Category Archives: Days Out


East Riding Theatre, Beverley – Little Women

Over Christmas, we went to see Little Women at ERT – East Riding Theatre – in Beverley, East Yorkshire. It was my first visit and I have to say I was very impressed, both with the play and the theatre itself, and no doubt I will be back in the future. Mainly because it’s a great little theatre with lots going on but also because I can walk to it from my house, which is useful!

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Alternative Christmas gifts for families

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas for Families and Children

What do you get the family or child for Christmas who already has everything they could possibly need? More plastic tat? Or something that’s going to provide memories that last longer than the wrapping paper?

We’re a big fan here of buying experiences rather than stuff. Are you?

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Gin making at Hotham's Gin School

Enjoying Hull without the kids

This weekend for a few hours, I played tourist in my home town of Hull. I joined a group of bloggers, mostly from out of town, to experience some more grown-up activities, courtesy of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire. It was a nice change to do something without the children. I haven’t played out in Hull as a grown-up very often in my own right since having children. Since then, Hull has experienced a lot of welcome changes, a lot of which were implemented in the run-up to and the duration of Hull’s tenure of UK City of Culture in 2017.

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InflataNation, Beverley, East Yorkshire

InflataNation is on Beverley’s Flemingate development, a (very) short walk from the train station and around 5 – 10 minute walk from the bus station. There is a multi-storey car park right next door which costs from £1 for 3 hours.

We visited here in July 2019 as an after-school treat. Thank you to InflataNation for inviting us.

InflataNation is an indoor adventure park. It’s a massive room full of bouncy-castle fun. It is suitable for all ages from teeny tots to adults. For an after school treat, it was perfect.

Booking is advised – via their website at – take care when booking. I didn’t find the website all that intuitive to use and inadvertantly booked the wrong time. I then needed to call up the central helpdesk and get my time moved, which was a little annoying. Ah well, I’ll be more careful next time!

You are advised to turn up half an hour before your allocated time – your time is your bounce time – and you will need some time to book in, complete your waiver form, and de-shoe. To save time, you can print off your waiver form and complete it in advance (the form holds enough space for up to four bouncers),

We turned up half an hour in advance as advised only to find we were the only ones in there – straight to the desk, took two minutes to check in and then we had our pick of the tables in the upstairs seating area before our session started. If you go at a time like we did, you probably won’t need the full half hour, but in busier times you definitely will.

There is a snack bar downstairs which is good for snacks and drinks. You will need at least a drink after an hour of bouncing!

My 8 year old twins love InflataNation. There is lots to do – it’s not just about bouncing – there are slides, ball pit areas, obstacles, and more. I put them through the rope at our start time and only saw them when they needed a quick drink. They don’t need their old mum anymore (apart from being the keeper of the money and the chauffeur).

For us parents, InflataNation has a viewing gallery, a snack bar, and air-con. There is a nice window overlooking the road and the train track below. I’ve spent worse hours to be honest.

After school, it seemed a lot quieter than on a weekend. I would definitely come back to do an after-school session; it was relatively quiet and peaceful, easy to book in, and was a good way of letting the children blow off some steam after a hard day’s graft at school.

InflataNation currently have seven locations around the UK; Beverley, Manchester, Cheshire, Stetchford (Birmingham), Glasgow, Newcastle, and West Bromwich.

Have you visited one?

Disclosure – we were guests of InflataNation. All opinion is our own

Lightwater Valley - a review - May 2019

Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Yorkshire

With half-term on the horizon, Lightwater Valley invited us up to have a day out and see what has changed since our last visit (back in 2013). I have to say that while we loved our day out there six years ago, we could see room for improvement. The improvements have been made, and more, and we had another fantastic day out. Thank you, Lightwater Valley!

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Finding out about X-Rays at Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, West Yorkshire

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.

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Morwellham Quay Cargo Boat

Morwellham, Tavistock, Devon

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.

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