The Walled Garden at Calke Abbey (Derbyshire)

This summer the gardens at Calke Abbey are alive with colour and activity! The Calke Abbey Estate is one of our favourite National Trust estates and we visit often, particularly in the summer!  The gardens at Calke are testament to the hard work that has gone into restoring this once neglected estate. The original walled garden which is made up of 350,000 bricks is …

Top 4 Museums in Brussels for Kids!

Brussels is one of our favourite cities! We recently spent four months living and working in the beautiful Belgian capital!  Now if there is one thing that I love it’s a good Museum but if there’s one way to turn on the “whinge” mode in Master 6 it’s a good Museum.  Thankfully when visiting Brussels you’ll find some fantastic child …

Stone the Crows!! Heather Scarecrow Festival (Leicestershire) 

Every summer the sleepy Leicestershire village of Heather goes a little bit haywire!!! Now in its 19th year the Heather Scarecrow Festival has become a major event in the North West Leicestershire calendar. Local residents, schools and nurseries create scarecrow masterpieces that are displayed throughout the village. We went along on the last day of the festival, which is usually on for …

(REVIEW) Alton Towers Hotel 

Recently we needed one nights accommodation as a stop gap before moving into our new house. We always tend to book hotels through Booking.com and on this occasion it just so happened that the Alton Towers Hotel was the cheapest on the day! Now this is because the park was closed the next day. Splash Landings, Alton Towers famous water park was open although …

Calke Explore – Hidden Treasures at Calke Abbey (Derbyshire)

Last weekend we decided to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather!! We headed for one of our favourite National Trust estates. Calke Abbey estate is located in Derbyshire (near Ashby de la Zouch) and it offers a wealth of different experiences for the whole family! We have taken National Trust membership this year so will definitely be making the most of it!  …

Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival (Ashby de la Zouch) 

We have settled back into life in Leicestershire and that means visting the annual Ashby de la Zouch Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival. The festival runs over two days (generally over the late May bank holiday weekend). We are self confessed foodies and we love to support local businesses so this festival is a perfect mix of both for us. …

Wandering in Whitby 

We have spent the last two days exploring the picturesque Yorkshire town of Whitby.  Whitby is famous for being a vibrant fishing village and it does not disappoint. Yesterday was bank holiday Monday and typically everywhere was absolutely jammed packed! Parking is a premium on days like this, it’s also quite expensive at £5 for 4 hours.  Eventually we found …

Exploring Robin Hoods Bay (Yorkshire) 

We are currently in the gorgeous Yorkshire town of Whitby, it’s been years since we’ve been up in this part of England and we couldn’t wait to show Lochlan some of the beautiful coast line. Yesterday we drove the 5 miles from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay. This sleepy sea side town in known for its lovely family friendly beaches, …

(REVIEW) Westminster Kitchen Grill House 

During our recent visit to London we spent a day taking in the sights and sounds of the South Bank area. We had booked go to Shreks Adventure so we headed into early and enjoyed the gorgeous sunshine!  It was super busy being Easter Saturday so after weaving our way over Westminster bridge and back and checking out the London Eye our …

A little slice of Japan….in Belgium! (Japanese Tuin Hasselt) 

A few weeks ago we visited a gorgeous Japanese Tuin (Flemish word for garden) nestled in the lovely city of Hasselt, around an hours drove from Brussels.  The gardens were gifted to Hasselt by the Japanese city of Itami, to celebrate the two cities becoming sisters cities in 1985.  We visited just in time to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom! …