30Mar/18

The National Gallery, London – is it child friendly?

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.

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26Mar/18

Our trip up the Thames with City Cruises, London

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?

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01Feb/18
Arches National Park Utah

6 Reasons to Visit Utah with Kids

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

20Jan/18
German TV crew

How I Ended up with a German TV Crew in my Living Room

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.

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21Dec/17
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Scrooge the Musical, Curve, Leicester

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

21Dec/17

Jubilee Square Ice Rink and the Christmas Wheel of Light, Leicester

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.

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