A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast

Helicopter

We live in Dorset and our happy place is the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Poole, a distance of about 96 miles. Why the Jurassic coast is so special is that it spans 185 million years of geological history and coastal erosion has exposed an almost continuous sequence of rock formation covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. At different times, this area has been desert, shallow tropical… Continue Reading “A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast”

Exploring #SpookySeas at Weymouth Sealife Centre

Spooky Seas at Weymouth

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park has turned the spotlight on scary critters of the deep this Halloween. As well as meeting creepy spider crabs, batfish, ghost knifefish and other appropriately named creatures, we got to find lettered pumpkins that told us that humans who are the real monsters! (Sssshhhh I may have given you the answer to the challenge there). The Park’s special package of fright-fest’ entertainment is on now until Sunday 30th October and also highlights the horrors that pollution, over-fishing and other human follies are… Continue Reading “Exploring #SpookySeas at Weymouth Sealife Centre”

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset

Etches Collection

Living on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, my kids are keen fossil hunters and love nothing more than chipping away at rocks and stones in the hope that they will find some prehistoric treasure. One of the best locations to go fossil hunting is Kimmeridge Bay, where fossils occur commonly throughout the Kimmeridge Clay, in particular the shells of ammonites and bivalves which are easy to spot as you walk along the beach. We were invited to visit The Etches… Continue Reading “The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset”

Moors Valley Railyway 30th Birthday Gala

Moors Valley Railway

Last weekend we were invited to the 30th Birthday Gala for Moors Valley Railway. It wasn’t until the event that I discovered that its origins went back to 1980 when Jim Haylock set up a miniature railway at Tucktonia Miniature Theme Park in Christchurch – somewhere I have very fond memories of visiting as a child. The miniature railway then moved to the Old Kings Dairy Farm at Moors Valley five years later and opened to the public on 26th… Continue Reading “Moors Valley Railyway 30th Birthday Gala”

Spinney Hollow at Camp Bestival

This was our fourth year at Camp Bestival and there was one place I wanted to visit that we had not done before – Spinney Hollow. At Spinney Hollow you get to learn the skills for your land adventures with practical craft skills and the opportunity to brush up on your sword/ axe/ bow making to be a fully equipped explorer. There are traditional Green Woodwork and creative rural arts workshops daily but I would recommend you book as soon as… Continue Reading “Spinney Hollow at Camp Bestival”