MORE Farm Park fun in the sun

Scorchio. That’s the only way to describe this weekend. The UK heatwave has continued into almost its third week and this Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far at 32oC. Which is lovely. Except if you’re a rare breed of hairy goat or a shaggy-haired Highland Cattle. Yes, I did feel a […]

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The climbing bug

It was all about the camping when we booked it – just a nice place to go away as a large group, not too far away, and hang out in the sunshine and let the kids play. The fact that there was an indoor climbing wall and outdoor climbing tower at the campsite was an […]

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Family, friends, fire, food and follies

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook what is right there in front of you. We spend a lot of time travelling, camping and adventuring far and wide across the UK (and indeed Europe) and yet right here under our very noses in Oxfordshire is some of the most spectacular scenery and amazing camping, which up until […]

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Farm park fun

If you are looking for a hassle-free, fun-filled weekend to keep the kids entertained and utterly wear them out, then look no further than Cotswold Farm Park. What an utterly brilliant place! Now as the parents of a three year old, we have spent a fair amount of time at farms, farm parks, adventure playgrounds […]

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Let them eat cake…

A general lack of communication meant that this was a three-cake weekend. Awesome. This camping weekend was planned as a birthday celebration for my school mate Milky – a chance to get four families together who are normally splattered all over the UK, and just spend some quality time together. Worcestershire was chosen as the […]

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Butterfly mystery solved…

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also solved the mystery of the missing Wisley butterflies….. It seemed to me unlikely that Wisley staff had forgotten to put the butterflies in the greenhouse, or that they had perhaps misread the brief for “6000” butterflies and put in only 60, so there must have been […]

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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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Mr Wee Wee Head

I have to be absolutely honest with you all….. I had never heard about Michael Rosen’s adventurous tale ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ before seeing it on TV last Christmas. However, all three of us absolutely loved every bit of its fairly simple but imaginative storyline: Four children heading out on a ramble chanting […]

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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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Forest Fridays

Fridays have become my absolute favourite day of the week and here’s why…. Come rain or shine, every Friday I spend the day with a fantastic bunch of adventurous mummies in a beautiful forest, with all our kids playing together, exploring, climbing, den-building, running, chasing, rolling, foraging, walking, throwing, catching, paddling, and ultimately, learning and […]

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