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Five of the Best Days Out in Derbyshire with Kids

Five of the Best Days Out in Derbyshire with Kids

As a Derbyshire girl, I love nothing more than heading out into the countryside. I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful place and over the years I’ve come across some amazing places to visit. I know that life with children can be a little hectic and that getting out into the fresh air can often be a massive help, to blow the cobwebs away. So I’ve put together some of the best days out in Derbyshire with kids. Where possible I’ve added the best eateries too, a day out isn’t made without a good bit of grub to go with it!

Eyam –

The Plague Village and one of my favourite days out! Eyam is packed with history, education, fun and food. There’s a museum and visitor centre, as well as plaques dotted throughout the village to give you a good insight into Eyam’s colourful history. Some of the stories will stick with you for a long time after you’ve read them. There’s a great park for the kids, a football pitch and miles of walks to tire everyone out.

Our go to eaterie is Eyam Tea Rooms. It’s a lovely little tea room offering hot and cold food, accompanied by a warm welcome and excellent customer service. There are other places to grab a bite too, this is just our personal favourite!

Must see:

  • St. Lawrence Church, Eyam.
  • Eyam Hall – unfortunately no longer a National Trust property, but still worth a look nonetheless.
  • Mompesson’s Well – a short drive out of Eyam, but has history that is sure to pull at your heartstrings!

 

Hardwick Estate –

National Trust Hardwick Estate has something for everyone, especially the kids. It’s stable yard is always full of outdoors toys and activities and the gardens offer hours of exploration for the littles. There’s often a trail for them to complete, I can recommend the Easter trail with chocolate reward! There’s a trail inside the Hall too, giving the kids an insight into the history of the estate and Bess of Hardwick, as well as the Hall’s final occupant Duchess Evelyn.

Also on site is Hardwick Old Hall, which is an English Heritage property but is also free for National Trust members. This offers miles of views over the estate and its well worth climbing the seemingly endless steps to get to the top! Hardwick is also the home of Stainsby Mill, a working Victorian flour mill. This property has kids trails, flour grinding and also sells freshly ground flour.

Hardwick has a gift shop, second-hand bookshop and restaurant which serves a scrummy beetroot and chocolate cake. It serves breakfast and lunches too, I can vouch for both options, as well as the coffee!

Must see:

  • Lady Spencers Walk – tree swings, den making, tree climbing and so much more.
  • Fairy doors – can your littles find them?
  • The ponds and ice house – perfect for a walk and a picnic.

 

Carsington Water –

With a restaurant on site, as well numerous indoor and outdoor activities, once you get to Carsington you won’t have to leave for hours. Carsington has an interactive visitor centre, which the kids will love. It has a bird hide, huge playground, bike hire and water sports. It has its own ‘beach’ perfect for the kids to explore and a monument at the top of a spiral incline, when you get to the top the view is fabulous. Carsington is all about outdoor fun and it takes some beating!

Must see:

  • Playground – with a suitable area for every age group.
  • Visitor centre – packed with interactive activities, making your trip fun and educational.

 

Bakewell –

Bakewell is, in my opinion, one of the most picturesque towns in Derbyshire. With the River Wye running through it, it has walks to suit all abilities. Gift shops are around every corner and for those who love a sweet treat, you can even get your hands on a tradition bakewell tart! There’s a huge playing field with football ground, play area and tennis tables. You won’t go hungry in Bakewell either, there are fish and chip shops, oriental and Indian takeaways and pub lunches galore.

Must see:

  • Bakewell cattle market – every other Monday and a real treat to see.
  • Market day – every Monday morning.
  • Fish – look into the water as you walk down the river, you’ll see huge fish making their way along the bottom.

 

Chatsworth House –

Arguably the grandest house in Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is packed with history, food and activities for all. Not the cheapest day out, but if you make a full day of it you’re bound to get your moneys worth. The gardens are huge and during the summer months, the kids can paddle in the shallow falls. There’s also a farm shop, cafe and garden centre a short drive from the house, we are regular visitors to the farm shop cafe – they do a mean breakfast!

Must see:

  • Chatsworth Animal Farm – also has an adventure playground.
  • The maze – found in the gardens, this maze is a lot fun for everyone.
  • Chatsworth at Christmas – an amazing sight, these are the BEST decorations I have ever seen!

 

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A Day Out with Kiddylicious – LEGOLAND Windsor

A Day Out with Kiddylicious – LEGOLAND Windsor

*We were provided with two Kiddylicious snack boxes and entry to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for the purpose of this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

Ever since our girls were born, Kiddylicious meals and snacks have been a staple in our house. They make tasty, healthy and nutritious snacks that both of our kids still absolutely love. So when we were invited to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for a day out with Kiddylicious, I knew they’d have an absolute blast with lots of yummy foods to keep fuelled up along the way!

