How to make exploring UK Towns & Villages fun for kids!

A cobbled street in Rye, Sussex UK

My husband & I like exploring pretty towns & villages across the UK.  We love a wander, a stop for something to eat and a little browse of (& of course spending in) their independent stores.  That’s a nice day out for us.    Now if we mention this plan to the kids, everything other […]

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Happy Days Out: Hever Castle

Hever Castle in Kent. Childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Surrounded my a moat & bridge

Visiting Hever Castle has been on my want-to-do list for a very long time now.  I have a love of history, especially the Tudor period, so a day spent at the childhood home of Anne Boleyn was always going to be a wish of mine.  However, when you’ve got kids it’s not necessarily somewhere you […]

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5 Fun kid-friendly things to do in Malta

Fun things to do in Malta with kids. Image of young girl playing by a water fountain in Valletta Malta.

Here’s the third and final part of my Happy Travels Malta mini-series.  You can catch up on the first two here: 10 Things you should know about Malta and here: Happy Travels: Where you absolutely should go in Malta This time I’m concentrating on the little ones!  As a parent, picking a destination that will also make […]

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Happy Days: Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham

Happy Days: Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham. Image of entrance to Legoland Discovery centre Birmingham

Freshly opened in 2018, Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham is keen to make it’s mark within the Merlin Group of UK attractions. Located on the doorstep of Arena Birmingham (we used the Arena South carpark to access) Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham is essentially an indoor Lego playground created to inspire and delight the under 10’s.   […]

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Happy Days: London Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Happy Days: London Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Image of Afternoon Tea Tour buses on a London high street with the Christmas lights above

If you happen to have an afternoon tea bucket-list (and I know a few of you have!) then this is something that should definitely secure a place onto it! B Bakery’s London Afternoon Tea Bus Tour takes everything we know and love about the traditional afternoon tea, places it on a vintage London 1960 Routemaster […]

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The rise of the Leisure Centre Spa

The rise of the leisure centre day spa (Verulamium Spa, St Albans) Image of man and woman having scalp messages on treatment beds

I first discovered the mystical benefits of a day spa when my friends treated me to a day at The Sanctuary Spa – Covent Garden, following the birth of my first baby.   It was bliss. Robe-on. Lie-down. Relax.  Movement only required for treatments, food and Prosecco consumption.  No screaming baby to look after, just me and my […]

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5 Things to do in Buda, Budapest.

5 Things to do in Buda, Budapest. Image of inner courtyard area of Fisherman's Bastion

Prior to visiting, I certainly wasn’t aware Budapest was a city of two sides – Buda and Pest  – see what they did there?  Pest is very much where the action is at, especially if you class ‘action’ as nightlife.  However, before you rule Buda out – let me tell you – it has tons […]

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10 Free & Easy Activities to Keep the Kids Happy

10 Free & Easy Activities to keep the kids happy

I worked out recently, my average visit (with two children in tow) to the local soft play costs me on average £40 per visit.  Add this to the odd £10 activity here and there and before you know it, you’ve spent enough to bankroll a mini break! However, it is possible to keep the kids […]

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Happy Days Out: Tower of London Review

Days Out: Tower of London

On the North bank of the River Thames, in the heart of Central London sits the nearly 1000-year-old Tower of London.  Steeped in the type of history that even the most reluctant non-historian will struggle not to find – at the very least – intriguing; this is a day out guaranteed to be a multi-generational […]

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Happy Days Out: Cadbury World review

Days out: Cadbury World

Calling all owners of a sweet tooth, gather round and get ready to enter a world dedicated to the ever-so-delicious – Cadbury’s chocolate. Chocolate bars at the ready? Here’s my Cadbury World review… When discussing our intention to visit this world famous chocolate factory, I was met with unwavering positive reviews.  Boasting visitor numbers of […]

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Happy Days Out: KidZania London Review

Kidzania - London

Over the Christmas period I introduced the children to one of my all-time favourite movies, Bugsy Malone.  I was delighted when they loved it as much as I do.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s a movie full of children acting as adults, holding down jobs, driving pedal cars and firing custard tarts out of ‘splurge […]

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