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Our trip to the House of Marbles

It’s the summer holidays and finally my husband has a week off to make some memories with us!

We had made a list of places we wanted to visit so after a yummy breakfast at our local Wetherspoon we set off to the House of Marbles in Devon. Now we were given a heads up before leaving not to have high expectations and to be wary of the breakables especially with a 3 year old in tow!

After a quick journey down the A38, we found a space in the tight car park and headed in. My first observation was to gasp at the amount of lovely breakable glass and pottery on offer as you first walked in! How was I going to safely get past with an excitable toddler and 6 year old?! It fast became a game of dodge and move quickly! 

To get to the marble museum and glassblowing room you had to walk through the large gift shop , cue lots of ‘can I have this mum’ ‘wow look at this!’ and a 6 year engrossed in playing with something we most definitely did not need!

We made it to the (very) small marble museum. There was 3 old marble runs on offer to see and some buttons to make them go:


Their attention was kept for about 10 minutes before they declared ‘what else can we do?!’ So on we went past the climbing frame size marbles (which coincidentally declared ‘no climbing!’ 🙄) and through the plethora of breakables to the stairway which had an impressive large scale marble run. 


We stood and watched this for another 10 minutes and they were intrigued by how the balls all went different ways. The viewing point at the top of the stairs was a bit of a pain as people wanted to get past to the clothes shop. 

On we went to the glass blowing room. We did not last long here. There were more breakables than you can imagine! I literally had my 3 year old in a strait jacket hold as I was aware I did not own the amount of money that it would cost to replace these products! We left and headed to the outside area. Here there was a nice play park, 2 plastic marble runs (only useable if you had already bought marbles!) and some seating. After a quick play we headed back through the shop to pick up a few marbles. 

There were hundreds to choose from! They started at 20p each all the way up to £2 for the larger size. 


We then headed back to the car onto our next destination. 

In all we were there for about an hour. I think it’s more suited for the older generation who can browse and adore the glass and pottery on offer. Young children is a no no. It’s more a glorified gift shop with a few small extras. I can’t comment on the food as we didn’t use the cafe but it looked pleasant enough with lots to choose from. 

*All views are my own and this post is in no way sponsored*

Freezing February: Rainy Day Ideas

Freezing February sums it up really. Its cold, it rainy and its miserable outside. Spring is just around the corner and you’re counting down the days till its warmer again. The fresh smell of daffodils is something I’m longing for.

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In the meantime there’s young chidren to entertain who are quickly getting cabin fever and need to run off that energy.

Here’s a few rainy day ideas to keep them busy:

  1. Rainy days does not mean that beach days are out of the picture. Dress them up in waterproof suits and wellies and theres plenty of splashing to be done and rockpools to explore. And the best bit is the hot chocolate waiting at the end in the local cafe.

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2. Muddy puddle Jumping. The obvious. All thats needed is old clothes, waterproofs and wellies. Children love this and finding the biggest puddle is always the best thing to do!

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3. Race the raindrop. Pick a raindrop on the window and see which one gets to the bottom first. My boys love a bit of healthy competition and this activity keeps them entertained for ages.

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4. Rainbow pavement. A twist on the normal chalk drawing. Draw some lines and pictures with different colour chalks on a slightly inclined pavement and watch the chalk flow off downhill into a lovely rainbow pattern.

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Enjoy the last part of winter and check out pinterest for some more great ideas for the children this summer!

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A Day Out: Camel Creek Adventure Park

We’ve just got back from a lovely holiday in Cornwall. The weather forecast was a bit all over the place so on one of the days we decided to visit Camel Creek Adventure Park just outside Wadebridge.

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We bought our tickets online which was fast and easy. The prices are fairly reasonable and for a family of 4 it cost us £35.
On arriving at the park, a steward directed us to a parking space and we approached the entrance. Surprisingly there was no queue and we were in within minutes.

Now this park has recently been taken over and was previously known as Cornwall’s Crealy which we had visited before a few years ago. And the differences were pretty obvious. There was a fresh lick of paint everywhere and the place felt generally clean and tidier.


We started our day at the far end of the park at the water rides, it was a very warm day luckily as we got extremely wet on the log flume! We were impressed that our 5 year old were able to go on nearly all the rides and he thoroughly enjoyed trying out things he never has been able to at other theme parks. We were disappointed that the kids rollercoaster was broken that day. We never had to queue for a ride despite it being the summer holidays and one of the hottest days of the year.

