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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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Bournemouth Wheel

A Panoramic View over Bournemouth

2016 was the year I promised myself we would go on the Bournemouth balloon, however, it wasn’t meant to be as it disappeared back in June, never to return.

Thankfully, over the Christmas period, we got to take in panoramic views of Bournemouth from a big wheel standing more than 100 feet tall at Pier Approach.

Isaac and I first rode the wheel after his 100 years of Cubs parade which saw us marching through Bournemouth Gardens covered in glowsticks, before making the cub symbol out of glowsticks in the sand.

100 Years of Cubs

Once we had finished we headed back to the Pier to ride the wheel, which was really quiet. I had expected fantastic views over Bournemouth, however, our town is not as well-lit as I thought and we were left a little disappointed that we couldn’t see much and resolved to come back and ride it in the daytime.

Bournemouth Wheel

Yesterday was a beautiful clear day and after being cooped up a home over the festive period I managed to get the kids out of the house for some fresh air, with a walk along the beach, which was surprisingly warm for the time of year.

Bournemouth Beach

The wheel was much busier than our last visit, however we only waited around 10 minutes to board it as they had efficiently set up two queues which were moving quickly. Sebby was nervous at first and Isaac held his hand until he was more confident.

Bournemouth Wheel

You get three full rotations of the wheel and this time we had longer onboard as all the gondolas were full, therefore we got to enjoy the views over Bournemouth Gardens and Pier as they were unloaded and re-loaded.

Bournemouth Big Wheel

My only frustration is that the Gondolas are surrounded by perspex for safety and being by the sea they are covered in salt so taking photo’s is tricky, but I managed to get a couple through the gaps.

Sebby didn’t want to get off, but I managed to persuade him with a promise of going to see the birds in the Aviary in the Gardens.

Bournemouth Gardens

Isaac and Eliza wanted to do the ice rink, but as I was on my own with them I decided we will wait for a time when I have another pair of hands, so we headed back to the pier where there was a spiral Christmas tree-lined walkway leading to a letter box to the North Pole to explore.

Bournemouth

It was a lovely day out with the kids and although the big wheel doesn’t raise you to the dizzy heights of the balloon, at least I can say that I have seen Bournemouth from above now.

The Bournemouth Wheel costs £5 per adult, £4 per child and £16 for a family and is open from 10am-10pm until 7th January 2017. Don’t forget to take ID with you as BH residents get 50p off too.

Country Kids

Christchurch

A Spring Stroll around Christchurch

After three weeks of the lurgy going through everyone in the house finally everyone was back to school, so I took advantage of the sunny weather and decided to take Sebastian out for a walk. I gave him a choice of where he wanted to go and he decided that he wanted to feed the ducks. The best spot locally for feeding ducks is Christchurch so we jumped in the car and headed over with our bread. On the drive over we drove over the Avon Causeway and although we had some dreadful weather the day before I wasn’t expecting …

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New Forest Wildlife Park

The New Forest Wildlife Park is set in the heart of the New Forest, a mile up the road from Longdown Farm which we visited last year. The park offers you the chance to see indigenous species in their natural surroundings by simply following woodland trails and thanks to the previous days torrential rain it was a bit of a muddy walk so if you visit when it has been rainy I would advise you take your wellies. You enter the park through the reception area which is next to a large cafe. The only toilets in the park are …

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Icy fun

Icy Fun at the Park

I have to admit that I am not someone who can stay at home all day, everyday.  I like to be out and about, even if it is just a brisk walk to the shops and back. Thankfully my friend Joanne from Charliemoos has the same philosophy as me and we often team up for some outdoor adventures with the kids in tow and this week was no exception. She suggested we take the kids to her local skatepark with their scooters, so I loaded the kids, their scooters and their warm coats into the car and headed over to …

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