The Tower Of London

What is it?

The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. The castle was used as a prison from 1100.

Where is it?

Address: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB

Opening times…

Tuesday-Saturday: 09:00-17:30

Sunday-Monday: 10:00-17:30

How much?

Buying your tickets online is the cheapest and most convenient way to visit the Tower.

Members: Free

Adult: £24.70

Concession: £19.30

Under 5s are FREE

How do you get there?

There are lots of great transport links! You can get the MBNA Thames clippers there.

Tower Hill Tube Station – 2 minutes walk

Aldgate Tube Station – 8 minutes walk

Monument Tube station – 9 minutes walk

What’s there to do for families?

Tower Escape – it seems this event has now finished for the summer but it was so much fun.

John Gerard, a Catholic priest was a prisoner here for his beliefs. He successfully escaped and we were able to see an immersive experience of this. Little miss and I both really enjoyed the experience. It was well thought out and the actors really played their roles well!

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Here are a few things we learned during our visit

1) 22 executions to place here!

2) “If the ravens leave the Tower the Kingdom will fall…’ – the ravens also have feathers clipped so that they cannot fly away. A very strange superstition lol

3) There was once a zoo there. The animals were eventually moved to where London Zoo is now.

4) The Crown Jewels have been held at the Tower of London since the reign of Henry III.

 

The Crown Jewels was an experience! Unfortunately you can’t take any photos so I can’t share the beauty we got to witness! I guess it’s even more of a reason for you guys to visit yourselves! You will honestly be amazed!

Little miss really loved learning about the animals that once lived there. Many years ago, the monarch would receive animals as gifts from all over the world from other powerful people in power. King Henry III was given 3 lions as a wedding gift.

Buggys…

As you can imagine there are lots of steps at the Tower of London and it would be impossible for you to carry your buggies up them. There are buggy parks available. I would suggest bringing a baby carrier if you have kids that are unable to walk and of course take your valuables out.

Food

Like with any attraction like this there will of course be places to buy food. I always suggest bringing a packed lunch to avoid paying ridiculous amounts for small portions of food. Theres also a Tesco about 5 minutes away so you could always pop in there.

 

Would we go again?

Yes most definitely. We recently heard they have an ice skating rink during the festive season so we can’t wait to go back and check it out!

Christmas 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🎶

It’s definitely our favourite time of the year. Christmas is so great that I pretty much spend all year thinking about it and what events we want to attend!

On this page you will see the most fabulous events from around the U.K. (mainly London as that’s where we’re based)

This will be updated regularly so make sure you keep coming back!

Also don’t forget to enter our £200 gift card Christmas giveaway on Instagram!

So let’s begin 🎄

Lapland U.K.

More info here

Father Christmas needs a Wee – Glive

More info here

Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas – Wimbledon library

More info here

Cinderella – New Wimbledon Theatre

More info here

How the grinch stole Christmas

More info here

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas @ Lyric Hammersmith

More info here

The Polar Express Birmingham

More info here

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

More info here

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

More info here

Pantomime Tickets 2019

More info here

Rulxey Manor Grotto

More info here

Sail with Santa – City Cruises

More info here

Here is an overview of Imagine Theatre’s 2019/20 pantomime season.

More info here

Santa’s Dizzy Day 2019

In addition to their pantomimes, Iain Lauchlan and Imagine Theatre have come up with a series of Santa shows for 2-6 year olds.

More info here

NOIR KRINGLE 

The Black Santa’s Grotto Experience. COMING TO LONDON THIS CHRISTMAS Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019!

More info here

Tulleys Farm Christmas Experience

Prices are from £10.95

More info here

Audley End Christmas Experience

Enjoy the most magical Christmas Experience with your family at the Audley End Miniature Railway!

More info here

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland 2019 @ Chessington Garden Centre

My First Christmas (Under 1s): £7.50

 – Child: Off Peak £14.50/ Peak £16.50

 – Adult: Off Peak £4.00 / Peak £4.50 (There must be 1 paying adult for every 4 children entering the Grotto, Adult Ticket does not include craft or gift. Every Adult will require a ticket to enter.)

More info here

Santa Village

This is a new attraction for 2019. Details are still being finalised but you can find any updates here

Winterland

Winterland Milton Keynes – Grotto, ice skating and a pop up cinema!

