Blue reef aquarium Southsea

blue reef aquarium Portsmouth - Bubbablue and me

I often check there’s an aquarium nearby when I’m planning places to visit. They’re good for rainy day activities, although obviously then get busy.  Near where we were staying in Southsea, right on the sea front, was Blue Reef Aquarium and I’d picked out the coupons I’d found in case N wanted to go.  I didn’t expect him to ask to go on the first day we were exploring Southsea seafront. Blue Reef Aquarium is looking a little tired especially… Continue Reading “Blue reef aquarium Southsea”

Exploring Southsea and Clarence Pier for seaside fun

Exploring southsea and clarence pier - Bubbablue and me

When we go on holiday, just N and I, it’s usually a last minute booking and decision on where we’re going. I tend to look for places near the coast because we’re so central, it’s the only chance we get when going away for a few days.  Thankfully N is used to our visiting lots of places in a short time.  Both of us whizz round and we rarely spend all day in one place.  But we have started chilling… Continue Reading “Exploring Southsea and Clarence Pier for seaside fun”

Sunny West Wittering beach day

beach day at west wittering beach - Bubbablue and me

Whenever we go on holiday, I always try to take N somewhere that’s close enough to go to the seaside for a beach day.  We recently stayed in Southsea, Portsmouth – yes it has its own beach but it’s shingle like so much of the south coast around that area. But a short journey to West Wittering and N had the sandy beach he prefers. Oh and I have the pretty beach huts!  Which were surprisingly unused for such a… Continue Reading “Sunny West Wittering beach day”

Mozzarella Joe’s and the children’s menu giant pizza

mozzarella joe's giant children's menu pizza

When eating out, childrens menus are a mixed bag.  Some like Pizza Express tend to get them pretty spot on (although I’m not sure that N by the age of 10 will be satisfied with the kids menu) as do Bella Pasta with their 2 younger and older kids sizes.  I also like places like Cotswold Wildlife Park who have sandwich lunch boxes, but hot meal options across the standard menu with small and larger choices at good prices.  At… Continue Reading “Mozzarella Joe’s and the children’s menu giant pizza”

Day out at Dudley Zoo

Day trip to dudley zoo - Bubbablue and me

Zoos aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we quite like them. Our latest visit was a great opportunity to talk conservation of animals with N as he was asking about why we had zoos. We had a spare day and I was looking for something to do outdoors to make the most of the outdoors and some of the only sun on my week off work.  After comparing Whipsnade and Dudley Zoo, I decided that Dudley was better value and… Continue Reading “Day out at Dudley Zoo”

Kilkenny Lane country park – a new playground discovery

kilkenny lane country park - Bubbablue and me

You’d think most children would love to visit places and get out away from home. But not my son because the farm calls to him.  My only chance for getting him out is offering a bike ride.  But even that is a battle because he always just says he wants to go to the local park. Sigh. The playground isn’t great, it’s a bit dull and it’s not very exciting going to the same place time and time again. But… Continue Reading “Kilkenny Lane country park – a new playground discovery”

Exploring The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle

Mumbles and oystermouth castle - Bubbablue and me

People often ask how we manage to visit more than one place in a day on holiday.  I always say it’s getting up early (although many holiday tourist spots don’t open til later than places at home), being focused on what we want to see, and having a child who rushes round places and doesn’t dawdle. He obviously takes after me (I’m like that with shopping and museums) On our recent camping holiday in South Wales, one day we knew… Continue Reading “Exploring The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle”

Countryfile Live 2017 – celebrating outdoor life

Countryfile live 2017 sunny day outdoors - Bubbablue and me

I love going out and about with N. It’s lovely to spend time with him and see how he’s changing over the year.  Last year we had a great time at the first ever Countryfile Live show, and again managed to get tickets to return there again this year.  For once, there was no moaning from N. Hey, there’s tractors (and fairground rides which is what he was planning for), so there wasn’t a problem having to bargain to get… Continue Reading “Countryfile Live 2017 – celebrating outdoor life”

A blustery Rhossili bay walk

Rhossili Bay walk - Bubbablue and me

One of the things I love about holidays is getting out and about.  I’m not great at getting out around home, unless we go out for the day, but on holiday there’s always places I want to see and do.  This camping trip the weather wasn’t that great for doing much once we’d spent the 2 sunny days on the beach.  But once the rain cleared in the afternoons we did cram in a couple of extra detours to places.… Continue Reading “A blustery Rhossili bay walk”

Welsh beaches – Three Cliffs Bay and Caswell Bay

Beach days in Gower Wales - Bubbablue and me

When you go on summer holiday with children, the main aim is usually to spend time on the beach.  For 3 years running we’ve always gone camping with friends in the same week, and so far have had pretty good weather throughout. This year though, only going for 4 nights instead of the usual 6, and we weren’t as lucky.  We had 2 beautiful days of sunshine – arrival day and the second day, and did manage to make the… Continue Reading “Welsh beaches – Three Cliffs Bay and Caswell Bay”