Friday, 1 January 2016

2015 Highlights

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  I am excited to start 2016, a blank slate full of optimism for what we have ahead of us.  2015 has had some great memories we have had a busy year of blog events and our own planned trips.

The first couple of months of the year were quiet but that soon changed! 

I think one of our most moving memories was a visit to Shrewsbury Dogs Trust for a behind the scenes tour.  It was touching seeing the hard work and dedication of the staff there ensuring the dogs were happy and loved.


We had a lovely stay at Bluestone with my parents joining us too.

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Getting a chance to enjoy Camp Smokey was fabulous, the food was yummy and a great atmosphere eating outdoors.

In May we went to the Geronimo Festival we are hoping to go back this year, as there was so much to see and do.  If you have not been before do your research as its one date not to be missed!

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June really was our busiest month with trips all over the place!  The boys were glad when July came and things eased off slightly!

We had our yearly visit to LEGOLAND this time for the #HeartlakeCity2015 event (to coincide with the opening of Mia’s Riding Adventure).  As always the boys had a memorable time in LEGOLAND, its their favourite attraction in the UK, so I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed LEGOLAND have another ride opening this year…

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We were thrilled to review a Parks Resorts holiday and headed off to Brynowen the boys had a magical stay, they really liked the entertainment.  As it was a quiet weekend they had lots of attention off the Sparky Krew Club characters which they relished!

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We went to the Conkers event that was lots of fun and helped teach us all some vital skills (such as building a shelter and making a fire!).

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The boys visited Blackpool for the first time; we did not have as much time as we needed to do everything but still made the most of our weekend.  Blackpool Tower is so much better than I ever remembered; it’s had quite a revamp from those days.  The boys were keen on the Madame Tussauds attraction with youngest wanting pictures with EVERYONE.  

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As it was not the right time for the illuminations it was lovely to go to Illuminasia to appreciate a stunning indoor illuminations display.

We had a chance to review Basil Brush an interactive show featuring the mischievous fox himself. 

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We visited Hatton Adventure World for their Wild West Carnival event.  It’s a great attraction normally but even more so when they are having a themed occasion.

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We went into London and on the recommendation of friends visited the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.  The boys were amazed by all the mysterious displays and learning lots of interesting if not very quirky facts!  We went to Shrek’s Adventure, which was newly opened and a really immersive experience perfect for DreamWorks fans.  


Whilst in London we also had a go on the London Eye, it was great for the views although hubbie stayed firmly seated, as he is not a fan of heights!

The main highlight had to be our Frubes Sleepover event at Whipsnade Zoo sleeping in a lovely little wooden lodge hearing the sounds of the animals all around us!  Having the opportunity to feed the animals and have an exclusive nighttime tour!  As memories go that was pretty special, plus we had the Minions joining us too!

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2015 saw us go fruit picking for the first time, such an inexpensive day out, ideal for getting children outdoors and learning more about how different fruit and vegetables grow (where we went had lots of choice!).  Plus you get to leave with some healthy provisions.

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We went to the New Forest and the boys loved the freedom to run around, the New Forest ponies were beautiful roaming freely.  We made a point of going to see the Beaulieu National Motor Museum as hubbie enjoyed this attraction as a child.  Since he went though it has been developed extensively and if your children are interested in vehicles they will really embrace their visit.  There is such an unusual mix of cars, the Satsuma one being a firm favourite.  

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During that holiday we also decided to finally see what Winchester had to offer, we were not disappointed and especially enjoyed The Great Hall and trying on the fancy dress clothes!

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All in all its been a busy year but crammed with fantastic times together and youngest even found time to learn how to ride his bike!

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