National Emergency Services Museum

A soggy Saturday over Easter became an opportunity to visit the *mostly* indoor National Emergency Services Museum. Where? The museum is in a massive Victorian firehouse in Sheffield. Once you have paid for your ticket you have free entry for a whole year! I don’t like trying to find places to park in Sheffield but…

14 Day Trips from Derbyshire

This summer will mark five years since we moved to Derbyshire from East Yorkshire. I was really fond of coming here as a child for caravan holidays at the Lime Tree caravan park near Buxton, mostly as my parents would take my sister and I to some fantastic theme parks, but also because the caravan park…

Flight Academy at Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

. FLIGHT ACADEMY This time last year, my son’s topic at school was ‘transportation’. I like to try to find outings we can do that compliment what he’s learning in school, so when I researched places we could visit I was really excited to find that the Manchester Runway Visitor Park would be holding a…

Brickish Weekend at the National Space Centre, Leicester

It’s been a bit of a tough week for us. We were snowed in for the most part, so cooped up in the house by ourselves. What a relief it was to finally get the car off the drive-way.    We had been planning to attend Brickish Weekend, an annual Lego festival at the National Space Centre, for…

Legoland Windsor on a Budget

LEGOLAND WINDSOR ON A BUDGET People who know me will know how much I love couponing and finding ways of saving money. Unsurprisingly, I absolutely love finding ways to have breaks/days out at a fraction of the price. My excuse is that it allows us to spend more on the bigger holidays abroad! Here’s our guide…

Muddy, squelchy fun at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Our plan to swim our way through half-term was scuppered by Noah’s accident on Pancake day; he managed to burn his finger to blistering point on a frying pan. I am now scrambling to find alternative, cheap activities for us to do (that wont get his bandage wet). Today, we visited a local National Trust property, Hardwick Hall.   When we arrived, Noah exclaimed that he “loved mud”…

Our Tim Peake Adventure…

Earlier this week we announced that we will be attending the ‘Space Rocks‘ event at The Indigo at the O2, London. Noah has had a longtime fascination with everything ‘out of this world’ but did you know that his love of space once inspired a very spontaneous, unexpected adventure to see his hero, astronaut Tim Peake? One evening,…

Explorer Night Run trail at Lyme Park, Cheshire

The day had arrived that I had been dreading from the moment I signed us up to the National Trust’s Night Run at Lyme Park, Cheshire. As someone who detests the cold, who has a natural aversion to outdoor pursuits, I knew that running around in the dark on a winter’s night was probably not…

Noah’s first hostel experience at the YHA Eden Project 

Before becoming a mum, I was no stranger to hostel life. I found hostels to be an affordable and mostly comfortable way of staying in London, bunking after evenings out and for a couple of weeks when I did some work experience. I also had dreams of backpacking around the world. As a mum, it…