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8 National Trust Days Out with Children in the West Midlands

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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4 National Trust Days Out with Children in the East Midlands

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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Stay in a Haunted Castle, St Briavels, Gloucestershire

Yes you really can take the kids to stay in a haunted castle and what’s more it won’t cost you a fortune. St Briavels Castle near Lydney in Gloucestershire is bona fide 12th Century castle featured in many ‘most haunted’ tv programmes.  Owned by English Heritage and operated by the …

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Rock Up – Birmingham Review

If you are anything like me, your children have been attempting to climb up, over and onto things from the moment they could walk! With a daughter who was scaling the bathroom sink at 2 years old and with a climbing hobby behind us, taking her to a climbing centre …

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Santa Sleepover at Alton Towers

We have just returned home from absolutely the most magical Christmassy weekend ever!!  From start to finish we have had such a fabulous time that we couldn’t even choose a ‘highlight’ of the weekend because it was all so good!  Be prepared – this blog is a long one full …

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Go Ape Tree Top – Junior Course Reviewed

When Go Ape appeared in the UK around 16 years ago, as a young (ish!), free adventurous couple we wasted no time at all in getting stuck in.  Climbing, balancing and zip-lining through the trees was right up our street!  But what does such an adventurous activity hold for young …

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The Shrewsbury Flower Show
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The Shrewsbury Flower Show

The Shrewsbury Flower Show is a very well known annual event in Shropshire and yet, an event that having lived in Shropshire for 30 years, I have never attended.  At the recent Shrewsbury Food Festival, I started chatting to a gentleman on the Shrewsbury Flower Show stand (attracted by their rather …

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National Forest Adventure Farm

When we were invited to visit the National Forest Adventure Farm the first thing I did was check out the website. Living only 45 mins away we had somehow missed out on it’s existence, however, when I questioned other parents their response was ‘Oh yes, it’s great!’. How had we …

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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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Lunar Festival 2016 – No Wellies Required!

In my experience wellies are needed at festivals for two reasons: Mud and Muck. Towards the end of the day you really don’t want to be wading through the sea of debris wearing anything else! We have just returned from the Lunar Festival, our first family festival, and no wellies …

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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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Large Family Gathering at Alton Towers Resort
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Large Family Gathering at Alton Towers Resort

We recently returned from our second family trip to the Alton Towers Resort. On this trip, we used the resort as a mid-point for a family gathering, with people travelling from the North East and the South; worked well at around 3 hours journey time each. There were 13 of us …

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WWT Slimbridge – Slimbridge Wetland Centre

On Good Friday we drove 3 hours down the M6/M5 from the Wirral to meet the lovely Karen (Stopping at Two) and her family at WWT Slimbridge. They live within twenty minutes of the place so are members and Slimbridge kindly gave us free entry in exchange for this review. …

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Darwin Forest Country Park

Darwin Forest Country Park lies in the heart of Derbyshire. Living in the Midlands, the journey there is just long enough to feel like you are going on holiday, but short enough to manage with two small children! Upon arrival, as my husband commented, you really do feel like you …

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Visiting Birmingham’s New Library with Kids

As we were in Birmingham for ‘The Snowman’ at The Rep we decided to pay a visit to one of our favourite family places, Birmingham’s new Library. For those of you who haven’t visited, the Library has been met with mixed reviews due to its contemporary exterior, however, if you …

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Family Visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon

This is a guest post by Pauline and her family who visited Stratford Upon Avon last weekend with her family. This weekend we decided to take the family (Freddie 7 and Daisy 2) to Stratford Upon Avon the birthplace of the great William Shakespeare. Freddie is learning about great authors …

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Rainy Christmas Day Out at Thomas Land

Last weekend we spent a very wet and rainy day at Thomas Land with some friends. We live about 5 hours apart and Thomas Land is in the middle. We had a brilliant time there last Christmas and decided to book it again this year. When we woke up in …

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Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest – Such a Fantastic Place

This is a guest post about a family trip to Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest by Southampton based wife and Mum of 3 Stephanie who has a love for home interiors and family life.  Her blog Renovation Bay-Bee is full of brilliant posts so why not head over and have a look. You …

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Ready Camp at Blackmore Camping and Caravan Club Site

It’s the middle of another busy school summer holidays and we (my husband and I and our three kids; boys aged 4 and 2 and our 10 month old baby girl) headed on out to Blackmore Camping and Caravan Site for a few days rest and relaxation together. We booked …

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10 Things to do in Sherwood Pines Forest

10 Things to do in Sherwood Pines Forest has been written by Tracey who blogs at WilliamsWorld. Click here to see her great blog. You can also follow Tracey on twitter @traceycwilliam Whilst staying at Forest Holidays in Nottinghamshire, we were lucky to have had Sherwood Pines on our doorstep. Sherwood …

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Things to do in Stratford Upon Avon with Kids

A fantastic round up of Things to do in Stratford Upon Avon by Sarah who blogs at Extraordinary Chaos, click here to read her fantastic blog. Sarah can also be found tweeting @sarahjchristie and on facebook here. It is no secret that Stratford-Upon-Avon is one of my favourite places. We love visiting …

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Gullivers Kingdom, Matlock

This review is by one of my friends Jess about her recent trip to Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock with her husband and two year old twins. Jess writes a fab blog over at Mummyofboygirltwins.com and she can regularly be found tweeting @soot1978. Jess can also be found on facebook here. When considering …

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All the Family at Thomas Land, Drayton Manor

Today we met up with the southern branch of our extended family: cousins, second cousins, second cousins once removed (something like that connection anyway). There were 12 adults and 9 children and the children were aged between 6 months and 6 years old. I had chatted to my second cousin …

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Monkey Forest, Trentham Gardens

If you haven’t already found Becky’s blog then you should really head over and have a look.  Called Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl – I’m sure she hasn’t really, but the blog does have a fab tagline. ‘Fat bottomed girls they make the rocking world go round’. I love …

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