Monday, 18 August 2014

#CountryKids at Chirk Castle

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

I never realised that Chirk Castle was only just over 2 hours drive from our home. It is one of the National Trust properties I have wanted to go to for years:

It's a magnificent example of the castles ordered by Edward I to defend against the Welsh.


Inside its a mix of original 14th century castle, 18th century splendour and Victorian mock medieval. Lucky for me the stocks are still in place:




A fun way to spend an afternoon.

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Eureka The National Children's Museum with Little Live Pet

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The children and I were invited along to Eureka! in Halifax today as part of a weekend promoting Little Live Pets. We each had a free entry into the museum which would normally have cost £11.95 each. I am sure I went to the museum when it first opened in 1992 but hadn't had an excuse to return until now... Before we even got into the museum the children found loads to do:

After I had persuaded them off the musical instruments and play equipment we headed for the museum itself:

Friday, 15 August 2014

#CountryKids in Hawkshead and Wray Castle

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

It's only just a week since we went to Wray Castle but having a family friend needing entertaining today we headed back over to the far side of Windermere via the car ferry:

First of all we drove to Hawkshead and had a hot drink and a cake in a cafe before heading into the village for a wander. I spotted the Beatrix Potter gallery so we all dug out the National Trust cards and popped in:

Friday Book Review: Colin the Crab

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We were sent a copy of Colin the Crab pop up book to review:

With World Oceans Day on June 8th, Colin The Crab, leading light of Norfolk-based Gone Crabbing, has launched a new book about him and his shoal of seaside sole mates – Sally the Starfish and Mike the Mussel with the help of Mr Pop-up, Robert Crowther

Life goes swimmingly for the three friends living happily in their remote rock pool. Then, one summer’s day, Sally and Mike are swept up into a bucket by a couple of children who are exploring the beach. After a bit of a lie down to recover from the shock, Colin is just about to set off to find his friends when, miraculously, they’re returned to their home at the end of the day.

Beautifully illustrated and brought to life by a series of delightful pop-ups, the underlying message in the book is a serious one. Thousands of families enjoy crabbing and rock pooling up-and-down the UK during the summer. However, it’s important to limit the number of sea creatures collected at any one time and to ensure the water is kept cool. And, just as the children in the story do, they should be returned as close to where they were found as possible.