Lowther Castle, Penrith
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Lowther Castle – Perfect Summer Holidays Adventure

Last weekend we spent a fantastic afternoon at Lowther Castle near Penrith.  We were blessed with fabulous weather but a place that can keep 6 kids ranging from 4-10, 6 adults and a dog happy is definitely worthy of a visit whatever the weather. The website describes Lowther Castle as  “A sight …

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The Pet Show
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Perfect Family Day Out at The Pet Show

Like many children, my pair are animal mad! Going for a walk anywhere, we have to stop and ask every dog owner the key question: ‘Can I stroke your dog please?’ and one of the first words my little boy said was ‘dog’! When I was asked to visit The …

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Speke Hall Game On
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Speke Hall #GameOn Weekend 12-14th August

Today we have just spent a fabulous day at Speke Hall in Liverpool at the first day of the #GameOn weekend.  It helped that it was a beautiful day but if you are looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, just take a look at the fabulous …

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Lowry Family Fun Day
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Family Fun at The Lowry – The Gruffalo’s Child, Lunch and Superheroes!

If you’re wondering what to do on a rainy day in the Summer holidays (or afterwards if you have pre-schoolers) then a day at The Lowry in Manchester would be a great idea. We spent a lovely day there watching the Gruffalo’s Child, eating lunch in Pier Eight Restaurant and …

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Brimstage Maze – Highly Recommended even in the Rain

We’ve been regular summer visitors at Brimstage Maze for a few years now and every year it changes. They add something. Take something away.  Change it so it all works a little better (hopefully anyway). The maze itself is still a key attraction but for many not the main focus. …

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Pick Your Own at Rectory Farms, Nr Oxford

My daughter chose to go Strawberry picking as her good behaviour treat this week, all well & good but our local Pick Your Own is no longer open & the closest ones have run out of strawberries! However as her little brother had broken out in chicken pox this week and …

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Beatrix Potter Fortnight at Speke Hall www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Beatrix Potter at Speke Hall, Liverpool

It is Beatrix Potter Fortnight at Speke Hall from 26 July – 7 August 2016 and they are celebrating the fact that one of the National Trust’s most beloved figures would have been 150 this year! Her work and her characters have become national treasures, inspiring children everywhere and sparking imagination in the …

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Roald Dahl Museum
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Roald Dahl Museum – Inspiring the Next Generation

If you say the name Roald Dahl to most people of my generation, those swiftly moving towards the big 40, we fondly remember our childhood growing up reading the ‘Twits’, ‘Georges Marvellous Medicine’ and of course ‘Matilda’. But the love of Roald Dahl’s book is more widely spread than my …

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Shrewsbury Food Festival
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Shrewsbury Food Festival

Since having children, our weekend activities have changed a little! Apart from the obvious lack of lazy mornings in bed followed by coffee, papers and people watching, we now spend most of our time trying to find that ultimate family activity; something that we want to do that the children …

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Wray Castle
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Top 5 Things to do in the Lake District with Kids

We adore the Lake District here at Mini Travellers. We are lucky too, it is only a couple of hours drive from us and we try and visit as often as we can. We also head up there to stay for long weekends and family holidays too. We often choose …

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BB Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
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Afternoon Tea in London and the Sights!

Whilst planning a weekend in London with friends we chatted about having an Afternoon Tea but we also debated trying to see some of the sights. I’m in London fairly frequently through the year but rarely find the time to do anything touristy or relaxing. Rachel, Katie and I decided …

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Roald Dahl at Tatton Park
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Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park

When the sun was shining (for that brief time in June) we met my brother and his younger children at Tatton Park whilst our elder children were at school. I’d be meaning to go ever since they opened the activities in April but it was really after I saw Hayley’s post …

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How to do Disneyland Paris in One Day
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How to do Disneyland Paris in One Day

This was our first visit to Disneyland Paris while staying off site. On our past two visits we’ve stayed in their hotels and had plenty of time over a couple of days to explore the two parks. It certainly requires very different planning to make sure you fit everything in …

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CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

If you don’t follow Mascara & Mud on Instagram, you won’t have witnessed them falling in love with Northern Ireland. Not only was their whole weekend filled with breathtakingly beautiful scenery…it was also filled with back-to-back blue skies! Here is a taster of the fabulous photos, but to read the …

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Leeds Castle
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The Magnificent Leeds Castle, Kent

We recently visited Leeds Castle, in Maidstone, Kent, on a very cold and blustery day in half term. It seemed quite quiet whilst we waited to get our tickets, but when we went through the gates to the parkland it was bustling with young mums and grandparents with children and …

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CREGENNAN LAKES
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Adventure Walk at Cregennan Lakes, Pembrokeshire

We can’t be the only parents who sometimes find it hard to come up with stuff to do when the kids are off during half term, can we?! We always ask the boys for ideas and all they can come up with is swimming. Swimming is always fun with them …

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Geronimo Festival Weekend 2016

12 months ago I had never even heard of the concept of a ‘Family Festival’ let alone attended one.  However, after reading the review of the first Geronimo Festival on Mini Travellers, I was curious and decided that we were ready to investigate! The Geronimo Festival takes place at two …

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Tough Mudder
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Adventurous Charity Days Out with Kids?

Days out with the family can be fun and exciting, but when there’s a cause attached to an event it can also be a meaningful and very worthwhile experience. Doing things for charity doesn’t have to involve boring activities, or ones that won’t keep kids’ attention all day, because there …

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Imperial War Museum
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The Imperial War Museum London with Young Kids

Cost: Free entry. £15 in the gift shop (£5 each for a spy pen) and a cup of tea and a cake plus snacks £10 Who went – 2 boys aged 9 and my younger son who is 7. How to get there – We drove and were able to …

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Geronimo Festival
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Ten Top Tips for Geronimo Festival 2016

1. It’s going to be hot hot hot – take Sun Cream, although they do have some at the Information desk. 2. Take large bottles of water, the queues for the water and food were long, very very long. 3. Take a picnic with lots of snacks in. 4. Don’t …

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The Lost Carnival
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The Lost Carnival Strikes Back

Having been to the Lost Carnival last year in Bury we knew what to expect in some respects from this years Lost Carnival in Queens Park, Crewe. However the Lost Carnival always has a few tricks up its sleeves so you’ll never quite know what to expect until you get …

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Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Last weekend me and the girls spent a few hours at a rave in Liverpool. There was a DJ (who I think probably performed at Cream or the Hacienda back in the day) cans of Red Stripe, banging music and lots of smiles; the only difference was that the girls I …

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The Shropshire Kids Festival
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The Shropshire Kids’ Festival

This year marked the inaugural year of the Shropshire Kids’ Festival. As regular visitors to the annual Shrewsbury Food Festival (review to follow!) we were really keen to find out what the same organisers had planned for this child focused event. The event is based in the Quarry Park in …

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Baby Wearing at Disney
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Baby Wearing at Disney

Whilst I’ve been researching touring Walt Disney World I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts and reading lots of tips about travelling with little ones and children.  One tip that comes up time and time again is Baby Wearing. As the parks are busy and lots and lots of people …

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