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Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway Santa Special Steam Train

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

This Christmas we visited the Gloucestershare and Warwickshire Railway for the Santa Special steam train. The train was from Cheltenham Racecourse railway station. The train was fully booked, but there were enough tables for everyone to find a comfortable seat. We started with a train journey to the “North Pole” station. The carriage was decorated […]

Birmingham Christmas Market 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Video and photos from our visit to the Birmingham Christmas Market in 2016.

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 […]

Christmas markets and Christmas craft fairs – UK 2011

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Christmas is coming, which means it’s time to start planning trips to Christmas Markets looking for those unique Christmas presents and taking in the odd beer and hot dog, or roasted chestnuts. This is a list of dates for Christmas 2011. Later dates will be available from Days Out Diary – Christmas events. Frankfurt Christmas […]

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 […]

Weekend camping at Drayton Manor

Friday, July 15th, 2011

After having a good weekend camping at Drayton Manor last year we visited again this year with my brother and his family. Arrival at the Drayton Manor Park campsite and pitching the tent in the rain We arrived at Drayton Manor on Friday evening, booked in with security and then proceeded to pitch our tent […]

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 […]

Fireman Sam – Live on Stage – Pontypandy Rocks

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

We had already bought our children a copy of the Fireman Sam Live on Stage DVD and the kids really enjoyed it. So when we saw that Fireman Sam was coming to the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham we jumped at the chance to buy tickets. It’s perhaps a good job we did as the tickets […]

Day out at Cadbury World, Bournville Birmingham

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Ever since Charlie Bucket first found his golden ticket children have dreamed about visiting the chocolate factory. With Cadbury World in Bournville this is possible. Unfortunately there is no free lifetime supply of chocolate at the end, but there is the world’s biggest Cadbury shop instead. Cadbury World is at the chocolate factory in the […]

Day Out at the National Space Centre in Leicestershire

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The National Space Centre is near Leicester sign-posted from the M1. This is the second time that I’ve visited. The first was with a toddler, but this time I visited with two 5 to 6 year olds. We visited on a wet day during the autumn half-term holiday which was predictably very busy. There was […]


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