• Banish the boredom with our north west kids activities blog post image
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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,…

  • Spike enjoying Tatton Park Farm
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    Fun in the sun at Tatton Park Farm – An Easter adventure thanks to our Buckt box

    I’ve written about our Buckt box a few times in the past and praised it for how good it is for those date day or night planning activities with your partner. However, it occasionally has some great activities for you to enjoy as a family, with the kids too. Our March box had a few activities which were perfect for this including entry to Tatton Park Farm Tatton Park Farm This working farm’s history goes back decades. It still features all the same machinery etc as it did in the 1940s so its essentially somewhere where time has ‘stood still’. You can see how old it is as soon as…

  • Days out,  Giveaway,  Reviews

    Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels – A cracking good show, coming soon to a theatre near you! Plus Giveaway!

    Wallace and Gromit was a stable part of my life growing up. My sister loved the movies and in turn I grew to love them too. There was something so hilarious about them and I can remember watching them over and over again. And wanting a pet penguin who disguised himself as a chicken – no matter how naughty.  Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels This is why, when I heard about Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels, which is celebrating 30 years of the duo, I had to get myself tickets! An opportunity to see Wallace and Gromit on the big screen, with a live orchestra performing alongside the show! What…

  • Days out,  Family

    Making the most of the Easter sunshine – Martin Mere WWT Easter Duck Trail

    The Easter holidays are upon us, and while it doesn’t quite make any difference to us as Spike hasn’t started school yet, it does mean there are lots more activities on for us to enjoy. Last weekend we met up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and took a trip to Martin Mere WWT in Burscough,  Choosing our trips with friends carefully Getting together with my mama friends is quite a feat these days. With us all working more or less full time and the kids always having different things on. Plus, one of my main mama friends having moved a good hour and a half away now.…

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    A family day out in Manchester – We Are Lager festival, Great Northern Warehouse Maker’s Market and more

    The March Buckt Box subscription we get included tickets to the We Are Lager Festival. This naturally meant we took advantage of their family day and took Spike along for a day out in Manchester. Manchester with kids  Manchester is a fantastic place to visit with kids. It’s so vibrant and full of great places to visit. We went with the intention of joining in with the We Are Lager festival but knew that if it wasn’t our scene we’d have an abundance of great museums and things like that to do instead. We Are Lager Festival  The We Are Lager Festival took place just off Deansgate, one of the…

  • Child free,  Days out,  Travel

    Playing tourist and exploring the capital – A childfree weekend in London

    Last month for T’s birthday we decided to hop on the train and head to London for an overnight stay. It was bliss. Not just because we got a change of scenery. No, because we didn’t have a child complaining after 3 minutes of walking that her legs hurt. And we got to spend some quality time together without being prised apart or interrupted. And how often does that happen as a parent? Travelling in style We headed down to London on an early Friday morning train courtesy of Virgin Trains (#gifted) in their first class carriage. It was a stress free, comfy journey and thankfully, despite the wind, we…

  • Blog title in image with photo of Raimy and T at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester
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    A date with a difference to celebrate our anniversary – an afternoon at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing

    Last month T and I celebrated a huge 10 years together. We aren’t the romantic type, so we don’t celebrate with gifts and things. However that milestone did seem a big one so we decided to have a day date at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester. Buckt box activity  The axe throwing was part of our January Buckt Box subscription. I knew as soon as I saw it in the booklet that it would make an awesome day date activity. We booked on quickly and easily through the Buckt website and with a quick message back we were confirmed.  Whistle Punks Axe Throwing Manchester Whistle Punks is in the…