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Our Weekend at Haven Weymouth Bay – Weymouth

We booked a long weekend at Haven Weymouth Bay. It didn’t take too long to get there even though we visited about 5 service stations on the way and got stuck in traffic!

When we finally arrived at 9pm, we did leave at 4.30pm, we were checked in with security but on the way to the caravan we noticed movement inside, we knocked and there was another family in there. We went back to the Security and were given another caravan key and we were lucky it was slightly bigger and felt very roomy.

The site was very clean and tidy and the caravan was only a couple of years old, and still felt brand new!

On Saturday we went swimming, Bear was up at 5.30am wanting to go swimming, we had a good few hours until 9.30 when the pool opened, so we had a wander around the site and cooked breakfast.

 

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Live Lounge at Sea View watching the children’s show

 

When we got into the pool it was lovely and warm, and also very clean and tidy. They had a lazy river which we could walk around which started of inside and went outside, it was freezing but after a few times round you didn’t even notice the cold air or the breeze. The lazy river did get very busy though!

Every where we went in the complex everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Saturday night we tried to get into the Live lounge but it was so busy, we went back home and tried their sister site Sea view which was a short walk away through a nature trail and it was less busy and we managed to enjoy a evening, dispute Bear wanting everything and everything from the shop which was situated in the back of the Live lounge.

We had dinner over in the bar in the Sea view complex on Sunday night and the food was lovely especially the chips, there was a Sunday carvery but no one mentioned this to us, which wasn’t too much of a problem but it would of been nice.

All the staff at both Weymouth Bay and Sea view where very helpful and couldn’t do enough for the guests, there is security on both complex’s and everyone’s passes where checked before they could enter the main areas. This gave a great peace of mind when the children were running around the arcade area.  The security team are very approachable and children could go and report any problems and they dealt with them swiftly.

The walk to the beach wasn’t as far as they mention on their website but it certainly isn’t buggy or wheelchair friendly as you need to go over a country fence and walk through another caravan site. The beach has a fun fair type area, ice cream shop, fish and chip shop, a restaurant and of course a gift shop.

 

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The beach near the caravan site

 

The beach is pebbly and a small area of sand. The river also meets the sea here which is really lovely to see and I found it very tranquil.

Weymouth beach is just 15 minutes drive and parking is very reasonable, there is the sea life centre, a small beach fun fair, lots of shops and restaurants. There were volleyball players when we went, playing a few games on the beach. The beach is very dog friendly so if you have little ones who are a bit scared please do be aware, they usually stay near where the Jurassic  tower end is.

Overall we had a lovey time here and will most likely go back sometime in the future!

 

 

 

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We have a new addition to the family!

I haven’t written or a while life has just gone very manic, I’m officially now back to work 2 and a half days! Also still trying to catch up with the summer holiday’s. I need to write about our week in Lanzarote. But  Last weekend with all the manic going around we got a little addition to our family. We got Woody the kitten!

His so playful and active, Daisy isn’t too keen but Willow has taken him under her paw and is acting like mum!

He is certainly going to be a little character!

I have so much to write about with Christmas just around the corner and then its Easter where we are planning to be out of Kent for a good two weeks! We have already started to plan summer 2018 too! My aim for Summer 2018 is to spend as little as possible at home as its Bell’s last summer before she starts school!

So I will leave you with a few adorable pics of Woody whilst I update the blog…

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Flying with Children the ups and the Downs

We are flying high in the sky on route to Lanzarote for our family holiday. We started flying when Bear was 18 months I was pregnant with Bell and now we try and fly at least once a year. I love exploring the world and I certainly want the adventure and the experiences to grow with the children

Go back to last year flying back from Menorca, the flight was at midnight, all was fine until the plane started taxing to the runway, Bell decided she needed a wee. Which would of been fine expected we were not able to leave our seats, she had a pull up on as she was still in nappies at night. No she wasn’t happy about doing a wee in the nappy, she got louder and louder saying she needed a wee and crying. The poor passengers I felt really bad , but once the seatbelt sign came off we ran, she went and then she went to sleep! phew!

