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My Great British Family Holiday #OMGBFamily

I have very fond memories of holiday’s as a child and always looked forward to spending time with Great Auntie Kathleen and Great Uncle Len who lived in Somerford, then Hampshire. I lived in West Sussex at the time, a stones throw from the shingle beach and not too far from the bright lights of Brighton, but holiday’s with my Aunt and Uncle always stick in my mind. It’s funny what you remember, the journey through the New Forest that took 2 hours before the M27 was built, that my Uncle used to change his car every year – although …

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The Stick Man Trail at Moors Valley 2016

The Stick Man trail was last at Moors Valley back in 2013 and the kids loved all the activities there were to do as we walked around the self-led trail and now it is back with new challenges and a new route to explore until the end of February and because the kids saw the film on Christmas Day they were even more excited to take part and of course Stick Man himself had to come with us.

We planned our visit around a break in the rain to help Stick Man find his way back to his family tree and be reunited with his Stick Lady Love, and his Stick children three.

The trail is basically the play trail backwards and leads you through the forest using activity points with activities based on the Stick Man book allowing them to live the epic adventures of Stick Man, finding characters from the book and learning about the importance of forests for people, wildlife and timber.
Stick Man Trail

We had to build a cosy nest, trying and hit a pine cone with a stick from 3 metres away, find a curves stick to make a bow and arrow and of course, make our very own Stick Man.

You can also buy activity packs for £3, which include a fun-packed activity leaflet, sheets to create your own Stick Man rubbing and pipe cleaners to make your own Stick Man, a chunky crayon and a pencil, but they are not essential as the boards have all the challenges on and the trail is clearly signposted.

Stick Man Trail

The kids had lots of fun doing all the activities, squelching in the mud and sploshing their way through the muddy puddles and as they did so well I promised them a visit to the park afterwards. The park for the older kids was open but for no apparent reason the park for Sebby’s age was closed off which was a real shame as there was nothing really for him to do apart from watch the miniature train as it trundled around the outside of the park.

Moors Valley

Despite the park being closed, we had a lot of fun doing the Stick Man Trail and you can sign up to the Stick Man and friends email newsletter to receive exclusive offers, free activity sheets, information on events and more.

Visit Conkers

A Summer Visit to Conkers

I first heard of Conkers earlier this year when a group of some of my favourite bloggers visited and shared their fun and adventures on their blogs. Everyone had an amazing day out but the one thing that went against it for me was the 3 hour drive from Bournemouth. I was approached by Conkers to see if I wanted to attend their next bloggers event in July and as we live 180 miles away they suggested we use their Stay Play Explore short break offer – for just £129 a family of four can visit any 3 of 5 world class …

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Kidizoom Smart Watch Go Ape Challenge

Over half term we were invited to take part in the Kidizoom Smart Watch Challenge.  From taking photos, videos, telling the time to recording their voice, the device is perfect on the move and we got to put it through its paces whilst having a fun experience at Go Ape! The new Kidizoom Smart Watch is a new and amazing smart watch just for children! It is so easy to use even Eliza (3) can do it as it has an intuitive touch screen which features lots of different analogue and digital watch faces for the kids to choose from. The watch also …

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Red Arrows at Lymington

There is something about the Red Arrows that gets me really excited – I am like a big kid! Every year we watch them at Bournemouth Air Festival and we often see them flying in and out of Bournemouth Airport when they are displaying at other local events, but we have never seen them perform other than at Bournemouth. The D-Day celebrations were in the news last week and hubby spotted that they were due to display over Lymington on Saturday 7th June.  As he was day off, we bundled the kids in the car and headed through the New …

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