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Things to do in Portland with Children

Last weekend, we travelled to Portland in Dorset for our first youth hostel experience. Arriving late on Friday afternoon and departing fairly early on Sunday morning, we were grateful to find Saturday so warm and sunny, meaning we could get out and about. We managed to fit a lot in; here are our favourite Portland attractions: Fancy’s Family Farm   With free entry and a vast array of friendly animals on site, a visit to Fancy’s Farm is a must for any family. Miss J is obsessed with animals so was in her element, feeding the goats and sheep and petting the ponies. We saw newborn goats and even the resident owl, Oscar. There is a basic cafe for refreshments and an indoor play area where the children practised their gym moves on the padded floor. A fun way to spend an hour or two. Portland Museum    Recommended to us by the youth hostel’s manager, we headed to Portland Museum after Fancy’s Farm. Entry costs £3.50 per adult and, honestly, there isn’t a lot …

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Golden Beach, Paros

One of my favourite parts of motherhood occurs in the moments following a day at the beach. Wrapping my children in shorts and warm jumpers, feeding them snacks, their energy spent. Bundling them into the car and filling the space between them. Observing their faces through dappled light on the road home; all tousled hair, sand-speckled noses and seawater lips. Watching sleep wash over them, their breath rhythmic as the ocean waves… Despite living by the sea, these moments are rare. Our beaches are pebbled, our waters freezing. Very few days are spent at the beach, even in the summer.  Last week, though, we were on Paros, surrounded by the most beautifully clear water I had ever seen, and mile upon mile of sandy beaches. We were blessed with unseasonably good weather – bright, sunny, hot. On Tuesday, we spent the afternoon at Golden Beach, a vast stretch of sand to the East of the island, often frequented by windsurfers, though entirely empty in February. The sun was incredibly hot and there was no shade …

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Folly Farm

This week, we have been staying at Bluestone Wales, which is such a beautiful part of the UK. Wales is incredibly lush and green, with breathtaking landscapes.  We just don’t have cliffs and mountains in Worthing, and our beaches are certainly not pristine and sandy!  It has been a real treat of a week.  Without question, one of our absolutely highlights was our visit to Folly Farm, just a few minutes up the road. Seeing that it had been voted Wales’ Best Day Out 2015 raised our expectations, yet still they were exceeded.  Folly Farm is like several days out in one.  There is the farm, the zoo, the vintage funfair, the impressive play parks, and the go karts.  We stayed all day and didn’t even see it all.  We started at one of the farm’s many play parks.  All were huge and provided challenging and stimulating equipment.  It was lovely to see a place that understands the connection between a child’s imagination and their physical need to play and move.   Next up, we headed …

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Drusillas and Hello Kitty’s Secret Garden

This summer, we have been lucky enough to review some brilliant days out, not least this week when we headed to Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex.  With four very excited children, we arrived on a warm sunny morning and got stuck in immediately. Ironically, the animals held little interest for the boys, and they rushed through the zoo as quickly as their little legs, and big sisters, would allow them.   Our first stop was the farm area, where the children loved learning how to milk a cow, and posed inside an egg… Next up, the children enjoyed taking part in the ever-popular Zoolympics; hanging, climbing, running, jumping and even shouting! The Zoolympics challenges are one of my highlights, as a parent. Little interactive touches like this and the spotter book really set it apart as a zoo with a difference. It is evident how much the children enjoy these activities, and they definitely help to keep them interested and involved in their surroundings. Back on the zoo trail, I took Miss J, the boy …

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Knight For A Day – Arundel Castle review

The boy loves being a knight. He loves swords and shields and helmets and armour… He likes to pretend his name is Mike! He rides horses and slays dragons; he even rescues the odd Princess. He loves knights so much that when we were offered the chance to visit a castle and watch a medieval jousting tournament, I could not refuse. What could be more fun for a knight in training? We invited some friends and headed to the beautiful old market town of Arundel. The day was hot and bright; the castle looked incredible against its blue-sky backdrop. We settled in as much shade as we could find and introduced the children to jousting. The boys were far more engrossed than the girls – Miss J was more interested in her lunch! The jousting tournament itself was very well thought out and I imagine it was rather authentic too. Surrounding the arenas were stalls containing scenes of medieval life, including the kitchen. Between battles, we escaped to the cool of the castle. Miss J …