Thackray Medical Museum is in Leeds in West Yorkshire, in the building that was once the Leeds Union Workhouse. It was re-opened in 1997 as a medical museum by the Thackray family, founders of a world-famous medical supplies company – the building once manufactured hip replacement joints and instruments for renowned hip replacement pioneer Sir John Charnley. It now houses exhibits of medical history and is a great place to learn about medicine and its impact on modern life.
It might have been over 20 years since I left, but I’m a Devon girl at heart. So taking my kids home for a week every summer always takes me back to my childhood. Morwellham Quay was a staple day out when I was growing up. If we had visitors we took them there, School trips took us there with our friends. And if there was a weekend where we were at a bit of a loss for something to do, it was the perfect place to while away a day.
On 5th August, we headed over to Croxteth Hall in Liverpool to join in the BBC’s biggest ever children’s event – the CBBC Summer Social 2018. It promised to be three days of CBBC fun with celebrity entertainment and lots to do for children of all ages.
The bill included Union J, The Next Step, Junior Frood, the Merseygirls, Shrek the Musical, and tots’ favourite Mr Tumble. There were also chances to meet your favourite stars at meet and greets, and lots of free and paid attractions such as football training sessions with Liverpool FC and Everton.
Last year, with thanks to Admiral’s Young Driver, we were able to give the girls their first driving experience – the oldest in a proper car, and the three younger girls in Firefly, a specially made car for under 10s. They loved it! Continue reading
During our weekend at Sandybrook Country Park in Derbyshire, I decided it would be a great idea to get out for a nice, family-friendly, character-building walk along the Tissington Trail. We really needed the exercise and the fresh air, and Derbyshire is a good place to get out and about and enjoy the scenery.
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
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?
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 spent the weekend as guests of Visit Leicester, trying out a whole host of things that Leicester has to offer residents and visitors over Christmas. We had a great stay and can highly recommend Leicester as a place for Christmas shopping and festive fun!
During our trip, we visited the Christmas Market, the ice rink and the Christmas Wheel of Light in Jubilee Square, had dinner at Peter Pizzeria, and saw Scrooge the Musical at Curve. We stayed overnight at the Ramada Encore on Charles Street which is very handy for Curve and for the shopping district.