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Abbey pumping station museum, Leicester

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

What does a steam powered pumping station and a hi-tech space centre have in common? They are both at the site of the former sewage works in Leicester. Perhaps a rather unusual thing to have in common, but there’s more as the Abbey Pumping Station which was responsible for pumping Leicester’s sewage is now Leicester’s […]

Ducky’s Farm Park, Flookburgh near Grange-over-sands in Cumbria

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

We visited Ducky’s Farm Park during our family holiday at Heysham, near Morecambe, but it is actually much closer to the Haven Lakeside caravan park at Flookburgh / Grange-Over-Sands; in fact it’s on the same road as the Haven site. Ducky’s is more along the lines of a commercialised children’s farm than the more traditional […]

Morecambe seaside resort in Lancashire

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Morecambe is a seaside resort in Lancashire between Blackpool and the Lake District. We visited Morecambe recently during our family holiday at Heysham Ocean Edge caravan site. On the first day we visited, as we first entered Morecambe it looked like a seaside resort that has closed down. The Frontierland theme park is now a […]

Camping at Drayton Manor Theme Park and Thomas Land

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

As my children are big fans of Thomas The Tank Engine we have visited Thomas Land at Drayton Manor on several occasions. There is so much to do within Thomas Land that we do not normally have much time to spend exploring the rest of Drayton Manor theme park. We’d been looking for an opportunity […]

Day out at British Seaside – Scarborough North Yorkshire

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I have many childhood memories of visiting Scarborough on holiday so it was with a little nostalgia that we visited for a day this Summer. Scarborough is an example of a traditional British seaside town which has managed to move with the times whilst keeping much of it’s original character and attractions from my youth. […]

Travelling in Europe – renew your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

If travelling in Europe don’t forget to check the date on your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC replaced the old E111 forms and provides entitlement to reduced cost / free emergency medical treatment whilst temporarily visiting a European Union (EU) country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. It is available for free to most […]

Review – Butlins holiday at Minehead

Friday, August 13th, 2010

We recently went on a family holiday to Butlins Minehead with our two children aged 2 and 6. We had a very active holiday and a great time. There was lots to do and the kids particularly enjoyed meeting the characters and the special character meal. This is our second visit to a Butlins site […]

Day out at Umberslade Farm Park – Childrens farm – Warwickshire

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Umberslade Farm Park is located in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire. A short distance from Solihull and Redditch. The farm was formally known as Umberslade Children’s Farm, but was relaunched during May 2010. We went along on the relaunch weekend. There were a few additional features which I think were only running for the relaunch weekend, including bouncy […]

Day out on the Severn Valley Railway

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

In the past I have taken a baby on a day out on a steam train at both the Severn Valley and Howarth and Keithley and Worth Valley Railways. Although we had a good day out in the past it was hard work having to accommodate the needs of a baby such as feeding, changing […]

Getting home after the volcanic ash cleared

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This is the follow on from my earlier post Stranded half-way around the world due to disruption to UK flights from Iceland Volcano. I was in India on business when the volcano in Iceland left tens of thousands of people stranded all around the world. Fortunately my company backed me up on my quest to […]


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