• Lancashire and Cumbria days out. Two photos of Spike, a blonde haired brown eyed preschooler enjoying Lowther Castle and Mrs Dowson's Farm
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    Our favourite North West Days out around Lancashire and Cumbria

    Lancashire and Cumbria are awesome places to explore and while a lot of attractions are currently closed, it still has a whole host of places to enjoy for walking and playing in nature. We’ve been talking a lot about our favourite attractions and walks in and around Lancashire lately, to put onto our Lockdown wishlist and I thought it would be good to do a little round up of some of our favourite Cumbria and Lancashire days out! Free days out I’ve a whole blog post about free Cumbria and Lancashire days out from a few years ago, but to be honest we hadn’t even gone that far when I…

  • A blog graphic with post title and two images. The first showing a girl in a unicorn scarf/hat browsing books in Waterstones and the second a 3 year old girl in front of art showing wings at Chester Zoo
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    Our Post-Lockdown Wishlist – Days out and things Spike is looking forward to when we can start the new normal

    Early on in Lockdown Spike was asking a lot of questions about the things that we could not do. It was devastating to hear her ask to visit people, see friends and go on her favourite days out and have to say no. While the questions have stopped, the wishing has started. Spike refers to the lockdown period we are in as the ‘Nasty Bug Days’. She often wishes to do things as soon as these days are over. I have told her we’ll keep a list of all the things she wants to do and try and get to them as soon as we can. Here’s just a few…

  • A fun filled walk with children in Grizedale Forest
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    Playing tunes, finding sculptures and enjoying nature – a New Years walk in Grizedale Forest

    I love a good walk, and a good forest walk is even better! For the last couple of years I have persuaded the brood to head out and clear out the cobwebs on New Years Day. This year the target location was Grizedale Forest.  Grizedale Forest  Grizedale Forest is to the west of Lake Windermere in the southern Lake District. We looked at going last year but because we were still living near Preston, it was a little far for a day out. Now just an hour or so away, we decided it was the perfect place for a New Year walk.  Getting to Grizedale  I’m not sure if we…

  • A super busy half term blog title image with spike lying on a bench at Seven Stories in Newcastle
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    A super busy half term – Our long weekend in County Durham

    So its taken me ages to get round to writing this. Spike has been a little difficult lately and it has stopped me from wanting to write anything. We’re finally over what I’m hoping is the worst of it but we’ll see. The difficult bit started just after we got back from our lovely little holiday in County Durham. It’s kinda put a dampener on the holiday but we had so much fun while there that I have to share some of the highlights, in the hope that it encourages more people to visit this little part of England that doesn’t seem to get many visitors!  County Durham as a holiday…

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    Getting lost in the maize – Our experience at Lakeland Maze Farm Park

    I’ve wanted to go and do a Maize Maze for as long as I’ve known about them. Living in the north west we have a few to choose from. But I’ve heard good things about Lakeland Maze, so we decided to catch it at the end of the season on what will probably be the last nice day of the year!  About Lakeland Maze Farm Park Just south of Kendal, not far from the motorway, it was really quick and easy to find Lakeland Maze farm Park. It has play areas, outdoor trampolines, soft play, animals and an incredible Maize Maze. The maze chances every year and this years theme…

  • Find our favourite Paw Patrol Character in the Brickburn Trail
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    Finding our favourite Paw Patrol characters – The Brickburn Paw Patrol trail

    This bank holiday we were lucky enough to spend time with our friends in the sun. Looking for something exciting to keep the kids entertained we thought the ‘Brickburn’ Trail would be fun!  What is Brickburn?  Featuring Lego built statues from kids hit show Paw Patrol, the World’s First Paw Patrol Brick Trail takes place this week, for one week only, in Blackburn town centre. Pick up a map, and head to the 15 locations, following the trail to answer the questions about the statues. Submit the answers, along with the Paw Patrol Quiz, and be entered into a prize draw!  What the kids thought  With our group we had…

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    I’m bored mummy! Where are we going today? – Banish the boredom with these great North West summer activities for the kids

    Even though school holidays don’t come into play for us with Spike staying at nursery this year, we still fall victim to the boredom fairy every now and then. We do a lot with Spike. We go out and enjoy fun days out wherever we can. And because of that I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do. This year we’re looking for the freebie options as moving house is proving to be more expensive than we thought… So I thought I’d share some of our favourite options with you!  Things to do near Manchester  Manchester’s Museum Obviously my biggest, happiest place to recommend in Manchester is the…

  • Camera Obscura in Edinburgh
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    “Haha! I’ve gone all funny mummy!” – Introducing Spike to the weird and wonderful at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Last weekend we were very lucky to be gifted entry to the fantastic Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh. We were on a mini break on the Berwickshire coast. With it having such good links to Scotland’s capital, and the forecast looking a little grey, we thought we’d take a jaunt into the city. We knew Camera Obscura and World of Illusion would be a great family day out. However, we didn’t know it would be as amazing as it was! Funny mirrors  As soon as you reach Camera Obscura and World of Illusions on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you are treated to magic mirrors. They are on the…

  • A Day at Coral Island in Blackpool for Spike’s Birthday
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    Pirates, 2p machines and a fun filled birthday – Our trip to Coral Island Blackpool

    Blackpool holds a special place in my heart. For many people images of hen and stag dos, and cheap holidays when they think of Blackpool. But I don’t. I think of amazing things. Things like quiet, foggy, windy days on the pier in February. The special memories made with T for our 6 month anniversary just before I went away for 3 weeks and missed him so much that I knew that would be the longest time we’d ever spend apart. The first zoo trip Spike ever made. The first time she saw the circus. And multiple day trips spent at the 2p machines after watching the aeroplanes at the…

  • Spike and I at the start of the Pendle SCultpure Trail in Lancashire
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    A trip into the hills – The Pendle Sculpture Trail

    So this post has been a while in the making. Truthfully I’ve wanted to write it for ages but kept forgetting about it when I was sat down to write! However with #NationalWalkingMonth upon us I realised it was the perfect time to talk about amazing walks me, T and Spike have enjoyed.  The Pendle Sculpture Trail is high on the list. We took to this trail on New Years Day. I always love to go for a walk on New Years Day, it starts the year right and clears your head. This trail was no different. It was harder than expected but with such a mild day to enjoy,…