My Top 5 Holiday Destinations

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A sight from a boat ride, near Zurich, Switzerland

I love travelling. Journeying the UK and the world, learning more about my country of birth and the countries and cultures beyond. I am not a seasoned traveller by any stretch of the imagination, but before my children came along I was certainly a compulsive holidayer. I often think about holidays that we’ve had and holidays that we hope to … Read More

Abbey Pumping Station

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Abbey Pumping Station entrance

Nestled next to the National Space Centre, the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester is a delightful attraction for all the family. Originally opened in 1891, it is now Leicester’s Museum of Science and Technology and, what’s more, is completely free of charge*! The Museum has displays and items of interest inside and out. We visited on a blustery spring day … Read More

Royal Leamington Spa

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Tulips and hyacinths in a park

My birth town of Leamington (as it is known locally) has a very interesting history. Originally recorded as Lamintone, and later called Leamington Priors (after the River Leam and Kenilworth Priory) it begun life as a small village, with one very valuable commodity – a mineral spring. Spa waters and their benefits had been known about for hundreds of years … Read More

Redwings – Oxhill

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The entrance to Redwings Horse and Donkey sanctuary in Oxhill

Nestled in the Warwickshire countryside is this friendly horse, pony and donkey sanctuary. A haven for nearly 90 of these wonderful equines, it makes for a special family trip out. Surrounded by the gentle landscape Redwings is both accessible and peaceful. Entrance is free, although donations are welcomed. Along with the stars of the centre, there is a gift shop … Read More

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