Track Days

Get your kids behind the wheel at Track Days!

Yes, you read right-get your kids behind the wheel!  I’ve recently come across a website-track days, that enables your child, to get behind the wheel of some of the hottest super-cars around!

Unfortunately, my eight year old, doesn’t seem to quite make the age bracket that the majority of choices on the ‘junior driving experiences’ page ask for (minimum age of 10/11 on most options), but he turns nine next February, and I have a feeling, the way time creeps up on you, he’ll be eleven in the blink of an eye-and these experiences are the perfect gift for your picky 11 year old!
There are plenty of experiences around the country though, and some only specify that your child can reach the pedals and see over the dashboard!

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Minnis

Minnis Bay Brasserie & Gravity Review ~ Olivia-May’s Birthday Week

 

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Olivia’s 4th Birthday-and boy, does that girl know how to drag out Birthday celebrations (goodness knows where she gets it from…..)

I’ll attach a vlog I put together over the week, at the end of this blog, but first I wanted to review a couple of places we visited during the celebrations. Continue reading

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Rockley

Haven-Rockley Park, Dorset-Family Holiday Review-Part 2

Following on from the first part of our Haven holiday review (see here for part one), I’m bringing you the next instalment today!

 

After unpacking and taking in the views from our decking area, we grabbed our swimming clothes and headed up to the park.  The children had seen the outdoor pool on the way in, and were desperate to visit it, and, as we didn’t have to head to a shop to pick up the necessities thanks to Haven, we agreed to take them! Continue reading

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London

London Eye & Shreks Adventure-Family Days Out

We were treated to a lovely day out in London, reviewing the London Eye and Shreks Adventure!

 

With summer holidays in full swing, and the kids giving you the boredom eyes at every given opportunity, it’s not only hard to find things for them to do, but to also take a risk, spending money on days out, at attractions you’ve not visited before!

Luckily, I’m here to give you an idea about two of London’s best attractions-and a little insight into what you’ll see (without spoilers of course), and how to make the best out of your day out! Continue reading

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Diggerland Kent-Family Day Out-Review

Diggerland in Rochester, Kent-a fabulous fun day out for all the family!

We visited Diggerland on Saturday (13th May), and, after a really quick, easy journey, arrived at the park as the park was opening.

diggerlanddiggerlandGreeted by the parks mascots, Dotty and Duggy, the children had some cuddles, and we headed off to have a look at what was on offer to do.
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Kent

Kent Life, Maidstone-Review

 

During school holidays and weekends, it’s so easy to get stuck indoors, because you’ve run out of things to do.  You’ve taken the children to everything you know of, and they’re now moaning that they’re bored.

Thankfully, there’s a day out waiting just for you!  Kent Life in Maidstone, is perfect for children of all ages, and for the whole family.

Located just off of the M20 on the outskirts of Maidstone, Kent Life sits in 28 acre grounds.  A real working farm, Kent Life showcases those farm animals, along with some cute fluffy friends in Cuddle Corner, the Big Top tent for shows throughout the day, indoor and outdoor play areas, gardens, a vintage village, food and drink establishments, train and tractor rides, and various events!

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There are picnic areas, which is where we started our day.  After arriving around 11, we decided to get the food out of the way, so we could focus on the rest of our afternoon.  From there we went to the Big Top tent, to watch BubbleJo’s Bubble Show.  The children were allowed out of their seats to play with the incredible amount of bubbles BubbleJo made, and a large amount of audience participation was included, when BubbleJo invited children onto the stage for help.

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From there we decided to take in the 28 acres on offer, and walked around the gardens and farm areas, getting the opportunity to feed some horses and goats.  The lamb feeding was next on our agenda, and, although the amount of people queuing, was larger than the amount of lambs needing feeding, we took great enjoyment in watching them be bottle fed. My children also fell in love with some baby goats, (and I think the feeling was mutual).

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We continued over to Cuddle Corner, where we were shown into a room, and allowed to pet a guinea pig and a rabbit.  The animals were well looked after throughout, and our animal expert guide was friendly and talkative.

 

 

 

 

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The children, after passing it several times throughout our afternoon, were then desperate to have a run about in the outdoors play park area.  With fun activities to do for all different ages, my son immediately threw himself down a slide, while my daughter sat quietly in the sand pit.  With plenty of seating areas for the grown ups, it’s easy to rest your legs while keeping an eye on your little ones.

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We were also excited to go on the Kent Life train, which takes you on a ten minute ride around the park.  After planning to go earlier in the afternoon, but missing the last ride at 1:30, we managed to get on the first one an hour later, and the children enjoyed the bumpy ride, taking in all that we’d done in the afternoon.