This got me thinking about others peoples experiences so I asked a few fellow bloggers about there “Up’s and there “Downs” of flying with or without children.

Lets Start with Jen from Just a average Jen say’s  Www.justaveragejen.com

“My boy on his first flight was almost 10 and as soon as we landed he shouted “that was awesome” everyone clapped it was.”

Nicola from Mummy to Dex say’s  – http://mummytodex.com

“Worst thing- we were flying back from Majorca (after a near perfect flight out there) with an 11m old baby and he was not coping well at all. I was trying to cuddle him and settle him down but he ended up sinking his teeth into my arm and leaving me with a very nasty bite mark, blood and bruise! Lesson learnt- daddy can hold him next time!!”

Sarah From Digital Motherhood say’s

“Best was last week when my daughter fell asleep when we got on the plane and didn’t wake up until we landed 😄 Worst was when she was 1 and would not sit still, stood up on my lap reached forward and slapped the bald head of the guy in front! I nearly died of embarrassment but luckily he laughed 😂 www.digitalmotherhood.com

Catherine from Battle Mum say’s

“The best was flying with our son before the age of 2 and him sleeping most of the way to the Canaries. The worst was on our way to New York last year and his nappy leaking (wet) half way across the Atlantic. We had to use my pillow for him to sit on. Thank God for spare sets of clothes! And thankfully his seat was dry before we landed.” http://battlemum.com

Tracey from Pack your Pjs say’s

“The funniest was on a flight to the US (the days before we had children). My husband was sitting across the aisle from me, next to a family with a toddler. I can see it now – as if it was slow motion – as she picked up his cup of orange juice and poured it over his head before her mother realised what was happening. I found it hilarious (still do!!)” www.packthepjs.com

Eileen from 2 nerds and a baby say’s

“Best thing – our 10 week old slept the whole way through a 3.5hr flight, having a bottle during take off and landing to help soothe his ears
Worst thing – as I made my way down the aisle full of drunken hen and stag parties I was stopped every few steps for people to tell me I was too young to have a child”
www.2nerdsandababy.com

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie say’s

“We have been very lucky and almost all our flights have been enjoyable. Our best was when our son was invited into meet the captain having been so well behaved and chilled during turbulence. Our worst experience would be this one…Flying to Palma with our then 8 and 3 year old. And a stag do got on. They were appallingly behaved – shouting / swearing and groping the air stewardess. I made sure the children’s head phones were securely attached and turned up loud! and some of the other male passengers went and had a word with them. It was quite scary with young children there if I’m honest. They were taken by security when we landed.” www.familytravelwithellie.com

 

Laura from Life with baby kicks say’s

“Cheese vomit 🤢we fed my youngest cheese which he promptly threw up all over me.  I had no spare clothes and my cardi had lost a button so I basically had my bra on display the whole flight…..” lifewithbabykicks.com

 

Joanna from The Knights Tribe say’s

“On a flight back from America my son threw up over himself and me, i had just brought a Missouri hoody at the airport and all his clothes was in his suitcase  so i changed him into my new big cosy hoody and he vomited again down  it with 4 hours  till landing no more spare clothes.” Www.theknighttribe.co.uk

Natasha from Mummy and Moose say’s

“The worst was on the way to Majorca. Cabin crew spilt scorching hot coffee on my nephew. I was a good distance from him but his scream made me jump up from my seat (He was thankfully ok)” www.mummyandmoose.co.uk

Eva from Captain Bob Cat say’s

“My then 15 month old puked right after take off on a transatlantic flight. I had changing clothes for him, but I didn’t have any for myself… definitely taught me a lesson 🙈”
Www.captainbobcat.com

