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Zip World velocity – the worlds fastest zip wire

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Zip World velocity is the worlds fastest zip wire and the longest in the northern hemisphere, and it’s in Wales. The zip line goes across a former slate quarry in Snowdonia. I visited on the same day as going White Water Rafting. When we arrived we were weighed and height measured before we were kitted […]

Whitewater rafting at National Whitewater Centre Wales

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

I have done a lot of kayaking in the past, but until recently I’d never tried whitewater rafting. We went to the National Whitewater Centre in Wales. The centre is Canolfan Tryweryn on the Upper Tryweryn river near Bala in Wales. After getting changed into a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet we had a short […]

English Heritage – Brodsworth at War

Friday, October 10th, 2014

I had already visited Brodsworth Hall and gardens taking my children for a day out on a standard day. This was our second visit which was on one of the Brodsworth at War special event days. I took my family along as a member of the English Heritage members panel. The day that we visited […]

Malvern Festival of Innovation school’s day

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

It’s not often that you see a Raspberry Pi workshop, a team from (soon to be???) the worlds fastest car and some llamas in the same room, but that’s what you’d find at this years school’s day at the Malvern Festival of Innovation. I was there as a STEM Ambassador helping out on the Raspberry […]

Kids education day at PyconUK 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

PyCon UK is the UK conference for the Python programming language, held annually at Coventry. PyconUK is attended by many professional developers, but has recently added an education day to the line up. Last year was the first day that kids were specifically invited through the PyCon UK Raspberry Jam. For 2014 this evolved into […]

Turn a wet bank holiday into a fun science day

Monday, August 25th, 2014

We had a very wet public holiday today. Whilst there are some indoor days out we could have gone to we instead decided to have a science day at home. The two main things we did today were to make a cola can cable car and an erupting volcano. The cable car comes in a […]

Camping at Morcambe – Morcambe Seaside Festival

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

It’s been almost a year since we had our camping trip during the Morecambe Seaside Festival, but here’s a quick run through of what we did for anyone looking to do something similar this year. We like to try and plan at least one family camping trip a year, we decided upon Morecambe as it’s […]

Conkers – indoor and outdoor attraction

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Conkers is an attraction in the National Forest. It has outdoor play areas and activities and an indoor activity centre with an environment themed learning zone and play area. The outdoor area covers a large area, with a modern light railway to get between two areas of the site. As well as play areas there […]

New .UK domain name – daysoutdiary.uk

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

UK websites are now being found using the new .uk domain. This means that as well as the sites ending .co.uk and .org.uk etc. there will now be sites ending directly with .uk I have registered my first website which is daysoutdiary.uk. This is in addition to the original site address at daysoutdiary.co.uk. I think […]

Young scientists – The Mentos fountain challenge

Friday, March 21st, 2014

This is Science and Engineering week – a celebration of science and engineering. When we visited the Big Bang Fair at the NEC we watched the Kaboom! Show and on the way out we were given a leaflet about the Mentos Fountain Challenge. This looked like an ideal experiment to try with my children. The […]


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