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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.

First Aid Manual 10th edition

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The First Aid Manual is the official guide from the UK leading first aid organisations: St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross and is widely considered as the definitive guide to first aid in the UK. The 10th edition released in 2014, which replaces the 9th edition which was first […]

Day out at Warner Bros Studios London – Harry Potter Land

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Harry Potter films were all made in the UK, most of which was filmed in the Warner Bros studios just outside of London. After they completed the last film they’ve now converted two of the studios into a tourist attraction. Advance booking is mandatory for all visitors to the studios with a timed slot. […]

Holiday at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest during spring bank holiday week

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

We’ve had several holidays at Center Parcs over the past few years, but they have been mostly at Christmas time when the weather isn’t particularly good. This year we decided to go to Center Parcs Sherwood forest during spring bank holiday. Whilst generally better than Christmas time it is not normally associated with particularly hot […]

Visiting Westminster, The houses of parliament with kids

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I have seen the houses of parliament from the outside many times, but never really thought about visiting inside as a day out. During our last family trip to London we were actually looking to visit inside the Jewel Tower which is an English Heritage property. As we went down the steps to the Jewel […]

Review of the Vango Woburn 400 – 4 person tent

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Camping with children can be challenging, especially when there is only one adult to put the tent up (in my case due to my wife’s work patterns and summer holiday cover). I quickly decided that I would not be able to put up our family tent (Easy camp Go Taranto 600) on my own. Last […]

Christmas holiday at Center Parcs – Sherwood Forest near Nottingham

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

We went on holiday to Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest during the last week before Christmas 2012. We have visited Center Parcs several times before, when our children have been babies or toddlers, but had not been for a few years and our children are now both school children. This holiday was also longer than our […]

Camping at Golden Sands Haven, Mablethorpe near Skegness

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Golden Sands at Haven is at Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, close to Skegness. We have visited the site before staying in a caravan when our first child was still a baby (earlier review Haven Golden Sand with a baby). This is the first time we have been camping there and we had a short 2 night […]

Holiday at Butlins Bognor Regis

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

For this years main summer holiday we went to Butlins in Bognor Regis. We have been on holiday to Butlins before, but this was our first time staying in one of the Butlins hotels. We went during the summer holidays. The holiday was fairly expensive, especially when you consider it was only 4 nights long […]


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