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Rebels with a cause

Herbie and I visited London just before Christmas to see the Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels exhibition at the British Library with my brother and his husband. It made me ponder just how tricky it is to teach our children to be rebellious yet respectful, to challenge authority yet understand boundaries and to stand… Continue reading Rebels with a cause

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Lodgings in the New Forest

Our summer holiday this year was kept simple and we went for four nights to Sandy Balls Holiday Village in the New Forest. We’d been to Center Parcs before but as they ramp their rates up to extortionate proportions even for summer holiday prices, we thought we’d look for something along the same lines but… Continue reading Lodgings in the New Forest

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Half term highlights

With half term coming up, there are plenty of events in the calendar to get the kids out of the house and immersed in imaginative environments. Dreamland’s first Children’s Book Festival Dreamland in Margate is hosting its first ever Children’s Book Festival on Saturday 16th February. The line-up features The Gruffalo, with Julia Donaldson and… Continue reading Half term highlights

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Animal magic in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

As part of our recent cottage holiday to the Cotswolds, we paid a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford. The 160-acre site is a mix of beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, animal enclosures, aviaries, insect and reptile houses, farmyard, and adventure playgrounds. Its beginnings in 1969 as the brainchild of John… Continue reading Animal magic in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

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In defence of Pevensey

On a hot inset day, we added Pevensey Castle to our list of English Heritage sites to fit into our year of membership. Five-year-old Herbie was keen to get into the site where William the Conqueror landed, in between peeing in the bushes in the field outside (there are no toilets on site although there… Continue reading In defence of Pevensey

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In search of knights

For this latest post, I thought I’d start a round up of the castles we’ve visited over the past few weeks. First up is Herstmonceux Castle, which I don’t think I’ve ever been to, even though my grandad used to work at the site when the Royal Observatory Greenwich moved there in the 40s and… Continue reading In search of knights

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I heart Bexhill Museum

Let me tell you a bit about Bexhill Museum as I visited this weekend with friends who are local but who had never been inside, despite pushing 40 like us. It’s a little gem with an eclectic collection for its size. It’s also one of the many tourist attractions that has remained in existence and… Continue reading I heart Bexhill Museum