Luschka from Diary of a first child say’s

“The best was when I got on a flight to Australia on my own with a 3 year old in an Ergo and a 6 month old in a ring sling. People audibly groaned and sighed, rolled eyes and one couple actually said loudly “great, just what we need”. When we landed in Singapore 12 hours later, 6 different people came to me and said how well behaved my children were, how pleasant the flight with us was, and how attentive I was to my children.Feeling smug I got on the next, 5-hour, midnight flight… Where the same kids were now awake, bored, cooped up little terrors! That was a LONG flight, and no one talked to me after!”
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Kate from Katie on Thin Ice say’s

“My son aged about 11 sleeping through the take-off of his first flight”

And Finally from Francessa at Whinge whinge Wine

“The holiday started of with out incident, but as the holiday progressed everyone got poorly slowly a day or two in between, on the day of our flight my husband was still poorly and had a last minute trip to the toilet so I boarded the plan without him and let the stewardess know, there were lots of hush whispers and the plan was delayed and we were eventually asked to leave the flight, and my husband was whisked of to the hospital. I was asked to identify the bags. The doctor checked him over and said he was fit to fly. The plan took of an hour and a half later than expected, but nanny, the children and daddy were sick though out the flight and daddy was sick for two days after the holiday”

 

 

 

 

 

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Fegos Restaurant Review 2017

Myself and hubs were invited to Fego Restaurant in Sevenoaks for a evening of food, wine and more importantly we were childfree for the evening as Bear and Bell both went to spend the night at my cousins house. Where they ended up in bed at 10pm!

We first popped into a local pub where many of the parents I babysit for go for a night out, which had a very busy feel to it and stressed bar staff, so When we arrived in Fegos we were met by a friendly, smiley member of staff who took us to a table near the back of the restaurant. The chairs were really comfy and covered in a purple fabric with modern lighting hanging over the table.

The restraunt felt very relaxed and the atmosphere was very easy going and informal. The restaurant felt very open with a glass front and a small seating area outside which made the building feel like it was just a constant flow through.

We were offered a menu and a drink, unfortantly I was driving so I had a soft drink as I wanted to pop up to the cocktail bar which is above the restraunt after our meal.

On the menu they offer small plates and big plates, the small plates can be used as a shared starter or a small main. There is a choice for vegetarians and vegans there are about 5 in total. We were recommended the Beef Carpaccio, which is beef with a teriyaki, truffle mayonnaise, paramasan and sesame seeds. The dish was nicely displayed and  really flavoursome and the truffle mayonnaise, teriyaki, parmesan cheese and sesame seeds worked really well with the beef. Hubs wasn’t too keen as the beef came out very rare but I wasn’t complaining as I do love my beef rare.

We then had our mains which I choose the Lamb cutlets with Chimichurri and the new potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic. Hubs choose the lasagne but when he ordered the gentleman who served us managed to persuade hubs to try the 8oz Rib-eye steak with mushroom and red wine gravy with sweet potatoes fries.

We were expecting the steak to come out as one piece with the gravy over it but it came out in chunks in a bowl served on a wooden platter with a little dip on the side. The beef was cooked medium rare and  It was very tasty. I didn’t tell hubs about the mushrooms as he isn’t keen but he loved it!

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I admit when I ordered the lamb cutlets I was expecting getting two or three but i got a nice size potion with runner beans underneath, The lamb cutlets was cooked to be medium-well done and was very scrumptious, it also went well with Sweet potatoes fries and the new potatoes.

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There was a great choice of sides which suit everyone and they also do pizzas and salads which both looked amazing!

As everyone who follows my blog, Instagram know I love my desserts, so to be offered the desert menu was the best part,  and have a choice of desserts I have once just glanced at in other restaurants just to choose the chocolate brownie or apple crumble I decide to try something new! I couldn’t decide on what i wanted the dessert menu looked incredible, in the end Hubs choose the peppermint crisp pudding which was had a strong  peppermint flavour but also very fresh . I had the lemon posset and oh my goodness, it was awesome! the flavours were just right and the posset  just melted in my mouth.

