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”

Snowdrop trail walk at Evenley Wood Garden

Evenley Wood Garden snowdrop trail - Bubbablue and me

Last year we only caught a quick glimpse of snowdrops at Stowe, but this year I wanted to check out Evenley Wood Garden.  I’d never been but others have recommended it to me for snowdrop trails in particular. As it was the first weekend of opening, and the weather was miraculously due to be dry on the Sunday, I dragged N out with me to check it out. Evenley Wood Garden is near Brackley, so took us just under 30… Continue Reading “Snowdrop trail walk at Evenley Wood Garden”

Family things to do in Oxfordshire

Family days out in Oxfordshire - Bubbablue and me.

So often people don’t get out and about in their own area. Not us, and we’re gradually working our way around Oxfordshire. We’re lucky because we’re so close to many other counties within an hour’s drive.  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 things to do in Oxfordshire, keep reading. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places… Continue Reading “Family things to do in Oxfordshire”

Where to go: family days out in Hampshire

family days out in Hamphire - 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 think I’m addicted to seeing new places – something my mum always encouraged when we were children. And with N being engrossed in the farm, I’m keen to ensure he gets to experience as much as possible around so it gives me choices for when he is older. I’m planning a series of posts based on round ups… Continue Reading “Where to go: family days out in Hampshire”

Marwell Zoo and the Great Brick Safari

Marwell Zoo Great Brick Safari - Bubbablue and me

Whenever we go away, I always plan to write up several of our days out. But bizarrely out day trip to Marwell Zoo on the way home from Southsea in September passed me by. Gutted because it was a great day out. So I’m bringing you a delayed look at what we got up to when we visited. I’d always heard great things about Marwell Zoo and we were looking forward to checking it out. The weather was lovely and… Continue Reading “Marwell Zoo and the Great Brick Safari”

First time excitement learning to drive with Young Driver

1st driving experience with young driver - bubbablue and me

When I heard about courses where children could learn to drive and then spotted that under 10s had their own version, I realised that it would make a perfect Christmas present for N.  But I was offered a review session so the 2 became one. N went on his Firefly lesson the other day. If you’ve not come across Young Driver before, they’re an organisation who offer driving lessons for under 17s.  The ethos being that teaching children to drive… Continue Reading “First time excitement learning to drive with Young Driver”

Visiting Charlecote Park with friends

Visiting Charlecote Park - Bubbablue and me

Children are amazing. However shy you think your children are, they often surprise us by happily getting involved and chatty with new people really easily. Obviously it helps when they have similar interests, but it’s still lovely to see. We’re lucky enough to live close enough to Mary and Monkey from Over 40 and a mum to one, and before Christmas, met up for an outdoor morning at National Trust’s Charlecote Park. We met at ours first as we’re on… Continue Reading “Visiting Charlecote Park with friends”

Tips to enjoy the Blenheim Palace Christmas light trail

Blenheim Palace Christmas light trail - Bubbablue and me

After enjoying last year’s light display at Blenheim Palace, I really wanted to make it part of our annual pre-Christmas traditions. So back in September when I was booking Christmas activities (yes, for some places like Waddesdon Manor, you really should be booking that far ahead if you want to make sure of tickets), I booked tickets for us to go on the last day of school.  It would be a lovely treat to start the Christmas holidays and see the… Continue Reading “Tips to enjoy the Blenheim Palace Christmas light trail”

A Waddesdon Manor Christmas with Enchanted Menagerie artwork

Waddesdon Manor Christmas tips - Bubbablue and me

I do love a Christmas display and I seem to be winning N around. When I told him I’d booked a Waddesdon Manor Christmas visit again, he wasn’t keen. But I suggested we’d revisit our timings, going later in the day, so he’d have some time beforehand and we’d hopefully be able to see the light display at the end of the day as well.  I was keen to see what the art installation was as well – this year… Continue Reading “A Waddesdon Manor Christmas with Enchanted Menagerie artwork”

Black country living museum – exploring historic real life

Visiting Black Country Living Museum - Bubbablue and me

Since having N, I’ve revisited so many of the places we went to as children. My mums used to take us all over the UK visiting different attractions and counties, and I’ve wanted to continue that with N. Not only does it get him away from the farm, learning that there are other options out there. But also for educational reasons. Visiting a historic location will bring history to life much better than reading about it in school.  The Black… Continue Reading “Black country living museum – exploring historic real life”