Dorset Segway

Days Out in Review – July to December 2016

We have had so many exciting adventures this year that I have had to split my round-up post into two sections.

You can read about our January to June highlights here and welcome to our adventures from July to December.

July 2016

With Sebby being a little older and at Nursery now, I have managed to attend some blogging events that I have only watched from afar and this year I attended my first ever Christmas in July event with Asda.

It was bizarre seeing Christmas decorations and food in the summer but it did give me some fantastic ideas for Christmas and open my eyes to things I would never have tried otherwise and I got to meet the lovely James Martin.

James Martin

This year we were Drayton Manor ambassadors and were invited up to see their new High Ropes course – Vertigo. Isaac was off straight away and hared around the course several time whilst I stayed and watched Eliza and Sebby who were on the Junior course.

VertiGO

The thrillseeking didn’t stop there as we were also invited to try out the new Dorset Waterpark which sits in the shadows of Corfe Castle. I don’t think I have ever heard so many squeals and giggles as they raced around the course, leaping into the water and flinging themselves down giant slides.

Dorset Waterpark

August 2016

We always look forward to Camp Bestival which has become a bit of a family tradition and this year was no exception. This was the best year yet for us, we stayed with Pitch Village which took the hassle of camping away and took part in activities that we had not tried before, with the Dingly Dell being our favourite haunt. We also enjoyed meeting the Tudors on Tour and crafting at Spinney Hollow.

Camp Bestival

We stuck to glamping with a visit to Crealy Meadows and stayed in a magnificent Castle tent that was like a real home from home. The facilities were brilliant and the kids had a brilliant time exploring Crealy Adventure Park.

Crealy Meadows

Regular readers of my blog will know that the kids attend regular swimming lessons as I believe it is a vital life skill to have. This year Isaac took part in a Swimsafe lesson in the sea to teach him water safety in open water.

Swimsafe

August also saw our second visit of the year to Thorpe Park where we learned to dance with Balance Unity from BGT fame,  stayed in the Shark Hotel and had the whole park to ourselves for a couple of hours.

Frubes

September 2016

Although the kids were back to school, the fun didn’t stop and we enjoyed an amazing #FitToDance session with Disney On Ice and Peter Andre.

Fit to Dance

We were disappointed to miss the Bournemouth Air Show this year, although we had the most amazing holiday aboard the Carnival Vista instead, however, we got our aeroplane fix at Duxford Air Show instead.

Duxford Air Show

One of our favourite local days out is Moors Valley Country Park and this year the Railway celebrated its 30th birthday and we were invited to celebrate at the 30th Birthday Gala.

Moors Valley Railway

October 2016

October saw us heading to London and we enjoyed a City Cruise along the Thames which took us to visit the Tower of London.

City Cruises

We enjoyed a weekend break in Cornwall at the Seaview Holiday Village which allowed us to explore the local area with visits to Looe, Springfields Fun Park, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and a Naval Harbour cruise of Plymouth Sound.

National Marine Aquarium

We stayed at home for half of October half term, however we enjoyed lots of fun days out including a visit to see the Etches Collection in Kimmeridge and then headed down to the beach to find our own fossils.

Etches Collection

Weymouth Sea Life Centre has been somewhere we have visited regularly this year thanks to our Merlin Annual passes and over Halloween they had their Spooky Seas exhibit which the kids loved.

Spooky Seas at Weymouth

We also enjoyed a fabulous day out at Marwell Wildlife where we got to see their new Wild Explorers enclosure.

For the second half of October half term we stayed at Potters Resort in Norfolk which was great fun. Whilst we were there we enjoyed a day out in Great Yarmouth and found our favourite day out of 2016 – BeWILDerwood. I just wish it was closer to home as we would be there every weekend!

Bewilderwood

November 2016

I have been unsuccessfully dropping hints to Hubby about buying me a helicopter flight over the Jurassic Coast for years, however Red Letter Days came to my rescue and send me up on a fantastic flight over some of my favourite Dorset beaches.

Helicopter

Ever since I organised BlogOn Winchester back in October 2015 I have been promising to take the kids to Winchester Science Centre so when I saw their Horrible Science event was on I just had to take them to visit.

