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Day out at Bekonscot Model Village

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Bekonscot is in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England. It is the oldest model village in the world being first created in 1929. It has however changed a lot since then having had periods where it was modernized, but then reverting back to being primarily based around 1930s England. It features one of the largest Gauge 1 outdoor […]

Earlswood Lakes Circular Walk in Worcestershire / West Midlands

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Earlswood Lakes are man-made reservoirs in Worcestershire which were made to supply water to the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal. The North of the lakes is bordering on West Midlands. This is a nice gentle walk across flat terrain. Most of the paths are well maintained, but some places may get a little muddy at times. I have […]

Barnt Green to Lickey Hills Circular Walk in Worcestershire / Birmingham

Monday, April 5th, 2021

This is a way marked route by Worcestershire County Council. Starting at Barnt Green (approx. postcode B45 8NW). It takes in some of the local countryside, skirting around the reservoirs to the top of Lickey Hills and back down to Barnt Green. Alternative starting point is Lickey Hills Visitor Centre car park (check closing time […]

Day out at Warwick Castle

Monday, August 20th, 2012

This is the second time I’ve visited Warwick Castle, but the first time since becoming a parent. I used to live in Warwick and I would have probably visited more often but for the ticket price being so expensive compared with most other castles. Unlike many other castles that are managed by English Heritage, Warwick […]

Boats on Derwent water with Keswick Launch Company – Rowing Boats, Self-Drive or Scenic boat ride

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

During our camping trip to Keswick in the Lake District we went to the Keswick Launch to have a boat ride on Derwent Water. We didn’t really know what we were going to do when we arrived so we parked in the car park and went to the side of the lake to see what […]

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the Lake District

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

We started our journey on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway from Dalegarth Station near Boot. The first challenge is in getting to the station which is towards the west of the Lake District. Coming from Keswick the route is quite reasonable, but if you are travelling to or from the central Lake District the most […]

Day out at SeaLife Centre Birmingham

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I have visited the Sealife Centre in Birmingham before, but it was several years ago and there have been quite a few changes since I last visited. We visited during a wet weekend looking for a day out that was out of the rain. Parking at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) car park Parking at […]

Day out at the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

We went to the Midland Railway Butterley during a special event weekend with a car rally, narrow gauge railway, garden railway and modellers event. We hadn’t planned to visit on a special weekend, but looking at the timetable there are lots of events during the year so the chances of landing on one is pretty […]

Holiday at John Fowler – Ilfracombe Holiday Park in North Devon

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

We stayed at the John Fowler Ilfracombe Holiday park at the beginning of the school holidays in Easter 2011. There are three parks at Ilfracombe, but they are almost directly adjacent to each other and share the same facilities (including reception I believe). The sites are known as Ilfracombe Holiday Park, Golden Coast Holiday Park […]

Day out at Twycross Zoo

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

It’s been a long time since I visited Twycross Zoo (Twycross Zoo with a Baby, and Animal Conservation) and there have been lots of changes since. This time I visited with my two children (5 year old and 3 year old) and a nephew (1 year old). The first thing is that they have changed […]


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