Everything we ate tasted really fresh and made to your  order instead of being batched cooked ready to be reheated.

After dessert we popped upstairs to the cocktail bar, its is quite small but the atmosphere was very upbeat and has a positive vibe about it, but still had the laid back feeling. There was a great choice of cocktails and even if the cocktail wasn’t on the menu the staff were very happy to make what you want, so hubs asked for a black Russian and it was made up by a helpful barman (who was just visiting from his own restaurant  for the evening!)

The bar man also gave hubs a tip on when asking for a black Russian ask for it without the coke as it tastes much better which Hubs totally agreed on!

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Fego are very family friendly and have a great selection for the children to choose from, there is even enough choice for Bear who is very fussy! There is also a breakfast and lunch menu. They cater for everyone and are very flexible about amending or taking of something your not keen on  a dish,  you can also hire out upstairs for meetings, functions and other get together , and the price per head starts as little as £15 which to me is a great price for a evening out which friendly staff and a great atmosphere.

My overall experience is very positive, the service was great, the atmosphere was very laid back and easy going, the food is amazing and extremely tasty. Usually after a meal out I feel hungry about two hours later but I felt really full for ages afterwards. I can see myself hiding out here when Bear and Bell are both back at school and pre-school. I can also see myself taking the children here for breakfast, a spot of lunch or a early dinner. The only down side is that the toilets are down stairs but there is a lift for those less abled bodied, but on a plus side to this you can take a peek inside the kitchen whilst the chefs are cooking you may even get to hear them sing they are quite talented!

Now I have forgotten the Burgers, on the way out someone was served a burger and oh my goodness they looked very tempting! We will certainly be going back soon!

 

Posted in Adventure, Days out, discover new bloggers, Family, family fun, Kent Family, parent blogger, Pepper pig, reviews, summer, summer holidays, Uncategorized

My Day Out At Drusilla’s Park In Sussex!

We have recently spent the day at Drusilla’s Park in Sussex, It took us about an hour and twenty minutes from where we live to get here. It started of a really gloomy over cast day, but it certainly brightened up nearer the end of our visit.

When we arrived the car park looked very busy, but once we were actually through the entrance the only busy bit was the first section which was the iguana and snake area. We then went around to the Farm Yard to see what happens down on the farm and Bell and Bear even had a go at milking a cow. (Okay it wasn’t a real cow but they certainly had great fun pretending to be farmers!)

 

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Milking a cow down on the Farmyard

 

We then followed the path around to see the other animals there is a lovely selection of animals here and their homes looked really well cared for. The animals which were our favourite were the Meerkats, penguins, the monkeys and Marmosets.

There is so much to see and do here whilst walking around the park for the children and of course the big kids (adults!) from the Zoo Challenge to the animal spotter book with a trail to follow. There is also a soft play (Amazon adventures) if the weather does take a turn for the worse and a huge outside play ground for all ages, and not forgetting the water play area which is called Get Wet!

 

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Go Wet! Yes my children are in their pants and knickers! At least they had plenty of fun!

 

There are also lots and lots of information and interactive areas dotted around the park which certainly keep the children entertained and learning new facts and information about the animals.

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We were very excited to be able to walk through the lemurs in Lemurland and walk through the Lorikeets in the Lory landing area.

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When we last came to Drusilla’s Hello Kitty secret garden was still being built, the rides in Hello Kitty last a couple of minutes which is ideal for little ones and Bell was able to go on a few of the rides by her self which is a bonus! The rides here are little teacups, ride round Hello Kitty’s Garden and 25ft Hopper ride. Did I mention this is the first Hello Kitty attraction in Europe, so if you have a Hello Kitty fan why not pop down and see the attraction for yourself and if your really lucky you maybe able to even give Hello Kitty a huge cuddle, during the holidays.

 

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Hello Kitty Secret Garden Car Ride – I let Bell drive!

