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: 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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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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Days Out: Sealife Centre, Brighton (and Lego Ocean Explorers!)

You’d think having an aquarium at home T would be sick of the sight of tropical fish, however when we were invited to Brighton Sealife Centre last week T was more than happy to get a second dose of tropical fish, especially as our visit was to take part in their new Lego ‘Ocean Explorers‘ adventure.

This isn’t our first time to a Sealife Centre, or Brighton Sealife for that matter, we’ve actually been to several across the country over the past few years (including when we didn’t have T), and one thing for sure is that we can always guarantee a good time. Sealife are just one of those places where children (and adults!) of all ages will have fun and learn lots too!

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Days Out: Godstone Farm, Surrey

Last weekend, we were invited to visit Godstone Farm in Surrey. Although we’ve never been before as a family, Sharon remembers going some *cough* thirty years ago when she was little. Until Sharon had told me about the farm, I’d never heard of it – which is surprising considering we love a good farm and are always willing to travel to visit one.

Godstone Farm is only an hour away from Brighton via the M25 and is set amongst the Surrey Hills. We were really lucky with the weather during our visit, it meant that we were able to capture some of the gorgeous views the hills had to offer as well as experience the farm at it’s best.

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