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,…

Taking the Plunge… in Mexico

  We were in the back of a taxi. Noah looked up at me with his big grey-blue eyes in anticipation. We just grinned at each-other. We were on our way to the airport, going to a far-away place called Mexico, completely and utterly by ourselves. We had traveled before, even braving a couple of long haul flights…

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…

Twenty -one ways we are saving for our dream trip 

Looking out into the depths of the Grand Canyon, splashing around with dolphins in Mexico, lounging by the pool in Dubai… For many parents, especially in households on a single income, these trips may seem unattainable. Noah and I are embarking on saving for our next big trip. This will be our second trip since a very significant…

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…

Satisfy curious minds at the Thinktank museum, Birmingham

Noah is ferociously curious about how things work. I get absolutely stumped by some of the questions he asks me: Why are tyres black? How does gravity work? Why are a plane’s propellers at the front and not at the back? (thank goodness for Google, right?) When I heard there was a children’s science museum in…

10 Fun things to do with preschoolers in Dubai

Why should adults have all the fun? Dubai is abundant with family-friendly activities, many of which are perfect for preschoolers. Here are ten of our favourites: Hang by the Pool   Every time we go anywhere, checking out the swimming pool is always the first thing on Noah’s mind. The swimming pool at the Amwaj…

Haworth and the Santa Special

Last weekend, we rode the Santa Special through Bronte country. Just picture the scene: Snow settles on the hills of the Yorkshire Pennines. Our loco steams through picture-perfect villages. Children prop themselves up in anticipation. Santa makes his way down the train… And my son…   …could give Ebeneezer Scrooge a run for his money….

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

I know I know, it is too early to be talking about Christmas, but I thought it may be worth mentioning a children’s show that is currently touring UK theatres: Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps. This show left Noah roaring with deep belly laughs and yes, it is about exactly what you’re thinking: Santa’s struggle with…