 

 

I’ve heard such good reports about LEGOLAND, but until this trip we’d never had the chance to visit. Our girls have been into LEGO for some time now, so they knew straight away what the park is centred around. One of the attractions we were most looking forward to, was the digital LEGO Reef that’s been added new to the park for the 2018 season. It’s a floor to ceiling interactive reef, that allows the kids to create their own personalised virtual fish, which they can they see projected onto the big screen! Not only that, there are ‘feed me‘ buttons dotted around so they can feed their pet fish too! We were also looking forward to visiting Miniland, as there are new landmarks to see including; the USA, India, Russia, Australia and China.

 

 

Getting to LEGOLAND Windsor –

As we are Midlands based, LEGOLAND is a couple of hours drive away from us. Our girls usually travel quite well and thanks to Kiddylicious, they had a bowl of Little Bistro Oaty Porridge before we set of to keep them going on the journey. The porridge went down a storm! It’s full of flavour and really filling, as well as being suitable for children with or without a dairy allergy. Once they’d eaten up, they were mega excited to jump in the car and get going!

 

 

En route to LEGOLAND, I decided to download the official park app as I’d heard such great things about it. I like to plan our days out so that we can make the most of them and the LEGOLAND app is ideal to help you find your way around the park. It has a resort map as well as ride information and live queue times, so you know what rides are suitable for the kids to go on. The queue times were really accurate and super helpful when we planned where we were going next. We found it useful to join the longer lines when the kids were getting ready for a snack. That way they didn’t realise they were waiting, as they were so occupied with what Kiddylicious had sent them to munch on. Their favourite queue snacks were by far the Coconut Rolls, they’re dairy, gluten and nut free. They’re portion controlled and an easy ‘grab’ snack!

 

 

Picnic time –

LEGOLAND has many designated picnic areas where you can take time to rest and enjoy your lunch. As we went on one of the hottest days of the year, we found a nice shady spot and the girls delved into their Kiddylicious lunch boxes! They really enjoyed the Cheesy Stars and hubs and I were impressed when we read that 6 pence from every pack sold is donated to Make-A-Wish-UK. A charity that supports children and young people living with life threatening conditions. They were taken with the Biscotti too, in fact we’ve had to stock up on these since we arrived home!

 

 

After we’d enjoyed out picnic, the girls decided they wanted to go on the Fairy Tale Brook ride. They were completely in awe as the boats took us om a journey around all of their favourite fairy tale scenes. Fairy Tale Brook was a huge hit and I would highly recommend it if you have smaller children in tow!

 

 

Home time –

After a very tiring but very enjoyable day, it was time to head back to the car and drive home. As you can imagine, both girls were asleep withing 5 minutes of leaving the park, all of that fun had completed worn them out! Hubs and I were super tired too, so we were glad that Kiddylicious had sent some of their Little Bistro meals for the kids to have for their dinner. They really enjoyed them and it meant we didn’t have to start cooking when we got back. The Little Bistro meals are handy to have in the house for days like this. They’re microwave friendly, they have no added salt or sugar and they’re a great source of protein. They make super quick, guilt free meals!

 

 

We had such a great day out at LEGOLAND Windsor, thanks to Kiddylicous. There really is something for everyone to enjoy and it’s definitely somewhere we’ll be going back to in the future. We’ll remember to take out Kiddylicious snacks along too, they made the whole day so much easier with two toddlers in tow!

 

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Days Out: Hornsea Beach and The Deep, Hull

Days Out: Hornsea Beach and The Deep, Hull

*We were gifted a family pass to The Deep, Hull for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

Ever since our girls stepped foot on a beach for the first time, they have loved being by the seaside! They could spend all day on the beach of we let them, it’s definitely one of their favourite things to do. That’s why, when we had a day trip planned to The Deep in Hull, we decided to make a weekend of it and head to Hornsea beach too. We managed to book ourselves into a little hotel nearby, packed up the car and headed off on our first weekend away as a family!

 

Hornsea Beach –

As far as beaches go, Hornsea does what it says on the tin. It’s a stoney beach, that also has plenty of sandy patches for the kids to dig holes and build sand castles. We went on a Sunday in late Spring, when the weather was pleasant and it wasn’t too busy. There was plenty of room for everyone, which is ideal when the kids want to run around and burn some energy off. The shops, cafe’s and toilets are really close to the beach too, which makes seaside life with littles much easier!

We had a really fun afternoon at Hornsea, it’s the ideal spot for a day trip and there’s plenty of free parking nearby. This coast doesn’t have the clearest water I’ve ever seen, but other than that you’re sure to have a blast here. We’ll definitely be back!

 

 

 

The Deep, Hull –

 

The Deep has been on our must visit list ever since we had children. Hubs and I went many years ago and absolutely loved it, so we knew when the girls were old enough they would too. Our hotel was just a stones throw away from the Deep, so we got there when it opened to make the most of our day. All of the staff were really friendly on arrival, they even gave our girls their own activity book and cuddly penguin as a momento of our visit!

 

 

As soon as our girls entered the exhibition, they were awestruck! There’s so much for them to do and see, even our littlest who was two at the time loved getting involved. When we got to the first large tank both girls were amazed by the all of the sea life. There are some beautifully fascinating species to see and to learn about, we spent a lot of time watching the fish in this huge tank!

