Ryton Pools Country Park

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Swans and ducks at Ryton Pools, Warwickshire

We are so lucky in Warwickshire to have an abundance of parks and open spaces around us to explore. One of our favourite spots is Ryton Pools Country Park. Located on the edge of Ryton on Dunsmore, and run by the council, you can easily lose an entire day here for just a small car parking fee (currently £3.50 as … Read More

Mary Arden’s Farm

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Mary Arden's farm, Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Spring time is the perfect time for a trip to the farm, and our top choice in the Midlands is Mary Arden’s Farm*. Located in Wilmcote and the former home of Mary Arden (Shakespeare’s mother) and her family, the farm has acres of land beautifully laid out for children and adults to explore. There is so much to do and … Read More

Clumber Park

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Lake at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Once part of the legendary Sherwood Forest, and now owned by the National Trust, Clumber Park makes a beautiful setting for a wonderful family day out. It has a long history: originally being home to the Dukes of Newcastle over three centuries, it was enclosed in the early 18th century to provide a hunting ground for Queen Anne. The large … Read More

New Zealand – South Island Adventures

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Wildlife Park, Christchurch, New Zealand

This is a longer post than most, so you may want to settle down with a cuppa! Back in November 2008 my husband and I took a trip across the globe to visit family in New Zealand. It was the first time that I had been to the beautiful country, although my husband visited his family semi-regularly throughout his childhood … Read More