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Hiring a boat on the Norfolk Broads with kids

Norfolk is famous for its 125 miles of lock-free waterways that make boating holidays extremely popular in the region. When we visited in the summer we were staying in our own trusty caravan, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to hire a boat for a family day out on the Norfolk Broads. Here’s some of the …

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Go Ape with kids at Itchen Valley Country Park, Southampton

I’m shocking with heights to the point where I look like Elvis when standing on anything higher than a chair. Thankfully my crazy legs haven’t passed on to Tin Box Tot. She was an absolute star during our recent trip to Go Ape at Itchen Valley Country Park in Southampton. *Advertisement feature* We were invited …

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Hampshire days out: a ride on Hythe Ferry and exploring Southampton on foot

Last month we towed our caravan, Tin Box, to Blackfield on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. It’s a great location for exploring the National Park and for hopping on the Hythe Ferry to Southampton. In all of the 30-odd years we lived in Hampshire this was something we’d never done. So it …

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A Christmas Carol at Mottisfont Abbey

There are few stories that sum up the festive season more than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.   So when I heard that there was A Christmas Carol themed trail at Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey in Hampshire I made sure it was on our bucket list of pre-Christmas family activities.   While we haven’t been able …

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Exploring the ruins at Titchfield Abbey

After a flurry of festive activities at the end of November, the start of December has felt a bit ‘bah-humbug’ in comparison.    We had planned to go to Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire to see the Christmas Carol family trail, but unforturnely preparations for our move to Devon took over. We will get to Mottisfont, so watch …

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Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

At last, it’s December and perfectly acceptable to mention…Christmas! To be fair, I’ve been doing it quite a lot having already shared our pre-Christmas bucket list a whole month ago. Last weekend we ticked off one of the activities I was most excited about: the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (27 to …

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