An Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy

We really enjoy days out at National Trust properties, with Easter being the kids favourite thanks to their fun themed Easter Egg hunts and the promise of a Cadbury chocolate egg as a reward for their efforts. With the weather being a bit hit and miss over bank holiday weekend, I stalked the forecast and made a plan to visit during the driest spell of the day. It is also worth visiting the facebook page of the property you are visiting during inclement weather, as Kingston Lacy closed its overflow carpark. Luckily we arrived for opening time and parked with …

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A Short Break in East Devon

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 off the A35 in Axminster and is close to the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Seaton, making it the perfect base to explore both Dorset and East Devon.

We stayed in a 3 bedroom static caravan, although they also offer pitches, an area for motorhomes and camping pods. The caravan, which sleeps 6, is the nicest we have ever stayed in. It had a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable lounge and dining area, bathroom, 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds in each, a master bedroom with a double bed and en suite toilet and a decking area outside with a patio set.

Andrewshayes Holiday Park

It was the onsite facilities that really sold it to us. They have a large shaded play area, a large heated swimming pool, small toddler soft play room, games room, a field for ball games, nature trail, a shop and the Ploughman’s Bar and take-away.

Andrewshayes Holiday Park Axminster

The kids would have stayed in the pool all day given half the chance, but the caravan also came with a comprehensive list of days out to suit all ages and I also had a place on my list that I really wanted to visit – Pecorama.


You can read my full review of Pecorama here, but it is a great place to visit with or without kids and we spent the whole day there. It sits above the village of Beer and offers stunning views over Lyme Bay below. It is the perfect day out for railway enthusiasts, garden lovers and families and features manicured lawns and stunning flower beds, model railways, 4 play parks, crazy golf, indoor soft play and the Beer Heights Light Railway.

The following day we visited Wildwood Escot which is based in Ottery St Mary and is home to a wonderful collection of native and formerly native wildlife, a fascinating Saxon village, a rather tricky beech hedge maze and lots of woodland paths to explore.

Wildwood Escot

Because it wasn’t the weekend or school holidays we didn’t get to see the Bird of Prey display, but we did get to see the red squirrel talk which was fascinating and one of the squirrels, Bramble, came over to collect some nuts and say hello.

Wildwood Escot DevonThe kids were fascinated by the Saxon village and seeing how people once lived and of course we got lost in the maze. There is also a pirate ship play park for them to let of steam and a rather scary death slide that they were not quite brave enough to try!!

Our final port of call for our break was recommended by my Dad who lives locally, the Axe Valley Wildlife Park. It is a small and friendly zoo recommended for under 12’s which offers wildlife encounters, animal feeds and keeper talks to its visitors.

Axe Valley Wildlife Park

My Dad and his wife had been there before and raved about the animal encounters, but sadly with it not being half term the lady that did them was on holiday. We did get to see the Lemurs being fed and enjoyed wandering around the park, playing on the equipment and spotting the animals.

Axe Valley Wildlife Park Devon

We had a lovely time exploring some of what East Devon has to offer visitors and visiting my Dad and hope to be back very soon.


A Helicopter Flight over the Jurassic Coast

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 sea and marsh, and the fossilised remains of the various creatures that lived here have been preserved in the rocks …

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National Marine Aquarium

Fishy Fun at the National Marine Aquarium

On our recent visit to the Seaview Holiday Village near Looe, we decided upon a visit to the city of Plymouth which is less than half an hour away. We first visited Plymouth for a friend’s wedding 9 years ago and fell in love with the city and in particular the National Marine Aquarium. Isaac was 2 on our last visit so didn’t remember anything about it so we were keen to go back and see what had changed. Set in a massive glass building on the Barbican, just a short walk from the Mayflower steps, you enter a fascination …

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Crealy Adventure Park Devon

At the end of July we went on a Glamping break at Crealy Meadows and the kids couldn’t wait to explore Crealy Adventure Park. Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award-winning family attraction located near Exeter. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of Devon countryside, including Animal Land which houses around 100 animals including Meerkats, Alpaca’s, ponies and sheep. The park is mainly aimed at young children although it does have a couple of bigger rides for older guests including Twister, Tidal Wave and Vortex. I have to admit that I found the park …

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