 

One new area for 2017  is GO SAFARI! GO SAFARI opened in  This is now were the old water park area was, there are two rides here, flying cheater’s, a hippo which goes up and down . Both the children loved this area, and they wanted to go on the flying cheaters again and again!  Despite going during the school holidays the longest we had to wait to go on the rides was 2 minutes which was a  perfect waiting time for little children. Bear and Bell kept coming back to this area and also wanted one last go before we left for home and the one last go turned into about 6 lasts go as they were both having so much fun!

I almost forgot to mention there is also a GO Safari  African themed safari express train ride, where you can see a few animals and along the way you can also peek and see the play area and the water play area. Also there are jokes so do keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to give everyone a wave as you go passed!

 

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African Themed Safari Train

 

 

There are also a few payable activities which are available to everyone which are panning for gold, Penguin plunge and vertical limit. There is also a discovery centre which has lots of information and we saw lots of animal fur and goods which were on lone from the HM revenue and customs.

There is so much going on through out the year as Drusilla’s is open 362 days of the year from 10am until 5pm in winter and until 6pm in summer, the last entry is one hour before closing but I would recommend a good 2 or 3 hours here if you would like to see and have a go in the play park and the Get Wet Area. You could easily spend all day here, as there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee.

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There is certainly lots to look forward to for the rest of the year here from meeting Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo, Paw Patrol and Meet Hello Kitty over this summer. And not forgetting Meet and Greet with Scooby doo over Halloween so don’t forget to bring your Scooby snacks and Father Christmas from the middle of November with Winter Wonderland Illuminations which is a daily light show at 4pm.

 

 

 

 

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Perfect Glasses Review 

Summer is fast approaching and I was very egar to get some sunglasses sooner rather than later. The only difference was that this year I would have to get prescription sunglasses. Even though I have my reaction lens day to day glasses they aren’t that great with full on sunshine, and with our holiday to Lanzarote getting less than 13 weeks away the race was on.

I received a email from Perfect Glasses which is based in the UK  , which is also a  Glasses online retailer, who kindly offered me a chance to review for them.

There was a great choice of glasses, titanium glasses and of course sunglasses. There are lots of brands to choice from starting from as little as £27. There are lots of styles which are suitable for women in their section for women glasses and men to choice from which would suit everyone’s face shape and personalities. If you know the shape of your face there is a chance to try on the glasses via a few photo’s which gives you a good idea whether or not that style would suit you. There are even lots of designer glasses  to choice from too!

The great thing about this UK based website is that the frames are discounted already so you could get a pair of frames for around half the price. They also sometimes have offers on, which makes the frames even more of a barging!

After having a long look through their prescription sunglasses  I asked if I could review the Esprit sunglasses and they said yes.

The service was really nice and polite even though it took me a few day’s to get hold of my prescription from a leading high street opticians. Once I got my prescription to them I received them less than a week. The sunglasses came in a lovely sunglasses cases and they were well wrapped up with bubble wrap and a padded envelope to protect them from any bumps and knocks whilst going through the postal system.

The quality of the frames are hard wearing and good quality. To be honest I have heard a few horror stories about ordering lenses on line and that they won’t be the same quality as if you went into a opticians but Perfect Glasses has certainly put my fears to one side as the prescription was perfect and I could see clearly, read and drive on the one day of glorious sunshine we have had since I received them!

Perfect glasses also have a section on their website which offers a chance to get your current glasses to be  reglaze. I will certainly be using this service for both my sunglasses and normal glasses if my prescription changes in the near future.

I really can not wait for the sunshine to come to the UK, I don’t think I can wait another 13 weeks to wear them!!!

 

 

 

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Eagle Heights, Enysford , Kent

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We were lucky enough to be invited to Eagle heights. Eagle heights is based in Enysford in Kent, which is the ideal location to see the birds fly. At Eagle heights there are seven different types of eagles, three vultures, five hawks and two falcons. There are also owls and a caracara, along with the usual chicken, ducks, raven and  few other birds.

