Zog is announced as the Julia Donaldson Film for 2018 on BBC1
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FREE Activity Trail: Zog is the new Forestry Commission Trail

Following the success of the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat trails at Forestry Commission sites across England, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book, Zog, will be the new activity trail for families to enjoy in the nation’s forests this winter. Launching on 11 January 2019, the …

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The Lost Present | An Interactive Christmas Adventure Around Leeds City Centre
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The Lost Present | An Interactive Christmas Adventure Around Leeds City Centre

With the usual enthusiasm we have for Christmas in November I joyfully arranged for myself, my mum and two girls (aged 6 and 10) to participate in “The Lost Present” an interactive Christmas adventure around Leeds city centre. NB: We were invited to review but all views and opinions are …

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Santa’s Spectacular at Willow’s Activity Farm
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Santa’s Spectacular at Willow’s Activity Farm

We were delighted to be returning to Santa’s Spectacular at Willow’s Activity Farm again this year (as we loved Santa’s Spectacular at Willow’s Activity Farm in 2017). Our three daughters, now aged 8, 6 and 3, were all equally excited, but for different reasons. NB: Lucy and her family received …

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Warwick Castle at Christmas

Despite only living an hour away, we haven’t ever managed to make it to Warwick Castle, so when we were invited to visit Warwick Castle at Christmas, we were only too happy to oblige! Making full use of our Knights Costume and Sword, we arrived in the Castle grounds and …

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The Elf Adventure Challenge at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm www.minitravellers.co.uk
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10 reasons to visit the Elf Adventure at the Ice Cream Farm

10 reasons to visit the Elf Adventure at the Ice Cream Farm It’s an excellent alternative to a Santa visit for younger ones. For those who are still working the whole Santa thing out and may still be a little wary of the Big Jolly Man in the bright red …

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Winter Wonderland Liverpool | Santa at the Bombed Out Church | Review
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Winter Wonderland Liverpool | Santa at the Bombed Out Church | Review

Liverpool’s famous “bombed out church” at the bottom of Hardman Street has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland for Christmas, so with the promise of an action packed creative hour or so, culminating in a visit to Santa,  5 year old Oscar and Martha and I went along to sample …

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What's on at Christmas in Liverpool 2018
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What’s on at Christmas in Liverpool 2018

There is so much going on this Christmas in Liverpool 2018 from the Christmas markets, to Liverpool ONE festivities, to family events and the Ice festival down on Pierhead! Liverpool Ice Festival We took a visit to Liverpool Ice Festival which is now in its third year. The ice rink, …

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Santa's Lapland Search for Santa Day | Mini Travellers
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Santa at the Chill Factore in Manchester

This Saturday as we welcomed in the month of December, we made the journey across the M62 to visit Santa in the snow.  I know the weather keeps going a bit mad, but this wasn’t one of those occasions, we were going to see Santa at the Chill Factore in …

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Stick Man - Live on Stage | The Lowry
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Stick Man – Live on Stage | The Lowry

Our review of Scamp Theatre’s fabulous adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stickman – live on stage! NB: Katy and her family received complementary tickets to see Stickman at the Lowry but all views and opinions are their own. We absolutely love the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler  stories in …

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Hogwarts in the Snow | Warner Brothers Studio Tour
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Hogwarts in the Snow | Warner Brothers Studio Tour

I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter since I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 1997. I’ve read all the books and seen all the films, so to say I was excited about going on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour is a bit of an understatement! …

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Christmas at Harlow Carr | Glow Winter Illuminations www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Christmas at Harlow Carr | Glow Winter Illuminations

Have you wondered whether to take the kids to the Glow Winter Illuminations at Harlow Carr? On now in 2018 from 22 Nov – 29 Dec 2018. Here is our review from 2017! Ever since the children were babies, one of our favourite things about Christmas is the lights; so many …

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5 Places to see Father Christmas in Gloucestershire this Christmas
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5 Places to see Father Christmas in Gloucestershire this Christmas

Gloucestershire is a fabulous place to celebrate Christmas. Festive family events take place across the county. To help you choose the most the most memorable and magical experiences to take your kids to we’ve asked local blogger, Lisa from Travel Loving Family, to share the best places to see Father …