More info here

Bluewater Grotto and Ice skating

Tickets can be bought here

Santa day – Chelmsford

tickets can be bought here

The Tower Of London ice skating rink

Skate the most iconic Ice Rink in the UK, located in the Moat of the Tower of London – Open every day from 16th November to 5th Jan except Christmas Day.

• Adult/Teen
from £16.20 to £17.70 Aged 13 years to adult. Price includes £1.20 booking fee.

• Children 3 – 12 years
from £11.70 to £12.20 Children aged between 3 and 10 must be accompanied by an adult (18+). Price includes £1.20 booking fee.

• Family
from £46.20 to £48.20 A family ticket includes either 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children. Price includes £1.20 booking fee.

• Skate Aid
£5.00 Limited skate aids are available per session and must be booked in advance.

• Prosecco and Skate
£21.20 Includes skate followed by a mini bottle of prosecco. Price includes £1.20 booking fee.

Tickets can be booked here.

Chessington at Christmas

This Christmas celebrate Christmas with the Gruffalo and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto. Plus enjoy some family favourite rides, including Vampire and meet our amazing animals at Chessington’s Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre.

Early Bird Tickets £18.50

Passholder Early Bird Tickets £15

More info here

LEGOLAND® at Christmas

30th November & 1st, 6th, 7th & 8th, 13th, 14th & 15th, 20th – 24th December

More info here

The Snowman 2019 — Birmingham Repertory Theatre

21 Nov 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Running time

1 hr 50 mins (including one 20 min interval) – Suitable for all ages

Tickets can be booked here

Hamleys Grotto

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Enchanted Woodland

Wrap up warm and discover Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland, where an illuminated trail winds round the ornamental lake and through the historic arboretum of Syon House, ending at the spectacular Great Conservatory.   A relaxed and informal event for all ages. 

More info here.

Christmas at Alton Towers

Experience the most magical Christmas Escape with a Santa’s Sleepover!

You won’t believe just how many treats lay in store with every Santa’s Sleepover including:

• An overnight stay in one of their fabulously themed hotels

• A unique visit to Santa (with a delightful gift for each child)

• Tickets to their amazing Pantomime – Robin Hood

• Tickets to the Theme Park with a selection of family rides and attractions including CBeebies Land!

• Tickets to the wacky Caribbean themed Waterpark

• 9 holes of crazy, zany Extraordinary Golf

• A fantastically festive evening meal

• A delicious buffet breakfast

• And last but not least – fabulous evening entertainment including meet & greets, shows, a Christmas cinema and a farewell from Santa.

 Book now for their best availability – Santa’s Sleepovers take place on 24th November, 1st, 8th, 14th – 23rd December 2019

Elf the Musical

ELF, the Broadway musical based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, is supersized into a huge Christmas spectacular this December. It’s the heart-warming story of how human Buddy, raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole, travels to New York to find his real father, falls in love and brings Christmas happiness to everyone.

More info here.

Enchanted events – English Heritage

More info here

Cinderella – The Rockin’ Panto

Get ready for a pantomime party for all ages, as the multi-talented cast of actor-musicians present your favourite story packed with your favourite songs. Rock, pop and soul classics include IT’S RAINING MEN, IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, I GOTTA FEELING, TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS and many more – WE’RE GONNA MAKE YOU WANNA SHOUT!

Presented by artsdepot in association with The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Venue: Pentland Theatre

More info here.

Peter Pan – Under the bridge theatre

More info here.

HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW ❄️

EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS IN THE WIZARDING WORLD

Saturday 16th November 2019 – Sunday 26th January 2020

More info here.

Christmas at Kew

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when the sparkling after dark trail returns to light up the world-famous Kew Gardens

Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations too. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. A dazzling arch leads to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway. Elsewhere, walk amongst immersive Vines as they surprise with colour changing ribbons of light, while beneath the branches of a sprawling tree the mysterious fairy-fire known as Will-o’the Wisp softly glows.

More info here.

Santa Spectacular – Willows activity farm

23rd November – 24th December

The Santa Spectacular programme will be published soon. It is a full day out of festive family fun and the child ticket price includes all the activities and shows plus a visit to Santa and being able to choose a gift from his Toy Shop, making a toy bear in the Create-a-Character workshop and biscuit decorating.  Under 2’s can go free but paying under 2’s visit Santa, do the Create-a-Cuddle workshop and biscuit decorating.

More info here.

Christmas wonderland – springtime nurseries

Lots of things going on here. It looks amazing! More info here.

Christmas in Leicester Square

http://www.christmasinleicestersquare.com

Westfield London and Stratford grotto

Multiple dates and times. Tickets can purchased on eventbrite.

Jack and the Beanstalk! – Christmas Pantomime

Date And Time

Tue, 24 December 2019 – 11:00 – 13:00 GMT

Location: Rialto Plaza, 85 Moseley Avenue, Coundon, Coventry, CV6 2JZ

More info here.

Breakfast with Santa – Clacton Pier

Every Saturday and Sunday Morning at 9am in December Up until Xmas

The region’s newest and state-of-the-art adventure soft play area, Discovery Bay has it all for toddlers up to 13-year-olds. A chance to let off steam and use up some energy on a range of equipment – or make up your own adventures in our five special role play rooms! This can all be enjoyed in total safety with the area completely secure and only open to those families using the facility.

Enjoy having; Breakfast with santa, a visit to Santas Grotto and entry to the softplay for as long as you like for only £11.99

Tickets can be booked here.

Santa Day – Chelmsford

Date And Time: Sat, 23 November 2019. Time: 12:00 – 18:00 GMT

• Santa arrives by Sleigh at 1pm with Candy Canes for all the children

• Santa’s Channels Express Grotto opens from 2-6pm (additional £7.50 on the day includes a gift, first come first serve)

• Christmas Market, Street Food & Drinks

• Kids Activities Wristband – includes entrance, bouncy castle, soft play area, kids creative craft, kids games, seeing Santa arrive by sleigh, entertainment by Elsa from Frozen and the Juggling Elf.

• Wristbands will be issued upon arrival on production of eticket.

• Not included in wristband price is food and drinks, grotto entry, face painting, and hair braiding

More info here.

Father Christmas kids breakfast – SE London

Date And Time

Sat, December 14, 2019

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM GMT

Come and enjoy a Breakfast with Santa and his Elves as they prepare for Christmas

at My Jamii Cafe

Your ticket includes

• Choice of Orange or Apple juice

• Choice of Croissant or Pain au Chocolate

• Luxury kids hot chocolate – choose either milk, oat, almond or soya

• Gift Wrapped Home baked Sweet treat from Santa

• Opportunity to meet Santa

Tickets can be booked here.

Visit Father Christmas at Ham House

Meet Father Christmas at Ham House and Garden Saturday 7- Sunday 8 and Saturday 17 – Monday 23 December.

Visiting Father Christmas is £7.50 per child with every child receiving a present. This price does not include entry to Ham House and Garden which you will need to purchase for all children and adults in your party. Admission prices can be found here. 

If you are a National Trust Member, admission is free and you only need to purchase tickets for Father Christmas.

You only need to book tickets for the children in your party. You are welcome to bring grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends, to see Father Christmas with you to make those special memories together. While they don’t need a Father Christmas ticket, any accompanying adults will need to get an admission ticket to the property.

Book here.

Christmas at Shrek’s Adventure!

Meet Santa along with Shrek and his DreamWorks friends.

This Christmas, step into Shrek’s world and journey through Far Far Away where you will explore 12 laugh-out-loud fairytale themed live shows and meet Shrek and his DreamWorks friends. Then step into Shrek’s swamp where Santa’s Grotto awaits. See your child’s face light up as they meet Santa and receive a gift from the big man himself (Santa that is…)!

The Grotto is 15 minutes of complete Shrektastic fun! 

Take part in:

– A photo opportunity with the big man himself, Santa!

– A free Shrektacular gift

– Entertainment from our very own elves! 

More info here.

MY CHRISTMAS ORCHESTRAL ADVENTURE – Royal Albert Hall

Calling Santa’s little helpers!

With the return of My Christmas Orchestral Adventure in 2019, Albert’s Orchestra are once again poised and ready for another journey through classical music.

Father Christmas has lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route! Thankfully our trusty ensemble has found it but they need your help to return it to him ahead of the big day!

