Autism-friendly literary festival launches in Hertfordshire

Festival season is around the corner – so exciting! There are so many festival experiences to choose from and there really is something for everyone. An inclusive approach from organisers and an accessible set up is essential to enable people with SEND to attend and be part of the community. I was thrilled when Dr….

2022 Edition – A Mum’s Guide to Autism-Friendly Activities in London

Many of the big London museums have special sessions for children/families with SEND. The sessions tend to be outside of the usual opening hours, so very early or twilight, and offer a more relaxed experience. no crowds siblings and families welcome/encouraged helpful/ trained staff often lighting and sound levels are adjusted quiet areas and breakout…

Running wild at BeWILDerwood, Norfolk

Today we visited BeWILDerwood in Norfolk for their half-term Halloween fun. It was the first time for us- we’d had lots of recommendations and read glowing reviews- and the experience didn’t disappoint! BeWILDerwood is a magical outdoor adventure set in a forest and open between February and October. Based on the characters and stories by…

Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, Ipswich, Suffolk 🐮

It’s October half term in the UK and we’re on a little staycation exploring the east coast and a few spots in Suffolk. Today we visited Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park with eager 7 and 8 year olds. It’s a lovely place to visit; quite relaxed with friendly staff and plenty to do Things to…

Know Before You Go: Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Kew

Yesterday we went to Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Kew Gardens. I booked for 2pm- as that was the only slot available- and it was busy, as expected, with families enjoying all that Kew has to offer. The Beano-themed trail is in honour of 70 years of the comic book characters and their calamitous…

Days Out With the Kids: Wakehurst, Sussex

We have been Kew members for a few years now and Kew Gardens is a firm favourite in our family. I recently discovered that we could visit Wakehurst in Sussex for free (as it’s part of Kew) so, on a wet, windy Sunday, we pulled on our wellies and drove down from London. Wakehurst is…

‘Edutainment’. Little Londoners Love Learning

The 24th January is International Day of Education– who knew? Education is key. Education is a key. It opens doors, creates opportunities, promotes social mobility.  But, sometimes, learning needs to be like the vegetables in a bolognaise sauce: hidden!  With a little bit of planning and a few resources, fun, family days out can be filled with awesome…

Summer in the City. Family Days Out for FREE or less than £5

It’s that time of year again. The kids have broken up for the summer and the activity planning is in full swing! We are away for three weeks of the summer break but, rest assured, what’s left of the summer holiday will be spent exploring the best that London has to offer for families and…

The Barefoot Freedom of Childhood!

My four-year-old hates shoes. Vehemently hates shoes. Ever since he was a tiny baby. He has additional needs and sensory issues so that’s probably got a lot to do with it, but he was well-known locally as the kid that never wore shoes.  We tried everything! From super-light shoes with a bare-foot feel to great…

The NEW Children’s Garden at Kew

New for 2019 is the much-anticipated Children’s Garden at Kew. It has been some time in the making but is definitely worth the wait. Be warned, in these early days, the number of families visiting the garden is huge and that’s exactly what you’ll do…wait! We visited today. We got there at 9:45 (it opens…

Magic Gardens. The importance of outdoor play.

As keen visitors queued to see the ‘Back to Nature Garden’, co-designed by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a very welcome spotlight shone on the importance of outdoor play for children. Like most, my 4 and 6 year olds are growing up in a world of extreme technology –…

National Trust or English Heritage Membership?

Okay, so maybe it shouldn’t be a ‘versus’ question but, if you’re planning to buy an annual membership for the National Trust or English Heritage and want to get your money’s worth, the question is: which should I choose? We have had both NT and EH membership for a few years now and I can…

Family Fun at Kew Gardens

I am a Kew Gardens member. I don’t remember why. I think I went one day and realised that family membership wasn’t much more expensive than the gate price, so I signed up! As with all these things, I figure that if we visit one more time we’re getting our money’s worth – if not,…

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

We visited CMWDP when staying in Woolacombe and Ilfracombe as my son was doing dinosaurs for his school topic and thought it would be entertaining and educational. The park is interesting for younger kids but make sure you make a day of it . We arrived at 2pm which was too late as it closes…

The Magic of Merlin Passes. Legoland, Windsor

I recently ‘invested’ in Merlin Annual Passes. I’d thought about it before but never quite got round to it. Then I discovered that, rather than forking out upfront, you can pay monthly and spread the cost across the year. Seemed like a no-brainer, so I signed up. The standard pass, unless your life is unfettered…

Make your own Easter egg hunt…and other Easter activities.

If you’ve read my other Easter blog, you’ll know that we’re having a family gathering on Good Friday – our annual shindig with the traditional fish and chips, hot cross buns and too many chocolate Easter eggs! I’m in charge of entertainment – not because I am particularly good at it, because I’m the only…

Family Day Out: Leeds Castle, Kent- make the most of an annual ticket!

We’ve been to Leeds Castle in Kent a few times now. There’s a reason for that…we’re getting our money’s worth! We first went for the Christmas Market in December and were quite surprised to have to pay an entrance fee at all (we, wrongly, assumed the Christmas market was a separate thing, open to all….

Making the most of our non-toy Christmas Presents!

As much as I love Christmas, the thought of filling our home with unnecessary plastic toys fills me with horror! The lead up to the festive period is fraught with frantic research as I ponder, peruse and plan to make sure my kids have a selection of wonderful and exciting pressies to dive into on…

October Half-Term: Halloween in London

The sudden realisation that October half-term is only two-weeks away hit me like ton of conkers! We were planning to go away (and still might) but the Autumn term has been relentless and we haven’t booked anything. This sent the organised (note: controlling) side of me into overdrive and, should we decide to have a…