There are also mammals, a few farm animals and sled dogs. I can’t forget that they have a small selection of reptiles too!


 

Eagle heights is the perfect size for families, its not too big and not too small, there is even a play area for over fives and a separate play area for under fives.  There are plenty of picnic tables so you can have a picnic or a reasonably priced tea room. There are signs about warning that food shouldn’t be eaten during the meetings of the animals which are at set times during the day. The centre is buggy and wheelchair friendly. Viewing the animals is also suitable for everyone.


The staff were amazing with the animals and were also friendly and helpful to the public.

The shop, tea room, toilets were very clean and tidy.

We were lucky enough to meet the husky’s. These are beautiful dogs and they look so happy and well cared for. There are experiences to have a personal meet with the husky’s along with husky rides where you are pulled along by a sledge and of course camping out with the husky’s. I will certainly be doing this once Bear and Bell are older as it sounds amazing, marshmallows around the fire, meeting the dogs and camping out. I just need to get over my fear of actually camping first!


There are also eagle shows where you can see these amazing, stunning birds fly and learn all about them. You can also do experience days too.

There is also a Owl experience which is available, I am very tempted to book this for myself whilst the children are at school. Owls are my favourite birds.

Prices for the experiences start from £80.

If you fall in love with one of the animals, you can also adopt them, obviously they stay living at the centre.


Eagle heights is working on wildlife conservation in the UK, whilst assisting on a conservation project in West Africa. If you fancy popping down to see the animals, and learn more about how they are helping Wildlife conservation both here in the UK and West Africa, prices for children are currently £4.95 for over 2’s, and adults are currently £8.95, with a slight discount for over 65’s, students, disabled and carers.

 Oh and did I mention the Crystal place eagel lives here? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hever Castle Review

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We were lucky enough to Visit Hever Castle Over the Easter School Holiday’s. Hever Castle was once a childhood  home to Anne Boleyn,  who was wife to King Henry the 8th and mother to Elizabeth 1st.

The castle its self dates back to the 13th Century and has seen many changes though out the centuries with the changing of monarchy.

There are many beautiful Gardens around the castle and the moat, these were just modest gardens around the castle walls until  William Astor brought the castle in 1903 and they are now award winning gardens.

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April 18th – May 7th There is  Tulips Celebrations going on around the gardens there are 7,000 tulips currently in bloom. They look totally amazing, They are certainly worth popping down to see.

We loved having a wander around the gardens, we saw many wildlife including a black swan, only a small number of black swans are in the UK.  There is also a large boating lake which you will be able to take a small boat ride around the lake. If you do not fancy a boat ride there is a lovely lake walk. There is a mini model of the castle and I think other buildings in a section at the back of the shop, It was lovely to see but I did find it a bit dark to try and read but to be honest it could be my reaction lenses trying to adjust going from bright sunshine to indoor light.

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Over Easter Holiday’s the Castle had lots on for the children, they had a Easter Egg Hunt, Easter bonnet making and a Easter bonnet parade for the children to take part in. There is also a maze and a water maze for everyone to join in, there is also a play area too, which is in excellent condition. There is also Archery and shield painting  which runs from 1st April until the 29th October, and starts from £3.

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I felt the Easter Bonnet making was great value for money as it was just £1, Bear and Bell really enjoyed doing this, there was lots of choice from stickers, to crepe paper, to stencils and gems to decorate the bonnet. The member of staff running the area was very helpful and friendly. We unfortunately didn’t get time to check out the shield paining and Archery, but we will certainly have a go next time we visit!

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The Easter Egg hunt was in partnership with Lindt chocolate,  was also great fun, the clues were easy to find and the clues took you mostly around the garden area. The children enjoyed looking out for the clues and got really excited when they found them, at the end there was a lindt bunny at the end to take home.

We were also very lucky to met the King,  when we entered the castle, he was very friendly,  helpful and certainly made the castle seem more alive. The Castle was bright an you could have a lovely look at all the beautiful items on show, without the rooms feeling crowded. The staff were helpful and answered any questions Bear had. Going round the castle was very easy to follow unlike some places we have recently visited.