We need to zip around the world on an orchestral adventure to track him down. Along the way we’ll ice skate on frozen lakes, go on a Sleigh Ride and enjoy a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s magical auditorium.

We’ll be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring our adventure to life.

Will you help Albert’s Orchestra save Christmas?

You can purchase tickets here.

FATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE HALLThe Royal Albert Hall

Thursday 5 – Sunday 22 December 2019

Starts: 9:00am

Father Christmas once again returns to his secret London headquarters at the Royal Albert Hall.

In this theatrical walk-around event, children will encounter a range of magical North Pole characters in various spaces of the Hall on their way to meet Father Christmas himself.

In this fun and festive experience, they’ll discover the stories and characters of Christmas’ past through engaging puppetry and live music, and will even gain some secret elf knowledge with the chance to make and bring home their very own stuffed toy!

Tickets can be purchased here.

ROYAL ALBERT HALL AND BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS- THE NUTCRACKER

Every year, tens of thousands spend the end of December with us and Birmingham Royal Ballet. 2019 is no exception as The Nutcracker returns to the Royal Albert Hall following critically-acclaimed seasons in 2017 and 2018. This enchanting production, featuring Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

Created specially for the Royal Albert Hall, with gorgeous period costumes, stunning lighting, and dazzling projections by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, this Christmas classic is brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers and its orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Don’t miss your chance to relive the magic of Christmas, as Clara’s nutcracker doll and toy soldiers come to life at the stroke of midnight and journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Find tickets here.

Lightopia Festival

Manchester, Edinburgh and London!

Lightopia aims to revive and reinterpret the classics, transporting the audience into a very different world of expression and raw emotion with the light designs and interactive pieces. The designs are the timeless units of nature. The interaction between space and form is made possible by Lightopia, a spiritual society that exists only in the works and ideas of its creation. We want to build on the idea that Lightopia transcend the original form and serve an even higher purpose through careful artistic intervention.

Tickets are now available for Manchester and you can buy them here.

Santa’s Breakfast Club: Kingston & Newcastle

For £22.50 each, fill up on pancakes, pastries and sausages galore, then venture into Santa’s cabin, where Christmas magic awaits. But remember, he knows if you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness’ sake…

Tickets can be booked here.

Lantern Parade and Lights On – Greenwhich Market

Head to Greenwhich market for their Christmas sparkly lights on November 20th.   Children from five local schools, led by  jazz band Tunnel Chops, will parade their handmade colourful lanterns through the ORNC grounds, round Cutty Sark Gardens and into the Market for the big Christmas Countdown and Lights On.

Visitors can make their own lanterns at a special free Lantern making workshop, sponsored by RBGC, in Greenwich Market on Saturday 16 November, 1pm to 4pm  

Marylebone Christmas Lights – Wednesday 13th November 2019

The Luna Winter Cinema

The ultimate festive cinema experience, the Luna Winter Cinema, brings Christmas classics to the big screen in London’s Kensington Palace and St George’s Hall, Liverpool from 15 to 23 December.

The Luna Winter Cinema will be screening iconic films ranging from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Elf’ to ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Love Actually’ on the big screen, making the perfect place to cosy up and enjoy your favourite festive film.

Tickets can be booked here

Alice in the Palace – Blenheim Palace

A Wonderland-like no other

The magic of Alice in Wonderland will be exquisitely captured in an enchanting experience.

The beautiful surrounds of the Palace will be transformed into a whimsical topsy-turvy wonderland. Step between the pages of a larger than life book, down the rabbit-hole and along corridors filled with hidden surprises.

From mirrored hallways, illusions, and Mad Hatter’s tea party to a world of make-believe, this festive indoor trail will leave you with a grin like the Cheshire cat.

Closes at 17.00 on 24-28 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 31 December, 1-5 January and closed on 25 December. The experience lasts approximately an hour.

Date 22nd November 2019 – 5th January 2020

Time 10.00 – 20.00. Last entry at 19.00

Parking Free before 12.00. £10.00 thereafter

Tickets can be booked here.

The Winter Dream Garden by Boo Productions – The Dream Garden

The Winter Dream Garden – A Theatrical Family Experience

Once in every Dream Year a magical portal to the enchanted Fairy Kingdom will open, and a chosen few will be granted access to seek out the fairies and discover their secrets.

