Family Walk at Wellington Monument

Family Walk at Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset is currently being restored. This means that the monument itself is currently covered in scaffolding. However, its surroundings still make for a pleasant family walk. The site is managed by the National Trust, so take a look on their website to see what the monument looks like. Excitingly, the restoration includes a plan for a viewing platform. Hopefully there will be some great views from there. 

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Family Walk at Dumpdon Hill

Family Walk at Dumpdon Hill

Family Walk at Dumpdon Hill – History

Dumpdon Hill is in the Blackdown Hills in East Devon. Dumpdon Hill was the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It is thought to date from 750BC to AD43. The top is more than 250 metres high and is one of the highest points in the Otter Valley. The site covers a sizeable 62 acres. The earth ramparts at the top of the hill are up to 2 metres high. However, archaeologists believe that the hill fort was never finished or lived in. The hill fort would have made a striking sight and invaders would have found it imposing.

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2019 Travel with my Pre-schooler

2019 Travel With a Pre-Schooler

It didn’t feel like I did much travel with my pre-schooler in 2019. Certainly not much that I felt warranted a blog post. This is my personal reflection on the travel we did, along with days out in the UK. It actually adds up to quite a lot when I look back on it. Just not much that was worth writing about. Either because I had written about it before. Or because there are already so many blogs on the venue that I didn’t feel the need to add another. Continue reading “2019 Travel with my Pre-schooler”

Acton Depot Open Weekend: Family Fun

Acton Depot Open Weekend: Family Fun
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The London Transport Museum Acton Depot only opens for three Open Weekends per year. The Museum Depot at Acton is a huge warehouse that holds the majority of the Museum’s collection which is not on display at the main Museum in Covent Garden. The Depot houses over 320,000 items of all types, including many original works of art used for the Museum’s celebrated poster collection, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings, uniforms and of course lots of different vehicles from throughout the ages. Sounds perfect for transport geeks, but is it any fun for a three year old? We went along to the Acton Depot Open Weekend: Family Fun to find out…

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Hounslow Urban Farm with a Toddler

Hounslow Urban Farm with a Toddler

Hounslow Urban Farm is one of the most urban of the London city farms that we have visited. Whilst there are plenty of farm animals to pet, the large planes landing at nearby Heathrow are a constant reminder of your city location. In terms of activities for toddlers, this is best urban farm we have visited in London. Read on to find out why it is great fun visiting Hounslow Urban Farm with a toddler…

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Hiking on Koh Tao with a Toddler

‘So what do we do now?’ I say, gazing down at a jumble of rocks and the sea…

Hiking on Koh Tao with a Toddler
The end of the path…

Hiking on Koh Tao with a toddler had taken an unexpected turn for the more difficult… The route from Sairee Beach to Chalok Bay takes you along the coastline from the west to the south of Koh Tao. We had read that it was a fairly easy hike that passes by to seven beaches. We had also read that the trail is well constructed with a concrete path, a few steps and some stretches of dirt path. Hmm…
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Hiking on Koh Phangan with a Toddler: Thong Nai Pan Yai to Bottle Beach

Hiking on Koh Phangan with a Toddler

Bottle Beach, or Haad Khuad, is the next beach north-west of Thong Nai Pan Yai. It is a crescent of white sand backed by palm trees and a handful of small bungalow resorts. It is quite undeveloped and was laid back and quiet when we visited. I think this may be helped by the many websites that claim the only way to get to the beach is by longtail boat. That was the case for many years, but the road is now passable by motorbike or 4×4 if you are a confident driver (it is pretty rough and steep in parts). Or you can of course hike. Which is what we did. There is only so much sitting on a beach we can handle. So it was on with the trusty Tula carrier and off hiking on Koh Phangan with a toddler…

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Budget Honeymoon in Thailand with a Toddler

Budget Honeymoon in Thailand with a Toddler

We were on a tight budget honeymoon in Thailand with a toddler. We wanted to stay in accommodation that had decent reviews, as with a toddler you tend to spend a fair bit of time in the room. In addition, we needed to minimise travel hassle so focused on the Koh Samui archipelago. And of course wanted to find that elusive idyllic, laid-back beach environment. With a range of eating options… Read on to find out which destinations were both budget and toddler friendly…
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Best Beaches Near Lisbon

Best Beaches Near Lisbon‘Want a jumper on!’ But it’s 25 degrees outside. ‘Want a jumper on!’ But you’ll be far too hot. ‘Want a jumper on!’ Mummy sighs and gives in to unreasonable toddler demands. It turns out she was right though…
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