Having got firmly in the festive mood following visits to York's Christmas Market, the sumptuously decorated Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall's 'Christmas across the Decades'.... We've headed south to Burghley House in Lincolnshire to explore their 'Christmas Fair'..... and to grab another walk in the beautiful grounds that surround it.
Mention needing to 'Learn about Science' and you might ordinarily think of places like the Science Museum in London, Deutsches Museum, Munich or even the famous CosmoCaixa in Barcelona... But as we reckon this is one of the most important aspect of our road schooling curriculum, we take each and every chance to grab some interactive science experiences with our girls. So today's seen us head to Halifax in Yorkshire to see Eureka! The National Children's Museum.
Are you counting down to Christmas yet? Fancy planning a visit to a typical French Christmas markets? Or have you considered one of the most famous 'foodie' Christmas markets in England in York? We're lucky to have done both in the last 12 months, so here's our '5 Top Tips' to make it a memorable experience for your family too.
As our thoughts turn to Christmas, both girls have asked what was Christmas like in the Twenties? The Thirties, Forties or the Fifties? So inspired in part by the excellent TV series ' Back in Time for....' we decided to visit Nunnington Hall's excellent 'Christmas over the Decades' exhibition.
All year, adults and children alike are understandably spellbound by Castle Howard from the moment you enter past the gigantic gatehouse information boards that offer useful information for the day ahead. Each day spent here feels both educational and fun with plenty of exhibits to enhance your experience. However, it also offers one of Britain’s most atmospheric Christmas experiences to get you in the festive mood
If you've got an adventurous family and are visiting Yorkshire, then don't miss one of the UK's most exciting treetop adventure, ropes and zipwire courses at 'Go Ape Adventure' in North Yorkshire's Dalby Forest. The ultimate place for all ages to flex their adventurous spirit and test themselves mentally and physically with over 100 elevated platforms connecting 200m+ zip wires to a huge variety of rope ladders, wobbly bridges and cargo-nets.
With a month to the start of the Christmas holidays are you looking for things to do in Yorkshire? Perhaps a trip to York's Chocolate Story or the Jorvik Centre? Maybe grab a MTB Bike or Go Ape adventure at Dalby Forest? Or you could consider an educational yet fun visit for kids at the impressive 'The Deep' aquarium in Hull.
Haunting and beautiful, the ruined sites of England can offer a way for people to take a raw peek into life in the Middle Ages. Yet the view of these abbeys as you descend towards them are enough to lift the spirits, especially on a crisp winter’s afternoon with sunlight streaming through the abbey’s many arched windows.
From Bonfire Night in York to spooky Halloween performances at Whitby, we've loved visiting Yorkshire at this time of year.... But today we've grabbed the chance to wrap up warm and head into York's historic city centre to discover more about the Industrial Revolution, Georgian History and to build on our learning in Porto about the Age of Discovery.
Helmsley's pretty town centre in North Yorkshire is well known to walkers, motorcyclists and those within the hunting scene..... But thanks to their new free motorhoming aire, it's far more than just an ideal lunch stop or passing through place enroute to the North York Moors... The town's picturesque location, on the River Rye, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and moorland beyond..... Making it the perfect place to explore and discover on a crisp winter's day in November (as much as a sunny July weekend)
The best thing about owning a motorhome is the variety of places it allows you to visit, whilst the beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away from you.... So we've been fortunate to stand with our girls in the WW1 trenches in the Somme, or listened to the Belgium guide in Flanders Field or even walked the beaches of the D-Day Landings at Juno Beach.... before arriving into North Yorkshire to see the award winning 'Eden Camp' (through our increasingly useful York Pass)
As we've found on our European Roadtrip Adventures, with so many cultures to show off — and so many centuries of practice — Europe knows how to throw a party. The array of fiestas, medieval fairs, music festivals, and national celebrations could light a fire under the most burned-out sightseer!!!!
With two years of non-stop travelling under our belts there's been time to discuss our adventures so far.... with over 35 European Countries now visited.... we're starting to get a feel for which countries really welcome family travel and perhaps those that are seeking other audiences.... With winter fast approaching, we hope this might appeal to families considering last minutes dashes for some winter sun and family fun!
Our Roadschooling Adventures keeps offering plenty of varied and exciting opportunities across Europe, but one thing that really excites the girls is any chance to develop their growing passion for marine biology. So Scarborough's Sea Life Centre seemed a perfect fit. Easily accessible by motorhome (see pic), it's located close to the North Bay Promenade overlooking the crashing waves of the North Sea.
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