Join us this December 19th-23rd at Bond Street’s ‘The Music Room’ for an immersive theatrical journey into a land of make believe, where dreams come true for those who believe in fairies! Aimed at children aged 4-11 years.

Tickets can be booked here.

🚨 A reminder that this post will be updated regularly! Why not bookmark it and check it out weekly 😉

Megabus Tour for just £1!!

So we recently took a Megabus tour and it was a lovely 2 hour ride around Central London. We’ve been meaning to do an open bus tour for the longest time and I’m glad we chose Megabus.

Our driver was absolutely lovely so if anyone from Megabus reads this blog…give that man a raise 😀

So how much?

I got the tour for just £1! Yes that’s right just £1 and I’ll explain how now…

Tesco Clubcard…

Do you have one? Get one! Well that’s if you shop in Tesco.

How does it work?

Get points with your Clubcard – Collect 1 point for every £1 you spend in-store and online. On fuel it’s 1 point for every £2 you spend.

Points add up to vouchers – They turn your points into vouchers to help you save on your weekly shopping, fun days out and much more. 150 points gets you a £1.50 voucher.

So I had £3 worth of vouchers to use. Which some how meant I had £9 to use for Megabus (no idea how it works but I’m not complaining😀)

So the 2 hour tour was £9 with a £1 booking fee. Thanks to Tesco I only paid the booking fee which was brilliant!

You can also use your points for other days out like Chessington and Legoland!

The booking process

Very simple. Just follow the instructions and input your code that you’ll receive in an email from Tesco.

You’ll get an email confirmation of your booking and details on where to find the pick up stop

What did we like about the tour?

The knowledge – you can learn a lot about London in just 2 hours! We saw a few Harry Potter filming spots too!

The day was sunny – I would always suggest checking the weather before booking. There are seats downstairs but I think it’s better to experience the tour upstairs in the sun!

Comfortable – it was a very comfortable ride and the seats were leather and clean! Not like you’re ordinary smelly London bus 🤣

Friendly staff – as mentioned before the driver was really nice and let the kids take pictures in his seat!

You’ll are able to get onboard on their open top double-decker buses in central London every day of the week, every hour between 10:00 and 17:00. And you can start and end your tour from three locations:

The London Eye

Tower of London

Park Lane

There are different prices for different items. The cheapest I have found is £5. Kids age 3 and under are FREE

Would we go again?

Absolutely as long as the weather is nice! However if they do, do a Christmas lights tour then I would be interested in that too.

If you’d like more info then visit their site

Kids theatre 2020

Here you will find all the amazing theatre shows for kids coming up in 2020. This will be updated regularly!

Peppa Pig Live

Tour dates can be found here

Jack and the Beans Talk – GLive

Suitable for ages 3 – 7.

Tickets from £11.50

More info here

Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed Live at New Wimbledon Theatre

Tue 17 Mar – Sat 21 Mar 2020

Tickets available from £13.00

More info here

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Wed 8 Apr – Sun 19 Apr

Age Recommendation: 3 – 6 years

More info here

Cruising on the Thames with MBNA Thames Clippers

[Tickets were gifted]

Our day started off at Battersea Power Station! We had no idea where we were going to go but we were very excited as this was our first time using the MBNA Thames Clippers!

Did you know you can use your oyster on this service? I didn’t!

Also did you know kids go free with a Family River Roamer? You can explore all London has to offer with this all day hop-on, hop-off ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Just £35.60 when you book online.

This is a great way to get to fab family attractions like Sealife, Shrek’s Adventure, the new kids playground in Greenwhich and MORE!

Getting on and off is very simple! You’ll be fine if you have a buggy but will most likely have to fold it if it’s a wide one!

So what was it like onboard?

CLEAN! 😍 honestly it was so lovely and relaxing! I could’ve spent all day on it and just napped! The views were lovely and we had amazing weather too!

We first got off at Tower Bridge. We didn’t spend too much time there as it was super busy but we do have future plans to visit the attraction so make sure you come back to the blog to read the review!

Next stop was Greenwhich! Greenwhich is a bit of an effort for us to get to so we don’t go there that often. Now we will seeing as we can use the MBNA Thames Clippers service!

