Hi sorry I haven’t written for a while, In all honesty I haven’t had much to write. With summer on its way I thought some of you might be already looking for ideas to put on the summer plan – so here is one of my suggestions. If your children like Marbles then you may want to hear about this little Museum in Strafford. In short both boys are marble obsessed, so when I saw a leaflet for here and you could use Tesco vouchers at the MAD Museum I thought we would check it out combine with a visit to Strafford for the day.
It was worth a visit as in the boys opinion the MAD museum in Strafford on Avon was the best museum Ever!
We parked in the Park and ride, taking the bus into Strafford to avoid struggling with parking this was easy and good value.
The MAD museum is a small museum, however we did manage to wasted a couple of hours inside. Advertised as a mechanical Art and Design museum, with over 90 pieces of kinetic Art. In short our version of the museum there are several very interesting and large marble runs, with lots of buttons to push. Plus a area where you can build a marble run of your own which the boys enjoyed the challenge. It wasn’t quite what I expected from the advertising, I personally expected a bit more variety of what was on offer. However the boys were happy so I was happy, even if it was not quite what I believed it would be.
The boys would of stay longer, however Mummy and daddy were marbled out! There is only so long you can look at and play with Marbles!
We combined our visit with a lovely walk along the river, a coffee and a trip across the river on the oldest chain ferry. The day worked out as a fairly cheap day out, Free tickets for the museum via Tesco, park and ride, coffee/ Ice cream and a free walk.
Hi, so sorry I have been out of the Loop as usual life has just got in the way. We haven’t been up to much in the form of Arts and Crafts (so sorry no updated projects for the time being) as when the weather has played the game we have grabbed the chance to get out and about with both hands. Isn’t this years weather rubbish, what has happened to the summer – Is it ever going to improve?
So I am finally finding some time to write up our reviews on a few days out. Hopefully providing ideas for you for the upcoming big summer hols.
We recently took a ride on The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam railway. Spending a whole day riding several of the trains, we manage to ride on both the steam and diesel on the 14 mile long track. Stopping to visit the attractions along the way. Both boys over their younger years have been into trains obsessively. So we thought they might enjoy the visit as we haven’t done anything to do with trains for a while.
We did enjoyed our day out as a family and had a giggle, However apart from a lovely train journey though the Cotswold’s and the very relaxing views, we found their was not much to do at each location. The small museums and displays were small. If you are looking for a relaxing day out with young children then this is worth considering. However if your Children are older they may find it boring, unless they really love Trains! Our youngest at 6 years old definitely enjoyed it however our 8 year old was very close to being on the edge of bored.
I advise you study the timetable in advance and do some planning if you wish to ride both steam and diesel. Plus definitely consider going on a day where they have a special event as this will give you a bit more to do for your money.
Basic info (check out their website for more details) :
The railway is (Approx) 1 hour drive from South oxford.
The Car parking is free at Cheltenham race course station. Enter via the race course entrance. Signage is quite clear and easy to follow.
Depending on the timetable, you can take a ride on a steam or a diesel train.
To save money buy discount tickets on line before hand. Plus Under 5 goes free.