was a busy month for us. We had a fab family weekend at Haven’s Thorpe Park near Cleethorpes, and then I headed down to London town for the MAD Awards where we were a finalist in the Best Family Travel Blog category. WE WON!

MAD Blog Awards Travel Blog 2014

In October, we took a half-term break to Blackpool and were lucky enough to be invited to the Pleasure Beach, Illuminasia, and Sandcastle Waterpark. We love Blackpool and will no doubt be back in the future.

November saw the start of Christmas days out and we were invited to visit Santa at Princes Quay in Hull, which was fab!

December saw us in full Christmas party mode, and we ended our 2014 the same we we ended it in 2013 and 2012 – at Butlins Skegness.

Butlins Skegness

Fingers crossed, 2015 will provide some more fun family days out, a UK holiday or three, and maybe even a little jaunt across the sea.

Thank you for your support in 2014, and we wish you all a fabulous 2015!


Joanne and the girly gang review family days out around the UK and beyond, with a little help from their friends.

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