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We brought a picnic with us, there was plenty of space to sit down with a picnic blanket or there was plenty of benches to sit on if you prefer,  The shop had a great choice of gifts and there was a good selection of pocket money toys if your little ones fancy buying something tiny.

Even though we didn’t take a buggy, We are now out of that stage, I felt Hever castle is very buggy friendly around the ground, the buggy’s are not allowed in the castle so I do suggest you take a baby carrier or carry your little one round. The grounds are also wheelchair friendly but hilly in some places.  There are six different trail walks which you can download before you go via the webpage, –  Hever Castle Trails to Download

The views walking around the castle are very pretty and personally I think it would be a great visit all year round for all the family. The Children really enjoyed exploring the gardens and finding new places which they seemed to miss coming in.

The prices are very good £16.90 for a adult for both the castle and the grounds and £9.50 for children over 5 years old. Hever castle offers a discount for seniors and students. There is also a family price of £44.50. There is also a small shop where you can buy some plants and a little coffee van too!

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This is certainly a great value family day out for all the family, if you are not local there are a few places to stay near including Hever Castle its self.

Hever Castle has lots of events all year round so why not have a peek at their website for up to date information and prices.
Have a peek at my YouTube video too 

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ChalkOla review

I hate the feel of chalk, it makes my teeth feel funny and the thought of the chalk being scratched along the chalkboard makes my skin tingle and feel very strange.

When I was ask to test out some chalk pens I jumped at the chance.

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To be honest I was a bit dubious about them, would they feel like chalk, would they have the chalky feel to them, the list was never ending!

When they arrived they came in really nice packaging and looked very smart, too smart for the children to use straight away, but they spied them and spent the next 5 minutes giving the pens a good shake to start the chalk flowing!

The chalk was lovely went on the chalk board with ease, the thicker pens started of a bit runny but nothing major.

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The markers were great too, very easy to use.

All of the packs have a great choice of colours, and I would recommend them for anyone who really dislikes the feel of chalk prices start from £8 on amazon.

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I would defiantly recommend these to anyone who uses chalk pens.

 

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Wordsearch Junior By Drumond Park Games

Wordsearch Junior is for ages 4 plus, it is a fun, family friendly for all ages. It encourages a fun way of learning and recognising words and the recognition of picture sequence. Wordsearch Junior comes with 9 double sided puzzle discs. The game also comes with 4 different packs of colour markers, so you can mark of when you have found the word or picture sequence.

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There are three different levels there are:

Blue – Search for the picture sequence, this is a great way to introduce children to the world of wordsearches. Its a great way for children to develop sequencing  and spatial awareness

Red – This level has pictures and the words on. Which helps children  start to recognises  what the words look like to the picture. They will be able to start looking for consonant clusters and vowel combinations without them realising,

Green – This level is just the words with the letters O,E,I,A,U in red so the children can learn that these ae the vowel letters.

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The game is very easy to set up, I  will have a little video on my YouTube channel on the set up of the game very soon, but it is very easy to do. You clip a Wordsearch of your choice onto the board and you spin the blue outer circle  to find new words to look for. once you have found the words you can put your colour marker over those letters. If another play has to cross your word they just swap your maker for theirs.

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This game is a all round fun and educational game. Wordsearch Junior will help support and develop reading and letter recognition for all children.  It also  provides a great way for the children to develop their reasoning skills, whilst enriching their vocabulary through images, words and letters.

The game retails at £18.99 and you can check where your nearest stockist is by visiting   http://www.drumondpark.com/index/index.php

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I personally would happily pay the £18.99 for this game as not only is it educational, it is also great fun for all the family. I would also recommend this game for any child who may be struggling with their reading and their language skills. Bear really enjoyed playing this with his aunt, uncle , his Great Uncle and his great Grandmother  at the weekend and with his friend during the half term.

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