Green Dragon rare breeds farm and eco centre.

002.jpgA few week-ends ago, just before the snow we decided to visit Green dragon rare breeds farm and eco centre near Quainton in Buckinghamshire. Tempted by an advertisement on Facebook and prompted by the fact ‘kids go free’ with a paying adult in January (Making it £18 for 4 of us) and wanting to do something in the fresh air. We were really glad we did as we had a great few hours out hour.

The farm is fairly small but well-kept and offers plenty of hands – on experiences, talks and displays. We were very impressed by the staff, quite often you visit family attractions, where the staff are unenthusiastic, grumpy and put in minimum effort. This was far from the case, all the staff here at the farm were happy, chatty and informative, which is a real credit to them especially as it was absolutely freezing, a few hail storms and bitter in the wind. It was obvious that the staff enjoyed there jobs, all were really informative, friendly and answered our question with great knowledge.003

All the animals were out in the animal paddocks and barn, looked well looked after and were active, Despite it being freezing.  The boys enjoyed grooming a Shetland pony, holding a cockroach, watching a bird of prey show, digging in the sand pit for dinosaur bones, riding a pedal go-kart and playing in the soft play.  Apart from the farm animals, there is an indoor messy play barn, wildlife zone, exotic pets corner, peddle Go-karts, outdoor play area, indoor soft play area, picnic shelter, café and shop.004.jpg

If your Local, in my own personal opinion it is definitely worth a visit to this lovely well run farm for a couple of hours especially those with younger children. Depending on older children’s interest, some may find it to small or not big enough to hold there interest. This is my own bias review/opinion based on our own personal experience of a few hours there. We had a great few hours out, enjoying family time and was so impressed by the staff.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Marwell zoo

IMG_20181231_134648.jpgWe visited Marwell zoo near Winchester during the Christmas school holidays.  I thought I would share my own personal opinion on the Zoo based on our own experience – with you! We have visited the zoo previously as it is just under 1 hour from home and have always had a good day out, though seeing the animals has always been abit hit and mix. This visit was prompted by the fact we had two ‘kids go free’ vouchers and we wanted to do something in the fresh air so we thought we would take a visit.

We were really glad we did as we had a great day out. All the animals were out and active, unlike previous summer visits to the zoo. We saw every animal up close!IMG_20181231_150906.jpg

  Marwell Zoo is a well spaced out zoo and crowds are not ever a problem. Easy to find (lots of brown signs). It is a fairly big zoo (140 acres) for walking with young children however there is a free land train that goes around the zoo one way. I recommend using this where possible it relieves tired legs for little ones and keeps the interest going. There is also a proper rail train which you can pay extra for too, though I can’t comment on this as it has never been open when we have visited.

The zoo is open every day and has two prices throughout the year (there is a cheaper price to go in the winter months). Plus you do have the choice to pay with or without Gift aid ( a voluntary donation). There are animal talks, feeds, cafes, gift shop and playgrounds. Parking is free (always a bonus) in a big car park close to the park entrance. We always take a pack lunch and eat it in the indoor picnic room, so can’t comment on the café. The shop is near the entrance/exit, big and has a wide choice of gifts typically priced for a visitors attraction.

The animals you can see to name a few include Giraffes, Cheetahs, zebras, tigers, penguins, flamingos, rhinos, wallaby’s, reptiles, fish, insects etc.

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Despite mixed opinion on Zoo – I do believe animals should live in their own wild habitats. However I have two children (and myself) who love animals, and seeing them up close only helps increase that interest, love and knowledge. Plus I do appreciate that Zoo’s have changed there agendas in past years and the reality is that some animals will be protected from dying out due to programmes and funds created from/by Zoo’s.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Fun with Ice.

Hi hope you all had a good week-end in the snow. Recently I saw this idea on a face book page and thought it looked pretty cool, so we decided to give it a go during the snow, doing our own version. It was a very  straight forward idea and easy to do, however our ice sculptures didn’t quite turn out as cool as the ones we saw on-line!

Take a look  at my project section or follow the link below if your interested to read more or want to give it a go.

Fun with Ice.

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Rushmere country park.

