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….

The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace.

We visited Hampton Court Palace today for the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. It runs until 18th April at Hampton Court and 17th April at Kensington Palace. It’s a very popular event and you have to book in advance. The trail is included in palace entry and takes you on a lovely walk around the grounds….

Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, Beaconsfield

Bekonscot Model Village is the world’s oldest, open since 1929! It is such a fun, family day out and has a unique, old-world charm about it. I can remember going as a child and loving peering in the windows of the buildings and imagining who lived there. Today my littluns did exactly the same! Although…

Tumblestone Hollow, Stonor Park and Gardens, Henley-on-Thames

Tumblestone Hollow is a magical and fantastical playground in the Oxfordshire countryside. Set in the stunning grounds of the historic Stonor House, Tumblestone Hollow is an extensive adventure playground based on the stories by Amy Sparkes. A place where children can embrace their imaginations and run wild in a natural play space. It has a…

Easter Special at Audley End Miniature Railway, Essex

Audley End Miniature Railway has been on our to-do list for a while so I decided their Easter Special would be a good time to visit… and it didn’t disappoint. The day starts with a 40-minute ride through the grounds on a miniature railway pulled by either a diesel or steam engine. The train ride…

What I Pack in my Just-in-Case Day Bag for a child with SEND

Warmer weather and school holidays are on the horizon which means lots of day trips, mini breaks and outdoor adventures for us. Life with a child with additional needs can be stressful and unpredictable at times. Luckily, I am, by nature, ridiculously organised and I have perfected the just-in-case day bag for our adventures. This…

Autism-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts, London, 2022

We have lots of things booked in for this Easter break- feels a bit like making up for lost time – and we’re looking forward to days out, beach trips, Easter egg hunts and lots more… This is a quick roundup of the Easter egg hunts that we’ll be doing in the next few weeks….

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…

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire.

During the summer holidays we were on a trip to the West Midlands so surprised Eden with a birthday trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park to visit Thomas Land. I was really impressed with Thomas Land. It is very well done, the theme is consistent, lots of attention to detail and they have a good…

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…

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….

Our Ethical Easter Eggstravaganza!

I have a big family. It’s huge. We are now on the fourth generation so there are lots of kids. Loads. This familial fact, coupled with my (ongoing) attempts to be more ethical gave me the eggstraordinary (but unpopular) idea of banning Easter eggs this year! I can’t stand the idea that my kids will…

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…