Before leaving, the children went back to the baby goat pen to say goodbye to their new little friends, and, as is always the way with children who have enjoyed themselves so much, they didn’t want to leave!

We made so many memories, and the children got to encounter animals we wouldn’t usually get to see.

An incredible day had by all-we will definitely be going back!

Tickets are affordable at £9.95 for adults, £7.95 for children (aged 3-15) and £8.95 for concessions.
There is also the option of a year long membership.  For just £95.00 for a family of two adults and two children-you can visit whenever you fancy an up close and personal day with the animals, and fun filled activities around the park.
For more information on other various membership options-visit the membership page on the Kent Life website here-http://kentlife.org.uk/plan-your-visit/membership/

Throughout the year, there are special events for your family to enjoy-to see more information on what’s coming up at Kent Life, visit the events page here-http://kentlife.org.uk/events/

For all other information, including opening times, and how to get to Kent Life, visit the website here-http://kentlife.org.uk/

 

I was sent a press pass enabling me to visit Kent Life with my family, in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are those of my own.
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Canterbury

The Canterbury Tales-Medieval Story Telling-Review

On Saturday (8th April) myself  and Kye took a short train ride into the City of Canterbury.
As someone who is in the city each week for press nights at the Marlowe Theatre, I know the town well-but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never taken Kye to The Canterbury Tales.  I went as a child with the school I attended-but in all honesty, could only remember snippets of that.

So when we got the opportunity to visit on Saturday, and have the additional pleasure of attending the Medieval activities in the Canterbury Tales Gardens, we jumped at the chance.
For those that haven’t visited this attraction before, or, like  me, have visited so long ago that they’ve forgotten what it’s all about, here’s a little background information for you!

The Canterbury Tales, tell stories from Geoffrey Chaucer’s well known and loved tales from his book, of the same name, ‘The Canterbury Tales’. Canterbury
Journeying back in time to discover Chaucer’s famous tales, you get to join a costumed character, recreating the pilgrimage from London to Canterbury.
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Myself and Kye were then given hand held live audio guides, which differ if you have an adult’s one or a child’s one (the story is a little more “refined” for the little one’s ears).
The tour took around 40 minutes, all floors are level for easy access, and the next room you need to visit each time, lights up, making sure you don’t wander into the wrong place, when the costumed character leaves you with your audio guide.

The audio tours are available in multiple languages, and are narrated by famous voices, including Robert Powell and Prunella Scales!

Towards the end , you are joined by another costumed guide, who ends the tour at a reconstruction of the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

There is also a  gift shop before you leave the attraction, with a variety of merchandise at a variety of prices.

The story is humorous; Kye found the whole tour hilarious, and had great fun pointing out each lit up character and their funny looks on the way round.

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Following our tour, we walked around the building to the gardens to take part in the Medieval Story Telling event.  We were met by a really lovely medieval guide, who firstly explained to Kye the activities he could take part in.
He began with Knight School, where he trained to be a knight.  Kitted up with a shield and sword, our guide taught him how to strike and defend, culminating on him being knighted as “Sir Kye” at the end.

 
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Following Knight School, he tried his hand at a little Herbology.  I, the patient, had to choose my medieval ailment from a basket, and Kye’s job was to find the correct herbs from the herb garden.
He had great fun reading out the various herb names, and eradicated my ‘Inability to Sleep’ with his Valerian and Chamomile herbal cures.

 

 

Finally we made our way to the Story Tent, where our guide read him ‘Tales of Beadle of the Bard’ (Harry Potter fans will know this one well), and two other (less serious) stories.Canterbury

There was also May Pole Dancing on offer, but Kye wasn’t keen on that idea, and, after the best part of an hour spent in the Medieval Garden, we thanked our guide (who was pretty awesome actually), and made our way out.

Kye couldn’t stop talking about the great time he’d had, the whole way home.   His favourite part was the Knight School (obviously).

When something like this attraction, with its educational and fun elements, is right on your doorstep, there really isn’t any reason not to give it a go!
Prices are affordable too-at only £9.95 for adults, £7.95 for children (aged 5-15), and £8.95 for concessions.

The Medieval Story Telling event, is still running, until this Friday (14th April) and is open from 11am-3pm each day.
If you can’t make this event, there will be a Mystical Beasts themed Medieval Story Garden on the 1st May (2017), and to coincide with the next half term, a Magical Patterns themed Event between Saturday 27th May and Sunday 4th June (again between 11am-3pm each day.

More information on these events and the Canterbury Tales tour, including opening times and how to find the attraction are available over at http://www.canterburytales.org.uk.

 

I was given free entry for myself and my son in exchange for an honest review.  Any thoughts and opinions are those of my own.
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