      If you are anything like us, you may be looking for something free to do at the weekends or you may have already started planning for Half term activities (I’m personally not that organised yet- but i know some people are already thinking about it) whilst the weather is still on the better side I think most of us want to get outdoors. Before we all get trapped indoors with the freezing and wet weather. Apart from the change in temperature I really love this time of year. Autumn brings with it amazing colours, crisp air and if we are lucky beautiful blue skies. One of my favourite things is taking a walk with my family, watching my boys exploring, burning of some energy and enjoying the outdoors with big smiles on their faces.

One place I thought people might be interested to hear about/visit that we have been to recently is Rushmore Country Park

( Heron View Visitor Centre, Linslade Road, Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire LU7 0EB)

   I highly recommend it to any local mums looking to get their children outdoors, costing next to nothing (£3). It’s approx 1 hr from South Oxfordshire (Between Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard). It is a lovely woodland for children to explore with hidden fairy doors, a HUGE (FAST) slide, wooden sculptures and a giant chair. The boys loved scooting/walking though the forest exploring what surprise was around each corner. There are various walks to follow, we personally did not feel these were clear to follow, signage was poor! However that aside we took a short half an hour walk/scoot around a circuit which took us past some big sculptures and fairy doors.

    Near the car park there is a visitor centre and cafe (we did not visit these as we arrived after they were shut so cannot comment on them but apparently there is breath taking views from the cafe), some toilets and a small play area where you will find one slightly hidden at first big (fast slide) for the over 5’s. Alongside the fairy doors this was the high light for the boys.

It Is all FREE to walk around and the car park is £3 to park all-day. Do take the correct change, as they only accept cash and you pay on the way out at the unmanned exit barrier. Making this a very reasonable, relaxing day out for all.

Please double-check the latest information for opening times, prices and facilities before leaving home at their website.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Nature adventures, creative play outdoors – Salcey forest.

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Hello, Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather! I’ve been quiet cause we certainly have. Slightly different blog as we haven’t been that created indoors for a while. Along side being creative in all we do, we love nothing more than having adventures outdoors and enjoying all it has to offer! So that is exactly how we have been spending the last few week-ends doing. A spontaneous visit to the beach led to rock pool exploring, digging and Frisbee flying. Whilst our youngest is determined to be stabilizer free by the end of the year – so theirs also been plenty of bike riding to.

This bank holiday week-end we visited Salcey forest (if your local or in the area I highly recommend it and its free!) We had such a fab time and felt it was worthy of a review that might interest others (this is a personal review based on our own experience on the day we visited and has no link to Salcey Forest).

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The facts for those who want to visit:

Free to enter (making it an almost free family day out).

Parking: £1.50 for 1 Hour or £4 for All-day (we did this you would struggle on just 1 hour).

There is a forest café (We did not visit so cannot comment).

A Toilet block near the car park – Here you will find a map of the walks.

A play area – Is great despite being small, however definitely aimed at the more able or older children, pre-schoolers may struggle. (our 5-year-old and  7-year-old coped well with it but both are very able and experienced with parks). Under 5 will definitely need a hand/ supervision. It’s not a park where you can sit easily on a bench (though there are plenty about) and watch from a far. 

   Salcey forest is 7 miles from the centre of Northampton (Hartwell road, Hartwell) and it is owed/run by the forestry commission, England. It was a perfect family day out especially as free apart from the parking, the boys had lots of great kid adventures, climbing trees, balancing on logs, getting muddy and skimming rocks. The forest is excellent for all ages, abilities and walking with or without bikes, scooters and dogs. There are several different types of walks (All well signed posted) to choose from on a map all starting near the car park. We chose the ‘Treetop walk’ which included the ‘Tree top way’ it took us approx 1 hour – we did a lot of stopping and exploring along the wayIMG_0569.JPG.

   The walkway is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies with a slight gradient. For those who may need it there are resting points along the way. Dogs are allowed on the walkway but need to remain on leads. The walk consists of a specific walking track – ‘Tree top way’ which rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres (The crow nest part is reached by steps). At the top you are greeted with a bird’s eye view across Salcey forest. The walkway does wobble and bounce but it has been designed to do this, due to the way it was built. So if you’re in the area and haven’t been worth a walk!

emmas xxx