OUTXE have sent us an OUTXE Rugged Power Bank to help us on our travels and we’ve spent the last few weeks trying it out. I have to say that this is not on the compact side when it comes to power banks, but its size and weight is representative of the power it can hold. This is more than the single-charge lightweight power bank you keep in your handbag just in case. I never really did girly, which is a good job!
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.
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