Family Cycling Heaven

Got kids? Got bikes? Then get yourselves to the New Forest in Hampshire. In fact, even if you haven’t got bikes, get yourselves there and hire some. And if you can’t ride a bike… learn! We always knew the New Forest was a wonderful place, but something about this trip has just had us beaming from ear […]

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Best U.K. family adventure so far!

Dorset. Wow. We under-estimated you. The Easter long-weekend had gifted us with the possibility for a four-day adventure and we were keen to make the most of it. With spring in the air and the possibility of blue skies and perhaps even the golden orb that those in the southern hemisphere call the sun, we […]

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Warwickshire redemption – Day 2

Back in February we spent a weekend in Warwickshire as part of our XCounty Challenge. We’ve already written about our interesting (!) first day’s explorations around Warwick Castle and now here’s the blog about day 2 (finally)! On Sunday morning we woke up to some pretty abysmal weather, which certainly wasn’t conducive to being out […]

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Friday farm fun

We’ve just returned from a brilliant day out at the Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch, Kent (8 miles south-west of Ashford). It’s got a great reputation so I’d always wanted to take Oskar there and today was the day! I went with a local Kent buddy of mine, Annie and her gorgeous little girl Isla, […]

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Where are the other 5,985 butterflies?

I’m just going to come out and say it…. Go and get yourself an annual pass for RHS Wisley Gardens. Like, right now. Seriously. RHS Wisley in Surrey really is the most phenomenal garden. I honestly must have been there around 20+ times by now and every single time I go I manage to find […]

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Ecopod Love

We wanted to start this year with a bang. It was to be our first camping trip of 2017 and crucially number one in our ’17 family camp outs in 2017’ mission, as well as being an important new county for our X County Challenge. However our plans ran into some early problems…. We had […]

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Have wheels will travel….

Today is the day that most people in the U.K. are feeling glum – it’s officially the last day of the Christmas holidays and most will go back to work tomorrow (including Morts, but not me, I get one extra cheeky day… hoorah!) But rather than sitting at home feeling sorry for ourselves, it’s time […]

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New Challenges for a new year!

2016 was a turbulent year for us as a family and as a result it involved a lot of change, but thankfully all the changes in the second half of the year were positive, intentioned changes that we made for the good of our family. We now find ourselves starting 2017 in a pretty good […]

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The Big Rocks

Friday 30th December had been earmarked in the diary as a ‘Family Adventure Day’ for some time…. It was the one quiet day in amongst all the Christmas craziness and the day before everything ramped up again for the New Year. We knew that after all the visitors, the family, the eating, drinking and the […]

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Purple prickles

Who is this creature with terrible claws…. And terrible teeth in it’s terrible jaws…… Oh help… oh no…. it’s the Gruffalo!   Although in our household, this beautiful forest is affectionately just termed the ‘Gruffalo Forest’, its proper name is Wendover Woods. It’s deep, it’s dark, and yes, the Gruffalo lives there (or at least […]

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