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…

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…

Ruislip Lido: London’s only beach!

Okay, that might be overstating it a touch! But Ruislip Lido is a reservoir and artificial beach in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Super popular with locals and visitors, Ruislip Lido has lots to offer and is a fun day out for all the family. Having grown up in Ruislip, I often overlook the lido…

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 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,…

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…