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    Let’s Do That Again! – A Summer Day at Gulliver’s World

    Spike and I went to Gulliver’s World together two years ago, it was a gorgeous July day, before the school’s broke up. We went with her nursery as a final trip before she left. The entire day pretty much was spent with her best friend and her mum. Therefore Spike had fond memories and has begged to go back ever since Our First Gulliver’s World Trip As mentioned, it was July, a weekday and glorious. There wasn’t a single queue for anything and it felt like Spike’s nursery group were the only visitors. We got on everything within minutes. We rode the Wriggler rollercoaster 4 times without actually getting off.…

  • Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans Blog Graphic with two images of Spike, a blonde haired, brown eyed 6 year old. The first she is holiding a Lancaster BID balloon and showing off a tattoo of Ariel from The Little Mermaid and the second she is stood under the fountain at Williamson's Park in Lancaster, pretending the water is spraying out of her mouth
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    Better Late Than Never – Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans

    It may be week 5 of the 6 week summer holidays, but a lack of childcare and annual leave means that our summer is only just beginning. We are going to make the most of it though! Spike has been at kids club for most of summer, with a day a week at home while we work. While we’re in the fortunate position to do that, its been pretty boring for her. So with our annual leave about to begin, we have some amazing days out planned. And I thought I’d share them with you! Summer Holidays on a Budget We were planning on potentially going away with T’s family…

  • Arnside Knott at Twixmas - walking with kids in the Cumbrian countryside. Photo shows me and Spike under the giraffe tree at Arnside Knott and a photo of Spike walking away from the camera towards pretty tree
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    Arnside Knott at Twixmas – a December day looking over the Bay

    We spent a lot of time between Christmas and New Year out and about in nature. But lets face it – there wasn’t much else we could do was there? Those few days were some of one of the few recently where were weren’t in strict lockdown. Therefore, technically, we were able to travel slightly over the county lines to enjoy a walk. So we headed to Arnside Knott. Finding Arnside Knott Arnside Knott has been on my walking wishlist for some time. Its only about half an hour or so from our home so it was easy enough to get to. What wasn’t so easy was finding the route…

  • A fantastic day out to bolton abbey in yorkshire
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    Beautiful waterfalls, amazing ruins and stepping stones – our awesome day trip to Bolton Abbey

    Last month was my birthday, and as always I wanted to celebrate with a special day with my family. A lot of things weren’t fully open near us, but thankfully I don’t mind driving that little bit further for special occasions. It turns out Bolton Abbey was the perfect place to visit. Beauty in the Yorkshire Dales Bolton Abbey is a ruined abbey in the Yorkshire dales. Its a massive estate with lots of walking trails, cafes and great areas for sitting and relaxing. The abbey and the stepping stones are what I wanted to go for but after we’d made the decision to go, I discovered the Valley of…

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    Our August In Pictures

    This August was a strange one for us. We were meant to have a family week. We were expecting to go away for the first week of the month. But it didn’t happen. Instead we’ve been desperately trying to fit in our days out around work, kids club and other commitments. August is also my birthday month, which always means a fun day out in the sun (sunshine not always guaranteed.) And thankfully there was no exception to that this year. Days out – Grizedale Forest, Loughrigg Tarn, Rydal Caves and Bolton Abbey We had a couple of great days out in August and I loved each and every one.…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…