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Archive for September, 2010

Roll-up Roll-up as the Great American Circus comes to Town

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I’ve not really been to many circuses before so didn’t really know what to expect when Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus came to Redditch. I’ve seen a couple of shows before at Blackpool Tower and Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas, but if I have ever been to a circus in a big top tent […]

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 […]

Lancaster Castle – Tours around the courts and part of the castle

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Many people walk up to Lancaster Castle – see that it’s a working prison and turn away. I did so several years ago when I first visited Lancaster. If however you walk around to the left of the castle there is a visitors entrance within the adjoining Shire Hall with regular (approx every half hour) […]

Ocean Edge Caravan Site at Heysham near Morecambe

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Originally we were planning a holiday in the Lake District, but we couldn’t find a site with the facilities we wanted (mainly indoor pool) for the right price and with availability the week before the summer bank-holiday. We therefore settled on the Ocean Edge caravan site near Morecambe. This is about an hours drive into […]

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 […]

Worried about a child? NSPCC Helpline

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Today two more child abusers having been given a prison sentence after abusing two young boys (BBC News: Margate couple jailed for abusing boys under four). What these children have gone through is appalling and the sentence given to the abusers ridiculously short; but thankfully these children have now been removed from danger.

These children have now escaped this ordeal thanks to concerns from members of the public. Unfortunately today children are still being abused as members of the public don’t know who to turn to, or whether it would be an overreaction against the normal stresses of family life.

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 […]

London with toddlers and children – part 4: Day out at London Zoo, Regent’s Park

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The Zoo is the World’s oldest scientific zoo, but perhaps more widely recognised as the Zoo used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. London Zoo is a in Regents Park accessible by bus or tube (with a walk). See the tips for travelling around London by public transport. The zoo is […]

London with toddlers and children – part 3: Shopping with kids

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Unless you live in London then my suggestion for shopping with kids in London would be don’t bother. There is far more on offer in London without having to endure the crowds and stress of shopping in London. But then I’m a bloke and my wife and many others will probably disagree with me. So […]


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