For our 2 year old there was Swampy and Dina Land which offered tea cups, a bouncy ride and a ferris wheel that he could ride accompanied on which he loved.

As well as this there were plenty of open park and play equipment to explore. Huge slides and zip wires as well as water play and sand pits.

We briefly looked in some of the animal enclosures and there was a wide variety to look and learn about. Pomy rides were available at an extra cost.

Foodwise – there were a couple of restaurants to choose from, all reasonably priced. We opted for the homemade burger co. It was average for a burger meal, but we did have to wait a while for the food despite there only being 5 or 6 customers! There was limited healthy options but you can bring a packed lunch and there were plenty of picnic benches to sit on.For £6 you could buy a ‘Crealy’ cup and have unlimited refills through the day. We didnt buy this as only fizzy drinks were available.
We met a lovely friendly staff member that drove the land train around the park, however there were times that we encountered staff that clearly didnt want to be there and could barely raise a smile to anyone
One thing we would recommend to the park is to install more toilets. If you were at the far end of the park, the toilets were a long way away and for a desperate child who is more interested in the fun around them, it was a dubious run to find a toilet!

Overall we had a great day at Camel Creek and would recommend it to families with young children in particular! We hope to visit again next year!

What have we been up to?!..Geocaching!

Its been a busy few weeks, with the new school run every morning, a crazy toddler and starting a masters degree, it really has been full on! But I’m back.

So what have we been up to? Our new hobby is geocaching.
Geocaching is ‘an activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet’

So basically we use the app to find an geocache in the area we are in. Once found (which can take a little while if hid well!) we sign the log inside and swap small toys for the next person to find. Theres also the possibility of finding a geocoin or travel bug, which are trackable all over the world!

Not only has this helped us get out more, but dude no longer moans when we tell him we are simply going for a walk. Now there is an incentive to go for a walk and he throughly enjoys it.

If you want to get involved the official website is www.geocaching.com . There is a great to app download here. You can upgrade the app for access to more caches but not necessary when starting out.

Happy Geocaching!

Our Sunday photo

Chocolate anyone?! We visited the Lindt shop at Clarks Village, Street. I was in heaven!!
   
 

Sunday – photo of the day

We visited ‘The Bakery , Royal William Yard’ today. Some great history there and the buildings are lovely to walk around on a Sunday afternoon. 

We stopped for some hot chocolate and cake as it was a wet afternoon. It was one of the best treats I’ve had in a while!
  

Our trip to Legoland and Haul!

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The summer holidays have begun! This week we took a road trip to Legoland, hoping that some of the schools had yet to break up and it would be a bit quieter. Luckily I was right!
We had a brilliant 2 days here and both children were worn out at the end of the day. I loved that it was geared at young ages and that Bear at only 13.5 months old could go on some rides. Earlier in the year we took a trip to Disneyland Paris and he was more or less stuck in his pram as nothing was age appropriate.
The lego figures were amazing and must have taken ages to build! They definitely have some skilled ‘workers’ there.

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Dude’s favourite ‘ride’ of the whole trip was the amazing water play areas. It was 22-24 degrees whilst we were there and so these were a much needed way to cool off! He also loved the driving school and squid surfer!

Daddy wanted to go on some of the ‘older’ rides but unfortunately when we got to these areas, the queues were at 75 minutes so we skipped them and hopefully next time we visit Dude will be big enough to ride them aswell.

We didnt really watch any of the shows. We started to watch the Friends to the rescue show in Heartlake City but to be honest we all got bored and moved on.

The rides I would definitely recommend are:

  • Atlantis (A submarine aquarium ride with no age restrictions)
  • Duplo valley Water Play Area and Drench Towers
  • Driving School
  • Fire Academy
  • Heartlake City Express (Great view of the park)

At the end of our day we of course hit the The Big Lego Shop! So here is our little haul. One item I said to Dude on the way in….. oops!

What did we get?

  • Legoland Magnet (To add our to collection of places we have been!) – £1.99
  • Batman Keyring (Daddy chose this) – £3.99
  • 3 x pack of Mixels (Season 5 + 4) – £2.99 each
  • Duplo Boat Set (For Bear!) – £12.99
  • Lego Classic Board – £6.99
  • Lego Classic Box – £19.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes Hulk Bash/Ironman – £17.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes Mini Ironman Set – £9.99

All in all, I would definitely visit Legoland again, its great for all ages and loads to do come rain or shine!

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