Peppa Pig World Through The Eyes of a Two Year Old

For Aria’s second birthday I decided that we absolutely needed to visit Peppa Pig World in Paulton’s Park and I am so glad that we did! She absolutely loved it, seeing her so happy and confident was just amazing. Even Spencer wants to go back and that is high praise indeed!

Aria is a very quiet and shy girl, she doesn’t like crowds and she doesn’t venture far from me, always looking to me for encouragement before proceeding with anything. Peppa Pig World changed all of this, as we walked in and we heard the music her excitement peeked, and then it happened, she saw the yellow ducks swimming and heard them quacking; and she ran, she let go of her daddy’s hand and she ran. We Were amazed, emotional and surprised. We instantly knew that we were going to have an amazing day.

Yellow quacking ducks at Peppa Pig World - Blog review of Peppa Pig World with a two year old

Aria’s birthday is in February and we specifically wanted to go around her Birthday, which resulted in us going along on a wet and miserable day. At first we moaned about this, until we realised that it was complete and utter genius. We didn’t have to queue for any rides, unless you count waiting for the two families in front to get belted up as a queue, and Aria could happily run around without us worrying about losing her.

Peppa Pig World is perfect for little human’s, Aria is a very petite two year old, currently wearing size 12-18 month clothing, and she was tall enough for all rides bar George’s Dinosaur Adventure, which I was selfishly disappointed about as I had been looking forward to that ride, but I wasn’t brave/stupid enough to go on there without Aria, I’m pretty sure a melt down would have commenced if I had!

All of the rides were very tame which was perfect for Aria. They also had a little park and an indoor soft play area.

The Peppa Pig theme is continued perfectly throughout the park, with theme music playing everywhere and no detail is forgotten, even the construction work is being carried out by Mr Bull (they are in the middle of extending the park, currently due to be completed in 2018).

We had an amazing day and made some fantastic memories. Two weeks on and Aria still loves to watch the vlog from the day which gets her super excited! Take a peek at the vlog to see Peppa Pig World through the eyes of a two year old…

Find out more and book your tickets here.

*Disclosure – We received complimentary tickets to Paulton’s Park in exchange for coverage*

Our Favourite UK Family Holiday Resort – Bluestone Wales

Following our first ever family holiday to Bluestone Wales in 2015 we decided to take not one, but two holidays there throughout 2016, and I am going again on Monday – I think it is safe to say that Bluestone is fast becoming our favourite family friendly UK holiday resort.

Our favourite UK family holiday resort Bluestone Wales blog post photo with header text over - Ramsey Lodge with father and daughter walking away

The first visit to Bluestone in 2016 was a real family affair, we went along with Spencer’s parents and brother. We stayed in a Grassholm Lodge which was really quite lovely, and what we already knew from staying in one the previous year with my parents and sister. Our second visit came just before Christmas, as it was a complimentary stay for this blog review the offer came quite late, which meant that no one else was available to come with us, so off we went, just Spencer, Aria and I.

It was lovely to go away as a threesome and meant that we experienced a different style lodge, this time we stayed in a Ramsey Lodge, the home of upside down living. The Ramsey Lodge looks quite similar to the Grassholm Lodge from the outside, but appearances can certainly be deceiving! With this lodge you walk in through the front door to be greeted with two en-suite bedrooms, then you head upstairs to the kitchen/dining/living area. It took a little while to get used to, especially as we were bringing the pushchair in and out and little room in the porch area meant pushing it into the bedroom at times.

Anyway, I digress. Why is Bluestone my favourite UK family holiday destination I hear you ask. For one it holds a lot of special memories for us. Aria’s first ever holiday was at Bluestone, we celebrated my father-in-law’s seventieth birthday at Bluestone and Aria took some of her first steps at Bluestone (she actually took her first ever steps as we were about to leave the house to head to Bluestone, meaning that we arrived at Bluestone a lot later than planned, but she perfected her walking right there in Bluestone).

scenic mountain views at Bluestone Wales

Why do I think that Bluestone would be the perfect destination for your family holiday? Because they have everything there (well, not quite but almost!). They offer a wide range of activities suitable from babies right up to the older generation. They have a free swimming pool, an on-site spa, an on-site pub, golf buggy hire, soft play, an adventure centre and so much more.

