Category: Day-trips

Elizabeth’s Birthday

Birthdays in our house start at the crap of dawn. Did I say crap? Oh I meant crack, obviously! Elizabeth’s tenth birthday was no different, she had been secretly stressing about it for weeks, I had thought it was general excitement until she started really acting out and I sat her down to ask her why was she getting all… Read more →

Easter weekend at Skipton Castle

We went to Skipton Castle again this Easter Bank Holiday and as usual we had lots of fun. Things are improving for Paul and I because we can now sit and enjoy a cuppa whilst the kids (all of them) play outside. They run on the grass, climb on the wall and play in the garden. This is Imogen. She… Read more →

Lobster Theodore at Sea Life

We can’t wait to go and meet Theodore (not Thermador) the one-in-a-hundred-million albino lobster at The Sea Life Manchester’s Claws exhibition. He’s special because due to his lack of melanin he isn’t the usual grey-blue colour of ordinary lobsters meaning of course he isn’t camoflauged against the sea bed. Despite standing out like a sore thumb, this little guy has… Read more →

Hugh and Paddington at Madame Tussaud’s

This week we got the opportunity to visit Madame Tussaud’s in Blackpool where Hugh Bonneville took up his place by the seaside! To mark the launch of Paddington on DVD, Madame Tussaud’s was transformed into a teddy bear’s picnic. With the promise of picnics, Paddington AND a visit to one of Blackpool’s top attractions, we couldn’t possibly say no!! We… Read more →

Master Model Building at Legoland

We went to Legoland yesterday and whilst we were there we did a Master Model Building workshop. As is the case with everything at Legoland it was well organised, on time, and the staff member who ran it was super friendly and helpful with a passion for all things lego, brilliant with kids and had a good sense of humour.… Read more →

Icky Sticky Kids in Hebden Bridge

We went along to Icky Sticky kids last week, and we had a blast! Oona went in her training pants and kept them dry, Woohoo! and whilst she was quite careful and considered in her play, preferring to play in the water than the messy stuff, Leon went mad and came home looking like he’s been an extra in a… Read more →

Santa in his magical Grotto at Chill Factore!

We were really lucky to be chosen to take the children to see Santa in his magical grotto at Chill Factore in Manchester last Saturday. We kept it a secret from the children, preferring to write ‘Christmas Surprise’ on the Calendar so their hopes were high about the experience before we even arrived. It is the first ‘Christmassy’ thing I… Read more →

Sea life and legoland

Today we went to the Sea life Centre and Legoland in Manchester, we had annual passes for Legoland and recently upgraded to a combined pass. The Sealife Centre is brilliant, especially for Oona who really loves the calm and the lighting and of course the fishes! Elizabeth likes the Manta-rays and Leon and Imogen mostly just charge around stamping their… Read more →

Trip to Hebden Bridge

A couple of ¬†weeks ago I took Oona to The Old Tree House shop in Hebden because the lady there sells slings and baby carriers. We had a look at the toys and we hired a sling. They are really good because they allow you to buy a sling, but you take the library sling and if you like it… Read more →

Collections of marvellous things

Have you noticed this is yet ANOTHER Skipton Castle post? We absolutely love Skipton and the castle is wonderful…well actually, the castle is a beautiful castle in its own grounds but it is the fact that it is such a lovely setting, with the town of Skipton just there, and its Market stalls with the sweetie stall that sells the… Read more →