We have been National Trust Members for about 6 years now (yes some may say old before our time, I would like to say cultured!). We love visiting places of natural beauty, or full of history. Our passes get us out and about, allowing us to see parts of the UK we haven’t been to before.
One of our favourite National Trust places to take a trip, is the beautiful Stourhead, in Wiltshire. It is not too far from us and it is a great family day out!
My favourite time if the year to visit is spring and autumn, because of the ever changing colours. The colours of the trees around the stunning lake bounce off of one another. I can’t really explain it but Stourhead has a special feel to it. As soon as I reach the lake a sense of calm comes over me.
My little lady particularly enjoyed spotting the wildlife on our way around the lake. Such as ducks, dragonflies, bees, squirrels etc. The walk is mostly flat, and the paths are suitable for pushchairs. This is a bonus as our little ladies legs do get very tired half way around!
This time we decided to take a picnic. It was a warm sunny day, so we sat on the grass facing the lake. It was perfect! I am so pleased we did this. Not only does it save money, but it is lovely to be able to eat outside.
Stourhead do have a good restaurant on site if you are looking to purchase a meal. There is also a pub just before you enter the lake. We did get some ice-creams just before we left, which were very welcomed as it was pretty hot.
The changing facilities are good for little ones, although the toilets are right at the entrance and a bit of a hike back so make sure you use them on arrival.
We didn’t go into the house this time, but we have been in it before. I would highly recommend doing so. It is full of history, and very stunning.
Every time we visit Stourhead we have a great family day, getting back to nature. I would definitely recommend a day trip there if you are in the area!
Addrees: Stourhead, near mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
It had been a long time since I had been on an all-inclusive European holiday. When I was little I used to go on them, and I loved them! The discos, and kids entertainment was always a highlight for me!
In January the hubby and I started to have a nosy at family summer holidays. At the time TUI were offering free children’s places, and £50 off per adult. That’s when we spotted Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort in Cyprus!
It seemed to tick all of the boxes! A family fun hotel, guaranteed warm weather, all inclusive, flights from a local airport, and close to Pathos town. So we booked it for June this year!
We arrived at the hotel at about 10pm, all pretty exhausted. We were welcomed with a fresh drink, and sandwiches.
From first impressions I was very impressed with the hotel. It had recently been refurbished, looked clean, and bright.
Our room was the perfect size and bubs bed was all ready for her, making it nice and easy for us (much to my relief). After a good night’s sleep we spent our first day exploring the hotel and the local area.
One thing that I noticed very quickly was how busy the hotel was. It was a large hotel so I should have expected it to be really. Sitting around the pool I did feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of people. I did get used to it though.
What was really lovely was the family atmosphere. So many children swimming in the pool, eating ice creams, and playing on the water slides. My little lady absolutely loved the kid’s pool, I couldn’t get her out of it, nor the hubby out of the adult splash park!
The food in this hotel has to be the best all-inclusive food I have ever eaten! I genuinely looked forward to meal times! They offered so much choice, it was tasty, and of great quality. My favourite thing was their homemade Greek style walnut cake, absolutely delicious (I could so eat that now!)
I am quite shy about joining in with group activities but the TUI Entertainment staff were amazing! They were encouraging and so friendly. I therefore joined in Aqua and Zumba every day! This was so fun and great way to meet other mums. I have even continued doing an aqua class at home!
The hotel was in a great location. There was a bus stop outside the hotel, and buses were regular. One way it was 10 minutes to a beautiful sandy beach, (called Coral Bay), and 10 minutes in the opposite direction was Pathos Harbour.
We visited the beach twice. The beach was sandy, and the sea was crystal clear. It was the perfect beach for a toddler. My little lady loved splashing in the warm sea and making sand castles. There was also a café and toilet facilities right on the beach, which was ideal.
We had the best all-inclusive family holiday in Cyprus! We were so sad to leave. The hubby has asked if we can go back, which speaks volumes! If you are looking for a family fun holiday I would highly recommend a holiday to Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort in Cyprus! Kxx
Yes autumn is nearly upon us (again). I must admit I do love autumn, the beautiful colours and the cosy nights! One thing we love to do as a family is Pumpkin Picking! My 2 year old loved going last year! We all got to choose our own pumpkins fresh from the ground, and decorate them at home. It costs hardly anything, and gets you out into the fresh air! Here are some of our favourite Pumpkin Patches to visit across Dorset and Hampshire!
Sopley Farm is on the edge of The New Forest! They will have plenty of pumpkins for you to choose from again this year, and wheelbarrows will be available to transport your pickings! They will be open the whole of October! We had a great time picking our pumpkins here last year! The staff was so friendly, and they had a cute café on site.
Address: Sopley Farm, Sopley, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7AZ
Tel: 01425 672451
Opening times for Pumpkin Picking: (October) 10-4pm
We headed here a couple of weeks ago to pick some strawberries. It is a bit smaller than Sopley Farm, but just as fun! Squash and pumpkins are usually in Season from mid September to end of October!
Address: Lenctenbury Farm, Soldiers Road, Norden, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5DU
Tel: 07798 743877
Pumpkin Picking Patch Fordingbridge
As well as pumpkin picking they offer Halloween crafts, witches and more! Perfect fun to keep your children busy !They have over 15 varieties of pumpkins across 30 acres!. They will all be ready to be picked by you in October.
Address: Pumpkin Picking Patch, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1AN
Opening times: 13-14 & 19-28 October (9.30 to 4)
Rogate Pumpkin Patch
Rogate Pumpkin Patch is perfect fun for all of the family! It is half way between Midhurst and Petersfield on the A272. They offer a very rustic Halloween experience .There offer lots of fun activities, such as smash a pumpkin, pumpkin skittles, decorate a pumpkin, sling a pumpkin, corn blaster and spooky slime making.
Address: 1/4 east of Rogate Village, Slade Lane Rogate, Rogate, Hampshire, GU31 5EG
Tel: 07830 412806
I hope my Pumpkin Patch suggestions are helpful! If you do go pumpkin picking this year I hope you have the best time! Kxx
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx