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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*

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Isn’t bird poo meant to bring you good luck?

The last week has been a write off to be honest. You know those weeks where things just don’t go your way.
I thought my week was looking up when a bird kindly pooed on my head however this was not to be and if anything things went from bad to worse. I won’t bore you with the details, just know that I will be hibernating this bank holiday weekend and catching up on some sleep!

On another note, how is it the last week of the summer holidays?! I feel like its flown by and I haven’t done half the stuff I wanted to with Dude. I need to make a list of the must do’s, he had a list he was desperate to do and I want to make sure he’s had the best summer ever before Year one starts!
In regards to school, all uniform has been bought and labelled and we are ready to go!

My next challenge is when Bear starts pre school at the end of September.. my baby boy off in the big wide world! <hides in denial>

 

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!

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!

Cute summer haul!

I want summer to arrive! I picked up these lovely rompers yesterday in boots from their baby section. £6 each or 2 for £8. 

Aren’t why gorgeous! Bear will look so bright and summery in them!



Summer days out!

I count down to summer every year. As a family we love the beach and being outside in general. There’s lots of thing I want to do this summer with the kids. So here is a list of some great days out i have planned in devon and Cornwall.

1. Pennywell farm

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Great day out at a working farm. Lots of animals to see and rides for the kids.

2. Dairyland farm world

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Another working farm with milking demonstrations and lots of learning opportunities. Also had a large soft play barn!

3. Lappa valley steam railway

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Great day of train riding, boat rides, adventure trails and picnics.

4. Haldon forest gruffalo trail

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A free day out exploring the woods and finding all the gruffalo characters!

5. Woollacombe bay beach

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Voted the worlds best beach, I definitely want to take the kids here. It’s only an hour or so drive so looking forward to sandcastles and body boarding!

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