A Weekend in London with YHA [AD – Press Trip]

Ever since I can remember, London has always been an exciting place. I don’t know whether it was because I grew up in the country or whether it was because all the ‘cool’ stuff happened in London, but either way I always had butterflies in my stomach whenever we got on that train to London.

Over the years that feeling has never subdued, if anything it’s only increased now that we have our own little one who get’s excited at the thought of getting on a train let alone a trip to London!

So when then you put a train journey, a trip to London, and then Christmas markets all in one weekend you know it’s going to go down a treat – even more so when you also get the opportunity to stay over!

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London: Winter Wonderland, Zippos Circus, and Mr Men & Little Miss

On the rare occasion we went to London as a child, my fondest memory was always the wonderful window displays in places like Oxford Street and Regent Street at Christmas time. They always looked so grand and somewhat magical. I remember spending a long time mesmerised by the lights and winter animals.

Now that T is of an age where he’s into Christmas and all it’s magic and wonder, we decided to take him to London last weekend to get the Christmas season started with a bang. We had also been invited by the YHA to stay in one of their hostels so we thought we’d take full advantage and take a look at what London had to offer.

I was also interested to see if it still had the same magical feel as it did when I was a child.

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Days Out: A Family Day at Plumpton Racecourse [AD – Press Visit]

Last Sunday, we were invited to Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes to visit their annual ‘Family Day’ event, which is part of Great British Racing’s Under 18’s summer campaign. We’d never been to a horse racing course before, so we were interested to see how family friendly it really was.

Our only previous experience of horse racing was The Grand National on television (and Peaky Blinders!), therefore we were excited to visit a more local racecourse.

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Days Out: WWT Wetland Centre, Arundel [AD – Press Visit]

Last weekend we were invited to the WWT Wetland Centre in Arundel for the day which, surprisingly, was our first ever visit. Despite being regular visitors to the historic town, we’ve never got round to visiting the Wetland Centre, so when they invited us to come see them for the day we weren’t going to miss the chance.

Wetlands are found across the world, ranging from giant deltas, mighty estuaries and mudflats to floodplains and peatlands that humans have relied on for hundreds of years.

40% of all species rely on freshwater wetlands, despite covering less than 1% of the world’s surface.

Prior to our visit, we’d only ever visited one other Wetland Centre previously – which was wonderful – but for some reason we’ve never thought to explore any other locations. Going on this weekend’s visit, we instantly regret not visiting sooner.

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Days Out: ‘Day and Night’ at Brighton Sea Life Centre [AD – Press Trip]

This week, we were invited to the opening of the new ‘Day & Night‘ exhibit at Brighton Sea Life Centre. Although officially opening on 25th May, we were invited for a sneak peek as part of our ambassadorship for the centre along with lots of other bloggers – which gave us a lovely chance to catch up with Chelle and Claire.

We’ve been coming to Brighton’s Sea Life Centre for a number of years not only as a family, but when I was a child when we used to visit Brighton for the day, however the Aquarium actually dates back much much further than that – as far as Victorian times in fact. If you didn’t know already, Brighton’s Sea Life Centre is the OLDEST Aquarium in the world.

With this in mind, it was no surprise when we found out how much money had to be invested into making this new feature, as well as renovate lots of other areas around the Aquarium, as magnificent as it is.

Here’s what happened during our visit to the centre. You can read about our previous visit here.

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Days Out: Newquay Aquarium, Cornwall

We’ve always been suckers for an Aquarium, often looking if a town or city has one if we’re visiting somewhere new or when we’re on holiday, which makes it no surprise that when we visit Cornwall we always visit Newquay Aquarium.

Located right down on the seafront, just off the main high street, it’s another one of our favourite places to visit as it’s the perfect size to visit for a morning before heading to explore the town or spend the afternoon at the beach.

We spent our first full day of our holiday here as it was just down the road to where we were staying in Perranporth. Here’s what we got up to.

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