We have stayed at Bluestone in April, October and December so have seen a wide range of seasonal activities. During the warmer months there are plenty of outdoor activities such as hunting for bugs, when it gets a little colder children can come indoors and enjoy messy play (very messy in Aria’s case) and crafts. At Christmas time the whole family can transform into elves and take part in a secret mission, and even go to visit Santa in his lodge, if you manage to wake him up of course.

Kingdom of the elves Christmas time at bluestone toddler sat on floor with red painted elf cheeks

Food wise there are plenty of choices on site. They have several eateries serving a wide variety of food, from pub grub right up to Italian/Wales fusion dining. One of my favourite places to eat has to be the Wildwood Cafe, purely because it is magically stunning. There is also a coffee shop on site serving the most delicious coffee and cakes, along with snacks and a village shop where you can pick up your own food and cook it yourself in the impressive kitchen in the lodge.

wildwood cafe in bluestone tree in middle of cafe with fairy lights - mother and daughter kissing

If that isn’t enough for you there is plenty to do off site. Just a short drive away from Bluestone you have several large attractions including Oakwood Theme Park, the stunning Tenby town and beach and Folly Farm.

As you can probably tell we love Bluestone – and I think that you would too!

*We received a complimentary stay at Bluestone in exchange for an honest review*

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in an economic and cultural sense, is the capital of Northeast England. The industrial city of Newcastle stands on the River Tyne, with its centre possessing many remarkable Victorian destinations, large shopping centres, and a lot of fascinating museums and entertainment facilities that you can share with the entire family. Keep in mind that some locations are pretty far from each other, but once you’ve arranged your car hire in Newcastle, the possibilities for sightseeing and activities with your family are versatile and wide-ranging.

Must see and experience destinations

Tyne Bridges. There are a total of six bridges spanning the River Tyne, three of them are famous internationally for their revolutionary approach to bridge building. High-Level Bridge, a two-level steel structure almost 125 ft. high was built in 1849 by Robert Stephenson and opened by Queen Victoria. The Tyne Bridge, which most symbolises the city’s identity was built in 1925 and officially opened by King George V in 1928 – at the time the biggest arch bridge in the world! How’s that for an educational tour with the kids?

Quayside. This district around the High Level and Tyne Bridges has rows of old houses that have been transformed into modern shops, hotels, and restaurants. On Sandhill, your family can visit a couple of historic buildings, including the Guildhall (1658) and the Merchant Court. The amazingly reinstated Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant’s houses that date from 16th and 17th centuries – now with a restored Jacobean façade.

Location: Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Castle Keep. The Norman fortified tower of Castle Keep bears testimony to the “New Castle.” The construction began in 1080 and completed in 1172. Don’t forget to visit Norman Chapel and the King’s Chamber to see an awesome display of archaeological finds.

Location: St Nicholas Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Grey’s Monument. Found at the north end of Grey Street is the 135-ft. high Grey’s Monument, which is also a favourite meeting location in the heart of the city. The monument was built in 1835 in memory of the second Earl Grey, commemorating his role as Prime Minister and architect of the 1832 Reform Bill.

Location: Grey St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Discovery Museum. Amongst the exhibits that you will find in the amazing Discovery Museum are machines that range from traditional windmills and dated steam engines to cutting-edge jet turbines. You can also find here the locomotive built by George Stephenson in 1830 for the coal mines of Killingworth as well as a model recreating the River Tyne in 1929. There are also various ship models including the first turbine-driven steamer in the world, Turbinia, which was designed by Charles Parsons and launched in 1914.

Location: Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Other locations worth visiting

  • St. Nicholas Cathedral – Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Chares (Old City) Eldon Square Shopping Centre – Eldon Court, Percy St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Laing Art Gallery – New Bridge St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Great North Museum: Hancock – Barras Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Jesmond Dene – Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

As an added challenge, try to visit every location on this list during your stay. Since some of these iconic locations are far from one another, arranging a car hire Newcastle can save you a lot of time in-between locations and possibly allow you to visit them all. Most importantly, enjoy your family trip!

