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    Our favourite child friendly walks in Lancashire and Cumbria

    We’re an outdoorsy family. Choosing to spend time outside whatever the weather. We always go for long child friendly walks on weekends and when we aren’t working and have done for years. For a while we had to limit what walks we were doing due to pushchair use and when Spike stopped using the pushchair longer walks were harder. But even then, we still went out when we could. Walking in Lancashire and Cumbria The North West has some fantastic walking routes so we are lucky where we live. Lancashire has loads of walks across its 1,000 square miles. The Lake District in Cumbria is only a half hour drive for…

  • 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…

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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…

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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…

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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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    “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…

  • 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,…

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    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.…

  • The amazing Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon in all its gorgeousness
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    Walking in the ghost of amazing footsteps – Shakespeare’s Birthplace Review

    With a long, long journey ahead of us for our holiday we decided to break things up  bit. When we looked at what was half way between home and our destination Stratford-Upon-Avon really jumped out at me. Its in the ideal spot, 2.5 hours from home and from Minehead, and has loads of amazing places to visit. Of course high on my list of possible places to visit was the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust buildings. My love of Shakespeare Me being the massive literature nerd that I am, I really wanted to walk the streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon. I wanted to see what had become of the place where the amazing Shakespeare…

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    #MySundayPhoto 25/6/2017 

    We spent the day at Morecambe yesterday for the annual Catch The Wind Kite Fesitval. It was awesome to see so many massive kites but the highlight was the Javanese Gamelan stage in ‘The Platform’ and the under 5’s Gamelan musical play stall in the promenade grounds.  I captured this picture of Spike enjoying herself in the Gamelan tunnel (see below!)  that was so amazing I wanted to bring it home with us! She never wanted to leave and I think it makes for a perfect #mySundayPhoto