Family Days Out to see the First Signs of Spring

Now February has come, it’s time to start planning family days out to see the first signs of spring in the Midlands! I love taking the kids out for the day to see if we can spot snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. The Woodland Trust have this great activity sheet for children to spot the first…

Autumn Colours at Batsford Arboretum

In the October half term we headed to the gorgeous Cotswolds to visit the stunning Batsford Arboretum which is near Moreton-in-Marsh to see the autumn colours at their best. About Batsford Arboretum Batsford Arboretum is a great place to visit at any time of year. We have previously been to see the snowdrops in March which…

Spooky Walk at Baddesley Clinton

Most of the National Trust properties organised spooky trails and activities during the October half term and it is a great way to get the kids out for a walk. With just an hour or so spare, we visited the National Trust property Baddesley Clinton near Solihull in the October half term. The secluded estate…

Apple Day at Castle Bromwich Gardens

I love all things Autumn, especially quirky festivals that make you feel very English! Apple Day at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens was a great find and I would recommend a visit there throughout the year. Apple Day was held at the volunteer run gardens on Sunday 16th October and we went along to spend an…

A Review of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Last weekend we enjoyed a family day out at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of rolling down hills, gawping at fish, eating cakes and playing on swings. The Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston has 15 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and is just one mile from the city centre. And there is lots to…

Autumn Family Days Out

Ahh, the smell of wet leaves, muddy boots and bonfires – it must be nearly time for an Autumn Family Day Out! Ok, summer picnics are over, but I love getting out with the kids to see the changing of the seasons and there are so many great family days out in autumn in the…

Lavender Farm and Spooky House

Hidden away in a beautiful part of the country is the Cotswold Lavender Farm which we visited this weekend. Purple flowers spring out of the lush green fields and you can walk among the different types of lavender and colourful wild flowers. The lavender farm near Broadway in the Cotswolds is easy enough to find…

Shugborough’s Seven Secret Doors

We had a super day on Sunday visiting Shugborough and searching for the Seven Secret Doors. (That’s a lot of S’s!) This is a great treasure trail around the gardens finding doors that open up to a magical scene. The doors are all wonderfully painted with different fairy tale themes and hidden around the gardens….

Fairy Hunting at Trentham

Trentham Gardens is a family favourite. The gardens have a beautiful walk around the lake with fairy sculptures along the way to spot. Then a massive playground suitable for all ages and cafes to relax and earn that cup of coffee you earned! Getting There and Parking It is about an hour drive up the…

Coughton Court – Gunpowder Plot & Roses

Coughton Court near Studley in Warwickshire is home to the Throckmorton family and managed by the National Trust and is a great place to visit with the family. We have visited here many times and the gardens are great to explore with lots of grass to run around on and enjoy picnics. Coughton Court hosts…

Wartime Upton House

Upton House near Banbury is a fantastic place to visit. Yes, a National Trust property, so again think about joining if you are not members (ha, I’m not paid by them!) We on VE Day in May, so lots of stalls and enthusiasts telling the history of the house during WW2. They had a band,…

Sniffing Snowdrops at Stowe Gardens

On a freezing cold February day we visited Stowe in Buckinghamshire to see the first signs of spring…snowdrops. Stowe is a National Trust property and also landscaped by Capability Brown, so great sweeping landscapes with serpentine rives, lakes and monuments. There are several paths to take around the huge gardens and it is suitable for…