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The Autumn Malvern Show

Autumn Show

If you are looking for a great day out, the Autumn Malvern Show on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September is definitely a good bet.

We visited the Spring Show in May and had a fab time, so are really looking forward to visiting what is billed as ‘the ultimate Harvest Festival’ at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire. With a feast of activities around food and farming it has something for all ages! Newly introduced for 2016, the dedicated Family Fun Area that will be overflowing with a activities for kids including garden games, circus skills and ‘make-and-take’ craft activities. With kids fully occupied, grown ups can unwind in this area too with a chill out bean bag space. (We will definitely be heading to this part of the show!)



There is also going to be a Forgotten Skills marquee where children can find out more about the trades of yesteryear with a time travelling glimpse into how things were done in the past. There is a strong vintage theme running through the show this autumn too with Anton Du Beke making an appearance in the Vintage Village alongside lots of traditional style fairground rides and amusements.

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One of the highlights of the Autumn Show is the UK National Giant Vegetable Championship, which brings bountiful displays of monster marrows, colossal carrots, supersize squashes and much much more. This area of the show is renowned for smashing many world records with three broken last year alone and over 300 entries competing for the highly coveted top accolades.


The Malvern Autumn Show will take place on Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September. Tickets are now on sale. Family tickets (2 adults, 3 children aged between 5 – 15 years) are priced at £37 when purchased in advance and £45 on the gate. Individual advanced tickets are priced at £16 for adults and £5 for children and on the gate at £19 for adults and £7 for children. Group and concession tickets are available. 

For information, please visit www.malvernautumn.co.uk or call 01684 584924.


Family Days Out for October Half Term

I can not believe that October half term is already looming. (I know for some of my friends it has already started!) Where does the time go?

If you are looking for some inspiration on places to go or things to get up to The Guardian has today published a fab list of events going on around the country.

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Here comes the science: family days out for October half-term

Also here is a round up of some of the best places we have visited recently!

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Paradise Park in Cornwall

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Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

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Cheap Ideas for Days Out in London


Dinosaur World in Torquay

We are off to Dorset for a few days and staying in the Lyme Regis area. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions on places to go or things to do, would love to hear them.



Paradise Park – Cornwall

Days out in Cornwall

When we were camping in Cornwall this summer we visited quite a few attractions with one of our favourite’s being Paradise Park near Hayle in West Cornwall.


With August 2015 proving to be one of the wettest recorded in Cornwall we were forced to rethink our ideas of sitting on the beach all day and look for family friendly days out in the area around Sennen Cove.

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Paradise Park was recommended to us as there is a massive indoor play area and with the weather being so unpredictable this was really enticing for 8 very damp adults and children!

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As far as entry goes we thought it was really reasonable coming in at £34.25 for all three of us, £14.50 for an adult and £11.25 for a child but through getting some online codes we received a £6 reduction. If you can try and check before you arrive as their website always seems to have an offer going.

The park is primarily a bird park with over 140 species but there are also farm animals, otters and plenty of dinosaurs!

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We had a really enjoyable day here and if you can I would really recommend watching one of the display shows/talks. The birds are so incredibly cared for that they never fly off and are able to demonstrate some of the most amazing skills. We are still talking about the Kookaburra showing off his hunting skills with a rubber snake!

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I will let our photos do the talking to describe what a good day we had!! If you are heading off to this part of the world for a half term break I would definitely recommend Paradise Park, especially as there is plenty to do whatever the weather.

Paradise Park Cornwall

Paradise Park Cornwall




42 Days of Summer #sweeet

At the start of the school holidays I signed up to the 42 Days of Summer challenge with BritMums sponsored by McVites BN biscuits. When the biscuits arrived I put them away with the intention of taking a great picture of the two packets to add to the blog. However they didn’t stay closed long enough for me to do this and to take this picture we are now on our third packet! I remember eating biscuits like this when we had holidays in Spain as a child so was intrigued if they were anything like I remember. I have to honestly say they are yummy and we will definitely be stocking up on them, especially as they are made from wholemeal and wheat.

BN Biscuits

Anyway back to our summer of fun. We have had a hectic summer as those of you who are regular visitors will know but have managed to have lots of fun as well. Living in the countryside is both a blessing and hard work when it comes to doing stuff to keep little ones entertained. Yes we have beautiful green surroundings but we don’t have much on offer in terms of parks and museums that town dwellers have. (I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, I love living in the countryside but as an ex-townie I also appreciate what city living has to offer too.) We have to be a little imaginative when it comes to things to do without getting in the car for long drives.

So our days so far this summer have included;

1. Playing in the garden and the grounds around where we live, including lots of fishing.

2. Day trips out to Stratford-upon-Avon, Hatton Park with my godson and Oxford.

3. Popping down the road to have ice cream in Bourton-on-the-water with all the tourists.

4. Getting crafty at home on rainy days.

5 Spending time with our family which is always special.


We still have our summer holiday camping in France to look forward to and a week of play dates lined up before we go. Thanks BN for actually making me stop and think about the fun we have had this summer, rather than that usual ‘what did you do over the summer holidays?’ to which the reply is usually ‘ooh not a lot’. This summer is definitely turning into a summer of fun that we will remember.

This post is an entry for 42 Days of Summer Linky Challenge sponsored by McVitie’s BN. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1mRpMCL

All Things Wild, Evesham, Worcestershire


 A while back we were recommended to visit The Domestic Wildfowl Trust just outside of Evesham in Worcestershire, there is lots more there than just chickens now and it has been rebranded as All Things Wild. We are very close to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park so have never ventured further than here for our farm experiences with G. All Things Wild which has a great range of experiences for children from an indoor soft play to the most amazing dinosaur trail.

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The dinosaur trail is in a huge field (which if there has been any rain I recommend taking wellies, it was a bit boggy when we visited) that has a great range of dinosaurs for your dinosaur mad children to be occupied for quite a while. There is also a great fossil hunting sandpit that G loved and played in quite happily on his own for quite a while which is always a bonus.

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We were so impressed with the great range of animals including gerbils, chickens, goats, ferrets and turkeys to name a few of the outdoor ones with snakes, lizards and terrapins inside that we signed up for a year’s family membership. They also took off our entrance fee from our visit that day from the price of the Annual Pass. The soft play and indoor tractors are great for under 7’s if the weather isn’t being kind and there are comfy sofas provided for watching your little ones exhaust themselves in the soft play area whilst you can enjoy a latte from the café. The café is very reasonably priced, so much so it probably works out cheaper than a picnic with the amount we end up taking with us. It is all home cooked on the premises, so it isn’t the quickest, but well worth the wait.

Yesterday we decided to pop down for a visit as Tractor Ted was there. G has been a big fan of Tractor Ted for a while now. The DVD’s are great and can highly recommend them if you have children into big machines and anything outdoorsy. The DVD’s are very educational and the songs will annoy you so much but you will never get them out of your head!  It is these add on days that really make having the annual pass worthwhile as we only popped down for a couple of hours but it was just enough for us yesterday.

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As a family we really rate this place and would certainly recommend a visit if you are local or visiting the area. (I should add as well that this post is NOT a sponsored post in any way and all the views and opinions come completely as our own.)

Entertaining Elliot