Family days out in Gloucestershire

family days out in gloucestershire - Bubbablue and me

We love a day out whether it’s just a weekend day popping out somewhere, or a day out while on holiday.  I’m reliving my childhood visiting around the UK, near home and further away, and love sharing it with N. So if you’re looking for days out in Gloucestershire, you’re in the right place. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places we’ve loved on our travels.  Hopefully it’ll make them easier for you to… Continue Reading “Family days out in Gloucestershire”

Cotswold Wildlife park rough and tumble with friends

Cotswold Wildlife Park zebras - Bubbablue and me

April has to be one of the best months. It’s the start of (hopefully) more consistently good weather, and this weekend was certainly a great start to the month.  With 20C both days, we were lucky in that we’d already agreed to meet up with friends and go out for the day. So it was lining up to be a great day outdoors.  Picnics at the ready, we picked them up and headed off to an old favourite Cotswold Wildlife… Continue Reading “Cotswold Wildlife park rough and tumble with friends”

Penguins and ice creams at Cotswold Wildlife Park


Even when I suggest exciting outings to N, he often has a moan about going. There’s always a hook I need to share in order to change his mind. And it’s quite amazing how fast and extreme his mind can change when something exciting is on offer. With Cotswold Wildlife Park it was the draw of there being a train. We’ve been to Cotswold Wildlife Park a few times, and it’s always been nice weather, but this time I wanted… Continue Reading “Penguins and ice creams at Cotswold Wildlife Park”

Beautiful blooms at Hidcote Gardens National Trust

National Trust Hidcote Gardens

I say it so frequently over on my Instagram when people comment on my flower photos, I’m really not a gardener. It takes too much time, I don’t have an idea of what to do or an interest in learning. We have a paddock, a wall of rough-looking wildflowers (which I did plant from seeds) and some overgrowth of wild chives and wildflowers (obviously spread from the wall ones) amongst the shrubby roses that the in laws planted one year.… Continue Reading “Beautiful blooms at Hidcote Gardens National Trust”

Mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa

back in time at Chedworth Roman Village - Bubbablue and me

I love taking N back to places that I visited as a child.  My mum used to take us to some great places and we were lucky enough to visit many places around the UK over the years.  It always amazes me how few places some people have visited, even in a small country like the UK.  We are lucky that we’re only an hour or two from a lot of places though, and having friends and family all over… Continue Reading “Mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa”

A steam train visit to Father Christmas in Cheltenham

After last year’s wonderful trip to Didcot railway centre to ride on Thomas the Tank Engine to see Father Christmas, I really should have known better than to go elsewhere.  But I like to try out lots of different places, so this year we booked to go on the steam train from Cheltenham Racecourse station to the North Pole to see Father Christmas instead. I’d heard a few good things about the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway, so thought it would be… Continue Reading “A steam train visit to Father Christmas in Cheltenham”

Autumn colours at Batsford Arboretum

We’ve not been to Batsford Arboretum since N was just turned 3, so I was interested to see how far he could walk without moaning he was tired.  Turns out, pretty much all the way round. I usually take N out in the mornings, because I like to miss the crowds, plus it gives me time to relax in the afternoon and get back in plenty of time to make tea.  But N announced in the morning that there was… Continue Reading “Autumn colours at Batsford Arboretum”

Ducks and lardy cakes in Burford

Burford sweet shop

If you’ve never been to the Cotswolds I’d definitely recommend it.  There’s so many beautiful small towns and villages, there’s always something to see.  And pretty pictures if you like chocolate box style buildings. When we went to the bluebell woods at Badbury Hill, we drove home via Burford and decided to stop there for lunch.  Whenever we drive south west, I always say that we must go back soon for a morning explore and never get round to it,… Continue Reading “Ducks and lardy cakes in Burford”

Model Village giant and motor museum fan

hillman imp car at cotswold motor museum

I love living where we do as we’re so central to so many places.  Yes, miles from the sea, but we can get to many places within 1 ½ hours.  Towards the end of the summer, having driven nearby several times in recent months to go to Bristol, Treefest and Moreton Show, I thought it was time for a return visit to Bourton-on-the-Water.  The last time we went was to Birdland so it’s been a while. The weather was looking… Continue Reading “Model Village giant and motor museum fan”

All things trees at Treefest Westonbirt Arboretum

Treefest - Hot tin roofs

At the start of our holiday, I’d arranged that we would meet up with a friend from uni and her sons, at Westonbirt Arboretum’s Treefest.  Online it looked like a really interesting event and would be a good opportunity for the boys to have place to run around as well as take part in some activities.  Oh and of course, to give us a chance to catch up. Treefest was all based (obviously) on trees, but included the usual festival… Continue Reading “All things trees at Treefest Westonbirt Arboretum”