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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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Tin Box Traveller Diaries: September 2016

I get post-holiday blues badly and after the summer it seems even worse.  In September, we eked out every last moment of the UK holiday season. We continued a bit of the vacation vibe that we enjoyed in August by spending a week away from home but working from Tin Box. Sadly the real world caught up with …

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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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