April 2018 saw us take a trip over to Derbyshire to stay at Sandybrook Country Park and explore the beautiful surrounds of The Peak District. Sandybrook Country Park is just over a mile to the north of the town of Ashbourne, and around a two-hour drive from our home in East Yorkshire – the perfect distance for a weekend trip.
Have you heard of the Kindness Rocks craze? We’ve had it in our hometown of Beverley since the Summer of 2017. It was one of the first in the UK and it went M-E-N-T-A-L. It now seems to be in all parts of the UK, and no doubt the upcoming Summer holidays will ignite it a little bit more. Continue reading
I love The National Gallery in London but as much as I love it, it’s not somewhere I would rush to take the children. Well, certainly not all of it.
You see, I think children should be exposed to art from a young age, but an art gallery is not always the best environment. Children tend to be…..energetic, shall we say? And art can’t always be appreciated by others if they have short people running around them and shouting “boobies!” whenever they see a life drawing.
February saw the twins’ seventh birthday. Instead of a party, we decided to spend the money doing something they really wanted to do instead. They decided on a trip to London. They wanted to see where the Queen lived, and where Paddington was filmed. While this wouldn’t be my first trip to London (understatement!) it would be theirs, and I thought the best thing would be to show them as many as the famous sights as possible. City Cruises invited us to try out their River Thames cruise, and it was perfect for seeing some of the most popular sights in London. Have you ever done a river cruise?
We loved our trip to YHA Grinton Lodge so much that we decided we’d seek out another YHA on our recent trip to London. We plumped for YHA London St Paul’s, which handily enough, is a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. We had another good stay and we would highly recommend YHA to families like ours.
The USA is somewhere we’ve not visited as a family. I think part of the reason is the vast choice of places available to visit, which is creating that indecision about where we should go. There’s New York of course for a city break, or Las Vegas for the bright lights and fun, and Florida for the sunshine and theme parks. But that’s not all that the USA has to offer. There are 50 states in the US, each one different in landscape and culture, and each with their own sights to see. Continue reading
One Saturday evening in January 2018, a German TV crew came to my house. It’s a normal house in a quiet suburb in East Yorkshire. We don’t make a habit of attracting three (very tall) Germans with industrial AV equipment, but that evening was a little bit different.
This is the story of how producer Stefan and his camera and sound guys ended up in our house. Continue reading
Our Christmas jaunt around Leicester city centre to go ice-skating in Jubilee Square and on the Christmas Wheel of Light left us hungry and in need of refreshment. Peter Pizzeria honourably stepped in so we were all refuelled and ready for our night at Curve to see Scrooge the Musical.
We stayed at the Ramada Encore for one night in December 2017 in order to explore what Leicester has to offer shoppers and leisure visitors at Christmas. Continue reading
During our Christmas trip to Leicester, we were lucky enough to be able to see Scrooge the Musical at Curve. Directed by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, the show is a musical romp through Charles Dickens’ famous tale A Christmas Carol, a story about Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption one Christmas Eve. It really is very good. Continue reading