Family Fun In Blackpool
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Back last year we decided to visit Blackpool in October for the Illuminations. I’ve only ever been to Blackpool once before and I instantly fell in love with the place, Spencer had never been and wasn’t very keen on the idea of it but I was determined to change his mind! I challenge anyone to walk along Blackpool Promenade without smiling – I’m sure it is impossible!

family fun in Blackpool - blogpost header picture - blackpool beach, promenade and tower

We were only in Blackpool for one night and two days, but everything is so close together we were able to cram loads in to that short space of time. We stayed in Blackpool South Shore Travelodge as it was cheap and within easy walking distance to most attractions. If you are planning a trip to Blackpool and looking to save a bit of cash I recommend checking out Voucherbox who regularly have fab money off Air BnB vouchers and other well known sites.

Blackpool Beach & Piers
Blackpool Piers, collage showing arcades, north pier entrance, old fashioned seating along pier, coffee and rainbow cake
While you are getting your bearings it is well worth taking a stroll around the old fashioned piers. They are full of hidden gems, arcade games, fair rides and more. Of course while you’re near the beach you should take a trip to the beach, tide permitting! You see all sorts while walking along the promenade, including horse drawn Cinderella style carriages.

Sea Life
Baby looking out through bubble under the sea at Sea Life Blackpool
If  your children enjoy aquariums, (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) Sea Life is an absolute must while in Blackpool. There is so much to see and do and the displays are fantastic. Everything is super bright and colourful so it is a fab sensory experience for even the littlest of children.

Blackpool Tower
mother and baby stood on glass floor at Blackpool tower view overlooking the beach and pier
It  would have been rude to visit Blackpool and not climb (well, ride the lift actually but it doesn’t sound as good!) the tower, wouldn’t it? Both Aria and I braved the glass floor but Spencer held back, resulting in him playing photographer! I left Spencer and Aria behind and ventured up as high as I was allowed, which was very high. It was a fab experience, I felt quite wobbly and uneasy at times but I’m very glad that I braved it.

Blackpool Illuminations 
Blackpool Illuminations
The illuminations really are fantastic. The whole town is lit up and everything looks wonderfully tacky yet oh so pretty. Literally everything (well pretty much) is lit up, the trams, the lamp posts, the buildings, they even display light shows on the tower. If you are planning a visit to Blackpool I highly recommend booking during the illuminations, usually September – November.

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Guest Post : Family Fun in Tenby

I am a born and bred Welsh girl and I have to admit that out of all the places in Wales, Tenby is my favourite place to go. Whether it’s for a day trip or a weekend away, it is a must!

I’ve been visiting Tenby since I was a little girl, so it’s only natural that I take my daughter there now.

It usually takes me around 40 to 50 minutes to get to Tenby, but the drive is worth it! When you are there the parking is cheap and there is plenty to do.

My favourite place for food is The Lifeboat Tavern, but if you don’t fancy pub grub there are plenty of other places around.

The beaches are by far my favourite ones in Wales. Tenby Harbour Beach is breathtakingly beautiful, but I wouldn’t say it was the most popular for families. It’s hard to say why as it has in recent years been voted the most beautiful beach in Europe.

Tenby Harbour Beach most beautiful beach in Europe

North Beach however is definitely more popular with families and tends to be the busier of the two.

This was the beach where a seven year old me was told that if I went into a certain cave I would come out as a mermaid. I then cried for the rest of the day as despite me wanting to be a mermaid when I grew up, the reality of it scared me just a little bit.

North beach tenby

We  had a fantastic time on North Beach and it was the first proper time my daughter had experienced the sand and the sea. Needless to say, she loved it!

baby at tenby beach in splash swim suit

From this beach you can also get a boat over to Caldey Island which is inhabited by monks. On the island there are churches, small homes, gift shops, a chocolate factory, a lighthouse and more. It’s my favourite thing to do when I am in Tenby as the sense of calm there is unreal.


Caldey Island which is inhabited by monks Tenby

Also, the view of Tenby from Caldey Island is also breathtaking. I love just wandering the island and enjoying the quiet. It is definitely somewhere I could move to – I’m not a hustle and bustle city girl that’s for sure!


Caldey Island Tenby views

If you ever visit Wales make sure that Tenby is on the top of your priority list. Whether you are young or old there will be something for you to love and I am sure you will keep going back like I do!


Thank you Jenna for this lovely guest post, Tenby sure if beautiful and I’m going to have to look into visiting soon! If you enjoyed this post then check out Jenna’s blog, Then There Were Three, Jenna blogs about parenting, lifestyle and general randomness!