We checked out the new playground and little miss fell in love with it! It’s so lovely there! There’s also a bunch of other family friendly activities to do there like the Maritime Museum!

We hopped back on board and headed towards Canary Wharf. I’ve lived in London my whole life and I’ve never been there before. I must say it’s a gorgeous place with stunning views!

We ended up at the Docklands museum

It’s FREE entry and we also ended up at a free interactive storytelling session which was absolutely HILARIOUS! We both had an amazing time!

As much as we would’ve loved to spend the whole day out, we were very tired! It’s hard work being a tourist 😀

We went back on the MBNA Thames Clippers back home!

You can check out the MBNA Thames Clippers website for more info on routes, prices, timetables etc! I highly recommend using this service to get around London! Can’t wait to use it again! 😊

A Journey to Poole with National Express

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So this blog post is all about our journey to Poole using the coach service that is National Express! We’ve used National Express a bunch of times over the years and I can’t fault them!

For those of you that do not know, National Express is the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK operating high-frequency services linking more than 900 destinations.

Now I know many of you wouldn’t think to get the coach to certain destinations because it’s longer than using the train but I must admit it can definitely be a lot cheaper and more comfortable too!

As mentioned before we have used them multiple times. Just last week we used a National Express coach to take us to Luton Airport for our trip to Turku. National Express operates coach services direct to the terminal for all major UK airports 24 hours a day with 1,100 airport services every day!

National Express coaches are modern and comfortable with:

○ Leather seats

○ Air conditioning

○ Free entertainment via VUER – a complimentary onboard entertainment app offering films, TV and magazines

○ Power sockets (really important for us!)

○ Toilets

When you book with National Express you can get:

○A guaranteed seat

○ The option of seat reservations on selected services (£2 per person)

○ A generous luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, each weighing no more than 20kg and a small piece of hand luggage and driver assistance

○ Wheelchair lifts (available on most services – passengers are advised to pre-book)

It’s also worth subscribing for updates and special offers. There have been a few times when I’ve been sent an email offering me 20% off my travel! Every little helps!

For more information and to find the best value fares visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 7818181

So let’s talk POOLE!

So yes we got the coach to Poole and the journey was nice and smooth! Little miss had a bunch of movies to watch and her iPad didn’t die thanks to us being able to charge it on the coach!

I had a relaxing 3 hour nap on the comfortable leather seats that recline 😀

We actually got to Poole a little earlier than expected so we decided to do some shopping and got a few bargains!

We then headed towards Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court! BOTH are FREE to enter!

Poole museum tells the story of Poole over 4 floors of galleries! We love a historical day out!

Little miss got to do some dress up, colouring in and role playing! She of course found it super fun!

Summer Opening:

    From 6th April 2019

    Daily: 10am – 5pm

    Winter Opening:

    Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm

    Sun 12noon – 4pm

 Closed Christmas Eve pm, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Scaplen’s Court is Poole’s most complete medieval domestic building.

Little miss took part in a baking session which she just loved and so did I because it didn’t cost me a penny 😀

The Herb and Physic garden is beautiful too!

City Cruises Poole 🚢

I found this on Groupon for just £7. After a quick google search, I was able to find a discount code that made it even cheaper!

We both really enjoyed the 70 minute cruise around the harbour! You get to see some beautiful sites and learn new things too!

We spent the rest of the day eating, walking around and doing some more sightseeing! It was a beautiful day out with amazing weather! We skipped the beach this time around but we of course will come back in the future and there’s so much more to do.

We got back on the coach at 6:55pm and had another relaxing journey back to London!

We love National Express and will of course be using them again. We’re off to Denmark next month so we will need to get the coach to the airport again! We also loved Poole! Hopefully next time we can spend a few days there to really explore and see what the coastal town has to offer!

A magical day at Frosts Garden Centre – Woburn Sands

[tickets were gifted]

Little miss and I were invited to Frosts Garden Centre – Woburn sands for a very fun and very magical day out!

The Land of Fairies & Dragons is a special event we went to today at Frosts Woburn Sands. Little miss was transported into a magical realm of wonder and awe! It was just fantastic! She was read a story and took part in some magical activities with the most amazing fairies! She went on a magical fairy hunt and also created a fairy rock! At the end of the experience the kids are given a special book, a pack of wild flower seeds and they’re able to take a special picture with a beautiful unicorn!

