Last weekend we were invited to Milestones Museum to have a look around and see what it offered.
Milestones Museum is a living history museum with collections of industrial and everyday life, set in Basingstoke, Hampshire and their current exhibition is a soldier’s journey home from war which sees visitors travel back in time with Tom and Emily to the streets of wartime Hampshire to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Hubby and Kian both love wartime history and Kian is studying it at school for his GCSE so I knew they would enjoy it, but the question was, would Isaac and Eliza?
As we entered the museum, you get to look through the glass balcony onto the streets below and the little ones couldn’t wait to get downstairs to look around.
Isaac and Eliza were both given their own war diary to complete which was filled with child friendly facts, questions to find the answers to and problems to solve.
The sign of a good museum is one that engages with the children and this one does it brilliantly as they had to help them solve the mystery of the German spy, make friends with a war horse and meet soldiers from across the world.
One of their favourite rooms was the old school house and there was a particularly disruptive
man child sat at the back! Once they had finished playing it was time to colour in and make their own Union Jack flags.
We found a real working pub, but the kids were more interested in the sweet shop. At the entrance I had purchased them an old penny each (an extra 70p per person), which they received alongside a ration book, which they got to spend at the sweetshop. I wish I had got one for hubby and I too as the sweets looked delicious!
The museum also features displays of equipment used through the last century and the hairdressing equipment caused giggles as it looked more like something for torture than something for beauty!
If you have an interest in cars, there were various displays of old motor vehicles and even stream engines on display too, some which you could climb aboard and others just to look at.
At the very end of the exhibition are lots of old fashioned penny slot games to try. You can buy old pennies from various machines dotted around and then take a challenge. Kian was very good at the grabber ones, winning more sweets for the little ones!
We spent a good three hours exploring the museum and probably could have spent another half an hour in the shop as it was full to bursting with fabulous old style gifts and homewears.
A family ticket for up to 2 adults and 3 children is £26.75 and would make the perfect half term rainy day, day out!
Disclaimer: My family were provided free entry to Milestones Museum for the purpose of a review. All opinions are our own.Read More
Local Small Business would like to meet successful blogger to develop outreach programme, increase brand awareness and product development
Lemur LinkUp, local Networking group held at Lemur Landings Soft Play, Tower Park Poole has been growing rapidly each month since conception last year. What started as networking and marketing training/support for local businesses/blogger predominately working from home has turned into a valuable resource attracting up to 30 attendees each month.
The blogger-business match up event will be held on 6th October 7.30pm – 9.30pm with networking, nibbles and drink provided. The evening is all about getting business and bloggers to find their perfect match in order to form a working relationship.
Many businesses aren’t aware of how bloggers can add a tonne of value to their business. From honest feedback to driving product development and acting as fantastic ambassadors for their products and services, all of which is PR that money just can’t buy.
Local Award Winning small business owner Christina Pengelly said “As a brand new website, WareStreetMarket.com is really looking forward to meeting influential bloggers. The creative ideas that come from bloggers will help reach a whole new audience. WareStreetMarket.com is hoping to provide a platform for guest bloggers to enhance our current Blog and create a truly crafty community.”
Lemur Link Up is run by 4 successful small business/blogger mums – Joanne Dewberry Dorset Business Mother of the Year 2010, Jackie Richmond of Splashdown and Lemur Landings, Kara Guppy successful blogger who works with both local and multi national brands and Emma Collins PR manager at docrafts.
Emma Collins, explains; “As social media has developed, so has the way businesses do their marketing. Honest feedback from real people can contribute to how consumers make a decision to buy. As four business mums who understand this method well, we decided that we would join together to create something in support of small businesses in our local area.”
Local bloggers attending come from a variety of genre including parenting, lifestyle and craft. Small Business include Farmer Palmers, Urban Reef and newly established Bournemouth based Postsnap and Colour me Wellies.
If you are interested in dating the business way make sure you visit http://lemurlinkupbloggerbiznight.eventbrite.co.uk for further ticket information or email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us using the hashtag #LemurChat