Fun on a pebble beach #CountryKids

Fun on a pebble beach

My grandparents lived on the Kent coast and I have many happy childhood memories of fun on a pebble beach, but until the October before last Monkey had never seen one. He’d only ever seen sandy beaches and he couldn’t grasp the concept of stones on a beach. We’d been to… Continue reading »

Santa Express at Nene Valley Railway #CountryKids

Santa Express at Nene Valley Railway

We are train obsessed in this household and all three of us share a great love of steam trains.  Have you noticed?  We are working our way round the steam heritage lines of England and we always tie in Monkey’s birthday treat with a steam train ride.  As his birthday… Continue reading »

Exploring Whitby #CountryKids

Exploring Whitby

Back in tail end of August you may remember that we had spent a long weekend in York. Monkey has been fascinated by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway since watching Yorkshire Steam on Tav with Daddy P. We’d promised to take him on a train journey and as luck would… Continue reading »

Forestry Commission fun at Westonbirt Arboretum #weloveforests

Forestry Commission fun at Westonbirt Arboretum

There’s nothing Monkey loves more than jumping around in muddy puddles, running through the trees and just being outdoor.  We love going on nature hunts and will walk for miles when we go off on an adventure.  With the autumn leaves looking at their most majestic at the moment we… Continue reading »

Abbey Pumping Station Museum #CountryKids

Abbey Pumping Station Museum

Back in the summer Monkey and I were staying in Leicester.  We’d visited the National Space Centre first thing, but Monkey got really spooked with dark downstairs display area.  It soon became clear we wouldn’t be spending as much time at the museum as I’d hoped. After we’d paid our… Continue reading »

Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 200915

Silent Sunday My Sunday Photo 200915

Today I’m sharing a shot from a visit we made to Calke Abbey over the summer holidays. You can read all about our visit in yesterday’s #CountryKids post.  I just love this particular photo. What’s Monkey thinking?  Where shall I head to first?  Where shall I build my den? What’s… Continue reading »

Exploring Rosliston Forestry Centre

Exploring Rosliston Forestry Centre

Monkey and I were staying with my best friend in Derbyshire for a couple of days last month and I she’d suggested a couple of places we could visit.  One hit the mark immediately and off we went for a day out exploring Rosliston Forestry Centre on the outskirts of Swadlincote… Continue reading »

Exploring Kew Gardens #CountryKids

Exploring Kew Gardens

A few months ago we got treated to a day out as part of the Stamptastic Brand Ambassador programme.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather for a day out exploring Kew Gardens.  I hadn’t been to Kew Gardens, near Richmond since I was a child, and really couldn’t remember… Continue reading »

Twycross Zoo #CountryKids

Twycross Zoo

We’ve been enjoying the Stay Play Explore Family Fun package and decided to make our first visit to Twycross Zoo. The Zoo is not far from Junction 11 of the M42 and is well signposted.  We love wild animals so were keen to explore and arrived about 10 minutes before… Continue reading »

Enjoying a day out at Avoncroft Museum

Enjoying a day out at Avoncroft Museum

I’m always looking out for new places to explore with Monkey; even better if there is a good mix of outdoor space, educational aspects and lots of fun to be had.  We certainly found all of those elements recently when we were enjoying a day out at Avoncroft Museum. Avoncroft Museum of Historic buildings… Continue reading »