Days Out: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

As part of T’s birthday treat, we decided to take T to the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent. We’d never heard of the railway before, but after passing it a few times on the way to the in-laws we decided to give it a go!

Based near Romney Marsh, the railway runs between Hythe and Dungeness and is one of the worlds smallest public railways! Not knowing much about the railway prior to our visit, there were several surprises during our day – including the realisation that the carriages were rather small!

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Days Out: Diggerland and the Little Tikes Playzone! (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Last weekend, we treated T’s nephew M to a day out at Diggerland. M is absolutely mad for diggers and all vehicles within the ‘digger’ category (please don’t make me name them all), so when we were invited to Diggerland to see the new Little Tikes Playzone we decided we couldn’t not take him as well.

M is two years older than T, although the only thing that gives it away is the difference in height and speech as T gives it a good go keeping up with his 4 year old cousin!

Diggerland is only 2 hours away from Brighton and is a fast and pleasant drive straight up the M25 to Rochester. Leaving at 8am we even had time to stop at the service station for coffee and to treat M to a (rather expensive!) magazine for the journey. As well as Kent, Diggerland also has locations Devon, Durham, Yorkshire, and Worcestershire.

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Days Out – Nymans House & Garden Trail, Kent. {National Trust}

Over the next few weeks S is going to be working from home as part of her work, which means I’m going to be taking myself off out for the day so that we’re not a distraction for her.

This, therefore, gives me the perfect opportunity to use our National Trust membership. We sadly haven’t used it for a while due to other plans and poor weather, so I’m hoping the next few weeks will change that!

This may sound odd, but I often don’t go out on my own with T without it being to a class or baby group, so this will be a nice change to just venture out on our own.

Nymans House & Gardens near Haywards Heath was where we took ourselves for our first mummy-son outing.

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Nymans was a country retreat for the Messel Family, however became a National Trust property in 1953. The house is a stunning property, albeit ruined, surrounded by gorgeous gardens and trails. Even in the winter it’s stunning and the house has a very gothic edge to it.

The gardens are really expansive, with lots of hidden corners and routes. I really enjoyed the woodland areas as they were covered in festive lighting, making use of the peculiar plant life already there.

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Although the location is quite small compared to other national trust sites, we managed to spend a few hours here slowly walking around and enjoying the scenery. The house was unfortunately shut for winter refurbishments, however there was an exhibition going on at the property detailing work by Gilbert and Sullivan, meaning parts of the surrounding woodland and gardens had been transformed to represent their work!

Because of the on and off drizzle, I decided to use the buggy – I’ve yet to find a National trust place that isn’t buggy friendly. What I also like about their sites is how I can always find a nice, quite place to feed T, without having to make myself go out of my way, which is handy as we can’t often feed in cafes as T gets distracted easily; meaning I often end up flashing my boob.

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I really enjoyed our first outing, and will no doubt bring S here one weekend.

K