Our 'Roadschooling' Road Trip seems to bring a new outdoor classroom / playground each day for us to discover together as a family. Just like the fantastic opportunity to test our 'Design & Technology' skills as we've headed north from Hampshire to the girl's grandparents. For a chance to allow both girls to draw, design and build their very own 'personalised' dolls house (as part of their Christmas presents this year)
Leaving Sandbanks behind us, we've headed north to the relatively unknown quaint Hampshire village of Michelmersh. The small village in Hampshire some three miles north of Romsey is home to the impressive Michelmersh Silver Band. So where better to hear it in action first than during the Christingle service at the 12th century St Mary's Church.
It's hard to put into words just how pretty the millionaires playground at Sandbanks really is.... the coastal views are truly breathtaking over the mouth of Poole Harbour. Plus the company has been even better!!! As this weekend has seen us leap at the chance to spend a few nights out of the van with the girl's godparents. Dog walks along the South West Coastal Path have followed multiple dog walks on Sandbanks beach and even some family fun in the dunes......
If you're in Dorset in 2018 and fancy adding to your family adventures? Perhaps your kids would love the hike, scramble and climb to the bottom of Dancing Ledge just outside Swanage near the Sandbanks peninsula.?... Maybe if you're feeling especially adventurous (and have your own climbing gear) you could even challenge yourself to navigate along the narrow ledges or up through the natural staircases....
York offer some great value activities for children and families, but which ones top the list? Find out here?
Having visited Yorkshire for over a month, we've gained lots of first hand experiences we thought we'd share with anyone else heading this way soon. Find all you need to know to plan a visit to York with kids in tow: the best attractions, parking advice and some tips where to find the best food. So in a city with plenty of great value activities for children and families, which ones top the list. Find out below?
Heading up to Yorkshire soon? If you do, you'll find York has plenty of fun lined up this Christmas, so there's no excuse for family boredom! Perhaps you fancy spending a family friendly day at one of York's museums or attractions such as the impressive Jorvik Centre or Railway Museum. Or maybe your kids might fancy embracing all things festive and getting involved in the festive St Nicholas Christmas Market.
Snowmen, sledging and snowball fights have been the order of the day after we woke up to snow this week. Like icing on a scrumptious carrot cake, little flakes of snow have already started to dust the North Yorks Moors this year. So as the wintry weather took hold, we thought we'd dig out the girl's sledges and head for the nearest hill to get an adrenalin rush in this beautiful National Park.
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
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!!!!
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.
Sure you might have been to a haunted house for Halloween? But can you imagine the possibilities of a haunted cornfield or corn maze. Well nor had we, but as they recommend you need to be 14+ yrs old to brave the evening 'Hallowscream'....... We thought we'd opt for the more family friendly daytime option to visit York Maze. Little did we know it's enormous!!!! Easily the largest maze in the UK, it’s proved to be a fun filled, day out with well over 20 rides or activities that's kept us busy all day (our visit lasted 5hrs!!)
The Flamingo Land Experience beside the North York Moors promises Yorkshire's ultimate theme park plus the UK's most visited zoo, so we thought we'd check it out on one of it's Halloween themed days in late October..... and boy does it it deliver!! By some distance! Perhaps the adrenalin fuelled rides might not suitable for those with delicate dispositions or with very young children....but there's plenty for everyone and if you've got an active family who love an adventure... you'll certainly find one here!
Is there a more apt and inspiring place than Whitby Abbey to hear the tales of Dracula? A Gothic Abbey set imposingly on a cliff above the bustling coastal harbour at Whitby.... It's ruins offering a spectacular backdrop for the night-time illumination show and performance of Bram Stoker's Dracula. A truly memorable evening from one of the most iconic English Heritage sites.
Hot on the heels of our trip earlier this week to the National Railway Museum in York, we thought we use our increasingly useful 'York Pass' to take a nostalgic steam train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A stunning steam train journey from Pickering towards the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.
Steam engines were once one of the most graceful yet powerful symbols of the industrial age. Powerful locomotive engines with a winning combination of speed and beauty. So it's no wonder they still fascinate us now but if you visit the National Railway Museum in York you can add in an opportunity to see over 100 engines including the world's fastest steam train (The Mallard), the Shinkansen Bullet Train or even a replica of Stephenson's Rocket.
Earlier in the year, we all went fruit picking near London and whilst we were there, we discovered that high quality farm shops do in fact grow vegetables too and even more exciting than that… they grow pumpkins! Just like 'The Ballon Tree Farm Shop' near York... So as we've focusing our road schooling in Yorkshire over the next month, we thought we'd pop in to have a closer look!!
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