Walks in Herts with kids: Mardley Heath

Walks in Herts with kids: Mardley Heath

When you’re taking children out for a walk it sometimes helps to have a destination or focal point to aim for to encourage them away from their Lego, iPad or whatever other housebound activity they’re…

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Visiting Stevenage Museum with kids

Visiting Stevenage Museum with kids

If you’re a fan of Brutalist architecture, it’s worth visiting Stevenage Museum for its location alone, set beneath the 1960s St Andrew and St George Church, which features an unusual concrete bell tower. Stevenage Museum is…

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Wimpole Estate: the best muddy day out ever

Wimpole Estate: the best muddy day out …

What makes a really good day out with small children? I discovered the answer on a breezy December day when I visited the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, in Cambridgeshire. The stately pile part of the…

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Seeing the Christmas lights at Blenheim Palace

Seeing the Christmas lights at Blenheim Palace

What does Christmas mean to me? Well, I quite like the traditional stuff: turkey, presents and family (not necessarily in that order). I’ve discovered that I also like this new phenomenon of Christmas light displays.…

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A trip to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich with kids

A trip to the National Maritime Museum …

Considering a trip to Greenwich with kids? We recently took our boys, aged six and three, to the National Maritime Museum in London. It’s part of the Royal Museums Greenwich which includes the Cutty Sark,…

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A boat trip on the River Thames aboard the Paddle Steamer Waverley

A boat trip on the River Thames …

Have you taken a boat trip on the River Thames? Ever since taking a tour of London’s Tower Bridge, my six year old son has been desperate to see the bridge lift, ideally from a…

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Milestones Museum Hampshire

Milestones Museum Hampshire

Housed in a former aircraft hanger, incongruously located next to a bowling alley and cinema complex in Basingstoke’s leisure park is one of my family’s favourite rainy day haunts: Milestones Museum of Living History. Here, toddlers can dash across a cobbled…

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Basingstoke canal boat hire: a review of our day trip
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Basingstoke canal boat hire: a review of …

Being stuck in a confined space with your family, in a waterway named after the town of Basingstoke, with a mediocre weather forecast isn’t everyone’s idea of a good day out. Nevertheless, my extended family…

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Our guided tour of Mount Etna: visiting an active volcano

Our guided tour of Mount Etna: visiting …

  Have you ever considered taking a guided tour of Mount Etna? Volcanoes have all the elements you need to engage children’s imagination: smoke, fire and huge scale destruction. As geography lessons go, volcanoes take some beating. With this in…

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Free things to do in Hertfordshire

Free things to do in Hertfordshire

Free things to do in Hertfordshire Like most parents, I’m always keen to avoid spending a fortune over the summer months on days out in Hertfordshire with my children. So I’ve compiled a list of…

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