Conkers.

So here goes another day out review/idea:

Conkers in the national forest.

Again we used Tesco clubcard vouchers to take a visit to Conkers. A bit of a drive as its approx two hours from Oxfordshire, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Derbyshire (DE12 6GA). A mix of indoor and outdoor experiences which kept us amused for 6 hours.

Having read mixed reviews, I was not sure what to expect but went with an open mind. For us personally as a family it was great and we had a fab day. It was great being outdoors exploring the attractions in the woodland and lake, the boys really enjoyed exploring somewhere different and asked if they could back another day. The bonus for us was it cost us nothing as on vouchers saving us £35 for a family ticket.

We started the day in the discovery centre where the boys found lots to do, which basically meant they pressed a lot of buttons in the interactive exhibits not sure how much they actually read and took in. They really enjoyed the tree top walk especially the slide at the end and loved the enchanted forest adventure play zone (I think there highlight of the day).

We then took a visit to the 4D cinema (tickets included in entrance but need to be booked when getting your entrance tickets, this is not heavily advertised). We had no idea what we were going to watch as this was not advertised. The film we watched was basically about a bug learning to fly. The film did not overly thrill the boys, however gave us a ten minute sit down complete with wind and rain. Probably more impressive for a younger audience. We have seen better 4D films in our opinion- others may think differently.IMG_1193

We also walked the trails and visited the new attraction the warrens (the boys loved this), lots of underground tunnels to explore.IMG_1190.JPG The fairy Labyrinth a maze with a fairy theme ending at a towerIMG_1187.JPG. The 450ft  barefoot walk – an interesting activity with a difference. Climbed the sky viewing tower,IMG_1202 walked the sensory trail and took the trainIMG_1198.JPG to the waterside centre where we explored the wobbly bridges based around the story billy-goat gruff.

IMG_1197.JPGThe boys had a play in billy bonkers play house why we enjoyed a coffee. The boys also enjoyed playing at the park area, which was impressive and well designed.IMG_1211.JPG Yes I agree with some reviews certain parts are rundown, may need some updating and sound better than the reality – but the boys didn’t care they were having fun! If they are having fun that makes happy parents! Other areas are well designed and have been well thought out with money spent on them. The only negative I really have to say is the staff were the most unenthusiastic and friendly I have seen anywhere ignoring that I think it is a good day out if you go with an open mind, enjoy being with your kids outdoor and creating your own adventures.IMG_1200.JPG

Please visit there website for up to date details and prices.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Birdland, Bourton- on- water

So hi there! We are having a fab Easter break enjoying time together! We have been playing in the garden, busy making things (blogs/ projects to follow) and had a few nearly free days out (all on Tesco – club card vouchers) reviews shortly to follow.

The first place we have visited was Birdland, Bourton – on – water.

Bourton- on – water known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswold’s is a beautiful small village with a selection of tea rooms and gift shops. It is in Gloucestershire, but nestle on the edge of Oxfordshire approx. 30 miles away and just under one hour drive from South Oxfordshire.

This was not our first visit to Birdland as this is our second visit using Tesco vouchers. The boys have enjoyed the visits and give it a good review. Birdland park and gardens (GL54 2BN) is essential a bird zoo, with a selection of exotic and rare birds. It takes about 2-3 HOURS to visit, including a lunch stop. Its not a huge park to walk around. The boys enjoyed seeing the Flamingo’s talk, touching a tortoise and having the chance to hold an owl. IMG_20190410_123151.jpgThe real highlight of any visit to birdland is watching the penguins at penguin shore which is home of the king and humboldts penguin – feeding time is 11am and 2.30pm and worth a watch.

  IMG_20190410_133339.jpg In our own personal opinion Jurassic journey is a slight disappointment for older children, an unexcited walk with plastic looking dinosaurs (though younger pre-school children may enjoy and not see the fakeness).IMG_20190410_121110.jpg Take part in the dinosaur hunt and receive a free badge at the shop. As usual we too a picnic however there is a café where we got a coffee, that seemed reasonable in price (for the area). A small busy café with lots of staff however I counted 5 doing nothing –  resulting in slow service as only one member serving with a lack of enthusation!

IMG_20190410_133438.jpgIn short if your looking for a few hours out birdland is an interesting place to visit alongside a walk in Bourton – on – water.

opening hour: apr-oct 10am – 6pm. Nov – mar 10am – 4pm.

Parking is pay and display next door to birdland.

 

As usual check out birdland website for up to date details and prices.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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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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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.

IMG_1169Enjoy emmas xxx

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