A Short Break in East Devon

Pecorama

I have been suggesting for a long time that our school bolts its teacher training days around a half term holiday so we can enjoy an extended break and over May half-term I got my wish. By the time the kids go back to school on Thursday they would have had two weeks off and we have been busy with lots of days out, including a short break to Andrewshayes Holiday Park in Devon. The family run park is situated just… Continue Reading “A Short Break in East Devon”

A Weekend Break in Lyme Regis with English Country Cottages

Last weekend we were invited to stay at Harcombe House in Lyme Regis with English Country Cottages. In a surprising twist of fate, not only was an old school friend of my husband there for a weekend break but we also discovered that it was the old boarding house of a former work colleague……..what a small world! Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the Dorset seaside resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a… Continue Reading “A Weekend Break in Lyme Regis with English Country Cottages”

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”

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”

Exploring Hive Beach and the Spring Tide Festival

Hive Beach

We adore heading off to local events in our home county of Dorset and one of our favourites is the Spring Tide Festival in Burton Bradstock.  Last year was a gloriously hot day and the kids had so much fun painting fossils, making butterfly cones and watching the Punch and Judy show, so when we arrived they were eager to get out the car to see what was on offer this year. The show gets more and more popular every… Continue Reading “Exploring Hive Beach and the Spring Tide Festival”