You are then able to purchase the professional pictures although not an obligation! I had to get the photo because it was just beyond cute!

How much?

Tickets cost £8.99 per child. Price includes activities in The Land of Fairies & Dragons, a book, a packet of seeds and a voucher for £2 off a child’s meal or food box within their Garden Room Restaurant.

Adults £1.99 entrance only (maximum 2 adults per child)

The Land of Fairies & Dragons will be open to visit daily until Tuesday 3rd September. Sessions are available every 30 minutes from. Check the website for more info and to purchase tickets!

The Beach is also available where kids get to play for 2 hours and have a load of playing in the sand and games led by the super friendly lifeguards!

There is also FREE unlimited squash and fruit available as well as food to purchase. Tickets are from £2.99.

I loved how well the staff played with the kids! They entertained them throughout the 2 hours!

Little miss also enjoyed her lunch (although not correctly priced on the menu) and we got £2 off!

How to get here…

Address:Woburn Sands, Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, MK17 8UE

From Marble Arch it’s about an hour drive providing there’s no traffic! There’s FREE parking available too!

Public transport…

According to google maps it’s a 6 minute walk from Woburn Sands train station

Kiss My Turku

A bit of a strange name for a blog post 🤣 but that seems to be the official slogan for Turku – Finland!

As most of you know we recently took a trip there and it was a beautiful experience! We both loved every minute of it and will 100% be back! So honesty is the best policy…we were invited to Moomin World so our entry was free! We were also given a media rate discount for our hotel. We flew with Wiz Air which was completely paid for by me!

Ok so let’s talk about the journey…

We used London Luton Airport for the first time because it’s the only direct flight from London to Turku using Wiz Air – the most dirtiest plane I’ve been on 🤢 but I’ll get back to that a little later.

Luton airport was a joke! I’m not sure if it was an off day but the security line was slower than a snail. No idea what was going on with the X-ray machines because it seemed like everyone had to get their bags double checked! I guess this is why it’s recommended to get to an airport 3 hours before your flight because of things like this!

We eventually got through security like 35 minutes later and then waited for our flight.

So not only was this out first time going to Luton, it was our first time heading to Finland AND our first time using Wiz Air!

Wiz Air is a budget airline. But as you know there are of course added cost like luggage, selecting seats, priority boarding etc.

Now the state of the aircraft explains why it’s so cheap LOL. It was filthy! I felt like I was on the Bakerloo line 🤣

There was food all over the floor! It was mental because I’ve never experienced a dirty plane like this before. I had to whip out the wipes and beg my daughter not to touch anything 😭

Despite all this though, we arrived safely and 30 mins early which was great! They also didn’t lose my buggy (British Airways did last year when we went to Amsterdam…clearly still not over that lol)

There are taxis right outside the airport so I don’t feel like there’s any need to prebook. We stayed at the Naantali Spa hotel which is about a 20 minute taxi ride and will cost you around €40-50 to get to 😬

Naantali Spa hotel

Omgggg this was the most beautiful hotel we’ve ever stayed in! It’s huge and has pretty much everything! A spa, plenty of restaurants, entertainment, a play area for kids and more!

I was super impressed with our room! Deluxe Double with terrace – The price includes breakfast and free use of the sauna and pool paradise.

So as I mentioned before there are a few restaurants within the hotel. The only restaurant we went to was called TK’s and the food was very nice! Very friendly staff that made Naya feel welcome!

It was a long day of travelling so went went straight back to our room after this.

Day 2 was Moomin World day! There are different opening times depending on what time of the year you visit. During our stay, Moomin World opened at 12pm so we had some time to kill before making our way.

Breakfast – I wasn’t too impressed by it so we just stuck to eating bread and fruit.

Playroom – there’s a play area for kids HALLELUJAH 👏🏽

Plenty of activities, books to read and toys to play with. Little miss was very content!

Moomin World!

It’s about a 30 minute walk or 15 minute drive from the hotel. I thought it would be nice to walk so I used my google maps to help us find our way. It was very easy to find I must say! I couldn’t get over how quiet our walk was. Kinda felt like I was in a horror movie 🤣 I was waiting for some sort of zombie to jump out the bushes 😀

We were both crazy excited to visit! I grew up watching the TV show and I recently introduced it to little miss and she fell in love instantly!!!