Winchester Science Centre

After my Helicopter flight I really wanted to visit some of the beaches that I flew over and a weekend break at Harcombe House in Lyme Regis saw us do just that.

Lyme Regis

Hubby and I also enjoyed a Segway Tour of Upton Country Park.

Dorset Segway

November is also the month when Christmas days out start launching and we were invited to two. The first being Drayton Manor where we got to enjoy some magical snowfall and pose in giant Christmas decorations.

Drayton Manor

Our next visit was to the Winter Wonderland at Paultons Park where we partied with Billy the Elf, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Paultons Park

December 2016

It was back to Weymouth Sea Life Centre for us to see Santa at their Magic of Christmas event.

Weymouth Sealife

The kids have been desperate to visit a Trampoline Park and we finally got round to booking a slot at Activate Trampoline Park locally.

Activate Trampoline Park

The week before Christmas was busy with a couple of eventful car journey’s. The first to London for Disney On Ice Frozen, where we were challenged with the road closure of the M3 on our way home in torrential rain.

Disney On Ice

The second was to Birmingham to see Marvel Universe Live, Superheroes Assemble which is perhaps one of the best live action shows we have ever seen with aerial stunts, flying, motorbikes, pyrotechnics and live action.

Spiderman

Our final day out of 2016 on the blog is our visit to the Bournemouth Wheel for a panoramic view over our home town. If you are local, I highly recommend you give it a go, but hurry as it leaves on 7th January.

Bournemouth Wheel

So there you have it, we have had some amazing days out over the last year and I look forward to sharing this years adventures!

 

Butlins

My Top 10 Posts of 2016

I always find it fascinating seeing what my top posts of the year are and this year is no exception. 2016 has probably been my busiest year for blogging so far and has taken us all over the UK and abroad with a trip to France and a cruise aboard the Carnival Vista, so I was intrigued to find out what my top 10 posts of 2016 were: 1. Our review of the new Mini-Microscooter Deluxe is top of the posts this year. We are big fans of microscooters in our house, with everyone owning one and this time it was Sebby …

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Professor Severus Snape

Have more famous people died in 2016?

It has become a running joke in our family that when the news app sounds on the phone I always ask “Who has died now?”

The question is, has 2016 taken more celebrities than normal, or is it just my age and the rise of social media that immediate reporting that has made it seem so much worse.

I read a really interesting news article from the BBC Obituaries Editor on whether more famous people have died in 2016 which stated that whilst there was a jump in the first 4 months of the year, the figures have remained average for the rest of the year.

The truth is we are now half a century on from the flourishing of both TV and pop culture which happened in the 1960s. This, in itself, massively expanded the overall pool of public figures and therefore it stands to reason that we are going to start losing them as they age.

Hubby and I were both born in the 70’s and large junks of our childhood have been wiped out this year and most of the celebrities that we have lost have died far too young, which is probably why it is all the more shocking and makes us look at our own mortality.

However, that is life. I am sure we all know family and friends that have been taken far too soon. I lost my sister to a heart attack at the age of 37 and I never met my uncle who died aged just 19.

So, whilst I am very sad that some of my childhood heroes are no longer here, I am thankful that their films, music and talent will live on forever and we can celebrate their lives by listening and watching again and again!

And remember:

Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” -Yoda.

Star Wars

Christmas Jumpers

Saturday is Caption Day – 17th December 2016 #satcap

Hello and welcome to Saturday is Caption Day #satcap. If you have not taken part before please come and join in. Simply find a funny / cheeky / captionable photo and upload it to your blog or instagram with a sentence or three about it. Then link it up with me below and visit the other people who link up and have a giggle as you come up with some humourous captions! On Friday the school had Christmas Jumper Day and the kids all chose their own jumpers. I got one lovely photo before they started messing around. Can you …

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Arcade

Saturday is Caption Day – 3rd December 2016 #satcap

Hello and welcome to Saturday is Caption Day #satcap. If you have not taken part before please come and join in. Simply find a funny / cheeky / captionable photo and upload it to your blog or instagram with a sentence or three about it. Then link it up with me below and visit the other people who link up and have a giggle as you come up with some humourous captions! Last week we visited Bournemouth Pier and had some climbing fun at Rockreef before heading to the arcade and walking through the gardens to see all the christmas decorations. …

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