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Breakfast with Father Christmas at Erddig National Trust www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Where to see Santa in Liverpool in 2018

It’s that time of year where we start to get busy planning our family Christmas days out. Festive experiences and trips to see Santa are popping up all around so where can you see Santa in Liverpool in 2018. Visit Father Christmas at Speke Hall At Speke Hall this year …

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Bexwell Cottage, Wells-Next-The-Sea
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Bexwell Cottage, Wells-Next-The-Sea

When we were lucky enough to win a weekend at Bexwell Cottage in Wells-next-the-Sea, we added a couple of days at the seaside to our half term get away. Apparently we have been to Wells-next-the-Sea before for lunch but I have no recollection of this, clearly due to child induced …

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Best UK Christmas Days Out
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The Best UK Christmas Days Out

It’s that time of year where we start to get busy planning our family Christmas days out. Festive experiences and trips to see Santa are popping up all around and in the UK we are really spoilt for choice with the immersive and magical experiences that are available. But, which …

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October Half Term at Thorpe Forest Norfolk | Forest Holidays
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October Half Term at Thorpe Forest Norfolk | Forest Holidays

For October half term we fancied something local that involved lots of outdoor activities and family movie time. I came across this little place Thorpe Forest Norfolk with Forest Holidays and it looked perfect.. A cheaper alternative to Centre Parcs, less than 2 hours drive from home and a hot …

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Santa's Christmas Party at the Cunard Building, Liverpool www.minitravellers.co.uk
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5 places to see Santa in Nottinghamshire this Christmas

There are plenty of places to visit Santa in Nottinghamshire, but here are our 5 favourite places to see Santa in Nottinghamshire this Christmas. Rufford Abbey Set in beautiful parkland in North Nottinghamshire, Rufford Abbey provides the perfect setting for a visit to Santa. Santa’s Grotto will be open from the …

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Lapland Santa and Reindeer
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5 places to visit Father Christmas in Cornwall

There are countless places to visit Father Christmas in Cornwall but here are The Little Pip’s five favourite places to visit Father Christmas in Cornwall. Sugar and Spice Grotto, Bedruthan Scandi inspired grotto and workshop  “Rumours say that Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas have crash landed at Bedruthan this year while doing a …

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Santa's Lapland for Christmas Day www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Places to see Santa in Wirral in 2018

It’s that time of year and trips to see Santa in Wirral are popping up all around you, but with so many around, and so many that get booked up really quickly, which ones should you be booking in 2018. 1. Santa at Port Sunlight Garden Centre Visit Port Sunlight …

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Santa's Christmas Party at the Cunard Building, Liverpool www.minitravellers.co.uk
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The Best Places to see Santa near you this year!

It’s that time of year and trips to see Santa are popping up all around you, but with so many around, and so many that get booked up really quickly, which ones should you be booking and which ones should you not. We’ve tried to include a mixture of areas …

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Why you should visit Chester Zoo in Winter www.minitravellers.co.uk
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Why you should visit Chester Zoo in Winter

In early January 2016 I took my two four year olds to Chester Zoo in Winter, on a week day in term time. It transpires that Winter is the perfect time to go to Chester Zoo.  I’ve recently changed my job and so I’m now getting two days a week …

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Blackpool Tower Dungeons at Halloween
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Blackpool Tower Dungeons at Halloween

We recently visited Blackpool Tower Dungeons and I can’t believe I’ve never been before. We went as a family of four including myself and my wife plus our two kids Freddie and Daisy who are 9 and 5 years old respectively. Cost of entry is £16.50 for an adult and …

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10 things to do in Hampshire with Kids

At Mini Travellers we’re regularly asked for our recommendations of things to do at various places and one place that often gets mentioned is Hampshire. So, we’ve finally put together a list of the 10 things to do in Hampshire with kids. This list has been compiled with assistance from …

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Review | Beverley Park in Paignton
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Review | Beverley Park in Paignton

Why should you book a stay in a caravan at Beverley Park in Paignton? Location We always holidayed in Devon when I was growing up. 3 generations would squash into my mums VW Beetle and off we would set for the 8-9 hour journey to the English Riviera. So when …

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