You have to walk across a bridge to get to Moomin World which was of my favourite parts of the journey. The views are fantastic!

As mentioned before our tickets were gifted but I will list the prices below.

Price:

1-day ticket

online €29

(at the gate €31)

2-day ticket

online €37

(at the gate €39)

Family tickets

for 4 €112

(at the gate €120)

for 5 online €140

(at the gate €150)

for 6 online €168

(at the gate €180)

As you can see it’s best to book online for a cheaper price!

Opening times:

For up to day opening times it’s best to check the website!

So what did we do at Moomin World?

Although it’s a theme park there are not rides which is absolutely fine because there is so much to see and do!

Of course our first stop was at the famous Big, blue Moomin house where we were greeted by the Moomins! It was magical from the get go!

Inside the house was AMAZING! Little miss was overwhelmed and just wanted to touch and play with everything which seemed ok as there were no signs saying that she couldn’t.

Almost forgot to mention but at the entrance you are given a wristband. The kids get a wristband with a microchip in them. They can use these wristbands around Moominworld to activate a special activity when they see these blue shells. It’s a very cool feature!

One of my favourite things about Moominworld was meeting the characters. There were no ridiculously long queues and they seemed to be there all day long with no intervals. We took plenty of photos which is great for our memory book!

Moominworld is huge and there’s a lot to do

The Giant Pumpkin was probably little miss’ favourite part of our day! If I let her, she probably would’ve spent the whole day in there cooking! 😀

There’s also a beach, a fairytale walkthrough (might be a little scary for the super little ones), live shows, different characters meets and MORE!

It’s honestly the perfect family day out!

Ooh you can even hire a stroller for the day

Wagons too…

Stickers to keep your kids safe! It’s a huge place so this is definitely a good idea! You just fill in your kids names and your contact details!

Almost forgot to mention food. There are a few places where you can sit down and eat. The usual prices you would get at any theme park. Little miss had a decent sized kids meal. For €7.90

After a long day of walking we took a quick trip to Naantali old town which was just beautiful. I didn’t get any pictures other than the Moomin shop but trust me when I say you have to visit there! It’s just visually stunning!

We ended up having a nap after returning to the hotel which was well deserved 😀

Day 3 – our last day

We skipped breakfast and headed straight towards the swimming pools!

We were not disappointed. There are two indoor ones, an out door one and a jacuzzi! Absolutely stunning 😍

I loved that there were swimming aids and toys for kids too!

There is a spa at the hotel too with plenty of different treatments! Definitely value for money!

I loved that they had robes for kids! I mean how cute is this photo 🤣😍

We loved everything about our trip! From Moominworld to the hotel! The locals were also super friendly too! I have no complaints and I’m looking to go back next year. We will also be back in Finland this year for Lapland 😉 so make sure you come back to the blog to see our full review!

Sticky Fingers

Little miss and I were kindly invited to check out this lovely place called Sticky Fingers – a Kensington based family-friendly restaurant, with food designed to get your hands dirty and faces messy!

We were greeted by such lovely staff who were welcoming from the get go. They provided us with menus as well as an activity pack to keep little miss entertained as she waited for her food!

I was quite impressed with the both menus but the kids especially! There were lots to choose from and I don’t feel like you get this in every restaurant!

Little miss went for the chicken burger and fries which she said was very yummy!

So much so that she didn’t want to share any fries with me 🤣

I had the Mac and cheese for a started which was super delicious and just the right portion! It was enough so that I still had room for my main meal ☺️

I had the buffalo chicken and fries which tasted so good! I wish there was a little more sauce on it but other than that no complaints! We both throughly enjoyed our meals!

For dessert Naya had some vanilla ice cream and of course she loved it. You can’t really go wrong with Vanilla ice cream .

Unfortunately I had to skip dessert as the only thing I would’ve liked had nuts in (I’m severely allergic) but that was ok. I think I was pretty full up anyway!

We had a lovely experience here. Lovely staff, clean restaurant and toilet might I add! The food was very nice and the atmosphere was welcoming and of course very child friendly which is very important to me.

Would we go back?

Most definitely! Little miss said she wants to try the ribs next 😀😋

(Meal and drinks were complimentary)