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9 National Trust Days Out with Children in the North West & The Lakes

We love National Trust days out here at Mini Travellers and we were surprised to learn the other day that some people still don’t think their properties are suitable for children.  The National Trust has put children at the heart of a lot of their properties over the last few years and …

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Going on a Bear Hunt at Lowther Castle www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Going on a Bear Hunt at Lowther Castle

Last week I met one of my very best friends who was over from America at Lowther Castle, near Penrith. They were having a large family gathering in the Lakes for the week and I went up and met them for the day.  We were blessed with a sunny day, …

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Foodies Festival Tatton Park www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Foodies Festival Tatton Park

The Foodies Festival takes place across 10 different locations from April through to September and claims to be ‘the UKs biggest celebration of food, drink and wellbeing.’ Since becoming a parent, I have learnt to appreciate the ‘finer’ things in life; good food, good drink and the occasional period of …

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Kendal Calling with a Baby www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Kendal Calling with a Baby

Find out how we got on at Kendal Calling with a 7 week old baby! Before the arrival of our little boy, and in fact even before we decided to try for children in the first place, my wife and I discussed what sort of impact having a child would …

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Ferry across the Mersey | Family Day Out www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Ferry across the Mersey including Spaceport | Family Day Out

On a sunny but blustery day in the Summer holidays I took the girls on a Ferry across the Mersey on Mersey Ferries. If you’re anything like me you can’t actually make that statement without singing it to the tune of the Gerry & The Pacemakers hit. We went to take …

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A Weekend On the Fylde Coast - aka Blackpool!  www.minitravellers.co.uk
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A Weekend on the Fylde Coast – aka Blackpool! 

Ah, the inset day. That most hallowed of days when you can visit what is usually an incredibly busy attraction on a, relatively, quiet day. I pore over the school calendar every year looking for them and the most favourite of ours is the one on a Friday at the beginning of …

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5 Things to do in Manchester with the Kids www.minitravellers.co.uk
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5 Things to do in Manchester with the Kids

I grew up just outside Manchester and don’t live that far away now.  As a family we are in Manchester a lot and the kids love getting on the train from Liverpool and heading over to spend the day there, so here are my 5 Things to do in Manchester …

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Geronimo Festival 2017 | Family Friendly Festival www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Geronimo Festival 2017 | Family Friendly Festival

This year, the Geronimo Festival took up a new residency at Arley Hall in Cheshire. Having only ever visited Arley Hall for a (rather lovely) wedding, we were interested to see how this year’s festival differed from last year (our review for last year is here)… Arley was a little …

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Family Day Out with the Ford Kuga from Peoples Ford www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Family Day Out at Formby Sand Dunes

If you haven’t ever visited Formby Sand Dunes then you are missing a trick.  The dunes will forever have a special memory in my heart as we met some very good friends there just moments after finding out that we were having twins and that they would be born when my …

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36 Hours in Blackpool with Kids www.minitravellers.co.uk
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36 Hours in Blackpool with Kids

We have just returned from 36 hours in Blackpool with the kids so what did we do! Where we stayed! We stayed one night in Blackpool, on a Saturday night at the The Big Blue Hotel, which was located just next to the Pleasure Beach near the sea front. The …

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Is Ness Gardens Worth Visiting with Kids www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Is Ness Gardens Worth Visiting With Kids?

When you think of a day out with young children, you might not think a botanic garden would be high up your list of places to go, however you’d be wrong. Ness Gardens on the Wirral/Cheshire border is a brilliant place to take the kids and stretch their legs at all …

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8 Reasons to Visit Speke Hall with Kids www.minitravellers.co.uk
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8 Reasons to Visit Speke Hall with Kids

We are huge fans of Speke Hall here at Mini Travellers.  It’s our closest National Trust property and we go at least 4 times a year, probably more. So if you haven’t been, why do we love it and keep returning? 1.Maze which is big enough for fun but small …

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The Narnia Experience at St George's Hall www.minitravellers.co.uk Narnia 1 - Credit David Munn
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The Narnia Experience at St George’s Hall

Last night I took the girls to the Narnia Experience at St George’s Hall. The experience based on the classic children’s tale by the famous children’s author C.S. Lewis, creator of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. returns to St George’s Hall following a sell-out run in 2013 and …

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Review of Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester – Special Theme Lego Batman www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Review of Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester – Special Theme Lego Batman

Our son is a devoted Batman fan.  At the tender age of 3 we already have multiple batman suits for every occasion and he is never without a cape, so you can imagine the excitement in our house when we learned of the new Lego Batman movie.  In celebration of …

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Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids

This is a walk of around 4 miles (6.5km) over the sand from West Kirby to Hilbre Island and back.  It is only possible when the tide is out and you have to check the tide times carefully as they can come back in quickly!  You can’t do this with a …

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Digital Kids Show Review www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Digital Kids Show 2016 – Our Review

Digital Kids Show was my boys’ idea of heaven. A full day of games, gamers and gadgets. They’re 9 and 6 and would happily play Minecraft and FIFA all day, pausing only to watch videos of the same on YouTube. When we were offered the opportunity to attend, we decided it …

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What's on in Liverpool this Christmas #OneMagicalCity www.minitravellers.co.uk
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What’s On in Liverpool this Christmas #OneMagicalCity

It’s probably easier to ask what isn’t going on in Liverpool this festive season than what is. Branded and using the hashtag #OneMagicalCity Liverpool is most definitely magical this season. I have received more invitations than I could attend this year but on Saturday we tried to fit as many …

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Manchester City FC’s Christmas Stadium and Club Tour www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Manchester City FC’s Christmas Stadium and Club Tour

On Sunday we had the opportunity to visit the Manchester City Stadium for their special christmas tour which is named Santa v Elves! We are a family of five with 3 sons aged 5, 7 and 9. As our children and my husband are football mad this seemed an ideal …

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Tatton Park’s Christmas Gloriumptious Mansion www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Roald Dahl’s Gloriumptious Christmas at Tatton Park

We were kindly invited by Mini Travellers to attend the opening evening of Roald Dahl’s Gloriumptious Christmas at Tatton Park on Friday, with a visit to the Mansion and to see the arrival of Father Christmas in the Lantern Parade. My youngest, Daniel, age 7 and his best friend Lucas …

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The Elf Adventure Challenge at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm www.minitravellers.co.uk
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The Elf Adventure Challenge at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Today we visited the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm to take part in their Elf Adventure Challenge.  The premise is simple, they invite you to “Come and learn what it takes to be a Christmas Elf with fun, challenges and Christmas spirit for the whole family” We had a slot at 10.40 …

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Ten Tips for Just So Festival | Family Friendly Festival

One of the family events of the summer last year that was truly memorable was the Just So Festival at Rode Hall in Cheshire. When the opportunity to go again this year came about we jumped at the chance. The festival organisers kept the format similar to previous years but …

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Albert Dock
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Albert Dock, Liverpool – Summer on the Dock

This week we were tourists in our home town. Until recently I travelled into Liverpool most days but until this week I hadn’t been over much since Christmas.  Whilst it really is only half an hour away we don’t get in there as much as we could with the girls, …

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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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