Days Out: Amberley Museum (and Father Christmas!)

Last weekend, we decided to take T to see Father Christmas for the first time. We’ve never thought about doing it before as not only was/is T not keen on people in costumes, but Santa’s Grottos can be very expensive and, if I’m honest, a baby/toddler is probably not going to really appreciate the sentiment.

This year, however, T is very much aware of who the man in red is and is incredibly excited about Christmas – making it the perfect time to finally meet him in person! It wasn’t long after this that we then saw an advert for Amberley Museum on Facebook. It looked really magical and had decent reviews. Plus, we saw that they had a train that took you to see Father Christmas.

With this fact alone, we were sold.

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Days Out: Christmas at London Zoo

It’s not often that I welcome early Christmas celebrations. For me, Christmas starts in December give or take a few early Christmas purchases because the items were on sale! The thought of putting my tree up anytime before December sends icicles down my spine. I just don’t want to be bored of Christmas before it’s begun!

That being said, when certain places put on a Christmas event or the movie channels turn on their festive viewing, I’ve been known to have a sneaky peek – allowing myself to get a little excited for Christmas, which is exactly what we did when we visited London Zoo last week. They’ve recently opened their Christmas trail and on their opening night we were invited to see it in all it’s splendour.

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Days Out: The National Show Caves, Wales

When we were in Wales a few months ago, we decided to dedicate at least one day to an attraction outside of Bluestone. Primarily so we didn’t exhaust the resort, but also because we really enjoy Wales as a family location. Whether it’s Folly Farm or Tenby, there’s lots to see in the local area, and even more if you’re happy to travel further afield.

On this particular day, we decided to do just that and take a scenic drive to the National Showcaves; which is located between Swansea and Brecon, and around 90 minutes away from Bluestone.

In our opinion, and from previous visits, it’s well worth the drive. It’s incredibly scenic and the end result is just fantastic.

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Days Out: London Zoo {Review}

London Zoo was probably one of the first zoo’s Sharon and I remember visiting when we were young, which is no surprise seeing as it opened in 1828! I remember visiting when I was little and seeing a number of rare animals (for that time anyway!) and being in complete awe. From Gorillas to Pandas, London Zoo was one of a kind for many years. I’m also pretty sure I remember riding a camel.

More recently, we were introduced to the wonders of ZSL London Zoo: Gruesome Nature Live! at Camp Bestival, which got us thinking about re-visiting London Zoo. We rarely venture into London, so seeing as we were visiting for something else that day we thought we’d pay them a visit and see how much has changed over the twenty-something years.

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Bluestone: Our Week in Wales 2018

Arriving home shortly after our first visit to Bluestone last year, we were soon on the Bluestone website booking our next visit. We had such an amazing time when we visited that we wanted to do it all over again the following year. Bluestone is like nothing we’ve ever experienced, and as written previously, is one of the few ‘holiday parks’ where we enjoy (and prefer) to stay on site!

We decided to book for the same time as the previous year, not only because we found a great deal but because we wanted to take advantage of the fact that we can still travel with T during school time – meaning everything would be a lot quieter. Plus, Bluestone is stunning in the Autumn.

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Days Out: The Watercress Line Steam Railway (Mid Hants Railway)

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Sharon’s father’s birthday with a trip to the railway. It was the first birthday since his passing so we wanted to do something special. Something that we know he would have enjoyed doing.

So far, we’ve been to several Steam Railways and Miniature Railways local to us, and whilst they’re lovely to re-visit, we wanted to go somewhere new in the hope that Sharon’s dad would be with us; exploring it for the first time too.

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