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…

Riding Dragons in Warwick

If you are looking for a great day out, with waterplay, a park to run around and if you choose a bit more adventure, then head to St Nicholas Park in Warwick for the day. Car Parking We parked over the river on Myton Road for 4 hours of parking for £3. There is a…

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,…

Giants and Cakes in the Cotswolds

What to do on a coldish day in March!? Head to Bourton on the Water for a mooch around the shops, cafes and the Model Village. The model village cost £3.60 to get in, but it’s worth it to see the amount of hard work they put in to recreating Bourton at a ninth of…

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…