 

 

The Deep has an area with smaller tanks too, where a member of staff gives a talk on the sea life in them. It’s also possible for the kids to touch the animals, which our eldest couldn’t wait to do. As soon as she heard the lady giving her talk, she ran over to listen and was the first to touch a sea urchin when she was asked!  This added a great element to our experience at The Deep and was a lovely learning opportunity for our girls. The penguins at The Deep are such funny characters and were a real highlight for our girls too. They have specific feeding times, so if you want to see the them in their full glory you can find out when they are fed HERE!

 

 

Overall, we had the best weekend at Hornsea beach and at The Deep, Hull. It was one of the best weekends we’ve enjoyed since becoming a family of four and it’s something we’ll definitely do again in the future. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore The Deep though, you’re going to need it!

 

 

The Deep, the best bits –

 

  • The Cool Seas exhibition – this area was great for the kids, it’s so much like a sensory room and they were mesmerised by it!
  • Touch pool sessions – getting up close and personal with the sea life.
  • The tank lift and the tunnel!
  • The Dive Show – at 2pm everyday.
  • Penguin feeding.
  • Soft play at the end of the exhibition – our girls loved this!
  • The cafe – a vast menu and very reasonably priced.

 

 

 

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Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Now that the Summer is upon us, we love nothing more than getting out and exploring. Our girls are at perfectly inquisitive ages and their enthusiasm and excitement when we go out for the day is amazing to see. So recently, when we were offered the opportunity to visit Diggerland in Yorkshire, we just couldn’t say no!

So how did we get on?

On arrival our girls were completely awestruck by the amount of diggers all in one place! There were so many fun things for them to do each way they turned, they didn’t know which way to run first! We’d read on the Diggerland website that they had a new range of Little Tikes play zones which sounded perfect for them, so we decided that’s where we would head to!

As soon as J and E saw the Little Tikes play zone, they couldn’t get in there quick enough. The littlest jumped straight into a cozy coupe and the biggest dived to one of the may water tables that surrounded her.  All of the water tables had different elements, with diggers, flumes, fishing rods and much more. It was a scorcher of a day, so they were a great way to keep the girls cool too!



It took us a while to convince the girls to explore the rest of the site, they were having more than enough fun where they were! With the promise of another visit before we left, we strolled around the rest of the park. There are so many rides to choose from! We were a little restricted due to our eldest daughters height, but at 0.8m this was to be expected. Nevertheless there are more than enough rides to keep children of her age happy. Hubs was in his element as he took her on the diggers to knock down skittles and to hook a duck, it was perfect father and daughter time. They absolutely loved the go carts too!


As well has having the outdoor rides, Diggerland also has an indoor soft play and picnic area. Our girls love soft play, so this was an added bonus and they couldn’t wait to go inside. This area offered the perfect end to our day out, with a bouncy castle to play on too which the kids loved!

Overall, we had a fabulous day out at Diggerland and we’ll definitely be returning. As our girls get older there will be so much more for them to do, as well as all of the activities they enjoyed on this visit! We all left with smiles on our faces and the girls were absolutely shattered, I call that a parenting win – thankyou Diggerland!

 

*We were given entry to Diggerland, Yorkshire in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 

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Hovis Tasty Wholemeal – Mobile Bakery Tour

Hovis Tasty Wholemeal – Mobile Bakery Tour

There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread, apart from eating it still warm, covered with butter and jam!  Over the coming weeks Hovis are touring the UK with their mobile bakery. A super cool 1930’s Airstream, giving the nation the opportunity to sample an oven fresh Wholemeal slice!

Hovis have been baking their Wholemeal bread for over 130 years, as a nation we’ve enjoyed scrumptious loaves for generations!  Packed full of goodness including Vitamin B1, Hovis Wholemeal is also low in sugar and fat whilst being high in fibre.

The UK tour began in Cardiff and over the next few weeks will find itself in Shepherd’s Bush, Manchester and Stratford among others.  Our closest event will take place in Birmingham, at the Bull Ring shopping centre from the 25th – 28th May!

 

Find your nearest event!

 • Birmingham, West Midlands – Bullring Shopping Centre | 25th – 28th May
• Leeds, West Yorkshire – The Briggate | 1st – 4th June
• Manchester, North West – Arndale, Exchange Square | 7th – 11th June
• Stratford, London –Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre | 13th – 18th June
• Glasgow, Scotland – Argyle Street | 22nd – 25th Jun

The mobile bakery will also include demonstrations from professionals on how to make the perfect loaf, including the all important kneading process!  Here’s a little taster from the Cardiff event!

 

 

So if you’re up for trying something new over the next few days, why not head over to the Bull Ring shopping centre!  Don’t live near to Birmingham? Try out one of the other venues over the coming weeks.  I for one, can’t wait to smell and taste a fresh Hovis loaf!
*This is a collaborative post.

 

 

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