Trentham Monkey Forest

Trentham Monkey Forest is a really fun little gem in the Staffordshire countryside and a great place to explore nature.

National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham

Please note: I work for Serco Leisure who owns this site, however I still paid to attend and stay with my daughter each time, and have already booked to come back! This weekend we took a very spontaneous trip to the National Water Sports Centre opening weekend in Nottingham at the Holme Pierrepont Country Park….

National Trust Calke Abbey

We had a stunning visit to the National Trust gem that is Calke Abbey – a beautiful country house and gardens in Derbyshire. I’m a huge fan of places to take the little one, and it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to take her for a while, so when the weather promised some glorious spring sunshine, it…

CBeebies Land, Alton Towers

To be perfectly honest, I’ve been putting off going to CBeebies Land for 2 main reasons – Lily doesn’t really watch TV much, and theme parks are such an expensive day out. Well, I needn’t have worried – it was an absolutely incredible day out, and I’d definitely go back again! Online booking We bought…

Shepherd Huts, Gloucestershire

With Lily starting school at the end of August (who starts in August?!), I’ve been trying to do short weekends away with her, within an hour or so drive of Leicester. With a friend running a local Makers’ Market in Gloucester, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to find somewhere fun to stay…

Stoneywell National Trust, Leicester

Stoneywell is a stunning National Trust property situated in Leicester. It is a beautiful cottage surrounded by stunning gardens. We’ve been twice now this year – mainly because our first visit was limited due to the super high winds closing some of the grounds (it was a very wise decision that day!!) – so we…

Gardener’s Rest, Thurlaston Garden Centre

We are huge fans of the Thurlaston Garden centre, and if you need any more evidence of why you should visit following this post, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages – the cakes always look amazing!! As a family trip out, garden centres are becoming more popular, but one of our key loves of…

New Walk Museum, Leicester

We’ve always enjoyed New Walk museum and count ourselves lucky to live in a city with such a fantastic and free museum to visit. It is only a small museum, but it is packed with artefacts and there’s always something new to explore every time you visit. Our favourite area has always been the dinosaurs,…

Fun Valley soft play, Leicester

If you’re looking for an affordable soft play in Leicester, then look no further than Fun Valley. We have been on 3 occasions now; once in the school holidays, once during a term time weekday, and once for a weekend birthday party, and despite vowing not to go back during holidays ever again (that was…